•Details Of The 2022 Annual Thanksgiving Service
+10th Remembrance Service For His Dad
Sagamu-Remo came alive on Sunday, 9th January 2022, when former Ogun Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and his siblings hosted a 2-in-1 event. First, was the annual thanksgiving, which the former Governor plays host to at the beginning of every year. It was the 17th edition. Second, was the 10th Year Remembrance Service in honour of their Dad, His Grace, The Most Rev. Abraham Adebola Daniel J.P. (1916-2011).
The event started with a service held at Abraham’s Tabernacle (Baptist International Worship Centre) along Oba Erinwole Road, GRA, Sagamu, Ogun State. The church was built by OGD.
The service kicked off exactly at 10 am prompt as stated in the invitation cards.
Otunba Gbenga Daniel and his ever gorgeous wife, Yeye Olufunke, were already seated by 9:00 am. Both looked beautiful together. They have a special seat, to the left of the church.
The service started at 9:30am with an Organ Prelude. The organist was Prof. Soji Adejumo, from the Cathedral of St. James The Great, Oke-Bola, Ibadan. Popular musician and saxophonist, Demola Olota Segun (Demotta), was also on ground. So, also was Jide Soyombo-Sosinmi. The Host Pastor, Rev. Dr. Wale Sulola was also on ground.
The organ prelude went on for 30 minutes 9-30 to 10.00 am, after which came to a Call To Worship by Rev. Dr. Wale Oyeniyi. The Officiating Ministers (about 15 of them filed in, all robed), amidst choruses by Gbenga Babayeju and The Lifted Band.
It was a beautiful 5-hour service, as over 10 choir groups came to give renditions.
Remo CAN Choir, Ijebu CAN Choir, Tabernacle Voices, Great Remo Chorale OOU Choir, and many more thrilled guests. Demola Olota played the Halleluyah Chorus.
The 2,000-sitter church was filled to the brim with outlays arranged at the wings of the church. Many distinguished guests sat on the front rows, while the various groups from Ogun East filled up the other seats and the upper part of the church.
The distinguished guests were made up of 2 former Ogun State Governors, Traditional rulers from Ogun East, former top aides of OGD when he was Governor, leading politicians across Nigeria such as Senator Muslim Obanikoro.
The leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, walked in mid-way, unaided at 94. Chief Rasaq Okoya, the Eleganza Chairman came with his beautiful wife, Shade, who looked stunning in her haute couture designer outfit.
The exhortation was given by Archbishop David Fabusoro, who held the congregation spellbound as he spoke glowingly about His Grace, Most Rev. Abraham Adebola Daniel J.P. Archbishop David Ayoola Fabusoro was born on the 14th of August 1958.
His father was the late Bishop Joseph Ajayi Fabusoro of blessed memory.
His mother is Spiritual Mother Deborah Arinade Fabusoro. Archbishop David Fabusoro is the first child of the great Patriarch, late Bishop Joseph Ajayi Fabusoro. He is an ordained minister of the Gospel. He serves the will of God in this generation as a Teacher of the word, an Apostle, an Evangelist, a Pastor, A Counsellor, Father and Mentor to many children of God and Church Leaders. He loves to unravel the mysteries in God’s word to ensure a robust understanding of the word.
He was formerly the Provincial Administrator of Europe/America and Oceania Province. He is presently the Administrator-General and the Provincial Head of Nigeria, The Church of the Lord Worldwide He is equally the Director of Schools, the Director of Investments and the Rector of the Aladura Theological Institute, Ogere Remo, Nigeria.
He has proven leadership and administrative abilities and can handle multiple tasks. He has a passion and desire for the spiritual and physical growth of believers and the expansion of God’s kingdom as an erudite Evangelist. He has passion for the growth of the Youth, He was one of the founders of the Youth Ministry TCLW.
Archbishop David Fabusoro, a computer Scientist turned-Minister of the Gospel is a prolific writer who has many write-ups published in the Weekly Bulletins of the Church and also one of the writers of the Sunday School Manual for Adults and Youths. He is also a music lover and directed the Choir for many years.
He served in the Ogun State Civil Service for twenty years 0976- 1996) where he rose to the post of Manager (Computer) in the Ogun State Printing and Publishing Company. Archbishop David Fabusoro is a seasoned administrator.
He voluntarily retired from the Service in 1996 to answer the call for Full-Time Service of God.
Archbishop David Fabusoro is happily married to Spiritual Mother Oluremi Fabusoro and their marriage is blessed with children and grandchildren.
The highpoint of the programme was the speech by the Chief Host, Otunba Engr. Gbenga Daniel, the Asiwaju of Remo Christians. He gave a brilliant speech which thrilled guests. It was like a Vote of Thanks, but it came mid-way to enable him thank all the Officiating Ministers and the special guests who came.
