The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), yesterday, on the opening ceremony of its two-day sixteenth Biennial Convention in Enugu, conferred Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State with the ‘Grand Defender of the Religion’ and ‘Defender of the Religion’ awards, respectively.
Talking on the event, the newly elected Nationwide President of PFN, Bishop Wale Oke, said that the separate awards conferred on Prof. Osinbajo and Gov. Ugwuanyi have been in recognition of their dedication to the service of humanity, in addition to the nation and the state, respectively.
Bishop Oke described the Vice President as “a scholar and lawyer of the first-class order, a Senior Advocate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, an excellent Pastor of the Pentecostal Church, a politician of the brand new order and a person that enjoys unusual grace and divine favour”.
Commending Gov. Ugwuanyi for his unusual management qualities, the cleric expressed delight on the governor’s simplicity, his generosity to PFN and different church buildings within the state, in addition to his disposition as a peaceable and God fearing chief.
“We’re sitting right here ready for His Excellency to return in with pomp and pageantry; however abruptly, I found that they have been round; they started to vanish one after the other after which any person simply got here in, quite simple, greeting individuals.
“I used to be asking myself might that be the governor? I imply the simplicity? It exhibits how God-fearing and peaceable this man (Ugwuanyi) is.
“And naturally, two days in the past, as quickly as we drove into Enugu, we noticed all over the place with the inscription, Enugu State is within the palms of God. Each delegate at Enugu and the nation, repeat after me that Enugu State is the palms of the Lord”, the bishop stated.
Talking, the Vice President, who was the Particular Visitor of Honour, expressed gratitude to PFN for the distinguished award given to him.
Osinbajo who famous that “there could be no extra coveted preferment than that conferred by one’s brethren”, stated: “I pray that you simply all will obtain not simply honour from males right here on earth however in the long run additionally from the Lord God Almighty in Jesus identify”.
He congratulated Bishop Oke for his emergence as the brand new Nationwide President of PFN, stressing that “this nation is the apple of God’s eyes and this journey will finish in reward to the glory of His identify’’.
In his handle, Governor Ugwuanyi welcomed the Vice President to Enugu for the event and congratulated the brand new PFN Nationwide President and wished him a profitable tenure.
The governor, who was accompanied by his deputy, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, additionally congratulated the PFN for the profitable election of a brand new Nationwide President of the group, and thanked the physique for selecting Enugu for its sixteenth biennial convention.
He urged PFN to proceed to hope for the peace, safety and progress of Enugu State and Nigeria typically.
His phrases: “The PFN, Enugu State chapter has been excellent in her prayerful assist and sensible counsel to our administration. It has certainly advanced as a significant accomplice in our endeavour to make life extra significant for the nice individuals of Enugu State. I prolong the gratitude of the federal government and good individuals of Enugu State for this present of affection and unwavering assist”.