I AM CALLING ON PASTORS KUMUYI AND ADEBOYE TO UNITE ALL CHRISTIANS AND ADDRESS THE NIGERIAN QUESTION
MOST PEOPLE HAVE LOST CONFIDENCE IN GOVERNMENT
NIGERIA USED TO BE GOOD. WE MUST RETURN TO PRAYER DISCIPLINE AND THE THINGS OF GOD
GOD HAS GIVEN NIGERIA A PASTOR AS VICE PRESIDENT. THE LORD WILL STRENGTHEN HIM TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
OUR DOCTORS ENGINEERS AND PROFESSIONALS ARE GOING. WOE TO A COUNTRY THAT ALLOWS HER BEST BRAINS TO LEAVE
WE ARE DEALING WITH THE DOMINANCE IN MANY SECTORS BY ONE TRIBE IN THIS COUNTRY AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION
CHRISTIANS ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO ATTACKS AND PERSECUTION
NIGERIANS AT THE LOWER LEVEL ARE MORE CORRUPT THAN LEADERSHIP
YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NOT READY TO WORK. THEY WANT TO GET RICH QUICKLY
THEY DO YAHOO-YAHOO, THEY DRESS LIKE IRRESPONSIBLE PEOPLE, THEY WEAR EARRINGS IN THEIR EARS. WHERE WAS THE CHURCH WHEN THE YOUTHS EXPLODED?
NIGERIANS ARE GOOD FOLLOWERS WE ONLY NEED GOOD LEADERS
WE ARE NOT WEAK IN THE CHURCH BUT WE ARE SLACKING IN EVANGELISM
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY PROFESSOR DAPO ASAJU, IMMEDIATE PAST VICE CHANCELLOR, AJAYI CROWTHER UNIVERSITY ON THE OCCASION OF THE LAUNCH OF THE BOOK, KUMUYI, THE DEFENDER OF THE FAITH (17/09/2021)
TOPIC: THE IMPERATIVE OF INTEGRITY, TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST IN LEADERSHIP: CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF W. F. KUMUYI, THE DEFENDER OF THE FAITH.
In the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit,
His Excellency, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Erudite Professor of Law and Pastor, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, my elder brother in personal capacity,
His Excellency, the Governor of this State of Excellence, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Visitor to my University, Lagos State University,
My father, our father, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi and Mama Esther Kumuyi and other family members,
All our fathers in God who are here gathered, Prelates, Primates, General Overseers, Men of God,
The Minister for Youths and Sports, representing symbolically The Federal Executive Council,
All the Distinguished Ministers of the Deeper Life Bible Church,
The Book Reviewer, Professor Olukoju, a fellow former Vice Chancellor (Caleb University),
All our Leaders in politics and government, and the Authors of this great biography, brothers and sisters in Christ,
Gentlemen of the Press, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I feel most honoured to have been asked to speak at this great event of celebrating our father, and I bring greetings from my Primate, the Primate of the church of Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba.
I speak on the topic, THE IMPERATIVE OF INTEGRITY, TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST IN LEADERSHIP: CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF W. F. KUMUYI, THE DEFENDER OF THE FAITH.
I congratulate our father on the occasion of his 80th birthday recently and I congratulate the Authors who have taken it upon themselves to document the life of one of the greatest Generals the world has ever seen.
My relationship with Baba has not been close but I’ve been his son. I was a member of Deeper Life from 1979. We used to go to Ayobo when canopies were still being used. I remained a member of Deeper Life at Lagos and Ilorin and always, his books and tapes have formed my spirituality up till today. You have many sons in the diaspora Baba, and we are proud to be your children.
Biographies are very important because no matter how cerebral anyone is, people suffer from amnesia, they tend to forget things and people so soon after they have left the stage. The Chinese rightly wrote, “The faintest ink is better than the sharpest memory”. When people die, they go with all their knowledge, wisdom and that is the calamity we have in Africa, many of the great people in this country have gone, and they are gone with their knowledge and skills, most of them undocumented.
In this clime, not many celebrate biographies but they help a lot. I was invited to be the speaker at the event where Oyo State Governor was having Thanksgiving upon his winning election, that sermon took place in the church of the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Bishop Francis Wale Oke and my major message to him then was, can you, your Excellency go to the bookshop and buy the books on Chief Obafemi Awolowo?
Not less than 15 books have been written which show him as the greatest President Nigeria never had.
