By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA – Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday said, his experience in the past showed that, he is a product of God’s special mercy.
Osinbajo stated this in his remark at the Interdenominational Service of Praise and Thanksgiving, held at the Obafemi Awolowo Square, Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State.
Osinbajo spoke at the event which was attended by governors of Lagos and Oyo States, Akinwunmi Ambode and Abiola Ajimobi, respectively, the immediate past governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Ogun State governor-elect, Dapo Abiodun, Senator Godswill Akpabio, traditional rulers, among other dignitaries.
The Vice President who was accompanied by his wife, Dolapo to the service said the thanksgiving in his home town became important to thank God for sparing his life in a helicopter crash on February 2 in Kabba, Kogi State.
He attributed his survival in the crash to the special mercy of God, who he said has seen him through ups and downs of life.
Osinbajo offered prayers for peace, progress and stability in the country at the event.
He noted that God actually saw him through the rigours and hazards during campaigns in the build up to the 2019 general elections.
Earlier, the VP’s wife, Dolapo, in her testimony , shared her experience when she received the news of her husband’s helicopter crash.
According to her, the mercy of God had been pillar of her family.
Speaking at the thanksgiving service, the State governor-elect, Dapo Abiodun, described Osinbajo as an embodiment of diligence and sincerity.
Abiodun said it was mercy of God and absolute faith in Him that helped him to survive the challenges he faced during the governorship election in Ogun State.
In his sermon at the service, the Archbishop of Ecclesiatical Province of Lagos, the Most Reverend Olusina Fape, said that the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the last presidential election was because of God’s mercy.
Fape said it was God’s mercy that diverted untimely death from the VP, urging him to continue to serve the God who has been merciful to him and his family.
He said “The election has come and gone. But it was won though the mercy of God. It is mercy that makes difference in lives of individuals. Election is not according to your power, your ability and your wisdom, election is a matter of mercy.
“Mercy does five things, it brings victory, it brings exaltation, it brings wisdom, it brings deliverance and success. Your Excellency, whatever you might have achieved is not by your power or wisdom, but by the sheer mercy of God.
“As you celebrate today, God’s mercy will catapult you to the next level according to the slogan of your party”.