- Tells youths: You are not too young to make a difference
- BY AYODELE ABERE in Ado Ekiti•
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on Sunday attributed his re-election as governor of the state for a second term to the grace of God, saying that brilliance and capacity could not have earned him the governorship seat.
Governor Fayemi who disclosed this during a thanksgiving mass in commemoration of his 54th birthday at the Government House Chapel, Ado-Ekiti, appreciated the people of Ekiti for standing by him and the administration.
The Governor, who said no man can attain any lofty height except by the grace of God, said it was important to always return all the glory to God.
According to him, “If one add another year in good health and in the service of God and country, it is not by might, neither is it by some exceptional ability that one is placed in this position to serve our people, it is purely and wholly by the grace of the Lord.
“I want to thank the people, its been a hectic three months plus in office, but the grace of God is showing in almost every aspect of our lives in Ekiti State, sanity has returned, challenges have not totally gone but we thank God who has enabled us to go this far”.
Fayemi used the opportunity to express his unreserved appreciation to the people who had been in the saddle with him since the administration started three months ago, as well as the people of the state who had shown understanding in the way God had been helping him to run the state.
Governor Fayemi took the first reading from Isaiah Chapter 6, verse 1 to 8, while his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi took the second reading 1Cor. 15:1-11.
The Vicar-General of Catholic Diocese, Rev. Father Felix Odesanmi in his sermon stressed the need for the governor to depend totally in God as he carries out the state function.
Odesanmi urged him not to listen to advice that will not benefit the majority of the people.
At the event were the Ekiti state Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeniran Alagbada, Members of Executive Council, Top Civil Servants, Party Faithful and well wishers.
Meanwhile, Fayemi has urged Nigerian youths desiring greatness in life to urgently make hay while the sun shines by preparing for their desired goals early enough.
The Governor said a serious minded youth or teenager does not need peer pressure from friends or the social media to affirm his or her self.
He urged the teenagers and youths to opt for a life of sober reflection and profuse reading, as well as understudying great men as mentors in the path they choose in life.
Governor Fayemi was speaking to the students of the Olashore International School, Iloko-Ijesha, Osun State, on Saturday where he gave a lecture commemorating the school’s 25th anniversary.
The Governor who was represented by his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi left the students with three life lessons and a charge, which they can use in life.
“The first lesson is that they should never take any opportunities that they have for granted, any opportunities they are given should be used wisely. So the opportunity to be at a great school like Olashore is something that they should never take for granted.
The second lesson is that everything that they want to become in life requires preparation. And so the young ones need to prepare themselves from a young age.
Fayemi cited an example of when he was growing up and used to read any and everything, he used to listen to the news all the time, even before he ever had the opportunity of travelling out of the country or to explore other part of the world.
The Governor also charged them not to see themselves as too young to make a difference. He urged them to seize the moments and do whatever they can to make an impact on their society.
Nigerian Ambassador did the introduction of the 25th year anniversary book of the school to Hungary, Ambassador Eniola Ajayi.
Present at the event were the Ooni of Ife, HRM Oba Enitan Oguwusiwere; the Board of Governors, Dignitaries, Principals, Alumnis, and the children of the late monarch; Prince Abimbola Olashore, Prince Olalekan Olashore, Prince Kehinde Olashore, the school Principal, Mr Derek Smith, Parents and the students of the school.