It was yet another day of glory and honour for Servant of God, Founder and Spiritual Sead of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Lagos, Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele.
To commemorate his 60th birthday thanksgiving, he hosted the United Nations 75th anniversary flag off ceremony. at his church in Isolo.
In recognition of Primate Ayodele, his achievement and humanitarian exploits, hospitality, generosity and, most particularly, his immense contribution to world peace, the United Nations
honoured Primate Ayodele
with the ‘Eminent Ambassador of Peace’ award presented to him amidst ovation by a top UN representative, Ambassador Chinedu Anthony
, who presented a similar award to T. D. Jakes in Nairobi, Kenya
earlier this year.
The stage was set with the INRI church’s musical band led by Dotun Future, a fast-rising Juju music crooner. The regular INRI choristers provided soft music while the programme anchored by seasoned event compere, Soji Omotayo, progressed in earnest.
Representatives of the Lagos State governor, Mr. Anofiu Elegushi who is the Commissioner for Home Affairs
; the United Nations World Peace
team led by their President, Ambassador Per Stafsen
; representatives of other important personalities some Southwest governors’, were already seated before K1’s arrival, while the representatives of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Sultan of Sokoto
joined the table few minutes later. Hon. Samsideen Abiodun Olaleye
, the Executive Chairman of Isolo LCDA
, was represented by the executive secretary of the Council.
Ayodele, who has always described himself as ‘friend of the press’, got two surprise paybacks on the occasion for being truthful to his words. Two professional groups from the fourth estate of the realm honoured him in a most surprising way.
The Lagos State Online Media Publishers (LASOMP)
headed by Mr. sola Adeyemo
who is the publisher of City News magazine
, published a special edition in honour of the man of God’s birthday with each member dedicating an eulogy to his honour.
In similar fashion, the Celebrity Journalists Publishers Association of Nigeria (CJAN), led by Mr. Joshua Uloko who is the publisher of City Pride magazine, honoured Primate Ayodele
with a certificate as the association’s Patron.
Expressing positive feelings at the honours, the renowned prophet commended the media, particularly the groups that found him worthy of being awarded, appreciating them for regularly promoting the ingenuity in him and his ministry, while he promised to continue in the course of charity and promoting peace in Nigeria and beyond.
The 2020 Thanksgiving event was rounded up on Saturday, February 16, with the presentation of the UN special number plate to Primate Ayodele by Amb. Per Stafsen at a brief ceremony in Lagos.
See photos from the event below.