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From L – R: Chief Mrs. Janet Gbadebo, Ven. E. T. Ajaye, The Rt. Rev’d J. O. Okunlola, Director of Missions and Evangelism and wife, Mrs. Okunlola, His Eminence, J. O. O. Abbe, Primate of The African Church and wife, Mrs. Abbe, Rt. Rev’d J. O. Babajide and wife and Engr. Jeremiah Ijandipe during Abbe’s Episcopal visit to The African Church, Solution Camp, Abeokuta, Ogun State

In life, everyone needs help. There’s no one in existence, who has everything he wants. Even presidents and kings require help to govern well. As powerful as Moses was, it was recorded in the Scriptures that Israelites were in a battle with the Amalekites at a point in time. Joshua was ordered by Moses to choose some of his men and go to the battlefield. While they were there, Moses was on top of the hill with staff of God in his hand. And as long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites would prevail, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites would prevail. It took the intervention of Aaron and Hur, who assisted Moses in looking for a stone for him to sit and as well help him to hold his hands for Israel to prevail, Exodus 17: 8-16. Moses was the leader, yet he required others’ help to succeed in this case. We all need help in one form or the other, and that help will not elude us this year 2021 in Jesus Name.

The above were the words of Primate of The African Church, His Eminence, Julius Olayinka Osayande Abbe, during his sermon at The African Church, Solution Camp, Sam Ewang Estate, Abeokuta, Ogun State on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

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Speaking on the state of insecurity in Nigeria, the Primate said Nigerians are unhappy with what is going on in the country. Nigeria, he said, is going through an unprecedented time and political leaders should tread cautiously.

“Those who are given mandate to lead should lead us well and be up and doing always. A government that fails in its primary responsibility of securing lives and properties is definitely calling for trouble. The government should always do the needful when it matters. Selfish interest should be set aside for national interest to prevail,” he said.

He, however, charged everyone to show love to all, irrespective of ethnic, religious or political affiliations and that Nigerians should be hopeful and look to God for His mercy. He enjoined all religious institutions to pray for the country’s survival.

The Director of Missions and Evangelism of The African Church, The Rt. Rev Jeremiah Okunlola, who received the Primate on behalf of the Church, also stressed the need to re-orientate all ethnic groups in the country to embrace peaceful and harmonious co-existence.

Rounding off his sermon, the Primate asked: ‘Can you lift somebody up this year? Can you help, feed, clothe and bless someone’s life this year?’ He said the only service that is of great importance to God, as explained by Jesus, is touching the lives of fellow human beings positively. He noted that there is nothing good that is done that will not be adequately rewarded, as he quoted Ecclesiastes 11:1.

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