*bags Church award
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The CEO of Moahz Oil and Gas Limited, Engineer Abdulqadir Ojo on Sunday asked religious leaders in the country to rise up in support of the government towards finding lasting solution to the security challenges presently facing Nigeria
Engineer Ojo stated this while speaking with journalists shortly after receiving 2021 Father Abraham Award presented to him in Ibadan by the Men Missionary Union of Nigerian Baptist Convention.
He declared that in doing this there is the need for religious leaders in the country to at all times extend love towards people from other faiths.
” If other religious leaders could emulate the leadership of Baptist Church, especially the New Heritage Baptist Church, Eniosa the issue of terrorism, kidnapping, robbery and other form of killing would become things of the past”, he said.
Represented by the Babaloja-General of Oyo State who is also the President of Oyo State Market Men and Women, Alhaji Sunmaila Aderemi Jimoh, added, ” you can’t win any soul to your side without extending love towards people from other faiths”
Commending the Church for the award bestowed on him, Engineer Ojo described the honours as unimaginable, adding that only God deserved to be referenced and honoured for the great recognitions and honours bestowed on him by various bodies and institutions both home and abroad.
In the invitation letter sent to Engr Ojo, the Men Missionary stated that the “Father Abraham Distinguished Award is an annual event to commemorate United Nations International Father’s Day”,
” The Father Abraham Distinguished Awards aim to celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that fathers play within families, communities, cities, Oyo State and Nigeria as a nation. Each year, the Father’s Day Celebration Committee with the support of Church-in-Council select distinguished fathers who have demonstrated support, guidance and love to children in Nigeria, Oyo State in particular through their working role to take out prestigious Fathers of the Year Awards.
Part of the letter reads ” Sir, your nomination by the organising committee gives you the honour to be given 2021 Distinguished Father Of The Year Award, this award usually goes to overall best father and captain of industries in Nigeria after putting all variables to consideration during selection process. Your nomination is premised on your positive impacts on the lives of children in Nigeria and Oyo State, particularly your contributions to the children and Youth Wings of the New Heritage Baptist Church. Your provision of good health, quality education and future for Nigerian children as well as your service to humanity which is having positive results in the lives of children generally are all commendable and noteworthy,” the letter
The award was received on behalf of Engr. Ojo by the invited Distinguished Guest of Honour, Alhaji Sunmaila Aderemi Jimoh, Babaloja-General of Oyo State who is also the President of Oyo State Market Men and Women. In his remarks, Alhaji Jimoh commended the Church as well as Baptist Convention for extending love to non-christians.
Other awardees are Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, who was honoured with 2021 Most Distinguished Father of the Year Award, Rev.(Dr.) Samson Olasupo Ayokunle received Highly Distinguished Father of the Year Award, Apostle (Rtrd. Col.) Joshua Akinyemiju (Chairman, CAN – Oyo State), honoured with Highly Distinguished Father of the Year Award, Pastor Benjamin Akanmu (Chairman, CPFN – Oyo State), received 2021 Highly Distinguished Father of the Year Award, Engr. Dotun Sanusi (Chairman, Ilaji Hotel and Sports), received 2021 Distinguished Father of the Year Award.