Intense fireworks lit the evening sky early Wednesday as Nigerians poured out of their churches after crossover prayers to join the rest of the world in celebrating the birth of the new year.
In parts of the country, including Abuja, Nigerians took to the streets to mark the occasion.
In Port Harcourt,  there were chants of “happy new year” as fire crackers sailed into the dark sky, releasing brilliant colours as they exploded.
In Abuja, gardens were packed in the early hours with families and fun seekers happy that they made it into a new year.
But the churches held the attention of most Christians who thronged  worship grounds to be part of the crossover.
Delivering his new year message, Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church said that there would be light in Nigeria.
Adeboye urged Nigerians not to be afraid,  stressing that the battle is of the Lord
He predicted that Nigerians would take a walk away from hardship, describing the new year as a glorious one.
Also addressing worshippers, Pastor Poju Oyemade, General Overseer of the Covenant Christian Centre predicted that Nigerians would experience something new.
“12 distinct landmark events”, the preacher said would occur during the new year, “Every curse shall be turned into a blessing.”
He said the year would be one of “divine release and divine compensation” and members of the congregation  “shall save families and bless communities.”

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