Osinbajo recalls last conversation with Wigwe says, “manner of death irrelevant to God”

by Church Times

Former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has recalled his last moment with the late Managing Director of Access Bank, Mr. Herbert Wigwe while also noting that his manner of death was irrelevant as far as God is concerned.

He made the remark on Thursday at the night of tribute to the late bank CEO.

According to Osinbajo, “Many are grieving the loss of a friend, many are weeping. This tragedy has troubled many both young and old. A deep dark cloud hangs over our hearts”

He said he had known Wigwe for many years recalling how he checked on him for all the 8 years he was in government.

“For eight years I was in government, Wigwe called me every other month just to check on me. He never asked for a favour during that time,” Osinbajo said.

He came with a notebook

He however said that a few months before his exit from government, the late Wigwe came to him and wanted to know his plans after office.

“He came to me with a notebook and wanted to know my plans after office. Thereafter he visited me about four times before I finally left office. A week before he died we had a meeting where we reviewed many things together.”

Osinbajo who was close to tears while talking said he could not recall any event in recent times that had affected him like the death of Wiwge. “He walked the talk. He valued friendship. He was close to associates and family. This event has confronted us with our mortality.” Osinbajo said.

The former VP who is also a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God said however that ‘As far as God is concerned the manner one’s death is irrelevant to God.”

He added that what matters is one’s eternity

Difference between dying and perishing

There is a difference between dying and perishing. We will all die and confront our maker. That is why Jesus came to pay the price for our sins. Anybody who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. Dying without Christ is perishing.” The former VP said.

Referring to the Bible in Luke 13, Osinbajo recalled how Jesus talked about a tower that crashed and killed many people and was told how Herod killed some people and mingled their blood with sacrifice. “When Jesus heard what happened, Jesus told them the victims of those tragedies were not worse sinners. But He told his listeners to repent if they didn’t want to perish. What is important to God is repentance so we will not perish. To perish means eternal separation from God. The manner and moment of our death is in the hands of God.”

He commiserated with the Wigwes assuring them that weeping may endure for a night, but that joy will come in the morning.

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