The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has stated that if not for divine intervention of the almighty God, he would not have been elected speaker last week.
Mr. Dogara emerged House Speaker, Tuesday, in a keenly contested election defeating former House minority leader, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC Lagos).
Speaking during a Thanksgiving service at Living Faith Church Goshen City, Karu Nasarawa State, on Sunday, Mr. Dogara said the teachings he has been receiving in Living Faith Church in the last 27 years, contributed to his victory.
“I have been a member of this church since 1988 even before I went to the University. The teachings I receive here have defined my life
“If it were not for the teachings we receive on this altar, maybe this victory may not have come.
“We had Goliaths in the run up to the election; there were Tobias and Sambalats. We had Balams who were asked to curse us but God is with us,” he said.
The Speaker said the end of the matter is better than the beginning
“It was Machiavelli who said you should not conquer territories you cannot keep. We have to keep this through prayers,” he said.
He also said the new government in Nigeria is coming into power at a time of global crisis, “the economy is bad, there is collapse of government and the rise of evil to power in different parts of the world. Even family values are being redefined.
“We plead for your prayers because we must confront these challenges. As leaders we are responsible for what we allow. We need your prayers,” he said.
Also speaking, Bishop of the Living Faith Church, David Abioye, described Mr. Dogara as a true ambassador of the church saying “when the righteous rein, the people rejoice.”
“House members have been sharing testimonies of your good works and we pray that God will sustain you and keep you strong,” Mr. Abioye said.