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As the Nigerian Church join others across the world to begin a new decade in the year 2020, one area that should be looked into is the need to see the Church more united. This was part of the statement made by the renowned philanthropist and respected woman of God, Captain Rev. Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi at an event in Lagos before the beginning of the New Year.

Rev. Mother Ajayi speaking on The role of the Church in National Development at an event organised by Breakthrough Media, and All Christian Leaders/Ministers Forum in December 2019 said the Church of God should come together and be united towards moving the nation forward.

Quoting from 1 Corinthians chapter 12 Rev Mother Ajayi said no part of the body of Christ could do without another and advised that the churches in Nigeria should be united and come together in order to move the country forward.

“We are one body of Christ, and if we can come together as one body, the devil will run away from us even as a nation. One area of my life I can say I am proud of is bringing the body of Christ together,” as she recalled her visits and meetings with Christian leaders cutting across Church denominations.

Rev mother Ajayi for several times has been seen in close relationship with the leaders of The Redeemed Christian Church of God and recently with Dr. Daniel Olukoya of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, she was also a Special Mother of the day when Pastor Joseph  Adelakun  celebrated his 70 years she related well with other Christian leaders like Bishop David Oyedepo of the Winners Chapel and the President of Christ Apostolic Church Pastor Abraham Akinosun among other dignitaries.

“Ten years ago, this might have been more of a dream, but God has been uniting His people and His Church if the church of God can come together what we can schieve together would be great,” she explained.

“Our task for the 2020s is to see the Church of God come together. When the Church of God come together we will be able to move our country forward, as teachers, preachers and leaders. Our unity makes the work of national development easier,” she said further.

Apart from the force of unity, the woman of God had also emphasized other positive influences church leaders could have on their members that could enhance peace and progress in Nigeria. “The Church can lead in the choice of political leaders for a nation especially during election, the Church  can pray for political leaders, and the political leaders can also enjoy governing a peaceful and obedient people,as she urged religious leaders to continue to help and direct their members in the way of the Lord.

Earlier the convener of the event Rev. Micheal Adetunji Akintola had explained why Rev. Mother Esther Ajayi who was accompanied by her husband Rev. (Dr.) Ademuyiwa Ajayi for such a honour. According to him the event was to celebrate Jesus in the life of the Rev. Mother as an end time battle axe and a global philanthropist.
“The gesture was to initiate towards a New Nigeria Project, a platform where participants gather to brainstorm, rob minds and compare notes towards initiating positive societal values and national rebirth.”

Such a forum had also been held to celebrate the likes of Prof. Pat Utomi of the Lagos Business School, Late Archbishop Magnus Atilade, Madam Folashade Tinubu Ojo, the Iyaloja General, Archbishop Olubunmi Okogie and a host of others, and Rev. Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi of recent.
Among the dignitaries in attendance were Rev. Dr. Sam. Ogedengbe a former Special Assistant to Lagos Governor on Christian Matters, Chief Mrs. Ibilola Aduke Solaja (JUMLAC) who chaired the event, Hon Dave Salako as a Special Guest of Honour, Hon Bolaji Pitan the Chief Officer Lagos State Motor Vehicle Licencing office, ACP Assistant  Commissioner of Police Bode Ojajuni and others. At the event there were presentation of awards, New Year Calendar in honour of Rev. Mother Esther Ajayi, and wining and dining for all in attendance.

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Julius Adegunna, a writer, and publisher of good news and reports. He is also a trainer in Writing and Publishing, a Media Consultant and an Entrepreneur. A 1987 Graduate of International Relations of the University of Ife, (Now Obafemi Awolowo University) with Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations, and Master in Communication Studies of Lagos State University. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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