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Ethnicity Bane Of National Development, Says NBC President?

Posted: Jul 5, 2015 at 6:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa

President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC), Dr. Olasupo Ayokunle, has said that the promotion of ethnicity is hampering the development of Nigeria.

Ayokunle, who is also the Vice President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said this on Saturday at the dedication of the church auditorium of First Baptist Church, Ovom, Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State.

Dignitaries at the church auditorium dedication service were the state governor, Seriake Dickson, who was represented by the deputy governor, John Jonah, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Kemasuode Wodu, former deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly, Ayebaesin Edoghotu-Omoh, who also served as dedication committee chairman and  the President of Bayelsa Baptist Conference, Dr. Humphrey Edoghotu, among others.

He said the undue emphasis on the factor of ethnicity in every consideration at all levels had impeded genuine growth and development of the country.

Ayokunle, who spoke on the topic, “Turning Your Dream to Reality” with I Kings 6:1-7 as the text, noted that great persons were the manifestations of their dreams.

“Dream is not reality but it is the path to reality. Without dream, there is nothing to produce. Great people are products of their dreams,” he said.

The Baptist clergyman outlined seven requirements to turn dream to reality including awareness backed with vision and initiative, cooperation, seeking God’s face, working with God, hard work, standing by faith against challenges and being ready to possess.

In his remarks, Governor Dickson commended the leadership and members of First Baptist Church Ovom, Yenagoa, for the effort, courage and sacrifice they put into building the edifice which foundation laying was done on 9 February, 2002.

He noted that a place of worship meant more than what the ordinary eye could see, stressing that the massive cathedral had added significantly to the aesthetic beauty of Yenagoa.

In his address, the resident pastor of the church, Oyewumi Oladapo, thanked God for empowering the minds of members to conceive and complete the gigantic building.

“Members sacrificially laid down their promotion benefits, total business profits, vows, loans acquired for personal projects and other sacrificial donations to the glory of God”, he said.