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The Senior Pastor of Fountain of Life Church, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, is dead. His demise was confirmed via the official Facebook page of the church. The church disclosed that the cleric died on Monday, August 7, in the United States of America.

The post read: “The fountain of Life Church Family, in total submission to the will of God Almighty announces the passing unto greater glory of our Father, Teacher, a great servant of the Most High God, Pastor Daniel Taiwo Odukoya, Founding Pastor of The Fountain of Life Church, who passed unto glory on the 7th of August 2023 in the USA.

“We are in total submission to you LORD!!! We thank the Lord for the gift of a greater leader!!!”

Sanwo-Olu condoles with family of Pastor Odukoya

Meanwhile, tributes have been coming the way of the departed cleric. The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has sent his condolences to the family of the late Pastor Taiwo Odukoya.

Reacting to the news of Pastor Odukoya’s death, Sanwo-Olu, in a post on his Instagram handle on Tuesday, said, “It was with utter shock and sadness that I received the news of the passing of Pastor Daniel Taiwo Odukoya, the founding Pastor of The Fountain of Life Church.

“Pastor Odukoya was a dear brother and friend. He was a dedicated man of God whose faith and belief in God never shook or waned despite experiencing the obstacles of life.

“He was steadfast in worship and diligent in service. He was a great preacher and teacher, whose life and ministry have continued to impact the lives of people within the Christian body and outside.

“Pastor Odukoya’s demise is indeed a heart wrenching reminder that this life is indeed fleeting.

“My sincere condolences to his dear children, Tolu Ijogun, Jimmy Odukoya, Tobi Enuha, Jomiloju and Timilehin Odukoya, and the entire Odukoya family.

“I also commiserate with Pastor Odukoya’s friends, associates, the congregation of The Fountain of Life Church, the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, and the entire Christian body.

“May his soul find rest with God, and may the good Lord comfort his friends, family, and all members of his church. Amen.”

Tinubu mourns Pastor Taiwo Odukoya

In the same vein, President Bola Tinubu has also mourned the passing of the Senior Pastor of Fountain of Life Church, Taiwo Odukoya.

A statement signed by the presidential spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, noted that Tinubu described the late Odukoya as a man whose teachings expanded the frontiers of charitable endeavours with particular respect to the education and health sectors.

“President Tinubu sends his heartfelt condolences to the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and associates of the highly revered religious leader, whose teaching, outreach and good work expanded the frontiers of charitable endeavour with particular respect to the education and health sectors.

“The President notes the worthy contributions of Pastor Odukoya to the development of the country, supporting the weak and vulnerable while providing a platform for many to realise their dreams through the teaching of the word of faith.

“President Tinubu highlights the importance of the active sustenance of the outstanding legacies of the renowned clergyman by all who knew him, trusting that the Almighty God will continue to comfort the family.”

10 things to know about Pastor Taiwo Odukoya

Here are 10 things to know about the late clergyman, Pastor Daniel Taiwo Odukoya.

1. Odukoya was born as a Twin on June 15, 1956 in the city of Kaduna where he was also raised.

2. He had his primary education at Baptist Primary School and proceeded to Kigo Road, Kaduna and St. Paul’s College (now known as Kufena College, Wusasa) Zaria for his secondary education.

4. He had his tertiary education at the University of Ibadan in 1976 where he obtained a degree in petroleum engineering in 1981.

5. He was employed as a petroleum engineer at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in April 1982 after he completed his one-year National Youth Service Corps programme. He served there until his voluntary retirement in January 1994 after his call to the ministry.

6. Odukoya met his wife, Bimbo Williams, at the University of Ibadan in 1980 and they both got married in 1984.

7. The two co-founded The Fountain of Life Church in 1992 and later became renowned for teaching men and women the art of building successful relationships as well as the principles of leadership.

9. Pastor Odukoya lost his wife, Bimbo, in the ill-fated Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 which occurred on December 10, 2005.

10. On January 5, 2010, he got married again to Rosemary Simangele Zulu from South Africa who later died of cancer in November 2021.

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