Abiodun Taiwo, Abeokuta
He announced plans not to say much, but when he did ? and what he did say ? was pregnant with meanings. He spoke volumes without saying much.
Former President Olusegun Olusegun Obasanjo simply opted to sing when called upon to make a remark on Monday night at the 2014 Ogun State Christmas Caro, held at the Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Rather than say much, he simply pleaded to be allowed to sing. The former President who is stoutly against the re-election of his estranged party man and incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan, simply sang: ?Do something new in Nigeria ??
Before he took the second stanza, the rapturous audience joined and sang: ?Something new in Nigeria, do something new in Nigeria, today ??
Shouts of ?Sai Buhari, Sai Buhari,? immediately rent the air.
Major General Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming presidential election is the main contender for President Jonathan?s seat.
Obasanjo prayed for divine intervention in the affairs of the country in 2015.
He was invited to address the crowd after the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye had preached.
Rather than make a long speech, Obasanjo simply said: ?I and the governor (Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun, APC) have agreed that all what Baba Adeboye said here tonight is what all of us have said. There is no more word. But you will assist me to sing this song, Nigeria needs something new this time around.?
He continued: ?The song goes thus: ?Do something new in my life and do something new in this country?.?
The hall went into a frenzy as shouts of ?Sai Buhari? rent the air. The former President continued singing to the delight of his audience.
Delivering the Christmas Message, Pastor Adeboye said that only God could engineer a way out of the crisis of the country.
Adeboye, who took his sermon from the Book of John, Chapter 14 verses 6, advised Nigerians to seek God?s way as that is the only solution to the country?s problems.
?Jesus is the way, the life and the truth. No one gets to my father except through Him.?
The RCCG leader spoke further: ?Let me take one of the three names: Way, Life and Truth. The one I?m taking tonight is the Way. As we are now, we all have to go back to the Lord in terms of needs or lacks and He will show us the way. He is the Prince of Peace, all things shall be done in the name of Jesus.
The event, which lasted for over five hours, was attended by several spiritual leaders who prayed for the state, the nation and called on God to take control of next year?s general elections for peace and tranquility to reign.
The prayer session was led by Prophet S. K. Abiara, the General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church worldwide while the closing prayer and Benediction were done by the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor W.F. Kumuyi.
The Nine Lessons of Christmas were read by nine selected personalities with the wife of the State governor, Mrs Olufunsho Amosun reading the first which was taken from the book of Genesis 1:2 verses 30- 31.
The founder of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare read the second lesson from Isaiah 11 verses 1-11 while the third lesson was taken by Prophet Dr. Solomon Adegboyega Alao, the Supreme Head, Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria.
The Ogun State Head of Service, Mrs. Modupe Adekunle took the fourth lesson from the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 9 verses 2-7 and Most Revd. Dr. E.A. Ademowo OON, Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and Diocesan Bishop of Lagos read the fifth lesson.
The sixth lesson was taken by the Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice Olatokunbo O.Olopade CON, who took it from Mathew 1 verses 18-25.
Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Suraj Ishola Adekunbi read the seventh lesson which was taken from Luke 2 verses 1-11 and the President of the Nigeria Baptist Convention, who is also the National Vice Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Revd. Supo Ayokunle, read lesson eight from the Book of John 1: verses 1-14.