SEVERAL members of the House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) have lauded the Diocese of Ijebu South/West for its developmental strides during the past five years of its inauguration.
The bishops also commended Rt. Rev. Dr. Babatunde Ogunbanwo, the Bishop of the five-year-old diocese, for his visionary leadership which has facilitated growth and development in the diocese.
They made the commendations while speaking to newsmen during a special church thanksgiving service in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Diocese of Ijebu South/West, at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Odogbolu, Ogun State.
Those, who praised the leadership and members of the diocese for their unity of purpose in moving the diocese forward were the Dean Emeritus of the Church of Nigeria and Bishop of Lagos, the Most Rev. Dr. Ephraim Ademowo; Bishop of Ajayi Crowther Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Olugbenga Oduntan; Bishop of the Diocese of Ijebu North, the Rt. Rev. Solomon Kuponu; Bishop of the Diocese of Remo, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael Fape, and the Most Rev. Olatunji Akinfenwa of the Diocese of Ibadan, who was the guest preacher at the church thanksgiving service.
Dr. Ademowo said: “The diocese that started unassumingly is now reaching a very high peak. God is in control. He is moving in our midst.”
He described Bishop Ogunbanwo as a go-getter and good example to the clergy and other members of the diocese and advised them not to relent in the pursuit of Christian love, growth and maturity.
Bishop Oduntan said: “We can see co-operation, unity and willingness; people are willing to spend and to be spent. “It is awesome, it is glorious and encouraging…”
Bishop Kuponu said: “Co-operation is necessary in achieving results. It is obvious that all the sons and daughters of the diocese have been cooperating, for the diocese to have recorded the progress which we have all seen with our own eyes.”
In the same vein, Dr. Fape, the Bishop of Remo Diocese, under whose supervision the Ven. B.F.R Ogunbanwo had served for several years, said: “When we see the landmark achievements of Bishop Ogunbanwo, we can only say that it is the Lord’s doing.”
In his sermon, Archbishop Akinfenwa charged the congregation to continue as one family as they grow together in Christ.
The colourful event was attended by many distinguished citizens within and outside the diocese, including Mrs. Olufunke Amosun, (wife of Ogun State Governor), an ardent Moslem, who was among those decorated as “special fellows” of sthe diocese.