Fight for the oppressed, bishop tells Oyinlola

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Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe

THE Diocesan Bishop of Lagos, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye, has urged the former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, not to stop fighting for the oppressed.

Olumakaiye said this at the Holy Communion and thanksgiving service marking the 70th birthday of Oyinlola at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Lagos.

The bishop, who noted that the exploitation of Nigerians was affecting the effectiveness of the country’s growth and development, urged Oyinlola to use his influence to continue to live an impactful life, working for God, setting minds on spiritual things and applying biblical wisdom.

He said, “At 70, fight for the oppressed. The country is not going the way it should because we are exploiting the oppressed and that is why our fastings are being wasted.

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“You must work for the Lord, set your minds on the things of the spirit. In everything you are doing now, apply biblical wisdom. I have known you for over 20 years now, and I can say that you are a man that loves God. You are a man full of experience our country needs. You still have a lot to offer our country.”

Olumakaiye, however, told the host that he had different reasons to thank God, looking at the positive and negative things that had happened to him in the past.

Giving his vote of thanks, Oyinlola pledged to rededicate his life to continue doing good to all manner of people.

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He said, “I express my sincere thanks to the Bishop for the show of love. Out of the shared love between me and his eminence, I only gave him a call that I wanted to celebrate my birthday. I can’t but thank the Baba of the world, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. To those of you who bought and read Tribune today, you would have seen the big tributes he gave.

“Since he has given me this opportunity to become a member of his family, I have resolved to make my middle name Obasanjo. I thank General Yakubu Gowon and General Ibrahim Babangida for the beautiful, deep tributes and their love at all times. I thank my colleagues, former governors here present.

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“To my wife and children, the journey started in this cathedral on the 1st of July, 1978 when we both said I do. I thank God we are still doing and we will continue to do. I pledge to rededicate my life to continue doing good for all manner of people going forward.”

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