He expressed the wish on Wednesday while making remarks at the 108th Nigeria Baptist Convention, held at the Baptist International Conference Centre, Lufuwape Town, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The governor said he would not ascribe to himself the authority of the clergy because he loves reading, studying and sharing the words of God, he however declared: “I may end up on the pulpit after I have served as governor for eight years.”
The event which was equally used to conduct valedictory and commendation service for the retiring President of Baptist Convention, Nigeria and the President, Christians Association of Nigeria, Dr. (Reverend) Samson Ayokunle, was also attended by a former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Senator Ishaku Abbo (Adamawa North) among other dignitaries.
Commenting on the theme of the Convention, ‘Moving Forward: Finishing the race with Joy’, he called the attention of Nigerians, and in fact the entire humanity to the need to do things with fear of God in their hearts.
He said, “If Nigerians followed the instructions of God in all they do, living would be much easier and the country would not find itself in the present precarious situation.
Governor Abiodun urged Nigerians not to lose hope, stressing that “all we need is the fear of God in conducting our affairs.’
He added, “We all need to treat our fellow human beings with love and even take care of our environment with care. If we do, we will live a more peaceful and prosperous life. We continue to pray for God’s blessing upon our land, so that our people will live in constant abundance of every good thing.
“More importantly, we must reject violence and pursue peace with one another. We need to walk in love and understanding. This is what our heavenly Father expects from us.
We, therefore, look forward to the continued reign of peace in our land and the constant strengthening of the body of Christ.”
Abiodun congratulated Rev. Ayokunle for a successful tenure as the President of the Nigeria Baptist Convention after 10 years, noting his roles as the current CAN president has strengthened the unity among christians in the country.
On his part, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo also commended Ayokunle for serving meritoriously in his capacity as a leader in the Baptist Church.
Obasanjo, who expressed optimism that Nigeria would survive the challenges confronting it, prayed that God would renew Ayokunle’s energy to continue the work of God.
Governor Makinde of Oyo State equally praised Ayokunle for his doggedness in performing his duties while in office, and urged him not to relent in praying for the nation and its leaders.