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Breaking: Anglican Archbishop of Lagos, Bishop Olumakaiye is dead




Bishop of Lagos Diocese and Archbishop of Province of Lagos (Anglican Communion) Church of Nigeria, Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye, has died at the age of 53.

Olumakaiye, according to inside sources, died on Monday after battling with undisclosed ailment.

Until his death, he was the Bishop of Lagos, and Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos (Anglican Communion), Church of Nigeria, having been Bishop of Osun North East until 2018 and presented as the Archbishop of Lagos Ecclesiastical Province on the 7th of November, 2021 at the Cathedral Church of Advent, Life Camp, Abuja.

Olumakaiye was born on 28 January, 1969 at Okene into the family of the Venerable and Mrs. T.A. Olumakaiye .

He was a native of Idanre in Ondo State.

He started his Education at St. Michael’s primary school, Esie in 1975 from where he proceeded to Government Secondary School, Omu-Aran, Kwara State in 1982.

He left Omu-Aran in 1983 and concluded his Secondary education at Cherubim Seraphim Secondary School, Ilorin in 1986.

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Between 1991 and 1993, he obtained his first degree in Religious Studies from the University of Ibadan, Master’s Degree in Religious Studies in 2001 and doctorate degree in Church History and Doctrine from the same university.

Following his training and graduation from Immanuel College of Theology, Ibadan, he was made a deacon in June 1993 and ordained a priest in December same year by E.A. Ademowo, Bishop of Ilesha Diocese.

He started his ministry at Christ the Saviour Anglican Church, Cappa, Ilesa in June 1993. While at Cappa, he was preferred a Statutory Canon in November 1999 to occupy Archbishop Adetiloye’s stall, and Bishop Ademowo preferred him an Archdeacon of Imo Archdeaconry and Vicar of St. James’s Church, Imo Ilesa 2000.

As the Vicar of St. Matthew’s Church and Archdeacon of Ijebu-Jesa, he lifted the status of St. Matthew’s church to become a cathedral in January 2009, and he became the first Dean of Cathedral St. Matthew Ijebu-Jesa, Ijesa North Missionary Diocese.

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He was elected Bishop on May 22, 2009 at the age of 40, he was consecrated Bishop on Sunday, July 12, 2009 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state while he was enthroned on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at Cathedral church of St. Philip’s, Otan Ayegbaju as the first Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Osun North East.

Within two years of his Episcopacy in the Diocese, he built a multi-million naira Bishop’s court, a chapel and a library and Resource Centre. The Diocese Headquarter also has a hall, Bishop’s office Complex school and many other structures.

He also built a prayer mountain and a prayer prayer town in the Diocese. A quarter of Otan Ayegbaju was named after him by the Owa of Otan Ayegbaju, Oba Lukman Adesola Ojo Fadipe (Owa Olatanka III).

Olumakaiye has served as the Coordinator, prayer convocation for Ibadan province: the secretary of supra west, church of Nigeria (compromising of 63 Dioceses):the secretary of the proprietors desk of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo. He was member of pension and gratuity board, supra west church of Nigeria and a member of governing council, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo.

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Olumakaiye was the first Nigerian priest to preach at Melbourne church, London. For four years, he was an annual guest lecturer at St. Luke’s Central, Birmingham. UK,(2011-2015). In 2003, he attended the world mission conference in Derbyshire and University of Birmingham .

Olumakaiye was married to Motunrayo Funke, Olumakaiye, a professor and former head of the department of nutrition and consumer sciences, faculty of agriculture Obafemi Awolowo University(O.A.U),Ile -Ife, Osun state. They have a son, Richard Tunbamise.

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Former President Jonathan accepts ambassadorial role





Former President Goodluck Jonathan has been accepted as Africa’s Agricultural Technology Ambassador by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).

Making the announcement after meeting with the former President in Yenagoa, Bayelsa South-south during the week, the AATF Executive Director, Dr Canisius Kanangire, said the appointment was informed by the former President’s track record of championing agricultural transformation on the continent.

AATF, in a statement by its Communications Officer, Alex Abutu, described Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as a Nigerian politician who served as the President of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015 and had since been at the forefront of agricultural improvement on the continent.

In his acceptance speech, Dr Jonathan said that as a former Head of State, his interest in serving the continent is driven by the interest he has in driving food security and transformation for a better quality of life in Africa.

Kanangire said: “Dr Jonathan’s commitment to uplift agriculture on the continent was exemplified by the Agricultural Transformation Agenda he pursued and diligently implemented in Nigeria during his tenure as President.

