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When Ibadan Church Convention Offered Prayers For Nigeria

Posted: Sep 11, 2015 at 1:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola


It was a period of prayers for the country at the closing session of the week-long 33rd edition of the Annual Holy Ghost Convention of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries, also known as Christ Life Church, at the Ministries Headquarters, Garden of Victory, Olaogun area, off Old Ife Road, Ibadan. At the programme, which had the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as the Special Guest of Honour, the Presiding Bishop of the Ministry, Bishop Francis Wale Oke in his open exhortation had assigned some of the visiting Ministers of God, including the president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC) Reverend (Dr.) Supo Ayokunle, Retired Prelate Ola Makinde of the Methodist Church Nigeria and the General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) worldwide, Prophet Samuel Kayode Abiara among others to lead various prayer sessions for the country, leaders in various places with emphasis on President Muhammadu Buhari, his Vice, Osinbajo, Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi and his Deputy, Otunba Moses Alake Adeyemo, the state as well the Ibadan monarch, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, who was represented by one of his High Chiefs, Eddy Oyewole.

Accompanied by his wife, Pastor (Mrs) Dolapo Osinbajo, the Vice President asked Nigerians to remain committed and expectant of the change promise made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the March 28, 2015 presidential election. He said that winning an election meant little to him compared to the expectation of God from him to be the light of the world and His true disciple. He also asked Nigerians to continue in ceaseless prayer for the new administration.

He recalled the efforts of his host, Bishop Oke and other Ministers of God for the success of the APC in the last election and disclosed that God backed their words and actions through the outcome of the elections.

“We enjoin all to support us towards making the country to witness genuine and sincere change,” the Vice President said, adding that Nigerians’ high expectations from the present administration were acknowledged and assured that they would not be disappointed.

While fielding questions from journalists after the programme, Osinbajo maintained that “things are just getting better day by day, though the nation has high expectation, by the grace of God, all these expectations will be met. Nigerians are assured of more exciting times and great things for the nation, there are a lot of things that we have done and we will still see a lot by God’s grace and I can only implore well meaning Nigerians to support the administration with their prayers.

“We know that it’s been very good, we know that the nation has high expectations and I know that things are just getting better by day, and I believe that by the grace of God, all of those expectations and beyond will be met. We are looking forward to more exciting times and great things for this nation.

“We can’t talk about a policy direction in one year but I’m sure you we all heard the President’s speech on the economy and what to expect in the next few days. What we’ve said about the economy, especially what we intend to do in the area of Agriculture, power, roads, infrastructure, so much has to be done. A lot of work to be done in the next few months, so we will see a lot”, Osinbajo said.

In his ministration, Bishop Oke charged the congregation to be selfless and see God as the source of wealth in his message tagged ‘Living for Others’. According to him, “when you answer the call of God, definitely you become a blessing and that blessing will transform to Divine Enlargement.”

He disclosed that the Lord promised to use this year’s convention “as symbolic of the season of supernatural enlargement-double rejoicing, double portion, double reward, double honour, double advancement on all frontiers.”

He said the convention had provided a divine network for believers of all denominations for a rich fellowship, adding that “this year’s convention has been marked by in-depth teachings of the word of God, and impartation of the Holy Spirit with countless souls saved, many healed and delivered.”

Reflecting on the theme of the convention – ‘Divine Enlargement’, Oke said that “enlargement comes by the finger of God, noting that to be blessed is to be divinely assisted to make it. When people embezzle and corrupt, I wonder what is on their mind. People who live for themselves need to check themselves because they are living out of God’s plan. God bless us to be a blessing to others. When we present ourselves so that we want to be a blessing, we are signed in for limitless blessing.’

Bishop Oke also used the opportunity to defend some of his colleagues in God’s vineyard who supported former President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the election, recalling that the problem was caused by the then ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which engaged in religious sentiment to canvass for votes for the then President Jonathan.

He said that some clergymen were hoodwinked by the campaign that Buhari, then APC candidate, would islamise the country if he won the election, asking that such clergymen should not be blamed because their actions were part of democracy.

Oke who is the immediate past Vice-President (South-West) of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), however said that he knew that former President Jonathan could not continue to lead the country to avoid Nigeria becoming a failed country, thus his decision to support the duo of Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo with the conviction that nobody had the power to make Nigeria a mono religious country.

He called on Nigerians not to hide under any guise to disrupt President Buhari’s fight against corruption. He said the revelations of mind bogging amounts of money allegedly mismanaged by some people in this country were very sickening. “One cannot but wonder how some people could do that to our country and sadly, it was not a recent occurrence in view of what we heard during the past administration of how some Ministers ran their ministries, spending huge amount of money on cars and chattering of flights without anything done to them in form of punishment, an indication that there was lack of will to fight corruption then on the part of the leadership”.

Describing corruption as a ‘monster choking our nation’, the Clergy said government should not spare anybody, but to send them to jail, adding, “if there’s need to build more jail houses, please do. If it is my child that is found to have stolen public fund, send him to jail, I will be happy coming round to greet him there. Let nobody fight the duo of Buhari and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, SAN under any guise, let the law take its course, let’s join hands to oppose corruption, let them start somewhere and spread it. Nigeria would have collapsed if we had not experienced the change that took place on 28th March this year,” he added.