Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Former Nigerian President

Why I built church, mosque at my personal library–Obasanjo

NEWS DIGEST–Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said his spiritual commitment and the need to fulfil his promise brought about the idea of having a church and a mosque in the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.

Obasanjo stated this in a statement issued by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi on Monday in Abeokuta.

According to the statement, Obasanjo said those against having religious worship centres at OOPL had been disappointed by the growing and flourishing status of the sacred places.

The former President stated this at the music fiesta programme held as part of activities to mark the 10th anniversary of the Chapel of Christ the Glorious King of the OOPL, Abeokuta, at the weekend.

Obasanjo was reported to have expressed satisfaction on the growth of the church.

He said, “It is part of my promise to God to have a worship centre to propagate the gospel of Christ.

“The positive growing development 10 years after the creation of this church is tremendous and awesome.

“At the beginning, some people were against it, but by now, they must have been disappointed.

“The same thing applies to the mosque for our Muslim brothers and sisters. I understand people from far and near do come to worship there too. This is gratifying to note.”

The former President who spoke on the theme, “Celebration of God’s faithfulness” later led the entire congregation to celebrate the milestone amid pomp and ceremony.

Delivering the sermon, the Ogun State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Bishop Tunde Akinsanya, admonished the congregation to celebrate and have strong desire to go forward.

Also speaking, the President, Silverbird Group and chairman on the occasion, Roy Murray-Bruce, felicitated with the members and urged them to continue the good work they had been noted for in the last 10 years.

Represented by Mr Kayode Ladeinde, Murray-Bruce disclosed that support in both spiritual and moral ways would be given to the work of God in the church.

A major high-point of the event was the investiture of Chief Abraham Akanle and Mrs Bola Obasanjo, wife of the former President, respectively, as the first male and female Spiritual Leader (Baba Ijo and Iya Ijo) of the church.