By Sam EYOBOKA
UPWARDLY mobile chartered accountant and until recently, a prominent face at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, circles, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo last Sunday, narrated to a bewildered congregation how he almost committed suicide by taking a plunge into the Lagos Lagoon a few years ago.
Giving an account of how rough things had been with him all these years, Pastor Ighodalo, pioneer pastor of ChristChurch parish of RCCG, who left the church in controversial circumstances in July this year gave sordid account of how he came close to committing suicide when things were rough with him.
According to him, he had ordered his driver to stop in the middle of the Third Mainland Bridge, he got out and had actually attempted taking the plunge but a hand he could not see held him back while the driver of his BMW car then, Baba Moroof, was just staring at him.
“I got out of the car and got to the edge of the railings; I looked at the lagoon down and the lagoon looked back at me. I made the move and can you imagine that my driver, Baba Moroof was just sitting down in the car looking at me? But some how an unseen hand held me back,” he narrated to a congregation that had gathered at the special service of his new baby, the Trinity House.
He explained that what happened to him during his life journey was all part of the voyage to the place where God had destined for him, “it is part of the story and signs that things can get better because it’s the roughness of the road that brings out the toughness of the man that brings the success of the story.”
According to him, some of the biblical accounts sometimes sounds stupid to the ordinary ears but God remains God; people who are close to you are not always likely want to see you successful because the world is full of contradictions.
Continuing, the pastor encouraged the congregation to be of good cheer, saying “if you face diverse tempta-tions and trials in life, if you only believe, all the contradi-ctions, trials, challenges will work for your good eventually.”
Pastor Ituah, as he is fondly called by his numerous admirers, was giving a sermon titled ‘It’s all joy’ at the new worship centre, Landmark Village, Victoria Island, saying that things were so rough for him after finance houses collapsed and the money he invested in the business went down the drain.
He then broke into singing, Eti mumi gbagbe; Ibanuje Igbakan, a Yoruba song meaning (You have made me to forget the tribulations of the past) acknowledging the mercy of God in his life all these years.
And that easily became the theme song of the day at the inaugural service at the tent that was hurriedly assembled at the new site. Like the inaugural service at the Civic Centre on July 18, 2010 the service was attended by relations, friends and associates from different parts of the country includ-ing Prof. Pat Utomi, Bishop Ayo Adesola, Pastor Fikayo Idowu who flew in from South African base for the service among others.
Pastor Ighod-alo used the occasion to acknowledge the contribut-ions of friends and relations who had made the vision of the Trinity House a reality, stressing that his wife’s outfit, Elizabeth R had worked night and day to make sure that the place was ready for the inaugural service at the Landmark Village.
Stating that God is taking the new church to greater heights he solicited the support of everyone present, explaining that there is still much more room to cover especially in the area of musical equipment.
Pastor Ighodalo used Prof Utomi as a point of contact to pray for peaceful elections in the country, while wishing that the best candidate who will uplift the standard of living of the poor masses of the country, wins the elections.