By Adeola Badru
Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has described the late Rev. Samuel Oladele Akande, a former General Secretary of the Nigerian Baptist Convention(NBC), as a courageous and fearless preacher who never spared confronting any ill in government and in the society.
Obasanjo stated this yesterday, during the funeral service of the deceased, attended by the representative of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other dignitaries, held at the Oritamefa Baptist Church, Ibadan.
The former President said the late Baptist pastor used to preach against cults and secret societies.
Obasanjo recalled how the late Akande, as his home pastor at Owu Baptist Church, Abeokuta, from 1966 to1965 and Ebenezer Baptist Church, Lagos, between 1966 and 1969, became a friend and pastor he held in high esteem.
He reminded the congregation of the involvement of the deceased in the political life of Nigeria, saying that late Akande was a member of the Electoral Commission in 1965 who refused to be compromised.
Obasanjo said: “Late Akande also contested as a candidate in the presidential primaries of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), in 1991; won at the old Oyo state level but lost at the national level.”
“He will be remembered for his forthrightness, doggedness, dynamism, welfarism, anti-corruption, psychological, discourse, courage commitment to ethical values, uprightness, unwavering Christian testimony, and purposeful leadership,” he stated.
Obasanjo urged the deceased’s children to be comforted that their father left a good name and heritage.
In his remark, Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented at the occasion by Pastor Seyi Malomo, said late Akande was an
an exemplary preacher whose selflessness and broad-mindedness should be emulated by all Christians.
Osinbajo said the deceased, during his lifetime, provided the right leadership to the Nigerian Baptist…
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