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What Osinbajo said at Dogara’s birthday thanksgiving service

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday
showered praises on Speaker of Nigeria’s
House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
Osinbajo, who spoke at a thanksgiving
service held at The Living Faith Church,
Nasarawa State, described Dogara as a
special individual.
The VP’s speech at the event issued by his
spokesman, Laolu Akande, read: “I had
told the Rt. Hon. Speaker that I would not
be able to attend his birthday event,
because today is a day when annually, I
host all members of my family, and I had
done this for very many years and he had
excused me from coming and said he
understood.
But about two days ago, it just struck me
that I had to be here and now I understand
why I had to be here.
I have always known that the Speaker is
an exceptional person in this funny world
of politics. As you can imagine, politics is
not a picnic, but there are people who
stand by their word and you can take them
by their word.
I heard, I think at some point, that the
Speaker is a Christian. Over time, I got to
know that. I didn’t even know his
antecedents, but I recognized that there
was something distinct and special about
him.
I think that, by just hearing the stories and
various testimonies of his life, it is evident
that he is a good Christian. I have always
said that if you are a Christian, we must
know your salvation experience; we must
know your story.
If you don’t have a salvation experience
you must go get one, but when you know a
man or a woman’s salvation experience,
then you know where he is coming from
and you will understand why he is who he
is today.
I am really grateful to God for today and I
am going to get the book (to be unveiled
today about the Speaker). I am going to
tell my son the story because I always tell
him stories, especially about greatness
and about great people. I have always
underscored to him that there is something
important about redemption and
greatness.
I was so pleased today when I heard
Pastor Abioye talk about that relationship
between redemption and greatness – the
understanding that our lives really must be
about service, because the one who saved
us died for us and served us till the end.
So, I’m really so excited to be here and to
celebrate with my brother because I have
been greatly enriched today and greatly
encouraged in my Christian faith. And I
want to just bless the name of the Lord for
you, your wife and children.
I pray that, just like the scriptures say,
“That the path of the just is like a shining
light and it will shine brighter and brighter
until that perfect day”, I pray that your
light will shine brighter until that perfect
day in the mighty name of Jesus. I also
pray that as your day, so shall your
strength, so shall your wisdom and so
shall your favour increase with God.
Your family, who you see today, you will
continue to see and you will have pride
and joy in them every day. All your
children will be greater than you and all
that you desire, the Lord God Almighty will
bring to pass in Jesus name.

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