The man who touched lives everywhere, a man of excellence and ideas, a man who was a philosopher who saw ahead, who had television in the South West even before the North African countries ever had it, he was a man ahead of his time who touched the lives of his people.
This is the importance of biographies, when people are gone, we are still able to learn about their lives. What would the Church be if not for the biographies of the Bible heroes?
We look at their lifestyles, we learn from their mistakes, successes, and their righteous lives and service to humanity. Take your minds back to the history of the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Look at the prophets Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah, Nahum, Zechariah and the rest of them. They all had their stories to tell.
Look at Jonah, our Lord Jesus Christ and His apostles: Apostle Peter, Paul, James, and Jude,we all learn from their lives, not just from their teachings.
What do you learn from the lives of martyrs who withstood persecution at the risk of their lives?
Of Polycarp who said, “I have served my God for 80 years, He has done me no wrong, I prefer to die”. They were ready to lay their lives down. We learn from the martyrs, great men who passed through a lot in their Christian journeys. We learn from them.
We learn from reformers like Martin Luther King, John Calvin, John Knox, everyone of them. These were men who changed society and the kingdom of God. We learn from the missionaries who travailed on this land, who sacrificed their lives, they came here from comfortable Europe and planted the seed of Christianity. They were not Pentecostals or Charismatics, but they had the simple gospel of Christ and changed society. They gave us education, changed our culture, gave us civilization and made us to be who we are today.
Great men like Bishop Ajayi Crowther, a man who took Christianity to the whole of Igboland, who developed the Igbo autography, and taught them ABC. Every Igbo man in Nigeria, Pentecostal, Anglican or Methodist owe their Christianity to that man. He took Christianity to Onitsha, and invited the Roman Catholic Church to join him.
He took Christianity to the Niger Delta. All Niger Deltans owe him. This man died uncelebrated, his body lies beside the Cathedral at Marina. Not many people know that such great man has been. He planted education, and did so many things celebrated everywhere.
We also learn from God’s Generals of the Pentecostal world: Charles Parnham, Katherine Khulman, Florence Crawford and many of these great people, men and women who have laboured here. This is why biographies are very important. It is important to add to the list of these great people the biography of Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, Nigerian great God’s General.
~ Integrity talks about reputation – good one – principles, ethical standards and strong convictions.
~ Transparency talks about openness and accountability.
~ Trust talks about dependability and honesty.
~ Defender simply means someone who fights in defence of the faith, someone who will do everything possible to defend the faith once delivered unto the saints.
~ Leadership talks about ability to lead, actualize visions, manage people and have the courage to be able to exercise authority.
Having defined these terms, integrity, transparency, and trust are fundamental to the right behaviours of leaders and people in every society. A good name is better than silver and gold. Integrity comes from wisdom, not knowledge, and wisdom comes only from the fear of God. When these virtues are lost as they appear to be in contemporary Nigeria and the world at large: America, England, everywhere, we are all hurting, then it is finished for such societies except God intervenes.
Integrity and trust are solid principles which guide human behaviours and ethics. When Engineers subject products or projects to integrity tests, what they are saying is that they want to ascertain the quality of the product/project to know if it can withstand pressure or achieve the purpose of creating that product. For example, a building.
Transparency helps leaders to be accountable to the public who voted them into power. Openness and accountability are essential for people to have trust in their leaders at all levels.
Today, all over the world, and most especially in Nigeria, most people have lost confidence in their government, especially the political leaders because of insecurity, kidnapping for ransom, massacre of innocent communities by murderers who have infiltrated the security outfits and surrounded villages and communities in the name of herdsmen and bandits, failure of basic infrastructures, and devaluation of the Nigerian currency. I just came back from the UK last week and it is surprising that the Nigerian Naira is exchanging at the rate of N720 to a pound!
We had a time when pound sterling was at par with the Naira. We were stronger than the dollar. I was in this country as a young man when a Volkswagen Beetle was bought for N1,180, and Peugeot 504 for less than N6,000. People flew to New York on a return ticket of N30! What has happened to the good, old days? We will continue to talk about the good old days. May they come back in the name of Jesus!
We are dealing with massive unemployment of skilled youths. As a Vice Chancellor, it was very painful that most of the students I graduated were found in the job market. Everything is just hopeless, there is no way ahead, there is no job anywhere. Companies are closing down and churches who are supposed to employ youths are buying them over and opening more places of worship. Churches everywhere but the impact is low on human behaviours.
