Juju Music Maestro turned Evangelist, Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi popularly known as Chief Commander, has revealed that he was informed of the imminent death of his 48-year-old son, Olayinka, who passed on last weekend, six months ago.
Mourning the death of Olayinka, Obey added that though he tried all he could as a father, to help fight against his weakness, his son could not make it.
In a statement signed by the General Manager of his music group, Mr Tunji Odunmbaku and released on Tuesday in Ibadan, the Juju legend disclosed that Olayinka’s death was a very painful news for him.
In the meantime, Chief Obey-Fabiyi has launched – Freedom from Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Ministry (FADAM) against alcoholism and drug addiction among Nigerian youths.
The ministry, he said, was part of his efforts to join forces in the fight against alcoholism and drug addiction among younger generation in Nigeria and in Diaspora.
“l went back to the Holy Spirit to teach me what to do and the result of my communication with the Holy Spirit is the launching of this ministry.
“I have received several condolence messages from all and sundry. l appreciate and thank you all for your love and concern.
“Once again I appreciate you all for the condolences, but let us rather turn further condolences to prayer support of this new ministry to help those who are in pain of alcoholism and drug addiction.
“Job 22:21 says — Acquaint now thyself with God, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.’ Get out of Alcoholism, Get out of Drugs. Jesus Loves you”, he added.
He said that the newly launched ministry in UK was aside his popular Decross Gospel Mission and Ebenezer Obey Evangelistic Ministry, and it is aimed at turning pains of his son’s death into a solution ministry for parents and families of youths passing through the same experience.
The renowned musician said that the effort was to massively enlighten and educate youths on the danger of alcoholism as well as drug addiction.
He said that FADAM would also become an avenue to assist parents as well as families of alcoholic and drug-addicted youths.
According to him, it will allow them to overcome the challenges and make their children better citizens of society.
He then thanked his late son’s friends for their efforts and supports, appreciating Shina, his eldest son, for coordinating all his younger ones for extra and special care for Yinka till the end.
Meanwhile, Obey-Fabiyi has assured fans and music lovers that the incident, though sad, would not in any way affect all his pending performance engagements.