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Fayemi urges Baptists to sustain founding fathers’ vision

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Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has charged the Ekiti Baptist Conference to imbibe the culture and vision of the founding fathers of the Church.

Fayemi, who described Baptist Church members as prayer warriors stressed that there were a lot of benefits attached to serving God. He spoke yesterday at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Ekiti Baptist Conference held at the First Baptist Church, Igede Ekiti, headquarters of Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state. Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, he congratulated the conference on their anniversary, lauding the church for being a partner in the development of the state.

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, delivered the anniversary lecture titled, “The Faith of Our Fathers: Preserving Our Baptist Heritage.” Fayemi noted that churches had been of immense help to the society in the areas of prayers, spiritual development and performance of social responsibilities, adding that people have benefited from the various developmental programmes and policies of churches across the nation.

Delivering the lecture, Obasanjo gave a chronological account of the establishment of Baptist Church by the white missionaries and how they handed over the ministry to Nigerian missionaries and appealed to members to support the various
developmental projects embarked upon by the conference.

Earlier in his address, President, Ekiti Baptist Conference, Emmanuel Aribasoye, disclosed that Baptist ministry began in April, 1901 through Rev. Charles Jemiriye who brought the gospel to Igede Ekiti. He sought for further support, cooperation, commitment and involvement of members in driving and developing the activities required of the conference.


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