Present cracks may lead to Nigeria’s breakup – Boss Mustapha
The secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has said there are obvious cracks that could lead to the country’s breakup if not properly addressed.
Speaking at the National Ecumenical Centre on Sunday in Abuja at an interdenominational church service to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary, Mustapha noted that efforts to mend the cracks can only be successful with focus and consistent prayers.
Mustapha, who was speaking on behalf of Vice-President Osibanjo, referenced the story of how Nehemia rebuilt the broken walls of Jerusalem, adding that the story should be a challenge to every Christian in Nigeria.
In his words: “It’s only that kind of Nehemiah’s love that will make us, as Nigerians, to rebuild the cracks we have in our walls today.
“For us in Nigeria, Nehemiah should be taken as a metaphor for those Nigerians who either reside in Nigeria or outside, to cry to God to use the abandoned opportunities in Nigeria to address our challenges of nation-building.
“Fortunately for us, our walls are not yet broken but there are obvious cracks that could lead to a break if not properly addressed.
“Nehemiah started with fervent prayers, seeking the face of God and pleaded with his king to allow him to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the broken walls because wall signifies peace, security, contentment and prosperity. It signifies the essence of the state of the nation.
“There’s an urgent need for a Nehemiah in our country Nigeria today. And like Nehemiah faced opposition in his efforts to rebuild the walls, any Nigerian that desires to rebuild Nigeria must also be ready to face stiffer opposition which will come in torrents. It can only be diffused by consistent focus and prayers.
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News