His Excellency Engr. Seyi Makinde, Governor of Oyo State has congratulated the appointment of Sepeteri, Oyo State-born Revd. Dr Israel Ade Akanji, as the new president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC)
He, also praised the out-going president, Revd. Dr Supo Ayokunle, for the great strides the NBC achieved under his direction, charging Akanji to take the NBC to greater heights.
Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, in a statement cited the governor as expressing belief in the president-elect of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, who earlier served as the clergy in charge of the First Baptist Church, Garki, Abuja, pointing out that he does not question his capacity in taking NBC to greater heights.
The statement said: “I congratulate the entire Baptist Family across Oyo State and Nigeria on the recent appointment of Dr Israel Ade Akanji as the new president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention.
“I, particularly, congratulate my brother, Revd. Dr Akanji, who has always been a great ambassador of Oyo State in God’s vineyard.
“This appointment is a testimony to the goodness of God in his life and how far he has come. I do not doubt that he will take NBC to greater heights, building on the great progress achieved by our father, the CAN president and outgoing NBC president, His Eminence, Revd. Dr Supo Ayokunle.
“I would like to encourage the duo of Revd. Dr Ayokunle and Revd. Dr Akanji with the words of Bart Millard’s hymn “Stand up for Jesus,” that they should continue to lift Christ’s royal banner.
“It is my prayer that God will continue to uphold the NBC and strengthen it to continue to push the frontiers of the gospel of Christ.”