Nigeria going at its own speed, Buhari tells Kumuyi

President Buhari shares a joke with Pastor Kumuyi and his wife Esther during their visit to the Presidential Villa
President Buhari shares a joke with Pastor Kumuyi and his wife Esther during their visit to the Presidential Villa

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday in Abuja that Nigeria is going at its own speed, noting that, “God did not make a mistake when he created over 250 different ethnic groups, and decided to put them in a place called Nigeria.’’

Receiving the General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi, at the Presidential Villa, President Buhari said Nigerians must appreciate God for bringing everyone together.

“We must appreciate God for bringing us together. He knows what he was doing. He didn’t make a mistake,’’ the President noted.

Describing Nigeria as “a great country’’ endowed with human and natural resources, the President said:“We have challenges in trying to get people to understand us.

Buhari thanked Pastor Kumuyi for preaching and visiting him at the Aso Villa
Buhari thanked Pastor Kumuyi for preaching and visiting him at the Aso Villa

“With my experience as a governor, Minister of Petroleum, Head of State, Chairman of Petroleum Trust Fund, I thought I had seen it all, but Nigeria has a way of going at its own speed.

“My morale is raised by your visit. I very much appreciate it.’’

President Buhari recalled what he described as Pastor Kumuyi’s “intellectual achievements’’ as a scholar and university lecturer before going into full time ministry, adding that he was “excited a great deal’’ for the General Superintendent’s acceptance of government’s invitation to preach the sermon at the country’s 58th independence anniversary.

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“Thank you very much,’’ the President said.

Paryer Session: Pastor Kumuyi prays at the Aso Villa during his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari
Paryer Session: Pastor Kumuyi prays at the Aso Villa during his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari

In his remarks, Pastor Kumuyi, who leads one of the country’s largest Pentecostal churches, said it was an honour to be received by the President on a busy day as October 1.

He told the President that he appreciates the government.

“Please remain focused and courageous and do what is right. Not everyone will support you publicly, but we are praying for you so that your tenure will be one of progress and prosperity for the country.’’

The General Superintendent was accompanied by his wife, Esther, Pastor Samuel Afuwape, Pastor Chike Onwuasoanya and Pastor Seyin Malomo, the Chaplain of Aso Villa Chapel.

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