By Sam Eyoboka, Olayinka Latona & David Oso
LAGOS — ALL is now set for the much advertised end of year thanksgiving service at the corporate headquarters of Vanguard Media Limited as all roads lead to the Apapa, Lagos venue of the event today.
National President of the Christian Association of Nigetia, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, is expected to be the chief guest speaker at the occasion. Time of programme is 11.00 a.m.
The theme of this 11th annul spiritual gathering of the Vanguard family is: “There shall be showers of blessings.”
According to coordinator of Vanguard Media Christian Fellowship, Elder Emmanuel Obuh, Oritsejafor, who is expected from his Warri base, will be ministering and will also use the occasion to pray for individual members, friends, family as well as the management of Vanguard newspapers.
At press time, finishing touches were being put in place for a hitch-free ceremony expected to herald members of Vanguard family into a new year full of promise and outstanding breakthrough.
Apart from Pastor Oritsejafor’s awful childhood experience, he is of the opinion that nobody really can be said to be practising Christianity if he/she has not taken James 1:27 to heart.
In a pre-event interview, he said: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this: ‘To visit the fatherless and widows in their afflictions, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.’”
When religious crisis broke out in the Borno State capital, Maiduguri where several Christians were killed, churches and property were destroyed, he chartered a plane and lead a delegation of PFN leaders to, not only commiserate with the victims, but donated relief materials to the affected Christians irrespective of denominations.
A few days later, he traveled to Asaba, the Delta State capital, to donate food, clothing, beddings and other relief materials to Muslims who fled Anambra State as a result of reprisal measures in retaliation for the Borno killings and were residing in Asaba. Oritsejafor had repeated that gesture on several occasions especially during the Boko Haram crisis in Maiduguri and Jos where similar religious intolerance had continued to claim the lives of innocent Nigerians.
“In addition to God who had given us a standard to follow”, Pastor Oritsejafor admits that “everyone needs the understanding of a supportive wife to be a philanthropist and be able to reach out to people in love. I can also tell you that He had given me a wife who is so passionate about the plight of the down-trodden of the society and that has helped me great deal.”