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Motailatu Church at 60: Governor Aiyedatiwa preaches peace, development

*Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State, at a recent event in Ondo City, urges Nigerians to pray for peace in the country, stating ‘anywhere there is peace, there will be development’

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State has urged Nigerians to pray for peace in the country because “anywhere there is peace, there will be development.”

Aiyedatiwa, who spoke Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Ondo City, during the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the Motailatu Church of God (MCG), praised members of the church.

The governor, represented by Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan, his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), also noted the support extended to his administration since he became the Governor of Ondo State, fondly called ‘Sunshine State’, in Nigeria.

The MCG disclosed the spiritual event, held at the International Headquarters of the church, Saint Adekahunsi Cathedral, Oke-Iwosan, Ondo City, was witnessed by several Ondo chiefs, leaders of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) and others.

Chief Ade Iluyemi, a prominent Ondo leader and educationist and Chairman of the occasion, was supported by his wife and two-term Commissioner, Chief (Mrs.) Funke Iluyemi.

The Ondo State Governor also described Saint Isaiah M. Akinadewo (Omo Jesu), Founder of the church, as a true man of God, whose impacts in propagating the Word in the minds of his children and millions of people since he founded the church, in 1964, would remain indelible forever.

Dr. Benson Enikuomehin, a former Commissioner in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), also urged Nigerian leaders to be patriotic so that the people would enjoy dividends of democracy.

Congratulating the church members on the 60-year celebration, Governor Aiyedatiwa enjoined them to pray for more peace and harmony to continue to take its full stand in Ondo State in particular, and Nigeria as a whole.

He equally solicited for more support from members of the church worldwide for his administration.

The governor as well urged them to embark on fervent prayers to ensure the success of the forthcoming gubernatorial election slated to hold November this year, in Ondo State.

Aiyedatiwa promised that his administration would continue to do more in improving the lot of the people of the state.

He also used the occasion to mention several developmental projects and efforts embarked upon since he assumed office December 2023.

Earlier, in his sermon, Senior Superintendent Gabriel F. Akinadewo (Omo Jesu II), Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of MCG, urged Nigerians to continue looking up to God to assist  the country.

In the sermon titled, “It is never too late for God Almighty to help”, the cleric stressed the need for leaders and the led in the country to do the right thing at the appropriate time.

Akinadewo, who quoted several passages from the Holy Bible, stressed the need for Christians to embark on spiritual warfare and prayers.

“Through this, Nigeria will overcome its present challenges, especially the issue of insecurity in some parts of the country,” stated he.

Lamenting the incessant kidnapping and other insecurity challenges in the country, the cleric also admonished the people to continue to pray fervently

The Senior Suprintendent equally stressed the need for governments – Federal, states and councils –  to do the right thing at the right time.

He said: “Government should do the right thing in dealing with bandits who are terrorising the country. “We have three (Gs) – God, Government and Gun. “God, our Creator, has given the Government the power to deal with evil, using the instrumentality of the machinery of state. “As long as you are in this territory, the government has the power to deal with enemies of state.”

Speaking on the Diamond Jubilee Celebration, Akinadewo further went down memory lane when his late father, Isaiah MoyinOlorun Akinadewo, founded the church in 1964, in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, and later moved to Ondo town in 1977.

“He officially established the Church, in 1981, at Oke-Iwosan, Ondo City, which later became the International Headquarters of the Church,” the cleric recalled.

He also explained that the Church has made tremendous achievements, touching the lives of people in various communities.

The celebration featured anniversary thanksgiving, donations, prayers, and songs ministration by the church choristers from   various parishes.

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