Posted by Akinwale Aboluwade | 13 May 2019 | 465 times
Former Nigeria military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has described as untrue rumour that he slumped in Delta State on Friday, May 3, during the funeral ceremonies of former Military Governor of defunct Midwest Region, late Major-General David Ejoor.
The rumour that the former military head of state, now 85, slumped went viral in the media for some days thereby causing a stir across the land.
However, Gen Gowon, described the news as sensational during the thanksgiving service for the 32nd annual Fresh Fire Convention of Gethsemane Prayer Ministries (GPMI) with the theme ‘Jesus: Access to Greater Glory’ and dedication of its Bethel Prayer Suites, Retreat and Conference Centre, at The Chapel of Light, Eleyele, Ibadan.
Gen Gowon, who is the national chairman of Nigeria Prays, represented on the occasion by the Secretary of the Christian group, Evangelist Austen Kemie, lamented that some sections of the media sold itself to falsehood.
He said: “I am representing General Gowon at this gathering. He said he did not slump as reported in the news a few days ago. Though he is 85 years old, he is still waxing stronger and stronger. But, the false news went all over the world.
“He (Gowon) said calls were coming to him from Canada, America, United Kingdom and other countries of the world on the news that he slumped. He asked me when we spoke if I could see how strong he was. He said he could walk 10miles.”
Gowon’s letter to GPMI read in parts: “It is with profound joy and abounding gratitude to the almighty God that I, the chairman of Nigeria Prays, join the numerous well-wishers to congratulate the entire Gethsemane family on the occasion of the dedication of your Bethel Prayer Suites, Retreat and Conference Center in Ibadan on Saturday.
“It is, indeed, another significant milestone in the life of Gethsemane Prayer Ministries worldwide. However, as much as I wish to attend, due to earlier commitment, I was unable to attend. But, I am with you in spirit and in truth.
“Wishing you success and God’s blessing on this occasion. Our prayer is that the new retreat centre will serve as a centre of excellence and an enduring legacy, not only for Gethsemane Prayer Ministries but the entire body of Christ. On behalf of Nigeria Prays, I send my sincere congratulations”.
In his vote of thanks at the end of the convention and dedication service, the President, GPMI, Reverend Moses Aransiola, expressed appreciation to the former head of state, the executive arm of Nigeria Prays and other men of God, who graced the occasion, for their prayer to the nation and for their gestures to his ministries.
Aransiola, who called for concerted efforts of all towards nation building and the work of God, said: “I want all the people to know that God will continue to honour the prayers of his people and bless the work of their hands. (Nigerian Tribune)
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