He told guests that out of close to over 25 chieftaincy titles he has from different parts of the state, the one he cherishes most is that of the Asiwaju of Remo Christians. He is the 2nd Asiwaju of Remo Christians. The 1st was Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
After the service, guests moved across the road to Royal Haven (Opposite Abraham Tabernacle for the grand reception.
His Excellency Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun (MFR), the Governor, Ogun State and his pretty wife attended the reception. Earlier on that Sunday, he played host to the Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Abeokuta. He stormed the event with his SSG, Commissioners & Special Advisers.
Don’t forget that Gov. Dapo Abiodun and OGD are very close. OGD was one of those who mobilised for Abiodun to win his elections in 2019. He has also remained one of the key supporters of Gov. Dapo Abiodun.
Shortly after the Governor arrived the party, he was called upon to make a speech. He spoke for about 30 minutes revealing his strings of achievements over the last 30 months.
The reception was also star-studded. Many politicians came from across the South-West. So, also were traditional rulers. It was a roll call of all the traditional rulers from Ogun East.
About 35 different Regberegbe (age grade groups) came for the party.
Music was by Choice Band which was the official band of OGD when he was Governor.
A powerful delegation came from Ijebu East Council of Baales made up of.
(1) Baale Abayomi Obisanya (2) Baale Otunba C.O. Banjo (JP) (3) Baale Sunday Agbon (4) Bale J.O. Ogunfunwa (5) Alhale Baale Olusegun Bakare (6) Baale Anthony Adebule (7) Bamiro Akorede Baale (8) Adefuye Pius (Baale Odomore Itele) and Oladipupo.Adewale S. (Baale Sunadigun, Itele).
(1.) The Most Rev. Dr. R. O. Ositelu – Primate TCLA, Worldwide (2.) the Rev Dr Israel Adelani Akanji – The President/Executive of the Nigerian Baptist (3.) Bishop Tunde Akin- Akinsanya – Chairman, CAN, Ogun State (4) the Most Rev. Dr. M.O. Fape – The Lord Bishop Remo Anglican Diocese (5.) Rt. Rev. J.O. Akinola – Methodist Bishop of Remo Central (6) the Rt. Rev. J.M.B Ibikunle – Methodist Bishop of Remo Diocese (7) the Rt. Rev. A.O. Ayode1e – Presbyterian (8.) the Rt. Rev. J.O. Gboyega Ohu – Bishop of Lagos North Diocese, Methodist Church (9) the Rt. Rev. B.F.R. Ogunbanwo – Bishop of Ijebu S/West, Ang Diocese (10.) Primate Bisi Ademosu – Odogbolu (11.) Most Rev. Dr. Paul Onanuga – First African Church (12.) Pastor Williams Akingbade – Head of CAC, Remo District Coordinating Council (13.) the Rev. Dr. Adewale Oyeniyi – President, Ogun Baptist Conference (14.) Super Apostle A. Sanyaolu – National Officer OAIC.
(1.) Apostle Olukorede Awolesi – State Liason Officer, CAN, Ogun East (2.) Venerable S.O. Oyetade – Remo North LG (3.) the Rev. Olalude Olajide – Ikenne LG (4.) the Rev. A. O. Badejo (J.P.) – Sagamu LG.
(1.) The Rev. Dr. ‘Wale Sulola (2.) Pastor Olusina Odusani.
Rev. Dr. ‘Wale Sulola – Abraham’s Tabernacle (BIWOC) (Nigerian Baptist Convention).
The Ogun East Career Women came in dressed in beautiful white lace and multicoloured gele made their entrance, including Egbe Tobalase Obalofin Obirin Akile Ijebu, dressed in mixed green gele material aso ebi and gele and the Egbe Bobagunwa Obirin Akile Ijebu who also came dressed in multicoloured sequence aso ebi with matching gele.
After Choice band thrilled the guests, Alpha band also took the stage to play danceable melodies as Governor Dapo Abiodun made his entrance. After exchanging warm greetings with the celebrant and dignitaries present, he danced up the stage to the deliver a speech. In his speech, he revealed the amazing works he was able to achieve in his 30 months as Governor in Ogun State. As this went on wild cheers could be heard among the Egbe Bobabgunwa Obinrin Akile Ijebu, Egbe Tobalase Obalofin Obinrin Akile Ijebu and the Ogun East Career Women.
After his speech, the stage was let open as people went on to merry.
One of the groups of women who came are The Ogun East Career Women, a political pressure group independent of any sort of political domination. It was founded in 2018 with Otunba Gbenga Daniel as the Grand Patron. The society consists of women from the 9 Local Governments in Ogun State, with 5 women representing each local government. It is a society populated by teachers, and local government staffs who are professionals in their field.