Most worrisome is the brain-drain of our young professionals, especially the doctors and medical experts. You train doctors today only to lose them to the international market. It is an unfortunate experience for a country to train her doctors with tax-payers money and lose them to Britain, Canada. Whatever they become over there, they are earning money for their pockets, it has no benefit for the country which trained them. So our doctors, engineers and professionals are going, it is woe to a country who allow her best brains to leave.
We are dealing now, not just with the export of these professionals, but we are dealing with poverty, inflation and dominance of the Executive, Legislative, Judiciary, Educational arms, Economic sectors of society by one tribe in this country against the constitutional provision of the Federal character. This malady has affected the populace in having trust in the government to protect them. Everyone is for himself, God is for us all. People no longer have confidence that they can be protected by government, they are not even sure that they can live in peace, joy and harmony as it used to be.
In summary therefore, the people are disconnected from their government, politicians are no longer trusted to implement promises they make during electioneering campaigns. I can still remember the 5 cardinal principles of the Unity Party of Nigeria and Obafemi Awolowo. I can’t remember any of the cardinal principles of the political parties today, they promise much, they do little. This is a matter of trust, people are disconnected from their leaders and now, Christians are more vulnerable to experience attacks and persecution more than ever before. See what is happening in Afghanistan, see how we are losing everywhere.
Mahatma Ghandi said, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world go blind”.
Martin Luther King advocated non-violent resistance. Violence is not an attractive option for anyone anywhere in the world. Why? Because violence is blind. Those who are supporting violence today, their chickens are coming home to roost. It has become so serious now that Emirs are no longer safe in their palaces and on the roads. Katsina which is the home state of the President is as restive as any other place and people are asking, “how did we get here!?”
Nigerians who are Christians have two major sources of spiritual empowerment which guide their philosophy and psychology: the sources are the Bible and our African tradition. I’m going to quote from the two. Let’s go to the Bible and see what it says as regards transparency and trust in leadership.
The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them (KJV)
Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich (KJV)
Crookedness (perverseness) is another way of talking about corruption. And talking about corruption, Ladies and Gentlemen, Nigerians at the lower level are even more corrupt than the people who are at the leadership level. Unless there is a general revamp and sanctification of the human heart, man is terribly wicked. God who created us said He regretted He made man. God was so frustrated with sin in the time of Noah, and our time is likenend to the time of Noah. God said He regretted that He made because the imaginations of the heart of man is continuously evil. God was so frustrated that He opened the windows of heaven and poured rain down and wiped out the whole of humanity.
If God could destroy the whole world and spare just a family of eight and from the three sons of Noah: Shem, Ham and Japheth you have the Caucasians, Mongolese and the Negroids, God can do it again, and He will do it again, but this time, not with water but with fire. We are in the era of Noah, everywhere is uncomfortable. I go to America and I see white men sleeping under the bridge. People are so poor and suffering, it’s so terrible, we need God to intervene and He will in the name of Jesus Christ.
God Almighty is telling us here that we should hold on to integrity, crookedness is the way of talking about corruption. Nigerians are very corrupt, everybody wants to cheat the other, the young people are not ready to work. I served in Lagos University for good 38 years, I was the among the pioneers, I became a professor there by 20 years, I stayed and I’m still developing and producing people there and I’m proud to be doing that but these young people don’t want to do that. They want to get rich quickly, they do yahoo-yahoo, they dress like irresponsible people, they wear earrings in their ears, WHERE WAS THE CHURCH WHEN THE YOUTHS EXPLODED!?
• 25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
• 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
• 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
This is what integrity is talking about. You know what God told Joshua when he was to take over from Moses? He said the book of the law must not depart from his mouth but he shall meditate upon it day and night, he must not turn to the left or to the right, no diplomacy, not political correctness, your Yes is your Yes, and your No is your No. This is what God is saying here. We need to go back to the fundamentals of honesty and integrity.
Integrity pays brethren, Ecclesiastes 12:12-13 says,
• 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
• 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
The prophets of Israel fought against acts of ungodliness and unrighteousness in their society. Amos fought against these vices, he lamented against the kine of Bashan who sold the poor for a pair of slippers. He also spoke against idolatry, prostitution, injustice and violence. Amos was indirectly and futuristically talking about the state of Nigeria today.
