By Sam Eyoboka
LAGOS— Vanguard Media Limited, publishers of Vanguard Newspapers, has broken new grounds again as the Vanguard Media Christian Fellowship announced, yesterday, that National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has agreed to minister at its annual thanksgiving service.
A statement by Coordinator of the fellowship, Elder Emmanuel Obuh, said the president of the umbrella body of Christians in the country was expected to be the guest speaker at the programme scheduled for Friday, December 9, at the company’s corporate headquarters in Apapa, Lagos.
He said the theme of this year’s service is There Shall Be Showers of Blessing, inspired by the Bible book of Ezekiel 34:26, pointing out that everything is being put in place for a hitch-free outing.
It would be recalled that Vanguard Media Limited scored a major breakthrough last December when the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, preached at its 10th annual thanksgiving service.
Pastor Adeboye, at that service, charged the Nigerian media to kick-start the process of redeeming the slurred image of the country, arguing: “It is not the government who will re-brand Nigeria, it is the media.”
In a soul-stirring sermon entitled The Storm is Over, Adeboye lamented that negative reports by the media had done incalculable damage to the image of the country.
Quoting from the Bible, he said the media could make amends by writing positive things about the country, noting that the world was tired of sad news. He added that there was always a positive side to any incident.
Elder Obuh also stated that logistic arrangements were being fine-tuned for the man of God who just finished his annual Jubilee Word Festival, with the theme Reigning in Midst of Your Enemies, that featured several international and local ministers.
Obuh said: “Baba is also expected to use the occasion to pray for the peace of the nation. There must be peace in every part of the nation because there cannot be prosperity in a chaotic atmosphere.
“So, as the year is coming to an end we will expect Baba to pronounce his blessings upon Nigeria, its leaders and of course, Vanguard Media Limited.”