The State Director, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Delta State chapter and General Overseer, God’s Own Revolutionary Church (GOREC), Revd. Prof. Oke Akokotu, is optimistic that despite the harsh economic realities prevalent in the country following the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, Nigerians still have multiple reasons to roll out their drums in appreciation to God.
Speaking at the weekend during the 2020 National Thanksgiving Service of the Church in Agbor, the administrative headquarters of Ika South Local Government Area of the State, Akokotu who is the immediate past Executive Secretary of the Delta State Christians Pilgrims Welfare Board, said Nigerians should continue to imbibe the culture of ceaseless thanksgiving to God, irrespective of their challenges.
Speaking specifically on the theme of this year’s thanksgiving service by the Church, “Fervid Thanksgiving For Glorious Liberty”, the cleric enjoined Nigerians not to lose faith and hope in God as according to him, the future of every individual, and particularly Nigeria, depends solely on Him (God).
He said, “Nigerians should learn to thank God more despite the Covid-19 constraints we found ourselves this year. We must take cognizance of the fact that there were nations in the world that were more adversely affected than Nigeria.
“For instance, the number of deaths recorded in Nigeria is far below the number of deaths recorded in some other nations, particularly Europe and America.
“I want to say that in spite of our medical imperfections in this country, we still had large number of people who have already recovered from the pandemic.
“Sincerely, Nigerians have good reasons to thank God; we must thank Him for limiting the adverse effects of the pandemic, we must thank Him for helping those affected to recover.
“Above all, we must thank God for the sustained unity of this country despite the increasing rate of insecurity, ethnic agitations, hunger, unemployment and other social vices across the country”, the cleric said.
Saying that 2021 holds better prospects for the country, he advised that Nigerians must learn from the mistakes of the previous years and thus; adapt to the threatening global economic recession.