Neither the Planning Committee for the 61st Nigeria’s Independent Anniversary, nor the Ogun State Government Officials and Officers prepared for the surprise that they encountered at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Ake, Abeokuta on Sunday.
The Iconic Cathedral was normally filled to the brim with those usually expected to attend the annual Church Service.
In attendance were Governor Dapo Abiodun, represented by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Pastor Tokunbo Talabi; former Governor Gbenga Daniel, Head of Service, Alhaja Salmot Ottun, former Speaker, Suraju Adekanbi and others.
Besides, members of the Ogun State Council of Obas were also in full attendance led by the Alake, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Olu Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle and the Dagburewe of Idowa, the usual Stand-In for the Awujale of Ijebuland, just as the Service Chiefs were all there in full ceremonial gears.
Without notice of the unusual, the Church Service started with normal and predictable formality, with Bishop Oludaisi Adekunle’s procession, the warming praise-and singing.
Their was strict adherence to the programme of events until it was the turn of the erudite Bishop to deliver the annual sermon, ‘The Independent Anniversary Speech’
Bishop Oludaisi Adekunle started by appreciating all the developmental projects Dapo Abiodun had done as well as the Governor’s projections.
He then went into his novelty in sermon by announcing that, there would be no flamboyant speech.
Deviating from the norm, he announced that there would be crying and praying onto the Lord to forgive our many sins just as the children of Israel, and restore peace and plenty to the Nigerian Nation.
Surprisingly, he called out Current Government Officers, the States’ four Divisions’ Paramount Rulers, and Service Chiefs to represent all interests to pray intensively and extensively as if we were in a war situation, asking God for forgiveness of sins and in return, to give us peace prosperity and plenty, which he said Nigeria needed more than anything now.
The Bishop, who said that only false prophet would cajole and deceive the government, argued that things were not alright at all.
Bishop Adekunle disclosed that to avoid being kidnapped, he had stopped going to the Diocesan Farms.
He likened the situation in Nigeria to that of Jews in Egypt, where they were almost terminated.
He said God sent Moses to them and they were delivered because they had cried to God.
He again stunned the congregation as he disclosed that it wasn’t only the bandits that were terrorizing Nigerians, saying others included government officials milking the resources of the country, were also guilty, adding that God would punish all oppressors.
Adekunle recalled that David prayed and God gave him deliverance, adding that all leaders in the country needed prayers.
He urged the SSG, HOS, Alake, Dagburewe for Awujale, Service Chiefs and others to present the Nation’s Prayers to God.
He asked the leaders to fervently pray for salvation of the land.
Bishop Adekunle also prayed for President Muhammad Buhari and his Cabinet, Advisers and handlers.
Speaking on behalf of the State Governor, the Secretary to the State Government, Pastor Tokunbo Talabi said that the Governor’s Goodwill Message was predicated on doing something little to uplift your neighbour.
Pastor Tokunbo Talabi said that Ogun State Government would continue to protect its citizens, while it expected the citizens to reciprocate by doing their own bit, adding that Nigerians should work and pray for the survival of the nation.
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