Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Chaplain of the Aso Villa Chapel, Pastor Seyi Malomo, on Monday revealed that the engine of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s helicopter failed when he visited the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja on Thursday.

The helicopter which conveyed Osinbajo to the graduation of 40 senior officers of Customs at the college had made a forced landing about 30 seconds after take-off on his return journey.

The situation forced him and members of his entourage to return to the Presidential Villa, Abuja by road.

Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, had downplayed the situation in a tweet when he explained that it was decided that the Vice President should not return with the helicopter because of “technical reasons.”

But Malomo, at a special praise and thanksgiving event on Monday revealed that the helicopter’s engine failed, hence the need to thank God for sparing Osinbajo’s life.

The clergyman said there was the need to thank God for Osinbajo’s “deliverance.”

He said, “Last week, we received the news with shock that the Vice-President’s helicopter engine failed and we thank God that God preserved him.

“The preservation of the leaders is the preservation of the nation and, as a result, we want to thank God.

“This programme was organised to thank God for his watchful eyes over our leaders, over our nation and more particularly over the deliverance for the Vice President.”

“We will be spending 120 hours praising God, teaching about thanksgiving, praying to God to bless Nigeria more, establish peace in Nigeria more, preserve our nation more and give us the victory that is needed.

Malomo urged Christians to stop complaining about whatever they may he going through. Rather, he urged them to be prayerful, citing the Bible account of the Israelites’ journey to the Promised Land as an example.

He said, “My advice to them is for them to join us, we are to be a praying church and not a complaining church.”

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