By Wilson Adekumola
The Bishop of Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, The Most Rev Adebola Ademowo today marked his 70th birthday at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos.
The event was graced by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, his Edo State counterpart, Mr. Gowdin Obaseki and a host of other dignitaries from across the country.
In his sermon at the event, Primate of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Nicholas Okoh, expressed deep appreciation to God for seeing him through the years of his stewardship in the Lagos Diocese noting that only God could have made him make a success of his tenure as the Bishop of the diocese.
Okoh who took his sermon from Psalm 103 said there was every cause for Bishop Ademowo to thank God having served the church for 46 years. He noted that the achievements recorded in the diocese were made possible because God was with him.
He then pleaded with the people to run away from sin, saying God does not hear the prayers of the sinner. He used the opportunity of the service to reiterate the church’s stance against sexual sins noting that all forms of homosexual acts were an abomination before God. He called on his listeners to live their lives with eternity in view.
Governor Ambode during an interview with reporters at the event described the retired Bishop as a father to all. He expressed appreciation to him on behalf of Lagosians for his spiritual role in the state. He also congratulated him on attaining the age of 70 while praying that God will grant him strength for the years to come.
The Governor recalled how his mother worshiped in the church for 50 years, saying it was on record that Ademowo performed his role as spiritual leader very well.
“My mother worshiped in this church for the past 50 years and he (Bishop Ademowo) was my mother’s Bishop and as a true Anglican, we know how much contribution that he has made to the Anglican Communion; the peace he has brought, the unity and more importantly the service he has made to the church and to mankind.
Other dignitaries who graced the service include Ogun State Governor, Mr. Ibikunle Amosun; former Lagos State Deputy Governors, Mr Femi Pedro and Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku; former Deputy National Chairman (South) of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George; former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Odein Ajumogobia; foremost banker, Otunba Subomi Balogun and a host of others
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