The Diocesan Bishop, Ibadan North Diocese, and Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of Ibadan, (Anglican Communion) The Most Rev Segun Okubadejo, on Monday, commissioned an ultra modern church named after Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I, at Fadina village, Lagelu Local Government, Ibadan.
The church, christened Oba Samuel Odulana Memorial Anglican Church, Fadina village, Lagelu Local Government Area in Ibadan, was built in honour of the late Olubadan of Ibadan by business mogul, Chief Bode and Chief Amoke Amoo.
The commissioning of the ultra modern church, situated directly opposite the ancestral home of the late Olubadan, drew special dignitaries from the Anglican Church and traditional ruling class from the village and its environs to the occasion.
Speaking during the service, Most Reverend Okubadejo, who expressed appreciation to the Amoos, who he said were known for such practices, added that the church in honour of Oba Odulana was the 10th the Amoo family had donated to the Anglican family.
He then thanked the family for their effort in assisting the archdeaconry in evangelism work, adding that Chief Amoo was a close ally of the late traditional ruler.
Speaking with newsmen, the donor, Chief Amoo, said he could never forget the role the late traditional ruler played in building his Christian life. He revealed that the late Odulana always asked after his progress in gospel work.
Revealing real reasons he christened the church after Oba Odulana 1, Chief Amoo said,” his mother enjoined him to build churches to worship God. This is what I have determined to fulfill as long as I live. In addition, Oba Odulana was my benefactor. I can’t underestimate his role in my life. He tutored my ways in spiritual growth and was always interested in my performance in gospel work.
In his exhortation during the first service held inside the church, Venerable Isaac Akinade from St Paul Anglican Church, Yemetu, Ibadan, charged the congregation on the task ahead in winning souls for Christ in the church.
In the sermon titled “Preach call of John the Baptist and sow a seed for repentance” and reading from Matthew 3:1-11 and Luke 3:7- 10, urged the congregation to be dedicated in the call to serve God.
Speaking on behalf of the family, former Commissioner for Information, Prince Gbade Lana, thanked the church and the donor for the honour done their father. He singled out Chief Amoo for his role in the donation of the church.
Also, another son of the late traditional ruler, Professor Femi Lana, said the family had reasons to thank God for the rare privilege. He said “God is good to us. We have nothing to say, but to thank God.”
Meanwhile, there were donations to make the church functional even from the day it was dedicated.
Olori Moriyike bell the cat as she donated 10 pieces of hymn books; the children of the late traditional ruler donated a new keyboard and mobile public address system, while others donated a new power generating set and new drums set.