Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the inauguration service steered clear of stumping or any partisan politics. Instead he chose a message of uplift and hope for Nigerians.
My short message is that the future is bright, he said. The Bible says that the path of the just has a special place. It says in Proverbs 4:18, “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”
The same Bible also says that the glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former. Everything that scripture tells us reminds us that because of the love of the Almighty God, especially those of us of the faith, our days will be better and better, brighter and brighter.
This is the reason why I am so confident and the Bible urges us to be confident, and for this special reason, we of faith must be confident because the scriptures say that we are the light of the world.
I am deeply grateful to the Almighty God for enabling us to see this day and this season, and especially for preserving the life of Mr President and myself through the past 4 years and giving us a second opportunity to stir the affairs of our nation. Glory be to His name forever more.
I am also thankful for all of us who are here, many who were here four years ago, about this same time, who are also here again. I thank the Almighty God that you are also able to see this day.
Where there is darkness and pain, we bring succor and hope, our ministry is a ministry of reconciliation, first with God, through Christ, then with all our fellow men and women, with Muslims, Hindus, and even those who deny the existence of God.
Secondly, we are the salt of the earth. The scripture reminds us that salt has a special quality, the quality of ensuring that things do not go wrong. By our words and actions, we heal even as salt heals and prevents rottenness.
Saint Paul reminds us and reminded the Christians in Colossae of the power that their words had, and that their words had the power to heal or to destroy, depending on how they spoke and what they said.
I would like to remind us also of the same, those of us of the faith. In Colossians 4:6, the scriptures say, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
We must not, as Cardinal Onaiyekan reminded us today, permit anyone to take advantage of the fault lines of tribe and religion in our country.