The Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, hosted former Heads of State, Yakubu Gowon, Olusegun Obasanjo and Ernest Shonekan at the Aso Villa Chapel on Sunday for its annual end of the year thanksgiving.
The Vice President expressed his gratitude to God for all He had done for the country during the year.
“Today is a special thanksgiving for the end of the year and as you have seen, all the former Presidents and Vice Presidents are here for the special thanksgiving service.
“They have been specially invited to come, we also expected President Jonathan, but unfortunately, he had to cancel at the last moment.
“So we are all extremely excited that we have been able to bring everyone together to thank God for our nation and to give Him thanks for the great future ahead of us,’’ he said.
Mr. Gowon said he was delighted to be at the service with other former colleagues and thanked Mr. Osinbajo for facilitating his attendance.
The former Head of State, urged Christians to love every Nigerian in spite of their faith following the injunction of Jesus Christ to love your neighbour.
“Our neighbours are Christian, Muslim, traditional religions, among others. Whatever we do, we make sure that we live up to the expectation of what Christ expects of us,” he said.
The message of the Chaplain, Seyi Malomo, was that, thanksgiving is something we must all do, in spite of one’s status.
According to him, thanksgiving is an acknowledgement that God is alive, adding that each time the faithful gave thanks they demonstrate their faith in God.
He added that, “As we thank God, He will restore the good days to the nation,” and he predicted that time shall come when people will queue in embassies to visit Nigeria.
Other persons also in attendance were former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, former Chiefs of General Staff, Ebitu Ukiwe and Oladipo Diya.
Written by Okolo Ezinne