The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, delivered a powerful message of hope and unity at the 63rd Independence Day Interdenominational Thanksgiving Service, held at the National Christian Centre in Abuja. Addressing a congregation filled with optimism, Senator Tinubu emphasized that Nigeria is on the path to greatness and urged Nigerians to embrace this hope wholeheartedly. She emphasized the importance of looking beyond current challenges and drawing inspiration from the theme of the Thanksgiving Service, ‘Christ in Me, the Hope of Glory.
“If we do not have hope, how do we become part of this greatness that God has started in the nation? We find, through the love of Christ, a deeper message of hope,” she declared.
The First Lady highlighted that good governance can only be effective when inspired by the values embodied by Jesus Christ, emphasizing love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, and forgiveness. As Nigeria celebrated its 63rd Independence Day, Senator Tinubu appealed to the nation to celebrate the unity that defines its diversity, citing the famous words of Christ from Matthew 11:28: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest for your souls.”She concluded her inspiring address by stressing the importance of keeping hope alive, saying, “In times like these, all we do is to keep our hope alive, the lively hope which Jesus Christ has birthed in us.”
The service also featured a message on the theme ‘Christ in Me, The Hope of Glory’ by Revd Dr. Israel Akanji, President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention.
He underscored the need for citizens to place their hope in God and align themselves with the efforts of the current administration in the pursuit of national rebirth, as outlined in President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda.Dignitaries present at the Church service included Members of the National Assembly, led by the Senate President, Members of the Federal Executive Council, Service Chiefs, and Members of the Diplomatic community, among others.