Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has said Oyo state is blessed to host great gospel crusade 2021 in Ibadan, for four days without hitches.
Makinde, while speaking at the crusade, held at the Arcedem Ground, Iwo Road, Ibadan, said that it was about time the people began to pray for the healing and cleansing of the country.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the crusade was hosted by the Christ for All Nations Ministries, headed by Evangelist Kolenda, the successor of Reinhard Bonkke.
“This is the time to heal our land, the time to look up unto God to rescue Nigeria, and rescue his people,” the governor said.
He added, “Let me specially welcome again the Presiding Minister of Christ For All Nations Ministries, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda, and his wife.
“Well, when they came to me, they said after the passage of Evangelist Bonkke, the first crusade they are having outside of the United States of America, I believe, is here in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Are we blessed or not? We are blessed! Is Oyo State blessed or not? We are indeed blessed!
” I looked through the programme and I saw where they wrote ‘prayers for Oyo state’, ‘prayer for Ibadan’. In the midst of all our challenges you have been here for the past three days.
“This is the fourth day and not only have you been going home with miracles but have also been praising and worshiping God in an atmosphere that is safe and secure.
“So, on behalf of the government and good people of Oyo state, I want to thank the Local Organizing Committee, the CAN, the PFN and all the people involved in this.
“So, in closing, I want to say to the team from all over the world that when next you want to have another crusade in Ibadan, in Oyo state, we are ready, we are willing and we are able.”
Meanwhile, the Oyo state government said it is investigating the visit of some Christian missionaries to some public schools in the state, assuring that the case would not be swept under the carpet.
Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Abdulrahman Abdulraheem, who spoke on behalf of the government on Monday, explained that measures had also been adopted to prevent the recurrence of such incidents in the future.
He said, “There has been an existing circular regarding religious activities in schools which we update from time to time. If there is any visitor to our schools, even if they want to donate materials there, after meeting the principals, they must get approvals from the ministry before such visitors could address the students. We don’t allow students to interact with visitors without observing the protocols.
“The incident really baffled us in the ministry and personally I have sleepless nights on the case and we have taken a lot of steps which I might not be able to reveal now but I am assuring you that the case will not be swept under the carpets. We must check such excesses. Though, both the Chairman and the Permanent Secretary of TESCOM are Christians but the truth is that they were not responsible for the incident. They are innocent regarding the matter.
“We will make necessary amendments and forgive us and we are assuring you that such will not happen again. When I saw their letter of apology, I was happy but when there was a report the following day of another visit, it really saddened my heart but we have taken different steps and you will soon see the result”.