Stop Mindless Pursuit of Wealth, Bishop Tells Nigerians

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By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

The Bishop of Ekiti Diocese,the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion),the Rt. Rev. Christopher Omotunde, has cautioned Nigerians against mindless pursuit of wealth attributing the act as being largely responsible for criminal activities in the land and untimely deaths of many young men and women in their 
prime.

The cleric also decried the prevailing moral laxity in the society where people have elevated inordinate acquisition of wealth, property and other vanities of life as their way of life rather than true worship of God and love for fellow human beings.

The bishop gave the charge on Thursday at the funeral service held in honour of Madam Elizabeth Idowu Adepoju,at St. Peter’s Anglican Church,Iropora-Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

Omotunde said everybody no matter how great, rich, powerful and influential will leave this world one day to give account to their Creator at the end of their sojourn on earth.

The deceased is the mother of the Anglican Bishop of Ekiti West Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Rufus Adepoju and mother-in-law of the Special Assistant (Media) to the Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola.

The funeral service was attended by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, the Head of Service, Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi, the Deputy Speaker, House of Assembly, Mr. Hakeem Jamiu; the Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola who was represented by his wife, Mrs. Omonike Daramola; Justice Monisola Abodunde and Justice Bamidele Omotoso.

The event was also graced by 36 Anglican archbishops and bishops from various parts of the country and traditional rulers who were represented by their wives.

Extolling the virtues of the deceased, Omotunde urged her children never to depart from the path of faith, love for God and fellow human beings and piety she exhibited in her lifetime.

Delivering a sermon entitled “It Will Get To Your Turn One Day,” and quoting from Psalm 89:47-48 and I Chronicles 29:15, Omotunde emphasized that death is the end of human beings who must repent and turn to God before the end comes.

Omotunde also urged the congregation and other Nigerians from living what he called “fake and empty lives.”

The bishop said: “The most unfortunate thing in life is that man does not remember that he will die one day and what are we pursuing in this world?

“Remember how short your days are; whoever that does not remember the day he will die is the most foolish person in life.

“Whatever you are pursuing in this world, you are pursuing vanity because when you die you cannot take anything away. Why do you continue to live a fake live, an empty life.

“You must repent to escape the wrath of God and the best time to do that is now. We are strangers and sojourners in this world and we will leave all what we are labouring for in this world behind one day.”

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