Elijah also took on the gauntlet and fought against the prophets of Baal upon Mount Carmel, he fought against Ahab and Jezebel when they murdered Naboth for his vineyard. This is a very big lesson and I’m glad that my governor is here. Naboth was ready to die to defend his family inheritance. The Yorubas are not careful enough about their future. They are selling away all their lands and people are buying them over. They take the money and squander it.
I built my house in Badagry 25 years ago. It occured to me to go and visit the man from whom I bought the land and he was dead, but I saw the daughter who was still living in the same mud house when I bought the land 25 years ago. Their condition has not changed even though they have sold their land. They had no inheritance and their children cannot even build at home. We are losing our communities, Lagos is almost taken. Where are the indigenous people? People who sell their lands don’t think about their future. We have to be wise the way we behave. Don’t think about today and forget about the future. We must think about the coming generation.
This is the same way we squander the money from oil. Oil is a depletable resource and it will dry up one day, and people who buy our oil are already making electric machines and engines. When oil stops, this is the only thing holding us together in this country. They go to Abuja to share money, when there is no more money to share, people will come back to their senses and find a way to survive.
This is a big problem and we have to go back. God does not change a system by talking to a crowd, rather, He looks for a man or woman, someone who is courageous and has the fear of God. When Idiagbon came and brought discipline, everybody queued up. Nigerians are good followers, we only need leaders who will set examples, and God will give us such leaders by the grace of God.
Elijah was able to stand against Ahab, Jezebel and the prophets of Baal. He said, “How long shall ye be halting between two opinions, if Yahweh is God, serve Him, if it is Baal, serve him. Let us go to Mount Carmel, the God who brings down fire will be our God. You know the rest of the story. Alone, Elijah took on 450 prophets of Baal and defeated them. We have it in the Bible that one shall chase a thousand, and two shall chase ten thousands.
We are not weak in the Church, and in this country, we are not lacking in population.
Deeper Life can give us millions, the Anglican Church to which I belong claim 18 million, the Roman Catholic church is even claiming that they are more than us, how many are the Pentecostals, how many are the Aladuras?
We have the population to change things if only we will wake up and take our rightful place because our God is the King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Politics is not more than governing the affairs of this world created by our God, the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.
When the righteous is in power, the people rejoice but when the wicked is in power, the people mourn. Brethren, I am calling upon you today as we celebrate our father who is a prophet to imitate Elijah who brought fire from heaven. Look at Ezekiel, he also spoke to the Church because the Church is as corrupt as society, if we are not even worse. We are supposed to be the light of the world, a city set upon a hill which cannot be hid. Jesus said, Let your light so shine that they may see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven.
Hear what God said to the Church in the Old Testament in Ezekiel 34:2-4,
• 2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
• 3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.
• 4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.
Evangelism is going down. If evangelism had been as strong as it ought to be in the North, we won’t be facing what we are facing today. If God could convert Saul of Tarsus, the persecutor, He can covert any Boko Haram member. We are slacking in our evangelism.
We were doing liturgy, we were doing denominational politicking until Deeper Life came and God raised a great man among us with a very humble background. Everywhere, on the buses, everywhere, they shared tracts, preached the gospel and changed the face of Christianity everywhere in the world.
God says, “I am angry with you shepherds of Israel…” God will not hold anyone in government or the people responsible, He will hold the Church responsible because we play a role of guiding them. Nathan could go to King David and told him what he had done and what God said. The prophets were the ones who were guiding the government, it was Samuel who anointed Saul and David, we must go back to our prophetic heritage.
People have demonstrated integrity in the Bible. Look at Joseph who told Potiphar’s wife, How can I do this evil against God and Potiphar my master who trusted in me? That was integrity! If he had committed the sin, if he had not feared God, he would never have become the Prime Minister. He got to that position at the age of 30, he died on the throne at the age of 110, he was there for 80 good years.
Look at Prophet Samuel. Who among our leaders can do what Samuel did? At the concluding part of his ministry, hear what he said,
1 Samuel 12:3-5
• 3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.
• 4 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man’s hand.
• 5 And he said unto them, The LORD is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found ought in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.
How many people can come out and say these same words? Let’s go back to the Bible. After completing his ministry, Apostle Paul said he had fought a good fight and finished his course and kept the faith. Brethren, integrity is a call for us to back to the Biblical standard and our African philosophy. There is one African philosophy I want to talk about. This is in a book published by J. F. Odunjo in 1943.
