No true happiness without Christ – Obasanjo

A former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has said that no one could ever achieve true happiness without Jesus Christ. Chief Obasanjo said this while speaking as a guest speaker during a Public Symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of The Bible Society of Nigeria at Muson Centre, Lagos.

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Speaking on the theme: Man: In Pursuit of Happiness, the former President said that man had, for a long time, made unsuccessful efforts to gain happiness, but failed because he had always gone about it in a wrong way. He congratulated The Bible Society of Nigeria on her 50th anniversary and commended her for making the Word of God available to Nigerians.

The Special Guest of Honour at the occasion, Chief Ernest Shonekan, the Chairman of the occasion Elder Felix Ohiwerei and General Dr. Yakubu Gowon, the Patron of BSN congratulated BSN on her 50th anniversary.

Two other lectures were also organized in Enugu and Abuja. Topic for Enugu which took place on February 2, 20016 was: “The Impact of Bible Translation on Evangelism delivered by the Archbishop of Ecclesiastical Province of Enugu, Church of Nigeria [Anglican Communion] while Bishop Matthew Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese spoke in Abuja on: “The Bible and National Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Christianity in Nigeria,”. This took place on February 4, 2016.

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The celebration kicked off on January 31st, 2016 at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina where the NEC, Management and Staff of the organization gave thanks to God for preserving the organization for 50 years. Prayers were offered to thank God and as well commit the future of the organization into the hands of God.

50 years of Glad Tidings

Another permanent feature in the symposia was the introduction of a book: 50 years of Glad Tidings. The book is a historical account The Bible Society of Nigeria in the last 50 years.

Walk for the Bible

As part of activities to mark the 50th anniversary, there was a 7–kilometre walk from the National Stadium, Suruelere, to Shepherdhill Baptist Church, Obanikoro, Lagos to commemorate Mary Jones’ walk for her Bible in 1800.

Over 200 youths including staff members of the organization walked jubilantly with dance and songs as they trekked the distance.

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