Gowon, Obasanjo, Shonekan, Osinbajo Pray for Nigeria at Villa Chapel Thanksgiving

Aso Villa Chapel yesterday organised its annual end of the year thanksgiving service with former Heads of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Olusegun Obasanjo and Ernest Shonekan in attendance.

The service, which took place in the chapel, was also attended by former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme, former Chief of General Staff Rear Admiral Ebitu Ukiwe, Gen. Oladipo Diya and the host, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

Osinbajo said the service was an exciting time to thank God for all he had done for the country during the year.

“Today is a special thanksgiving for the end of the year and as you have seen, all the former presidents and vice-presidents are here for the special thanksgiving service.

“They have 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,’’ he said.

Gowon said he was delighted to be at the service with other former colleagues and thanked Osinbajo for facilitating his attendance.

Gowon said he was more excited with the children who came also to do their thanksgiving and prayed to God to bless the children in a special way.

He enjoined the children to keep the faith with other Christians and “to always make sure that we keep this country one and together’’.

He urged Christians to love every Nigerian in spite of their faith following the injunction of Jesus Christ to love their neighbour.

“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.

Gowon prayed for President Muhammadu Buhari, Osinbajo, the entire presidency and Nigerians and asked God to give the leadership the guidance to administer the country according to His will.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, thanked the vice-president and organisers of the service for bringing the past and present leaders to the service.

He said the nation was expecting good lead from the leadership in the coming year, noting that the event was meant specifically to thank God for helping the country to steer its economy.

Enang said the year was almost gone and that the budget for next year would soon be presented.

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Gowon, Obasanjo, Shonekan, Osinbajo grace Villa Chapel thanksgiving

The Aso Villa Chapel on Sunday organised its annual end of the year thanksgiving with former Heads of State, Yakubu Gowon, Olusegun Obasanjo and Ernest Shonekan in attendance.

The service which took place in the chapel was also attended by former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, former Chiefs of General Staff, Ebitu Ukiwe and Oladipo Diya, and host Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Vice President Osinbajo said the service was an exciting time to thank God for all he had done for the country during the year.

“Today is a special thanksgiving for the end of the year and as you have seen, all the former Presidents and Vice Presidents are here for the special thanksgiving service.

“They have been specially invited to come, we also expected 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,’’ he said.

Mr. Gowon said he was delighted to be at the service with other former colleagues and thanked Mr. Osinbajo for facilitating his attendance.

Mr. Gowon said he was more excited with the children who came also to do their thanksgiving and prayed to God to bless the children in a special way.

He enjoined the children to keep the faith with other Christians “to always make sure that we keep this country one and together.’’

He urged Christians to love every Nigerian in spite of their faith following the injunction of Jesus Christ to love your neighbour.

“Our neighbours are Christian, Muslim, traditional religions, among others. Whatever we do, we make sure that we live up to the expectation of what Christ expects of us,” he said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang, thanked the Vice President and organisers of the service for bringing the past and present leaders to the service.

He said the nation was expecting good lead from the leadership in the coming year, noting that the event was specifically to thank God for helping the country to steer the economy of the country.

The Chaplain of the Aso Villa Chapel, Seyi Malomo, in his message said thanksgiving was an injunction from God, adding that everyone in spite of status must thank God in all circumstances.

According to him, thanksgiving is an acknowledgement that God is alive, adding that each time the faithful gave thanks they demonstrate their faith in God.

“As we thank God, He will restore the good days to the nation,” he said, and predicted that time shall come when people will queue in embassies to visit Nigeria.

Toyin Saraki Showers Thanksgiving To God As She Marks Her Birthday

Wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, paints her Instagram page with thanksgiving to God as she turned 52 today. The founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa posted a photo of herself on IG and counted her blessings in her caption.

See her IG post and caption below:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BKAgtsuAnNJ/?taken-by=toyinsaraki

Man Draped In American Flag Jumps The White House Fence On Thanksgiving Day

The Obama’s Thanksgiving celebrations had to be cut short after a man draped in the American flag jumped the fence of the White House.

President Obama and his family were tucking into their turkey dinner when they were put on lockdown so the Secret Service could conduct a sweep of the grounds following the security breach.
CNN reports that Joseph Caputo – who was wearing a baseball shirt, gloves and the flag as a cape when he hopped the fence – was immediately taken into custody. He also appeared to have a binder in between his teeth as he climbed the metal railings.
Joseph Caputo scaled a fence on the North Lawn at 2:45 p.m., according to Secret Service spokesperson Robert Hoback. The jumper was immediately apprehended and taken into custody. 
According to two CNN photojournalists who witnessed the incident, the men was carrying an envelope, had on a blue shirt and white pants and was cloaked in an American flag. They said the officers who detained him had their guns drawn and were accompanied by K-9 units.
Vanessa Pena, an intern on Capitol Hill, was playing tourist with her twin sister who was in town for Thanksgiving. “We were just standing there and the man came up behind us,” she told CNN. “I heard him take a deep breath and say, ‘All right, let’s do this.'”
Pena said the man “ran through” she and her sister before he jumped over a barricade, and then the fence.
Though the White House issued an official “all clear” about two hours after the episode began, the north and south fence lines remained temporarily closed Thursday evening.

Snoop Dogg Helps Give Out 1,500 Turkeys To Families In Need On Thanksgiving Day

For the second year in a row, Snoop Dogg spent a day spreading holiday cheer in Inglewood, California — with the help of hundreds upon hundreds of Thanksgiving turkeys.

Last Thursday, a week before Thanksgiving, Snoop Dogg joined Inglewood Mayor James Butts to give away more than 1,500 turkeys to local families in need.
The rapper took pictures with more than 800 people at the event, according to KNBC-TV. He’s also said to have given out quite a few hugs.

“This is a very big help for not only myself, but for about a thousand people,” resident Xiomara
Payan told the news outlet of the turkey giveaway.

Snoop Dogg’s involvement in the giveaway began last year when he asked the city what he could do to give back to the community, reports the Associated Press.

At the time, Butts reportedly suggested that Snoop Dogg help give out turkeys at the event. The city gave out 800 turkeys last year.

According to the Good News Network, Snoop Dogg plans to continue this giveaway tradition in the coming years.

At last week’s event, the rapper told the crowd that he considered Inglewood, where his production crew is headquartered, his “second home,” per TMZ.