By Evelyn Okakwu
The president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), pastor Ayo Oritsejafor has urged Nigerians to brace up for the challenges ahead of the year 2015 adding that, he is optimistic of the election’s becoming, Nigeria’s turning point.
“As we prepare to usher a brand new year 2015, I urge all Nigerians especially Christian faithful to brace up for the challenges ahead of us both as individuals and as a nation”.
“Many have alluded to the fact that the 2015 general elections would throw Nigeria into chaos but as a man of faith I see the election as Nigeria’s turning point”.
He said the present challenges facing the country are signs of God’s plan to make us understand that he will always be with us, hence the need not to wory, but to remain hopeful.
“You should not concentrate on your problems, but rather on the way to solve them. Look forward, because life is beautiful, and God created it for us”.
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger”. These words of the famous philosopher demonstrate that we are the instruments in the hands of God.
“So, you see that even in His withdrawal, God is always with us”
“We have come to the end of another eventful year that truly tested our strengths and weaknesses; measures our faith in God and stretched our limits beyond what we all could have imagined”.
“I have dwelt on these words of encouragement because I want all Nigerians to approach this New Year with a renewed sense of vigor and the understanding that we all must work for the kind of society that we desire to have”.
But all these will not be possible if we continue to stay away from God or desist from doing his will in our small areas of jurisdiction, we must therefore approach everything in this year, first of all by inviting God’s presence”
“Nigerians must learn to support their leaders in prayers and physical support”
“Leaders must be wise and courageous in their decisions in this coming year because as it has already been known the challenges are becoming multifaceted from insecurity to crashing oil prices and many others”.
“But I see a lot of positives and opportunities in the midst of these challenges and that are what I want Nigerians to absorb in their hearts.”