IṢẸ́ NI OÒGÙN ÌṢẸ́
Iṣẹ́ ni oògun ìṣẹ́,
(Work is the antidote for poverty)
Múra sí iṣẹ́ rẹ ọ̀rẹ́ mi,
(Work hard, my friend)
Iṣẹ́ la fi ń dẹni gíga,
(Work/Labour is the major tool for elevation)
Bi a kò bá rẹ́ni fẹ̀yìn tì,
(If we do not have anyone to lean on)
Bí ọ̀lẹ là ń rí,
(We appear to be lazy)
Bi a kò bá rẹ́ni gbẹ́kẹ̀ lé,
(If we do not have anyone to depend on)
Àá tẹra m’ọ́ṣẹ́ ẹni,
(We simply put more efforts in our work)
Iya rẹ lè lowo lọwọ,
(Your mother may be rich)
Ki baba rẹ lẹ́ṣin léèkàn,
(Your father may have a stable full of horses)
Ti o ba gbójú lé wọn,
(If you rely on them)
O tẹ́ tán ni mo sọ fún ọ,
(You are close to shame and disgrace, I tell you)
(Your arm is you relative )
Èjìká ni ‘yèkan,
(Your shoulder is your closest ally)
B’áyé fẹ́ ọ lónìí
(If the world loves you today)
Tó o bá lowo lọwọ,
(If you have money)
Wọn a tún fẹ́ ọ lọ́la,
(They will still love you tomorrow)
Tàbí ki o wa nipo atata,
(Or if you are in a privileged position)
Aye á yẹ ọ sí tẹ̀rín-tẹ̀rín,
(The world will honour you with smiles)
Jẹ́ kí o d’ẹni tí ń ráágó,
(Wait till you become poor)
Kí o rí bí wọ́n ti ń yímú sí ọ,
(And see how they will shift their noses at you)
Èkọ sì ń sọ ni dọga,
(Education elevates one to higher positions)
Mura ki o kọ dára-dára,
(Ensure that you learn it well)
Bi o si r’ọpọ eniyan,
(And if you see a lot of people)
Ti won f’ẹkọ ș’ẹrin rínrín,
(Laughing education to scorn)
Dákun má f’ara wé wọn,
(Please do not copy them)
Ìyà ń bẹ f’ọ́mọ tí kò gbọ́n,
(Suffering awaits the foolish child)
Ẹkún ń bẹ f’ọ́mọ tí ń sá kiri,
(Weeping is the lot of the runaway child)
Má f’òwúrọ̀ ṣeré ọrẹ mi,
(Do not play with your early years my friend)
Múra s’iṣẹ, ọjọ́ ń lọ.
(Work hard time waits for no one).
We learn even from the musicians among us: This song is from Ebenezer Obey:
Ẹni rí nkan he, to fẹ́ kú pẹlu ẹ,
Ọwọ ẹni tó ti sọnu ńkọ́?
Ayé la ba, ayé la ó fi sílẹ̀ sí,
Ọrẹ mi, wẹyin rẹ wo!
Àgbájọwọ́ mà ni ó ń gbẹ́rù dórí,
Awọn ọmọ wa, ẹ má mà jẹ kan tàràkà,
Oni la rí o, ko ma s’ẹ́da to mọ̀la,
Ńṣe layé ń yí, Ẹda kan n tọ lẹ́yìn ni.
Ka para pọ, ka rorí… etc.
People called us here, the gospel is calling us to evangelize and fight against all the enemies of the cross. The nature of man is fighting against us, persecution is fighting against us, heresies are fighting against us, other religions are fighting against us, communism and secularism are fighting against us, philosophy and paganism are fighting against us, and all sorts of evil practices like homosexuality, they are all fighting against us.
The church has a lot of work to do. We need to stand brethren, to defend this Christian Church. There were people who stood courageously:
• Moses said “Let my people go”,
• Joshua said, “Choose you today whom you will serve”,
• Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal,
• Deborah was able to lead a battle against the enemies of Israel with Barak,
• Amos was able to fight for righteousness,
• Esther was able to intervene at the point when the lives of the Jews were in danger. The decree had been signed and they were to be killed by a secret agenda and God said to Esther through Mordecai, “Who knows if God has put you there for a time like this?”
• It is for a time like this that God has given unto us a Pastor as a Vice President of Nigeria. The Lord will strengthen him to help us make the difference that is required in the name of Jesus Christ.
