Buhari, PFN reacts to the passing of Rev Wilson Badejo

President Buhari, PFN reacts to the passing of ex-general overseer of Foursquare Gospel Church, Rev Wilson Badejo. The President described the departed as “a dedicated servant of God, who led the Foursquare Gospel Church for 10 years”.

He noted that the deceased was “committed to standing in the gap for not just his organisation but also for Nigeria”.

President Buhari urged the family to take solace in the fact that their father, a veterinary doctor, author, cleric, and public speaker, set a standard to be emulated by all and sundry.

The National Secretary of the church, Yomi Oyinloye, said in a statement that Mr Badejo, who was the church’s G.O between 1999 and 2009, died on Saturday after a brief illness.

“He was a great achiever, an accomplished servant of God, a role model, a bridge builder, mentor, teacher par excellence, an apostle and respected family man.

In a condolence message yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, the governor said: “Dr. Badejo’s death is a great loss not only to the Foursquare Gospel Church, which he once headed, but to many people whose lives were positively impacted by him.

“He was a fearless preacher of righteousness, teacher and a worthy mentor to many. He will be sorely missed.

“On behalf of my wife, Bisi, government and good people of Ekiti State, I commiserate with the family of Dr. Badejo, the Foursquare Gospel Church and the Christian community across the world.”

Also, President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Wale Oke, described the death of Dr. Wilson Badejo as shocking and great loss to the Christian community.

In a condolence message in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, the PFN said Badejo gave his all to the service of the Lord throughout his life.

“Rev. Badejo was a strong-willed man who pursued righteousness till he breathed his last.”

“For everyone, death is a garb that will be worn by all at the appointed time.

“Though humanly speaking, one wouldn’t have wanted him to go now, however, God is the ultimate decider of ‘when’ for everybody,” the statement said.

Commiserating with the family, Foursquare Church and the Christian body in the country, Oke prayed God to grant everyone concerned the fortitude to bear Badejo’s transition to glory.

“Dr Badejo served the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria in several ministerial capacities, crowning his stewardship at the apex as the General Overseer of the Church from 1999 for 2009.

“He was a man of many parts who was able to unlock socio-cultural gateways, and in the process successfully endeared several friends and loved ones from all walks of life across the divide,” the church said.

“He was a great achiever, an accomplished servant of God, a role model, a bridge builder, mentor, teacher par excellence, an apostle and respected family man.

Mr Oyinloye said the church was greatly saddened by the loss but encouraged members to take solace in the fact that the late cleric lived a fulfilling, God-fearing and impactful life.

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