November 3, 2018

A night of wisdom at AiMP Workshop


VP Osinbajo delivers keynote remarks as he declares the conference ope

It was meant to be the Abuja 2018 Nation Building Workshop of the Apostles in the Market Place, a platform for change agents, but it turned out to be what some quests called “a night loaded with wisdom,” and the challenge of what just one faithful person could achieve in nation building.


The speakers and philanthropists who gave account of their interventions in the lives people, left many souls touched; and when the story of a girl who had dropped out of school in Lagos, but is now excelling in a school in Abuja was told, it moved people to tears. At the end of the event, many people left the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hotel heavy with food for thought.

The workshop,  with   the theme “Building the Nigeria   of Our Dream,” was organised   by Apostles in the Market   Place (AIMP),   a non–governmental, non-denominational and non partisan organisation.

The AIMP, a community of Christian leaders and professionals from different fields committed to nation building and the birth of a new and functional Nigeria, is a network of change agents that are passionate about social transformation. They mobilise, equip and support reformers that are committed to building a new Nigeria.

The event was attended by top government functionaries, ministers, senators, captains of industry, religious leaders and youths.

Delivering the keynote address, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo decried the loss of values in the country, especially among the youths and called for the teaching of cherished values, saying that they were key to nation-building.

He said: “I am to speak on the theme of the workshop, what can we do to rebuild our nation, but  I have also decided to ask the question why we need to rebuild?

“Obviously it is because a lot has been destroyed, values, principles, have been destroyed, moral efforts and all of the other various things that we have cherished have been destroyed.

“And the reality is, of course, that as the years have gone by, we simply have not paid much attention as we ought to, especially  to issues of values.

Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment

“So today people are not even certain any more what those values should be.

“One of the things I  discovered  while  pastoring  was that very many young  people  do not understand any more, what the  real   moral questions are.

“It is not just a matter of values being lost, many young people don’t understand what is wrong anymore.”

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Osinbajo, who quoted  Psalms 11:3, Mathew 28 :19 and Romans 8: 19, said the responsibility of rebuilding a nation is in the hands of the righteous.

“It turns out that there is a whole lot that the righteous can do, when the foundations appear to have   been destroyed.

“The reasons the question was asked the righteous,  somehow God has decided   that, it is the duty and assignment   of the righteous   to build   and   rebuild the   nation.

“The scripture tells us also that the righteous are the salt of the earth, the light of the world.

“In other words, everything that was done wrong with our society is just waiting for the righteous to take action to rebuild them,” he said.

Osinbajo   also said   it was also expected of the righteous   to   be   a good   role model   by   living   a life of integrity .

“We must recognise that even when we make mistakes, we must not give up on doing the right thing; we must set examples of what we want the world to be.

“We must teach these values, we must teach righteousness in our churches

“We must teach the values everywhere, we must teach the values to  young people, it is so important that we recognise that righteousness has to be taught.

“So, we need to teach integrity, we need to teach the ways of righteousness, it is really up  to us to let young people understand that integrity pays. The currency of the world is trust, if you can’t   be trusted   it becomes extremely difficult to do   business and sustain any kind of relationship.”

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The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah, who quoted from Ezekiel 22:30, said God was searching for faithful   individuals   to rebuild society.

He said God was looking for a man to stand in the gap to remedy the challenging situations in the society.

Enelamah said it was necessary for Nigerians to take responsibility individually by faithfully committing to proffering solutions to identified challenges in any area.

He said Nigerians must accept responsibility individually to become the person God could use to rebuild the country.

“It has been said that it takes only one committed generation to rebuild a society. If we   can individually accept responsibility today, not pointing our fingers at other people but each make a personal commitment   to our beloved country, we will be a   generation that can rebuild Nigeria.”

“You can make a difference, I can make a difference; God is searching for people in business, in the family, government  to make a difference and rebuild the nation.

“Man is God’s preferred method when it comes to solving  human  problems, “the minister said.

Pastor John Enelama, Founding Executive Director of AIMP, who introduced the body to the audience said what truly make a nation     great were the values passed from one generation to another.

He said only a transformed people could transform a society, adding that Nigeria required   men and women who   would lead the transformation   in all sectors of the   economy.

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Enelama said: “The biggest   thing a nation   needs   is   a transformed mindset because God cannot change you until you change the way you think.”

High point of the event was the presentation of “Make an Impact   awards” to some Nigerians that passionately embarked on projects for the needy. All the award receivers told moving stories that inspired and drew applause.