Cleric advocates youths, women involvement in governance
Chairman and General Leader, Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church, Surulere District, Senior Special Apostle, Prophet Sunday Funsho, has advocated involvement of youths and women in leadership positions and governance to advance the country’s path to economic growth.
Funsho, who spoke during unveiling of plan to mark the church’s golden jubilee anniversary scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2022, with a symposium tagged: “The State, Society and Church: Beacon of Hope for a New Nigeria, said the theme was to reflect on the nation’s state plagued with challenges.
Special Apostle, Pastor Wesley O. Kafidiya, who represented Funsho at the event, said the church had been discharging its duties faithfully to God and to the society at its first national symposium to mark its silver jubilee in 2004.
He said: “In all ways, the Lord has been gracious and magnificent to our church, especially through the divinely spiritual administrative structure we have in place, one of which is the segmentation of our members into Bands. The Bands, 88 in all, have assisted greatly in the spiritual and material growth of the church and has engendered close spiritual and social relationship, among members.”
“The second national symposium tagged, “The State, Society and Church with the theme “Beacon of Hope for a New Nigeria, which is to commemorate the golden jubilee anniversary of the band will hold at the Prophet (Dr.) Gabriel Olubunmi Fakeye Memorial Cathedral.”
“This national discourse could not have come at a better time than now, considering the many challenges facing the nation, coupled with the normal elections’ period tension and anxieties.
“The church, as a religious non-profit organisation, is an integral part of the society. It cannot afford to be a passive participant in any community or society it finds itself. In fact, the church by its divine mandate is a capacity builder, whose main purpose is to ensure that its members are heavenly kingdom candidates. This implies that the church must strive to raise disciplined, law-abiding and morally-upright citizens,” he said.
Funsho added: “The leadership defect has been a contributing factor to the myriad of challenges facing this nation. The ideal leadership must have certain attributes conducive for peace and growth. These attributes include intellect, temperament, integrity, sound physical and mental health and finally the fear of God, which is the most important.
“It is hoped that this national discourse will contribute meaningfully to the emergence of a better nation where the citizenry will benefit health maximally from the abundant human and material resources for which Nigeria is divinely endowed.”
Expected to feature at the church’s 50th celebration are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who will deliver a keynote address; Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola; Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Isiaka Oladapo Amao; Lagos State Governor Sanwo-Olu; Disciple of Christ Ministry C&S Movement Church, Surulere District, Ayo Ni O, Special Apostle Pastor Femi Soyemi and others.