Babalola, PDP Former Governorship Aspirant Becomes ‘Baba Egbe’ OmuAran Anglican Church

A  former Governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in  Kwara State,  Mr. Sunday  Adebayo Babalola has been installed the ‘Baba Egbe’ of the Anglican Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Church of Nigeria) in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government of Kwara State.

The Bishop, Cathedral of St. Paul Anglican Church, Omu-Aran Diocese, Right Revd Philip Adeyemo who performed the installation Babalola said that the new ‘Baba Egbe’ was adjudged right for the honour given his commitment to human capital development, the growth of Christianity as well as the overall societal development.

The Bishop charged Babalola to live up to expectations and continue to keep the flag of Christianity flying and continue to carry the torch if societal wellbeing.

He charged the new ‘Baba Egbe’ to work towards the progress of the Church, promote love, unity and peace in the society.

In his response, Mr Sunday Babalola expressed that he was elated by the recognition and honoured on him, stating that he would remain committed to the growth of Christianity in the area and Nigeria as a whole.

He said: “We are very elated and we are very grateful to God who found us worthy to be chosen by him and we thank the church for recognizing the little that we have been doing before and we thank the whole of Anglican Church, Omu-Aran Diocese for  everything they have
been doing for us.”

“To Christianity, our commitment is total. We are going to be doing more than we have been doing before.  We have a church in Lagos too, which is a vibrant church and that means that we have double responsibility to work in Lagos and  Omu Aran at the same time. We are very committed, absolutely and totally, with our resources and everything that God has blessed us with.”

Babalola added, “We are going to be changing everything, not change the doctrine.  But we are going to be encouraging more youths. My wife, Bunmi, is already doing that. I think that is one of the reasons why they saw us fit for this honour. She comes here, participate in youth programmes and encourages the youth; she has been doing it for a long time now.”

“Eminent people should do their best to empower the youths. We are doing our own. We do scholarship, we have a foundation and we do what we can by the grace of God. I think people should emulate it and do what they can.”

He said: “there are ‘thieves’ in  government but pleaded with political office holders to work for the progress  of the people, adding that one day, they would die and would not know anything else about their acquired wealth.”

He lamented that many politicians in the country had not delivered of dividends of democracy, and had not ensured prudential management of resources, transparency and accountability, according to him, especially those in Kwara State.

He said, “We need to remind them (politicians) that there will be a day they will wake up and  not be able to lead themselves and people will carry them to the grave and they will answer to their maker.”

“Enough is enough, they should do the right thing. They should ensure prudential management of resources, distribute our resources right and do what is right to the people. They are holding those positions in trust, it is not their father’s right. It is in trust and they should try to make sure that they use the resources right.”

“Don’t let me forget the thieves in government, (they should) change their ways, hell is real, life is ephemeral. It is only madmen that go around town gathering the things they will never need and will never use.”

“If you are entrusted with position of authority or even if you stole it, don’t forget that no matter how powerful you think you are, a day will come when you can’t do anything for yourself but people will carry you into your grave where you will answer to God, whether you believe Him or not.”

He added, “Nigerians should elect people, not on party basis. They should search them, do due diligence on them and know the right people to elect. It should not be on party basis because all the parties are the same thing; All Progressives Congress and PDP are the same thing.”

He appreciated all the people who honoured his installation as people from all walks of life, including traditional leaders, Christian leaders, captains of industry, his family members, friends, associates and colleagues trooped in large numbers and honoured him.

The Bishop, Diocese of Jebba, Anglican Communion, (Church of Nigerian) Right Revd Sunday Adewole giving a sermon at the service urged people to be Godly and avoid destructive actions.

He admonished Nigerians to ensure that they elected responsible people whether in political, religious and social groups.

The service featured special prayers, thanksgiving and renditions from the choir of the Cathedral.



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