By Etop Ekanem
NIGERIAN leaders have been urged to renew their faith in God as this is the major ingredient needed for the nation to moveÂ in the right direction.
The call was made by Rev. Bamidele Oduola, Pastor-in-Charge, Providence Baptist Church, Dopemu, Lagos yesterday during a press briefing to announce its Founderâ€™s Day second anniversary lecture with the theme: â€œOur democracy journey: The role of the church.â€
The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2009 at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja.
According to him, Nigeria is blessed in human and material resources and that God has given us the opportunity to run our affairs in such a way that Nigerians should live very fulfilled and prosperous lives, adding: â€œThe church, in general, is confronted with the challenges of human sufferings. This is evident from the difficulties encountered by honest well-meaning Nigerians in making ends meet for themselves and their families.â€
On the essence of the lecture, the cleric said the church was certainly not only concerned with the promise of the glorious life in eternity awaiting faithful believers, but equally concerned with the security and total well-being of all Nigerians as promised in the nationâ€™s constitution, adding: â€œRemember that Jesus Christ ministered to the spiritual and material needs of His audience. The church today must do likewise.â€
The lecture, according to Rev. Aduola, will evaluate the nationhood so far and proffer suggestions for now and the future.
The guest lecturer will be Rev Ademola Ishola who is the General Secretary (General Overseer) of the Nigerian Baptist Convention while Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora will be the chairman of the occasion.