The Diocesan Bishop of Egba Anglican Church, Rt. Reverend Oludaisi Adekunle, has told the retiring Anglican Bishop of Osun State, Bishop James Popoola, that he should not consider himself as having retired from the Service of God after reaching the mandatory age of 70 as a cleric.
According to the man of God, the Bishop Popoola had only changed position from one stage of physically active cleric life to a new elderly advisory capacity.
Bishop Daisi Adekunle, referencing Zacharias’ experience with the birth of John the at a very advanced age, said that Bishop Popoola had garnered a lot of invaluable experiences which would be useful to the ongoing work of God.
The Egba Diocesan Bishop pointed out that God had blessed Papa Popoola because he came back from Osun State more blessed than when he left Abeokuta 19 years ago praying that he would be more increased in helping to reinvigorate the Church in Egbaland.
Turning to the Alake, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and the Olubara, Oba Jacob Omolade, Bishop Adekunle said that the Traditional Rulers deserves to be congratulated because their son, Rev. Popoola, retired and returned home in peace far away from home without any blemish.
He recalled that it was Bishop Popoola was the one that sent him to the Theological College as well as conducted marriage between him and his wife, adding that he was happy to welcome his mentor and Mrs Popoola back home.
Appreciated the Oshun for returning Baba hail and hearty.
Quoting from the Book of Genesis Bishop Adekunle said God had promised to take Papa Popoola out of his land in Abeokuta and protected him and before take him back from Osun as a fulfilled Priest.
He argued that Popoola was like a palm tree, whose every part of was useful and had only changed duty to Abeokuta to continue serving God because was still much relevant.
Bishop Adekunle said retiring Bishop James Popoola had Retired Papa Jasper Akinola to emulate as the latter set up a foundation to train the youth after retirement.
Apart from the Alake and the Olubara, other dignitaries at the Cathedral of Saint Peter Ake Church Thanksgiving Service, included Anglican Bishops from Osun, Ekiti, Ifo and Ilaro.
The Alake’s entourage to the Home coming Service for Bishop James and his wife were Onimo-Ero Engineer Tokunbo Odebunmi, Bada-AsojuOba Wole Odekunle and Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode.