VP Osinbajo urges Nigerians to trust God for defeat of Covid-19
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed the confidence that Nigerians and indeed all people around the world will survive the despair, pain and other consequences associated with coronavirus pandemic.
Osinbajo, who spoke in a message sent to the 11th Synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Abuja Diocese noted that though the Coronavirus pandemic has caused unprecedented hardship and disruptions to economies across the world, “by the grace of God, very soon, this pandemic will be defeated.”
“Everything around us has been shaken and is being shaken by the greatest global threat to mankind in a century. We are in the midst of the greatest economic slump in history, every region of the world is experiencing an unprecedented slowdown in growth. It is my firm belief that, by the grace of God, very soon, this pandemic will be defeated.”
The Vice President said Christians must, however, put their hopes in Christ Jesus, noting that only in God’s name, can the present situation be overturned.
Recalling the depth of the crisis on the Nigerian economy and society, the VP said “there was a day in April when oil, our precious oil was selling for less than the cost of production. No one was even willing to buy. Suddenly all we took for granted, from air travel to hugs and even handshakes, have become neither safe nor advisable.
“Our own economy faces its worst period in history. We are earning 40 percent less than we should because oil prices have fallen and few today can afford to pay taxes.
“The sum and substance of what I am saying is that these past few months have shown us that human ingenuity and planning cannot even assure us that we will live to see the next day. Any hopes built on the foundation of human understanding and effort is a shaky and unsure foundation and is bound to fail when the storms and the turbulence come.”
“So, in these uncertain times those who know Him, those who know the Lord Jesus Christ, will do great exploits. We will rise above every challenge because we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, and his promise to us is contained in the words of the prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah 3:10 where it says, “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them…”
“I say to you it shall be well with you. And for your sakes, it shall be well with our nation and the world. We will rise from the despair and pain of this pandemic, from the tragedies of insecurity and the deprivations of our economic circumstances to a bright new day of abundance, prosperity and joy in the mighty name of Jesus,” Osinbajo said.