IKENNE-REMO (OGUN) – Ven. Sunday Enike, the Archdeacon of Ikenne Archdeaconry and Vicar of Our Saviour’s Anglican Church, Ikenne-Remo, Ogun, on Saturday lauded Chief Obafemi Awolowo for his role in Nigeria’s development.
The cleric gave the commendation while delivering a sermon at the 28th Remembrance Thanksgiving Service held in honour of the late sage at the Awolowo’s family country home, Ikenne-Remo.
Enike said the legacy of the former Premier of the defunct Western Region would always be remembered and emulated by generations to come.
At the service, which was well attended by family members and notable dignitaries, Enike said Awolowo gave his lifetime and wisdom to the service of humanity.
“Pa Awolowo used the wisdom God gave him to serve meritoriously.
“Through the free western education initiative, he helped to liberate many from the shackles of poverty.
“Although, he is not here with us in the physical form, Awolowo still remains dear to us, as all that he lived for is still meaningful to us,’’ Enike said.
He described the late Awolowo as an iconic figure whose annual remembrance should not be seen as ritual, but a way of appreciating God for a life well spent.
Similarly, in another cathedral, Ven. Oluremi Onajole described Awolowo as “a forthright, trustworthy, peace loving philanthropist and astute politician like no other.’’
This was the crux of the message he gave during the Awolowo 28th Memorial Anniversary, Patronal Day and Holy Communion Service, held at Obafemi Awolowo Memorial Anglican Church, Ikenne.
Onajole urged the gathering to use their God-given potential to develop their immediate contacts in particular and the larger society in general.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Ogun State Deputy Gov.-elect, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, and representatives of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade were amongst dignitaries present at the services.
Others were the wife of the Vice President-elect, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, who is equally one of the grandchildren of the late sage. (NAN)
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