The General Secretary/CEO of the Bible Society Of Nigeria (BSN), Pastor Samuel Sanusi, has declared open the 2021 edition of the Marathon Bible Reading organised by the society.
The 2021 Marathon Bible Reading was hosted by the Saviour African Cathedral, Agege, a suburb of Lagos.
The theme for the 2021 edition is “Read Aloud the Word of the Lord, Joshua 8:34”.
The GS, who drew inspiration from the book of Nehemiah 8: 1-3 said that one of the ways to achieve a part of BSN mission was the Marathon Bible Reading.
“It is an annual weeklong non competitive Marathon Bible Reading that gives participants opportunity to read the Bible in any language of their choice uninterrupted for a period of five days.
“The unique feature of the exercise is that it gives participants the opportunity to read the Bible aloud in their mother tongue to the hearing of other people,” Sanusi said.
He said the daily meditative reading of the Bible and inculcation of biblical virtues would change the fortunes of Nigeria positively.
“I, therefore, want to use this medium to call on Nigerians to return to God by reading and obeying His Word.
“If we do this, corruption and other social ills prevalent in the country will be very minimal,” Sanusi said.
He said that the 2021 edition would begin September 6 in 73 different reading centers across Lagos State.
According to him, the programme will hold simultaneously in 12 other states in the country.
The states included Oyo, Edo, Kwara, Osun, Adamawa, Ondo, Kogi, Ekiti, Imo, Niger and Ogun.
Sanusi said that the society was looking forward to when all the states in the country would participate in the Marathon Bible Reading.
“People, irrespective of denomination, profession, age or gender should visit any center closer to them in any of the participating states and take part in the programme from Monday September 6- Friday September 10, from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 a.m,” Sanusi said.
He noted that over the years the entire Bible had been read repeatedly within five days in the course of the programme in some of the reading centers.
Earlier, the Bishop of the Cathedral, Right Rev. Clement Afolabi thanked the Society for chosing the church for the exercise.
Highlights of the occasion was the Marathon reading of the Bible for almost an hour.
Certificates of participation was presented by the Society to participants and also from the Lord Bishop to the GS.