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Akeredolu, Siblings Celebrate Mother @90

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By Temitope Adedeji, Akure

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), on Saturday led his other siblings to celebrate the 90th birthday of their mother, Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu.

Family members, friends and well-wishers gathered at St. Mathias’ Anglican Church, Orogun, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to praise and give thanks to God for His divine mercy and favour over the governor’s mother who has continued to serve God and humanity.

Wife of the Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu; members of the State Executive Council led by the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu, among several other dignitaries within and outside Ondo State attended the church service.

Governor Akeredolu who is the first child of the family, took the Bible reading from Psalm 92 Verses 1 to the end.

In his sermon, the Bishop of Ibadan North Diocese and Archbishop of Ibadan Province, The Most Rev. (Dr) Segun Okubadejo, who congratulated and rejoiced with the celebrant on her 90th birthday celebration, said God has really been very faithful to her.

While describing Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu as the Dorcas of our time and a woman whose life is a model to all, Bishop Okubadejo added that she is like a tree planted by the riverside.

He observed that clocking 90 years in the face of enormous challenges, including economic and social insecurity, and in a society where life expectancy is low, is a milestone which must be celebrated with praises and thanksgiving offering.

Bishop Okubadejo described the occasion as a gracious and glorious day, not only for the celebrant but for all who have joined to celebrate her on the special occasion.

According to him, it is a thing of joy to see Mama’s grandchildren and great grandchildren gather to celebrate her as it was said in the Bible, stressing that the occasion was to praise and give thanks to God because she has enjoyed the favour of God.

He prayed God to continue to sustain the nonagenarian great grandmother in good health, adding that the transforming favour, love and grace of God are still sufficient for her as she continues with the journey of life.

“At 40, you celebrated the 0eace of God, and we thank God the same peace is still with you till today. At 50, you celebrated the love of God and we thank God you are still lucky God still loves you. At 60, you celebrated the mercy of God, and if not for God’s mercy there is no way you will be here today to celebrate 90, but we thank God for that.

“At 70, you celebrated the grace of God, God has been so faithful to you. At 80, you celebrated the praise of God and till today we thank God the praise has never ceased from your mouth, you are still praising God; and today, at 90, you are celebrating the Wisdom of God.

“If I want to be generous Mama, at 100, you will celebrate the glory of God. We want to be more generous Mama, at 120, you will celebrate the excellence of God,” he added.

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