…As Nigerians celebrate Baptist National President Ayokunle
By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has hinted that he may end up as a pastor after serving eight years in office as the state governor.
Abiodun, who gave this hint in his remarks at the 108th Nigeria Baptist Convention, held at the Baptist International Conference Centre, Lufuwape Town, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, said though he would not ascribe to himself the authority of the clergy because he loves reading, studying and sharing the words of God.
“I may end up on the pulpit after I have served as governor for eight years,” he said.
The event, which was equally used to conduct valedictory and commendation service for the retiring President of Baptist Convention, Nigeria and the President, Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr. (Reverend) Samson Ayokunle, was attended by the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Senator Ishaku Abbo (Adamawa North) among other dignitaries.
Abiodun noted that the theme of the Convention, ‘Moving Forward: Finishing the race with Joy’, has called the attention of Nigerians, and in fact the entire humanity, on the need to do things with the fear of God in their hearts.
According to him, if Nigerians followed the instructions of God in all they do, living would be much easier and the country would not find itself in the present precarious situation.
He, therefore, charged Nigerians not to lose hope, stressing that “all we need is the fear of God in conducting our affairs”.
“We all need to treat our fellow human beings with love and even take care of our environment with care. If we do, we will live a more peaceful and prosperous life. We continue to pray for God’s blessing upon our land, so that our people will live in constant abundance of every good thing.
“More importantly, we must reject violence and pursue peace with one another. We need to walk in love and understanding. This is what our heavenly Father expects from us.
“We, therefore, look forward to the continued reign of peace in our land and the constant strengthening of the body of Christ”, the governor stated.
While noting that the Convention is the “gathering of the faithful and a clear demonstration of the injunction of the word of God”, Abiodun commended the Baptist Church of Nigeria, for remaining relevant in the propagation of the Gospel, and the provision of qualitative education, health care services.
Abiodun congratulated Rev. Ayokunle for a successful tenure as the President of the Nigeria Baptist Convention after 10 years, noting his roles as the current CAN president has strengthened the unity among the Christians in the country.
On his part, former Olusegun Obasanjo, commended Ayokunle for serving meritoriously in his capacity as a leader in the Baptist Church.
Obasanjo, who expressed optimism that Nigeria would survive various challenges confronting it presently, prayed that God would give the retiree new energy to continue the work of God.
Also speaking, Governor Makinde of Oyo State hailed Ayokunle for his tenacity in carrying out the duties of his office and urged him to continue to lead prayers for Nigeria and the leaders.