Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The family of the late Alake of Egbaland, Oba Oyebade Lipede marked the 10th year remembrance and posthumous centennial birthday of the late monarch.
And as part of activities for the day, a church service was held at the St. Peter’s Catheral, Ake, Abeokuta, where the late king worshiped until his demise.
Preaching at the service, a retired primate of Anglican Church, Peter Akinola, urged the people to “Shed their primordial sentiment and come together to develop Egbaland”.
Akinola described the late paramount ruler as “a man of great faith and great vision, not only for himself but for his people, a man full of love and affection for his people”.
His words: “Oba Lipede was a committed man who dedicated his life to the service of God and humanity, his passion was to transform Egbaland and rescue the people from the power of sin.
“We are here today to honour a rare gem and the only way to honour that man is to carry on his legacy by winning souls for Christ, especially in Egbaland”, Akinola stated.
The cleric, who lamented the disunity in Egbaland as result of the segregation among the people said “Let us all come together and work for the good of the land, in unity lies our strength, only in unity can we develop this land and in oneness can we move Egbaland forward”.
He commended Governor Ibikunle Amosun for his developmental programmes in Ogun State, especially in Abeokuta, stressing that “If not for Amosun, Abeokuta would have remained underdeveloped as a result of the disunity among the people”.
Akinola noted that “Egbaland is a mini Nigeria, the cradle of Nigeria’s civilisation and Christianity, saying that if Egba problems could be solved then, the country’s problems had been solved”.
He therefore urged Nigerians to live in peace and unity asking “How can a nation thrive in disunity?” and prayed for the success of the forthcoming general elections in the country.