Is Nigeria set to break another world record? It might seem so, since the Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) has concluded plans to hold the 2016 Marathon Bible Reading. According to Mr Dare Ajiboye, the general secretary of the organizing committee, it is billed to hold in Lagos from September 5-9, and would hold at 50 different centres simultaneously. Mr Ajiboye made this known in a statement made available on Friday, September 2 while in Lagos. He stated that the event would give participants the opportunity to read the Bible in their native tongues. According to Vanguard, he also said that the programme would be declared open on Monday, September 5, at Shepherd’s Flock International church. Guinness world record breakers (photos) “It is scheduled for Lagos from Sept. 5 to Sept. 9 at 50 different centres simultaneously between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. The unique feature of this programme is that it gives the participants opportunity to read the Bible aloud in their own native languages. “Bibles in different languages such as English, Isoko, Igala, Igede, Ebira, Yoruba, Efik, Igbo, Hausa, Nupe, Khana, Urhobo, Fulfude, Jju, Bokyi, Edo, Arabic, Tiv, Itsekiri, Kanuri, among others, will be on display for the participants to choose from,” he said. Ajiboye also urged Christians to take advantage of the programme as it promised to be spiritually rewarding. “Participants, irrespective of denomination, age or sex, will have a three-fold joy by participating. There is joy in reading the Bible in their languages, helping someone else hear the word of God in a new way and joining others in continuous reading of the bible,’’ he said. The question of whether they will break a world record with this marathon bible reading is something that is to be considered. BSN has the complete bible in 24 Nigerian languages and gives bibles free to old people’s homes and orphanages, people with visual disability, prisoners, the deaf, among others.  It is a non-profit-making interdenominational Christian organisation that translates the bible into Nigerian languages, publishes and distributes it and also raises funds for bible work. Meanwhile, the Guinness World Records has had Nigeria in its pages a few times. First , Nigeria got into the Book of World Records for having the biggest football jersey in the world. Then, 300,000 students from the 600 public secondary schools in Lagos brushed their teeth simultaneously at different locations to defeat India who had set the previous tooth brushing record and put Nigeria on the map.


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