Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, says closeness to God is the only way for man to triumph over tribulations.
Adeboye spoke at the 2015 Christmas Carol of the Oyo State Government held on Sunday evening at the Agodi Gardens, Ibadan.
Adeboye said there was also the need for every living being to secure the love of God to conquer all problems.
He said: “If the whole world forsakes you and God is on your side, you will always triumph over all tribulations.
“If God is against you, then you will experience failure through divine resistance.
“Holiness, humility, love and obedience are also necessary to secure the love of God to fly higher.”
Adeboye prayed for the people, the state and the nation to overcome the array of problems they all encountered.
Addressing newsmen after the programme, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State assured the people of the state of better days ahead, especially in the coming year.
Ajimobi said he was optimistic God would make 2016 a bountiful year, with breakthroughs and resounding successes for all.
Earlier, Soji Eniade, the OYo State Head of Service, asked the people to reflect on all they had been through during the year, urging them to rejoice in spite of the circumstances.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme featured special prayer sessions, lessons, special performances, candle lighting/kingdom brass and fireworks display.
Many eminent personalities in the state, including the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Michael Adeyemo; and the Oyo State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Akin Oke, attended the carol service.
It also attracted several royal fathers in the state.