IBADAN, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Nigeria’s Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo have reportedly attended their last Christmas at the Aso Villa as the country’s number two citizens.
The Christmas Concert at the Presidential Villa is an annual event hosted during the festive season by either a sitting President or the Vice President.
The yearly event hosted by the Vice-President, has the theme, “Messiah”.
Boss Mustpha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, alongside some members of the Federal Executive Council, members of the National Assembly, members of the judiciary and traditional rulers also attended the event.
The concert featured praise and worship, Bible readings, special prayers, congressional hymns, ministrations and musical renditions, among others.
The concert featured gospel artists and choral groups from Abuja FCT, Kano, Niger, Imo, Rivers, Osun and Taraba States, rendering traditional Christmas songs and specially composed numbers to mark the occassion.
Choral groups also include: the Aso Villa Chapel Choir, Eagles Music Academy, The Symphonies and the Lord’s Trumpeters, all from Abuja.
Other groups include: The Potter’s House Choir from Kano, the Magnificent Chorale from Jalingo, the Vocal Care Choir, Osogbo, the Imo City Chorale, Owerri, the Minna Chorale Society from Niger, and the Port Harcourt Male Ensemble from Rivers State.
Gospel artists at the event included Nathaniel Bassey, Dunsin Oyekan, Tolu Odukoya-Ijogun, Ife Odoginyan and Mustapha Yusuf.
There were also scripture readings by Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha who took the first lesson from John 4:24-27; while Barrister Mary Omoyeme Musa, PWD, took the second bible reading from Luke 1: 3-26, King (Dr.) Dandeson Douglas Jaja, the Jaja of Opobo read the third scripture from the book of Matthew 1:18-25, and Supreme CourtJustice Helen Moronkeji Ogunwumiju took the fourth Scripture reading from Luke 2: 6-16.
At the annual concert, special prayers for Nigeria and its leaders were raised, led by the Chaplain of the Aso Villa Chapel, Pastor Seyi Malomo.
Pastor Seyi Malomo, Chaplain, Aso Villa Chapel, offered a special prayer at the concert.
Malomo, among other supplications, asked God to forgive the sins of Nigerians and heal the nation socially, economically and security wise.
In his message, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, said that the theme signified that Messiah could transform the lives of Nigerians and heal the community.
“My prayer is that He shall restore all we have lost and realign us to the will of God,” he prayed.