A pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and former Vice Chancellor of the Redeemer’s University, Professor Oyewale Tomori, has described Nigeria as a country that is at the periphery of greatness, saying the country is a nation with most, if not all, the human and material resources needed to make a great country.
Tomori, a Professor of Virology, spoke at the 15th valedictory service for the class of Abundant Hope of the Christ the Redeemer’s College, Christhill, Konigba, Sagamu, Ogun State, last Sunday while delivering his speech as the guest speaker of the occasion which took place at the college’s Raven Place.
According to him, Nigeria could be in constant state of well-being economically, scientifically, technologically, socially and morally only if Nigerians could follow the way laid out by Jesus Christ. He lamented that the country was now filled with people in the throes of decadence and a nation in the turmoil of corruption.
He advised the 63 graduating students to toe the path of God, saying that was the only way to achieve real success and never to deviate from the words of the Lord.
He stated that, like the name of their class, Abundant Hope, they must have abundant hope in God, adding that He alone had the abundance of grace and mercy for those who put their trust in Him.
Earlier, the college’s Principal, Pastor Antoinette Omo-Osagie, said another school year had come with the tradition of letting another set of children leave the cocoon of secondary school education. She said the graduating students, who came into CRC as pre-adolescents were graduating as young men and women with an eye on the abundance of hope of years to come.
According to her, they should remember the things that the CRC stands for in their lives and should see themselves as lights into whatever environment life takes them.
“We have endeavoured to make you all aware of yourselves as individuals and as part of communities which you must learn to serve. Service to humanity is your mandate. Never be preoccupied with what you want but with how you can help others be better at who they are,” she admonished the students.
She prayed God to give them hope through the Holy Spirit, adding that they were sincerely appreciated.
In her address, wife of the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye, who was represented by Pastor Josiah Bolarinwa, urged the graduating students to always listen to the voice of God and always take their Bibles with them wherever they may go in order to achieve success.