Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked Nigerians who survived COVID-19 and witness the New Year to thank God for His mercies.
Obasanjo, who spoke on Saturday at the second annual thanksgiving service of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ogun State chapter, held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, said he knew the reason God spared his life to witness the New Year despite the turbulence and challenges posed to humanity in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the former president, he was spared by God purposely to “serve Him and humanity more and more.”
Obasanjo stated that he survived 2020 not because he was more righteous or clever than any of those that were swept away by the pandemic in Nigeria, Africa, and the world at large.
He said: “It is our duty to give thanks to God. You will be the most ungrateful person if you do not perform the duty of giving thanks to God.
“In all circumstances, give thanks. Therefore, if you fail to give thanks, you are failing a very significant duty of yours as a Christian.
“Last year 2020 was a very challenging year not only for us in Nigeria, not only for us in Africa but for the whole world.
“The fact that you are alive calls for giving thanks to God. It doesn’t matter which way you look at it, that those who you know as a result of COVID-19 are no more here with us, not because you are better than they are, more knowledgeable than they are, it’s just by the grace of God.
“And if God gives you that grace, to still remain on earth, maybe for a purpose and I believe part of the purpose is for you to continue to serve humanity and to serve God. You cannot be a servant of God if you cannot give thanks to him.
“The purpose of being here is to perform our duty as Christians, by giving thanks to God.”