House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara yesterday attributed his election to divine intervention.
According to him, he lacked the resources to fight for the position adding that the greatest challenge the country faces is bad leadership.
He urged followers to support and pray for leaders who mean well for the development of the nation.
Dogara spoke at a Thanksgiving church service at the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) Centre in Tafawa Balewa, Bauchi, his home state.
It was his visit home since his election as speaker on June 9. On Saturday, he visited Emir of Bauchi Alhaji Rilwan Sulaiman who prayed for the quick release of the Chibok girls who were abducted from their school dormitory more than one year ago.
He said: “God sent angels who made it possible for me. This is because in terms of resources and connection, there was no way we could possibly deliver this project.”
The Speaker thanked the people for their support and prayers and reminded them that it is God’ command in the Bible for them to pray ceaselessly for all leaders irrespective of differences.
He added: “The biggest challenge we have in this country is lack of credible leadership because if there is no leader, everything around us decays, but if we have good leadership, I believe Nigeria will be greater.
“With prayers, the quality of leadership we have will improve and if it improves, the quality of our lives will equally improve.
He said his emergence as speaker is a clear sign that northern Nigeria is becoming united more than ever before.
He said it was an act of God when the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, from the same Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi state, where he comes from, became Nigeria’s first and only Prime minister in the first republic, Dogara said but for divine intervention, his emergence as the fourth citizen in the country would not have been possible.
“This victory we are celebrating here today wouldn’t have been possible without your support. Apart from the support from our brothers from other political zones’, support.
“The North at a time searched for leadership from other parts of the country because, we were divided. My emergence with the support of all people of different tribes and religions in Nigeria, showed that we’re beginning to come together as a region and Nigeria will be better for it.”
“For God to have returned to this region and pick someone here is an indication that there is a new dawn for this region.”
Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Fund (TETFUND), Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, said Dogara’s victory is history made in grand style.
He described the Speaker as a man of faith who believed he was going to occupy a prominent position in the country, he added that “if we ever thought that someone from this land would work against the emergence of Dogara as Speaker, he was a liar because God made it possible.
“The said that can anything good come out of Nazareth? Something good has come out of Zaar land,” he said.
Guests at the Thanksgiving service included former Plateau State Deputy Governor Paulline Tallen, former Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria, Bauchi state, Rev. Shiabu Byal and Supreme Court Justice Bitrus Tsammani, among others.