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“The agenda targeted increasing efficiency and profitability in about 12 selected key agricultural commodities, which include: cotton, cocoa, cassava, oil palm, maize, soya bean, onion, rice, livestock, fisheries, tomato and sorghum.

“Under the agenda, about 3.5 million new jobs were created based on the selected key products, while many more jobs were created from other value chain activities, with over N300 billion of additional income in the hands of Nigerian farmers and rural entrepreneurs. In addition, over N60 billion (US$380 million) was injected into the economy from the substitution of 20% of bread wheat flour with cassava flour.

“Another critical element of Dr Goodluck’s agricultural legacy as President of Nigeria was his ability to cut down on the importation of food that can be produced locally, thereby, saving the nation well over N1.3 trillion per annum on the importation of foodstuff.

“Dr Jonathan was able to demonstrate in Nigeria that agriculture should be treated as a business and supported by relevant policies for the improvement of the livelihoods of our growing farming population.”

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AATF’s boss further said that Dr Jonathan is a Pan-Africanist who had stood for the eradication of rural poverty and the peaceful coexistence of the continent, hence his involvement in peaceful conflict resolution on the continent.

“As AATF’s Ambassador, Dr Jonathan will advocate for the advancement of Africa’s agricultural goals and economic growth through the application of innovative technologies and enhanced investment in agriculture. AATF is honoured to have the former president as our Ambassador, whose role will accelerate ongoing efforts to improve our agricultural terrain.”

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Wike, Ortom challenge Buhari to expose governors stealing LG funds





Nyesom Wike and Samuel Ortom, governors of Rivers and Benue states, have challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to expose Nigerian governors responsible for stealing local government funds.

The governors, who are part of the five Integrity Governors among the governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, threw the challenge to the President on Friday during the inauguration of the Mgbuosimini Internal Roads in Rivers State.

President Buhari had earlier in a speech at the presidential parley for members of the Senior Executive Course 44 (2022) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) at the State House, said that state governors steal allocations meant for local governments.

But reacting to the allegation, Governor Wike denied ever taking funds meant for the local government since he assumed office as governor in 2015. He challenged the president to name governors that are doing that as his statement could be termed class defamation.

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“I want to challenge Mr. President, Mr. President you are a leader and we believe as leaders you must come out and tell Nigerians, who are those committing this offence? You said the governors are taking local government funds, I want to say in the name of Almighty God I have never touched local government funds one day, I have never and I have no reason to do that.

“So Mr. President who are those people? You know them, tell us. It is not good to say what you call class defamation, you say, governors, please I am not one of those governors, so Mr. President please spare me, tell Nigerians that the Integrity governors are not part of them, we have integrity, we are not part of them,” Wike said.

He added that as local government Chairman under Governor Peter Odili, his funds were never touched by the governor and therefore he has no reason to tamper with any money meant for local governments as governor.

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Corroborating his colleague’s remark, Governor Ortom also denied touching funds meant for local government, saying that their funds go to them directly from the federation account.

Ortom said, “It is a logical fallacy to say that all governors are criminals; all governors are stealing from local government. I join governor Wike to say from 2015, let EFCC come, let ICPC come, let every other agency that can unearth this, as far as Benue State is concerned let them bring it out so that we know the people, there is no point generalising that all of us are evil people.

“I don’t do it, I didn’t like it when the Federal Government enacted something and said local government should have financial autonomy, but from that day all monies are paid to the local government, and no single naira has been paid through anyone, all monies that come from the federation account go straight to the individual councils.”

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Despite allure of office, I won’t take over from my father – Akeredolu’s son





Babajide Akeredolu, son of Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Friday, dispelled rumours that he plans to take over from his father, Rotimi Akeredolu, after the expiration of the latter’s tenure.

He said despite the allure of office, he had several sectors where he could venture into and become extremely successful than being in government.

Babajide, who is currently a Special Adviser and Director-General, Performance and Project Implementation Unit, Office of the Governor of Ondo State, revealed this at a press conference in Lagos State.

He said, “I don’t have any plan to run for office. It is interesting people speculate this, but I have multiple pathways to success. I don’t need to stay in government to be successful.

“Power is never something that gingers the Akeredolu family. I’m not looking for that (governor’s seat), but I’m just looking for opportunities to make young people thrive.

“I have never thought of being a governor. That thing is stressful and I don’t want to go through it. People that are build for that, I wish them well.”

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He added, “There are multiple cards to success for me. I am lucky I have a strong surname with a lot of options before me. So, I really don’t bother about what’s coming next, but I just focus on the present and how I can help the younger generations.”


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