•By NNAMDI ONYEUMA in New York•
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, has called on Christian faithful to emulate the selfless life of Christ for genuine and lasting peace in the world.
Obasanjo was speaking at the yearly joint crusade of white garment churches under Cherubim and Seraphim denomination, held on Saturday, July 28, at United Palace, Broadway, New York, United States.
According to him, until Christians lead by example and draw from Christ’s selfless lifestyle and demonstrate same, humanity would continue to face crisis and incapable of fulfilling God’s divine purpose.
The former president at the event instituted by Reverend Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi, founder, New Generation Church of Christ, and tagged: “Celebrate the Comforter 2018,” bemoaned the growing division in the body of Christ saying, the growing social and economic crisis witnessed around the world are its direct consequences.
He noted that one best way to reclaim every lost ground was to celebrate God by sharing with those in need. “The only way to celebrate God, the Comforter, is to demonstrate genuine love to others and pursue peace wholeheartedly,” he said. He enjoined Christians to remain vigilant, steadfast, and prayerful and love their neighbours like us.
“As Christ followers, we must give ourselves to a life of comforting those in need and building bridges of peace and love,” he stressed.
Obasanjo commended the organizers and financiers of the event, Rev. Mother Ajayi and her husband for shinning the light and committing to improving on the lives of the less privileged in society.
He prayed good to continue to sustain the initiative as, according to him, it is in times like this that Christians look at themselves retrospectively.
In his remarks, Pastor Emmanuel Oshoffa, the Supreme Head of the Celestial Church of Christ, appealed for unity of Christians in the white garment denominations, describing the event as critical if the body of Christ must continue to examine themselves to ensure they are still in the faith. He prayed for world peace and God’s divine guidance in the years ahead. “God blessed this generation with a believer like Rev. Mother Ajayi, who is fulfilling God’s purpose through this yearly event,” he said.
Also speaking, the Ooni of Ife, Imperial Majesty Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi, noted that all earthly kings lived under the borrowed title as, according to him, “God is the real king.”
The Ooni, who emphasized need to learn and appreciate God, who he said owns the world and has power over all things, yet so merciful, kind and free-giving. “We must always remember that we are living a borrowed life and answerable to God,” Ooni stated, continuing that every night, we sleep, not knowing where we are, someone momentarily takes the lives for safekeeping and returns them to us in the morning if he so wishes. “This is why we must daily examine ourselves, remain humble and show people God sends our way love, for, that is the whole essence of humanity,” he said.
In her address, Rev. Mother Ajayi appreciated everyone for honouring the invitation, saying, the annual event was her little way of appreciating God for his love for mankind and also to pray for the peace and progress of Nigeria and America.
She encouraged Christians to daily examine themselves to ensure they are in faith as, according to her, a day comes when we shall stand before God to give account of our stewardship.
The Chairman Central Working Committee of the event, Dr Richard Fasunloye, expressed gratitude to God for his grace in the lives of the organisers and prayed for life, sound health and sustenance of the event.
Fasunloye, who also commended Rev. Mother Ajayi for giving hope to the poor and less privileged in the society, prayed God to complete his divine purpose through the yearly programme.