• Martin Luther stood against the errors of the Church of that time,
• William Wilberforce stood against slavery,
• Mary Slessor stood up against the killing of twins,
• Martin Luther King Jr, a man of Baptist Church stood up against racial segregation in America,
• And the ministry of Baba Kumuyi just like Apostle Paul who had risen up as an Apostle of our time.
Paul was a persecutor converted, our dear father was a man who had a call from God right from childhood. He trained at Mayflower under the reputable Tai Solarin, a man who believed in Communism. Now, God has given us an Apostle after the order of the Missionaries and Pentecostal Generals God has brought him from Campus Evangelism at Unilag which started like a mustard seed and today, he is a leader of the Pentecostal arm called the Holiness Movement.
He is a man of miracles. I am a beneficiary of the miracle ministry of this man of God. The dead has been raised, the sick has been healed, many people have been prospered as his prophecies have come to pass. He has touched the life of so many people. He has a voice, his teachings, tapes, books, life are the epistles which people are reading. He is indeed the Apostle and Prophet of our time.
I will say these challenges and I will close.
Nigeria used to be good, Christian ethics used to guard our lives and behaviours,
When schools were good, they were good because Christian discipline and prayer were there, we must return to discipline, prayer and the things of God, We must catch our children young.
Somebody asked Professor Wole Soyinka, “What is your hope for Nigeria?” He said “Hopeless”.
“How do you assess the leaders of today?” He said, “Hopeless”.
“What is the hope for tomorrow?” He said “The present generation is a wasted generation”.
“What is the way out?” He said, “Raise another generation”.
- We must go back to our curriculum, we must go back to Christianity in the home and school. We must go back to evangelism on the streets. That is the way the hearts of men can be changed. Only Christianity can change the heart of men and when they are transformed, society will be transformed.
- Corruption has become so endemic we need God to intervene. I am challenging Pastor W. F. Kumuyi and Pastor E. A. Adeboye. These are the two men who pastor the largest congregations. They are still standing till today because of integrity, discipline and holiness, not because of prosperity. They are the two people today with the strongest voices.
I am calling on them to please unite with other people. Bring in everybody under CAN and PFN and let us address the Nigerian question.
Baba Kumuyi is already 80 while Baba Adeboye is 79 going to 80, God will give them long life, but at a point in time, the Lord Almighty will tell them to rest and retire, where are the Kumuyis and Adeboyes of tomorrow? The question of succession, that is what Baba needs to build right now.
- Church leaders are mandated to be watchmen by blowing their trumpet when problems are happening. It is not enough for us to keep quiet, pastor our Churches and have large congregations, when crisis comes, everyone will be a victim. All ministers of God should speak out now. As things are going upside down in Nigeria, if you are comfortable here, people are not comfortable in Benue, Southern Kaduna, and other places. All our church leaders must speak out.
I look forward to Baba addressing a world press conference, seated beside him is Baba Adeboye and let them call people and say enough is enough. They need to lead other people to convey a high power meeting with the President since the Vice President is here, representing the highest authority in this country, next only to the President, the Federal Government is here. Only Baba Kumuyi and Baba Adeboye have the capacity to bring the Federal Government to attend a biography launch like this.
Let Baba and all leaders including the Primates and Prelates of the Methodist Church sit down with the government of this country and say let us sit at a round table and guide you out of this problem as Prophets.
There is a quagmire, people are hopeless, they are in fear, losing faith in God, they are going to other religions, that must not be. Baba, you need to do this for us as a watchman over our society, you need to meet with them, you need to call for a meeting of former heads of state of this country, the former Judges and let us sit down and look at this country and solve the problems.
We don’t know the answer but God will reveal the solution to you Baba in the name of Jesus Christ. If Baba Kumuyi says everyone should come for a meeting, they will listen to you sir. Your voice is what we are looking for and God will help you to be that voice indeed in Jesus name.
Brethren, the Church must be the light, we must not do what others do, we must have integrity wherever we are. We are all agents of God.
Dear father, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, Mama Kumuyi, all our fathers in God, rulers in government, brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen, I join you in congratulating our dear father, mentor on his recent attainment of the age of 80 and we are asking that as God has made him the defender of the Christian faith today, even at old age, he will be able to rise up and take his position again, not over Deeper Life but over the entire body of Christ.
Baba, don’t forget, God called Moses at the age of 80, your ministry has just begun in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit!
Amen and Amen.
- I added the English translation of the Yoruba poem so that all can have understanding of it.