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ECU is a Family. Yeah, right.

However, the undoubtable fact is that if you are reading this mail, you are probably at work - earning your nairas, dollars, whatever. You may or may not have dinner waiting when you land at home tonight, and you may or may not have the best of jobs.

However, as in a family, many paradoxes exist among us. Thats why we need to pray.

The fact is that not all of us are as comfortable, married or blessed as we hoped to be, years ago.

Way back when I used to watch Vietnam war films, the worst form of torture used to be solitary confinement without food. Persecution of a group would make them sad; solo confinement made them mental.

Brethren, the man without a job in Nigeria is going through solitary confinement with hunger as an added bonus. He may live with you, but by 7am when you go to work, he is alone with enough time to stew in his own juice.

Your girl friend who shares confidences with you and who was a great pal in Moremi but is yet to 'settle down' may still be close to you, but she is as lonely as a prisoner of war and needs to be 'set in families'.

Government is supposed to care for the weak; though ours seem to prefer the strong. The strong will always survive in any economy - but in Nigeria, even the strong struggle. While my opinion of this government doesnt bear saying lest I be docked for 'Treasonable Felony of the buccal cavity', the truth that stares me in the face is that we belong to the economy of heaven, where it is not by might, nor by power but by His Spirit.

You have a job? a business? A great career? Well, look back, and I am sure you would identify some past 'coincidence', 'encounter' etc that lifted you towards where you are today. Ladies and gentlemen, I submit that it was grace that got you your family, kids, jobs.

ECU Household had 1200 members when you were President? Well, what if I tell you that the population is closer to 300 presently - and they are praying, preaching and keeping up your ancient landmark?

Paul said, Philippians 1:7
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.
There is a grace that got you where you are and lifted you to your achievements. Your children are by His grace. Some were holier than you and are still seeking for the fruit of the womb. The ultimate proof of love is to stand together with your brethren, hold hands in prayer and share that grace.

Lets come together at Sheperd's Flock Church, 18, Shogule Street, behind Etiebet's Place, Near Sheraton Hotels & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos with our brethren, Dr Odun Orioke, Evang Gboyega Shitta and Rev Kola Olufemi [Awobenu].

Lets come together and pray. Lets raise our hands to God for our nation, our brethren and our world. Let us seek Him for the things that are lacking in our lives, and let us plead for Him to extend the grace that brought us our successes to be extended to our brethren - lets make it happen for our brethren!

If you are outside Lagos, join the chariot! Take an hour out tomorrow night and pray for the ECU Family, and Nigeria as a nation.

Lets turn this from a Lagos Alumni Night Vigil to a global ECU night vigil!!!

We will meet Him there.

God bless you

Bayodele OLOTU
Public Relations Bro,
ECU Alumni
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