13 November 2009

Nigeria: Foursquare Ousts Badejo

Abeokuta — WITH 974 votes against, 781 for and 34 voids, Reverend (Dr.) Wilson Badejo was Wednesday ousted as the General Overseer of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria.

Badejo has been in the saddle for 10 years and on three consecutive terms, having been elected in 1999 to succeed Rev. G. O. Farounbi.

The voting took place at the 54th annual national convention of the church at Ajebo, Ogun State.

Meanwhile, Badejo, who is still presiding at the convention, has said with the structures on ground, membership of the church would jump to over one million in Lagos in the next five years.

He said this in a welcome address to participants at the convention on Sunday.

At the convention were leading monarchs, including the Ooni Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade and the Olu of Warri, Ogiamen Atunwase II.

Ooni, who was accompanied by 17traditional rulers, declared himself a full member of the church. He also declared that all the monarchs who accompanied him would also be members henceforth.

Among the traditional rulers were His Royal Highnesses Timi of Ede, Obaleye of Ikole Ekiti, Olufon of Ifon, Aragbiri of Iragbiri, Salawu of Edun Abo, Alaye of Ido-Osun and Oba of Iwara.

Others were Oba of Ijawara, High Chiefs Akogun of Ife, Erukebi of Ife and Baba Ojomo of Ife.

Aside the Ooni, the Olu of Warri who incidentally is the president of Christian Traditional Rulers in Nigeria, also came with his own delegation, chief among whom was High Chief Walter.

In his address, the Ooni congratulated the General Overseer of the church in Nigeria, Rev. Badejo on the convention and on the 60th birthday of his wife, Rev. Mercy Badejo.

He commended Badejo for the progressive manner he had been conducting the affairs of the church and on his efforts in church planting and spread of the gospel both within and outside the country.

He prayed for the continued success of the church and continued use of the General Overseer to take the church to loftier spiritual heights.

Badejo recalled how he promised to serve God in the capacity of General Overseer when he took over from Rev. Faronbi 10 years ago and expressed satisfaction that the prophecy of his predecessor that the church would fly to greater height had been fulfilled.

He expressed happiness for particularly meeting the burden of missions, evangelism and church planting placed on him when he took over.

"By the grace of God this burden has been greatly achieved through our Barley Harvest church planting initiative. About 2,000 churches have been planted in about a decade," Badejo stated, adding that there were enough structures on ground through the church planting exercise that would enable them have over one million worshippers within Lagos area in the next five years.

He said the Nigerian church, over the last 10 years, had strengthened her relationship with the Foursquare Mission International (FMI), adding that through that they had been able to plant churches outside Nigeria and that the church had been selected as one of the Five Global Mission Work in Africa.

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