By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has declared that God will redeem Nigeria from its current challenges of insecurity, ethnic and religious tension starting from the ancient State.
The governor, who dwelt on the uniqueness of figure seven, said that God will use the seventh election in the Fourth Republic coming up in 2023 to get Nigeria to perfection.
According to him, the fact that Oyo State currently produced the Seventh President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), as well as the Worldwide President of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) is a sign that God loves Oyo State and would redeem the country starting from Oyo.
The governor stated this on Sunday, during the thanksgiving service in commemoration of Bishop Francis ‘Wale Oke’s election as the 7th President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, held at the Sword of the Spirit International Ministries headquarters in Ibadan.
Makinde added that the emergence of Bishop Oke as the seventh PFN President at the same period that the 7th Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President, His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Supo Ayokunle, is also from Oyo State, showed that the redemption of Nigeria will begin from Oyo State.
The governor also challenged Nigerians to consistently pray for the country and its leaders.
He said that there was the need to be clear-headed about the country’s challenges and how to solve the challenges.
He said: “Just as God has given the 7th President of CAN and 7th President of PFN to us [in Oyo State] at this point in time in Nigeria for perfection and completeness, so also I am believing God to do the same thing for us in the next election.
“We started this democratic experiment in 1999 and up until 2019, we have had six elections and the seventh election is going to be in 2023. So, if we want perfection and completeness, the Church must get involved.
Speaking on the challenges facing the country, Makinde said: “I want to tell us today that we have a lot of work to do. We need to keep praying for this country and people in leadership positions.
“What is absolutely important and critical is the fact that in the midst of all of these confusions, we have to be clear-headed and do things that will solve problem.”
Also speaking, the President of CAN, Dr. Supo Ayokunle, said that leaders must ensure justice and fairplay to reduce ethnic and religious tension as well as general insecurity.
He also called on the new PFN President not to shy away from telling truth to power, adding that his friends would hate him for saying the truth.
The new PFN President, Bishop ‘Wale Oke said that governments must use the power of the law to bring sanity to the country, adding that no good government negotiates with bandits, rapists, terrorists and kidnappers