Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday boycotted a special thanksgiving service hosted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Aso Villa Chapel.

The vice president told State House correspondents after the service Jonathan was among those specially invited, "but unfortunately, he had to cancel at the last moment."

Past leaders who are Christians that attended the service included former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Head of the Interim National Government Chief Ernest Shonekan, former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, former Chief of General Staff Rear Admiral Ebitu Ukiwe, General Oladipo Diya (rtd).

Osinbajo, who said the service was organised to thank God for all He had done for the nation this year, stated: "Today is a special thanksgiving for the end of the year. And as you've seen, all the former presidents and vice presidents are here for the special thanksgiving service. They've been specially invited to come.

"We also expected (former) President Jonathan, but unfortunately, he had to cancel at the last moment. So, we are all extremely excited that we have been able to bring everyone together to thank God for our nation and to give Him thanks for the great future ahead of us."

Also speaking, Gowon called on Christians in the country to love their fellow citizens regardless of their faith as expected by Christ.

"Our neighbours are Christians, Muslims, traditional religions etc. Whatever we do, we make sure that we live up to the expectation of what Christ expects of us,’’ he said.

Expressing joy that he attended the service, the former military leader thanked the vice president for facilitating his attendance.

Gowon prayed for God's guidance for President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo to govern the nation according to His will.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters Senator Ita Enang thanked Osinbajo for bringing the past and present leaders to the service.

Enang said the thanksgiving service was aimed at thanking God for helping Nigeria to steer its economy.

He said chairmen and members of the committees in charge of budget and finance at the National Assembly were currently appraising the 2016 budget, "and it is good to thank God and ask God’s face as we move ahead."


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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