Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has led a minute silence in honour of his late sister, Mrs. Oluwola Adunni Eweje, nee Obasanjo.
Obasanjo, who decided to observe the minute silence at the carol service held last week in his chapel, Chapel of Christ the Glorious King, suddenly became emotional while he gave the vote of thanks at the end of the well-attended service in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Tagged “Christmas Carol Service of Six Lessons,” the event drew large attendance including traditional rulers, dignitaries, members of the Obasanjo family and Choristers.
Speaking at the service, the former President, appreciated the choristers, whose names he mentioned one after the other, said, “I have a few things to say. I appreciate the officiating ministers and all present. I thank the members of this chapel, you have done extremely well.”
Ministering at the service, Chaplain of the chapel, Dr. Femi Olajide, appreciated God for keeping Nigeria in 2015. “They said Nigeria will disintegrate in 2015, but this is December and Nigeria is still standing. This is an opportunity to worship God,” Olajide said.
Also in his Homily, another cleric, Rev. (Dr.) Segun Jaiyesimi went down memory lane to enlighten participants on what Carol stands for.
“Carol means dance, it was integrated into the Church in 1223. It was initially opposed by the Church leaders of the time, but today we all celebrate it as part of worship to God,” he lectured.
The service did not end without a prayer session for Nigeria and the Obasanjo family.
Olajide however prayed for sustenance for the former President. “We prayed that God should sustain him as an oracle upon the land, protect his business interests that are in line with God’s interest,” he prayed.
A participant at the service, Mrs. Abiodun Osunmuyiwa, told Newswatch Times that, the Carol service was a time of refreshing. “I am a member of this Chapel and it is a place you can listen to the undiluted word of God. The Carol service was refreshing as you have experienced here yourself. In fact, every service here is unique, I am happy I didn’t miss it,” she said.
Chapel of Christ the Glorious King, Abeokuta is the local church of the former President where he worships God and also serves as a Sunday school teacher.
Story by: Dayo Emmanuel in Abeokuta