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Idahosa got my father born again in 1980 crusade in Ibadan – Fayose

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‎ My Father gave The Family’s Only Car To Benson Idahosa Says Ayodele Fayose


Idahosa got my father born again in 1980 crusade in Ibadan - Fayose

Idahosa got my father born again in 1980 crusade in Ibadan – Fayose

The Governor of Ekiti state, Governor Ayodele Fayose has revealed how late Archbishop, Benson Idahosa got his father converted and led him to become a born-again Christian in a 1980 crusade in Ibadan.

Speaking in Benin on Friday while delivering a convocation lecture (titled: Education and Actualization) at Benson Idahosa University, the governor and one of the strongest critic of the present Buhari administration said the decision of his father to give out the family’s only Peugeot salon car drew the anger of his six wives and 27 children who felt bad about the decision.

He said

‎”Archbishop Benson Idahosa came to Ibadan in 1980 for a crusade and my father attended and he was converted and after Idahosa had finished preaching he said they should donate something for God’s work and since my father was converted and deeply touched, he gave out the family’s only Peugeot car.


“He changed the car’s ownership and particulars and brought it to Idahosa that he was donating it to support evangelism. Though the entire family was against it because we thought it would affect the family’s movement, the thing paid off in the end. Those who donated were prayed for by the Archbishop.


“But today,  God has prospered the family.‎ It’s good to give to the Lord and when you do that you are sowing a seed that will germinate for the children and that is working for us now,” he said.

A statement from Governor Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Fayose said that he thanked God that before his father died, he was able to buy four different cars for him as a reward for his diligence and commitment to God and taking care of the family.

He also said what he wanted to bring out was the importance of giving to the Lord cheerfully.


‎He then charged the management of the institution not to allow the vision of Late Benson Idahosa to die but to uphold it.

On political developments in the country, Fayose said Nigerians should expect two great events to happen soon which would determine where the nation would be heading.


Also speaking on what led to the sudden decadence in education, Fayose blamed it on the foundation laid by the colonial masters. He said despite the billions of naira being spent on the ‎education sector annually in the country, the nation is not reaping commensurate gains because education provided for us by the colonial government was not designed to prepare young men and women for the service of our country.


Still speaking on the educational decadence in the country, Fayose said it was rather unfortunate that instead of changing the course of education to meet our own local needs, successive leaderships seemed to toe the same line laid down by our colonial masters and put an undue premium on paper qualifications among others.


‎”For instance, it was not sufficient for us to learn, understand and speak the English language, but we must phonetise it the way the Briton speaks his mother language regardless of the incomparable sizes of our tongues and shapes of our noses.


“We were thus trained to become local clerks, white-collar and administrative support staff and also to spread evangelical works.‎ Up till now, everything we do stresses book knowledge. They underestimate the place of natural intelligence and street wisdom which are equally important and abound in our people some of whom do not have the opportunity or intellectual capacity for university education.


“I am not, however, inferring that any person can be efficient as a result of age, or that educational qualifications are unnecessary.

“My position is that it is a mistake to over-value book knowledge as it is to under-value it. Our theoretical knowledge must be balanced with exposure which is the practical representation of education. I am of the opinion that the development gap between us and the advanced countries has a correlation with the fact that those countries mostly request for evidence of ability to perform tasks while we concentrate on asking for paper qualifications or certificates,” he finally stated.

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