Speaking through his chief press secretary Taiwo Adisa, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has congratulated the Sepeteri, Oyo State-born Revd. Dr. Israel Ade Akanji, as he emerged the new president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention.
Makinde, while praising the outgoing president, Revd. Dr. Supo Ayokunle, on recording an outstanding feat with the NBC, he endeared Akanji to emulate his predecessor by taking the NBC to greater heights.
Makinde expressed total confidence in the new president-elect of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, who until his appointment served as the clergy in charge of the First Baptist Church, Garki, Abuja. The governor hinted that he has no doubt that the NBC will attain lofty heights under Dr. Akanji’s leadership.
His statement reads: “I congratulate the entire Baptist Family across Oyo State and Nigeria on the recent appointment of Dr. Israel Ade Akanji as the new president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. I particularly, congratulate my brother, Revd. Dr. Akanji, who has always been a great ambassador of Oyo State in God’s vineyard.
“This appointment is a testimony to the goodness of God in his life and how far he has come. I have no doubt that he will take NBC to greater heights, building on the great progress achieved by our father, the CAN president and outgoing NBC president, His Eminence, Revd. Dr. Supo Ayokunle. “I would like to encourage the duo of Revd. Dr. Ayokunle and Revd. Dr. Akanji with the words of Bart Millard’s hymn Stand up for Jesus,” that they should continue to lift up Christ’s royal banner.
“It is my prayer that God will continue to uphold the NBC and strengthen it to continue to push the frontiers of the gospel of Christ.”