… As Amaechi urges electorate to vote for the right people***
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed optimism that whatever the situation and condition is, all will be well with Nigeria.
Obasanjo, who said this at a Global Crusade organised by the Deeper Life Bible Church, in Abeokuta and monitored online on Tuesday, urged Nigerians to have faith in God.
The former President said that considering the situation of things, Nigeria and the entire world required God’s visitation, urging all children of God to seek His face for visitation.
“If you consider what is going on in our cities, our states, our country, our region of West Africa, our continent and indeed our globe, our world required crusade of this nature.
“Some people accused us, Christians of `religioucity’ without spirituality.
Yes, that has been the position of the world even in the time of Jesus Christ, but should we lose hope? No.
“There is no time in the world that things have been bad that it is not the children of God that stood out,” he said.
He said that Noah stood out in his time and also Job, who God described as a man who feared God and shun evil and a man of great integrity.
“Nigeria needs such men of integrity at this present moment.
“I believe that because of these kinds of men and women of such virtue in Nigeria, God will open his eyes and have mercy on this country.
“Unless those who don’t want to be honest with themselves will say that all is well, but if we trust in God and believe in Jesus Christ all will be well.
“Children of God, whatever may be our situation, whatever may be the condition, let us have faith in God, and all will be well,” Obasanjo said.
The General Overseer of the Church, Pastor Williams Kumuyi, who had earlier paid a visit to the former president, prayed to God to grant him many more years to contribute to the progress of the country.
Kumuyi stated that his visit was to show respect to Obasanjo and to also invite him to the crusade where he could share his words of wisdom with the people and the global community.
The general overseer, in his message, said that God had prepared complete dominion over the circumstances of the world through Jesus Christ.
Kumuyi said that the only way to have complete dominion over problems and other circumstances was to live in holiness and consecration to God through Jesus Christ.
In another development, Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has urged the Nigerian electorate to vote the right people into positions of authority, to salvage the country from its current challenges.
Amaechi, who was a Special Guest of Honour at the 2022 World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Uyo on Tuesday, urged Nigerians to always hold politicians accountable, for the country to move forward.
The minister, a presidential aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), warned journalists against publishing news items that could malign public officers.
“The problem of the country is not the poor man in Akwa Ibom or Rivers; it is not the poor man in the South East or in the North.
It is you and I, the elites.
“Why you are hearing restructuring and restructuring every time is because the elites’ consensus on sharing (the resources) is disappearing; it’s because there is nothing to share again because we are broke.
“The problem facing this country is caused by the elites, including you,” he said.
Amaechi urged media practitioners to join hands and resolve the nation’s problems through objective, balanced and fair reportage, stressing: “freedom comes with responsibility.”
In his lecture at the occasion, Dr Jones Ayuwo, of the University of Port Harcourt, said that without press freedom, democracy cannot work.
Ayuwo, who spoke on the topic: “Journalism Under Digital Siege,” said that journalists, who are members the Fourth Estate of the Realm, were not just the moulders of the society, but also, the watchdogs.
He, however, described the relationship between the media and the government as cat-and-mouse, adding that until the former had oftentimes allowed itself to be cajoled, used and manipulated by the latter.
“We must stand against any attempt by the government to regulate the internet because if it is regulated, we also are regulated.
“If we are regulated, the freedom of the press is regulated.
If press freedom is regulated, then our democracy is in imminent danger.
“Therefore, I urge us to stand against every attempt from all corners to hamper free press, as we celebrate this year’s World Press Freedom Day.
“However, it is also important to reawaken you all to your social responsibility, as you go about your enviable duty of news gathering and reportage.
This way, we will be able to curb the digital siege on the press,” Ayuwo said.
In his remarks, Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom council, Mr Amos Etuk, said that the union would continue to update members on new developments through periodic lectures and workshops.
This, he said, would not only make them to be alive to their professional responsibilities, but would also sharpen their instincts to protect themselves and their families.
“We must join hands with other freedom-loving people all over the world to urge governments at all levels to give journalists the space to practise their profession and ensure liberty for all,” Etuk said.
The newsmen report that this year’s press freedom day celebration has, as its theme: “Journalism Under Surveillance.”