Civil Society movement as been described as a movement that is powered by the spirit of God and strengthen by God Himself.
Comrade Emmanuel Ogbidi, Acting President and General Secretary, Network of Civil Society Organizations of Nigeria disclosed this on Sunday at the thanksgiving service of the organisation held at Hill-City Christian Centre, Ugbo, GRA, Benin City.
He said as a civil society movement, it was wise to give thanks to God who saw them through last year despite the challenges and tough times, acknowledging God as their source, strength and inspiration in carrying out civil work freely to humanity.
According to him, in the year 2020, many died, many were hospitalised and many organisations folded up due to the challenges in the year but none of their members died and that the organisation is still in existence, hence it’s worth thanking God.
“It very wise to appreciate God who is our source, our strength and our inspiration in doing the work of civil society freely to humanity. It is not by our strength.
“Civil society movement is a movement that is powered by the spirit of God in man. When men have the spirit of God, they stand against injustice; they stand for truth; they stand for those who cannot speak for themselves. God is the voice of the voiceless. God cannot come down, He uses men.
“So, we have no other source, our source is God, and that is what we have demostrated here today by coming together to the house of God to give Him thanks, to show that He is our source, and He is our everything,” he said.
In his Sermon, Rev. Olu Martins, founder of Hill-City Christian Centre who happens to be amongst the civil movement described the civil movement as a movement that is not working to make name but for a better society.
“No one pays civil organisations for all they do. As a civil society organisations, we are not looking for name but a better society,” he said.
On his part, chairman of the organising committee, Comrade Maxwell Amen Iyamu said looking back at 2020 challenges arising from COVID-19 pandemic, EndSARS and other challenges, it worth giving thanks to Almighty God who saw them through the year unharmed.
While stating that the thanksgiving was the first organised by the organisation, Comrade Iyamu said being people who have been fighting for justice, God and even nature as been protecting them from some authorities they engaged in the course of the work.
Those who were at the thanksgiving include Comrade Austin Osakue, spiritual leader, Talakawa Palliament, Comrade Kola Edokpayi among others.