“I waited patiently for the Lord and He inclined unto me and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock and established me steps. He has put a new song in mouth.”
This was the biblical passage Reverend (Dr) Israel Akanji, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, North-Central zone and Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Garki, Abuja, quoted at Bowen University,Iwo, Osun State last week to address Nigeria’s prevailing social and economic challenges.
According to him, if Nigerians, as well as the leaders, would comply with the scriptures, that is, God’s ordinance, the country’s problems were not insurmountable.
Addressing students and staff on the occasion of the university’s seventh commencement lecture, Rev. Akanji affirmed that God was waiting for any country like Nigeria that would repent and forsake all its ungodliness, saying that God would heal the land.
Speaking further, he said: “Nigerians need a change of attitude. Corruption and other vices must be put to an end to appeal to the mercy of God. God who visited Samaria when there was no food to eat will also visit Nigeria.
“There is hope for Nigeria. If we can come together as a nation to seek the face of God and turn from our wicked ways, we shall sing a new song in Nigeria. Promotion only comes from God. In view of this, people must wait for God’s blessing, and not engage themselves in ungodly activities.
Speaking in the same vein, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Matthews Ojo, stated that without God, no nation or individual could succeed in life.