Osinbajo, Dare, others eulogise Kumuyi at book launch
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has paid glowing tributes to the General Superintendent, Deeper Life Christian Church, Pastor William Folorunsho Kumuyi, for his exemplary life of humility and commitment to living a life of Godliness worthy of emulation, which will benefit coming generations.
Osinbajo spoke yesterday at the launch of a book entitled, ‘Kumuyi: The Defender of the Faith,’ the first authorised biography of the ‘Man of God’, which held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos.
The Vice President, who was chairman of the event, eulogised Kumuyi for his humility, energetic and holy life.
Osinbajo commended the authors of the book, who were described as ‘conspirators’ by the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for the manner they were able to persuade Pastor Kumuyi that writing a book about him is a good idea, “for the reason that we are so sure that it would have been a difficult enterprise convincing him because of that innate resistance of humble men to any form of adulation or celebration of personal success. And this especially so for a servant of God, who knows, more than anyone else, that all Glory must go to God for the enablement and opportunity and indeed the result of ministering. After all, without him, we can do nothing.”
Osinbajo added that every person, especially those who succeed in their endeavours, whatever those endeavours may be, owes the society three forms of taxes.
“The first is income tax, personal income tax; if you own your company, it is corporation tax or company tax; social tax, another name for that is philanthropy, the obligation of the word or simply those who have to give back to the society. The third tax is civic tax, that is, the obligation of the successful to write their stories to share the history or phenomenon that they have become, which is to inspire the present, admonish the present and the future,” he explained.
He added that for a successful preacher of the gospel, there is a fourth tax. This is Pentecost tax, “the time to tell what you have gone through in ministry.”
Osinbajo who classified the life of Kumuyi as “Pentecost tax” asserted that his life takes cue from the life of the Apostles in the book of Acts of the Apostle whose records are there today to admonish, correct and guide against falling into such errors that people in the past fell into.
“We must all pray to be beneficiaries of Pentecostal tax, which does not promote self or engage in any form of personal aggradisement.
“Kumuyi not only preaches holiness, but lives the life everyday,” he said.
Osinbajo further commended Kumuyi for his continual preaching of the truth without compromise and embellishment.
The chief host, Sanwo-Olu, appreciated the fact that Kumuyi is being celebrated while he is still alive as he prayed for more years of fruitfulness for the cleric.
He further described Kumuyi as epitome of simplicity who stands firmly for Christ.
Sanwo-Olu said the book is a very apt way of summing up the life and service of Kumuyi, whom he described as God’s General, noting that he set aside a very promising career in the Ivory Tower and dedicated himself to advancing the gospel and the kingdom of Jesus Christ, with holiness as the central tenet of his message and ministry.
“A divinely-orchestrated transition from teaching the world how to solve complex mathematical equations, to teaching the world God’s answers to even weightier questions about faith and love and hope and holiness; answers that are ever timely and relevant; and Biblical solutions that will never go out of fashion.”
On his part, Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, said Kumuyi is a defender, resolute and a soldier who has set the pace and raised the bar, praying for God to grant him more years and life of service in God’s kingdom.
The keynote speaker, and the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Ajayi Crowther University, Prof. Dapo Asaju, who congratulated Kumuyi for attaining 80, said there cannot be a positive change unless there is a general reverse and sanctification of human heart, adding that leaders, people as well as the Church need to return to the fundamental of integrity, honesty, discipline and prophetic heritage to transform the world.
He praised Kumuyi for his commitment to holiness of which he is a beneficiary as a former member of the church.
The book reviewer, Prof. Ayodeji Olukoju commended the authors, saying the book was well-written and provided detailed information about Kumuyi and his ministry.
In his remarks, Kumuyi said since he knew that the meaning of his name William is defender of the Faith, he has decided to make Jesus his only role model and do only His bidding.
He assured he has just begun, saying he believes he has many more years to live, defending the faith.