The Ogun East Career Women are as follows: (1) Chief Mrs. Adejoke (2) Alhaja Azeez Iyabode (3) Mrs Akinfewa Yetunde (4) Alhaja Sanni (5) Mrs Akinfenwa (6) Mrs Amu (7) Mrs Adesanya (8) Mrs Awode (9) Mrs Saka Kehinde (10) Mrs Salisu (11) Mrs Adebiyi (12) Mrs Ologun (13) Mrs Salami (14) Mrs Susanya (15) Mrs Adegbenro (16) Mrs Shuaib (17) Mrs Bolaji Ogundayo (18) Mrs Olaitan (19) Mrs Alhaja Sanni (20) Mrs Aderibigbe (21) Mrs Kujore Nike (22) Mrs Abiodun (23) Mrs Ife Folashade (24) Mrs Bello (25) Mrs Omolade (26) Mrs Taibat (27) Mrs Remilekun (28) Mrs Bashiru (29) Princess Ogunsowo (30) Comrade Adesanya
Egbe Bobagunwa Obinrin Akile Ijebu also attended.Those who attended are: (1) Iyalode Hon Abisola Akinola (2) General Secretary: Hon Arjie (3) PRO; Olafimidara Adekoya (4) Laide Balogun (5) Jadesola Abass (6) Fisayo Olowoparieso (7) Mary K. Ajakaiye (8) Yinka Oloko (9) Hassan Shade (10)Toyin Coker (11)Ayonimofe Adebayo (12) Zainab Agila (13) Oseni Amori (14) Toyin Ayodele Bamiro (15) Omoku Kafilat (16) Salisu Risikat (17) Shade Oloko (18) Dada Jamiu (19) Gunwalloe Tawakalitu (20) Mariam Ogunsanwu (21) Titilope Ogundipe (22) Imoleayo Asipa (23) Abosede Bashiru.
Members of Egbe Tobalase Obalofin Obirin Akile Ijebu also attended.They are ladies born in 1971.It was launched in 1973 under the leadership of Iyalode Folasade Kasali, assisted by Otun Iyalode Olufisayo Ronke Akodu.
Members present at Otunba Gbenga Daniels thanksgiving and remembrance ceremony were: (1) Yeye Oge Labake Ademola (2) Yeye Mesho Bisi Ola-dada (3) Yeye Tegbese Bola (4) Lase Basirat (5) Lase Adetutu (6) Lase Yinka (7) Lase Sola Bamigbaye (8) Lase Omowunmi.
HISTORY OF ABRAHAM’S TABERNACLE
Abraham’s Tabernacle was built in honor of His Grace, The Most Rev. Abraham Adebola Daniel JP, father of Justus Olugbenga Daniel who was the Governor of Ogun State from 2003 till 2011.
Pa. Abraham Daniel had been a clergyman since 1945. Prior to that, he had established one of the most flourishing printing and typewriting companies then known as Irewolede Typing and Printing Institute in Ibadan. He was called into the Ministry; joining The Church of the Lord Aladura in Ogere with late Dr. J.O. Ositelu. In the process, he pioneered several churches spanning the length and breadth of Nigeria including Benin City, Warri, Sapele, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Idogo, Ifo, Abeokuta and across the West African sub region in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia where he became a great compatriot of the then President William Tubman of Liberia.
Most Rev Daniel had always told little Justus that he was a special child of circumstance and that he would not die until Justus built a church edifice. He insisted that his children could join any denomination once it is a Christian Church of God. Justus Daniel attended Baptist Boys High School in Abeokuta, where he became the School Organist and later the school Chaplain. He was also briefly the Officiating Student Pastor of Ilugun Baptist Church even as a student in BBHS.
He was later made Asiwaju of Remo Christians while the late Matriarch, Mama HID Awolowo was the Asiwaju Obinrin of Remo Christians.
Abraham’s Tabernacle was officially dedicated on Sunday, 22nd May 2011 in thanksgiving to God for the successful completion of his eight (8) year tenure as Governor of Ogun State. A Daniel has successfully survived Lion’s den.
That happened to be the one and only occasion when Pa. Daniel worshipped at the Tabernacle. Eight months later, Most Rev. Abraham Adebola Daniel JP passed on peacefully in his sleep at the ripe age of 95. The Abraham’s Tabernacle has since been handed over to the Nigerian Baptist Convention as the Baptist International Worship Centre. Perpetual thanks and appreciation must be given to all very distinguished personalities who made several contributions to the construction of the church.
The marble plaque outside the church has listed the cheerful donors.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints”
“1 was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the House of the Lord“Ps 122:1