Olumakaiye: the Fourth archbishop of Lagos diocese steps in, By Lawrence Akinseye 

olumakaiye:-the-fourth-archbishop-of-lagos-diocese-steps-in, by-lawrence-akinseye 

One more historical past used to be made on Sunday, November 7 on the Cathedral Church of the Advent Gwarimpa, Abuja,  when the 52-twelve months-weak Most Revd Humphrey Bamishebi Olumakaiye formally grew to turn into Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos, Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion. 

In July 2018, he used to be broadly accepted when he grew to turn into  the Bishop of Lagos Diocese after a keenly contested episcopal election. His enthronement ceremony  attracted the who-is-who within the cease hierarchy of the church as successfully as dignitaries from all walks of life.  Appropriate three years on, he used to be elevated to the distance of Archbishop  of the Lagos Province in September this twelve months. This model is never any longer most attention-grabbing excellent within the historical past of the church but also an affidavit of the friendly hand of the Almighty God  upon his life and ministry. 

From humble beginnings, Most Revd Olumakaiye has advance to this point serving the Lord with the Holy Spirit main him and having as his first precedence one thing that interests God essentially the most on earth, which is dedication to retaining the fireplace of revival burning within the church thereby turning multitudes to righteousness and seeing them established within the religion as active disciples of Christ. It’s therefore no longer surpising that he has saved on rising within the ministry in confirmation of the note of God in Proverbs 11: 30 and Daniel 12:3 that folks who flip many to righteousness are wise and so that they shall shine because the brightness of the heavens and as stars forever and ever.  

I first met Most Revd Humphrey Bamishebi Olumakaiye about 30 years ago as a young priest serving his pupilage below the watchful eyes of Most Revd. Ephraim Adebola Ademowo, then the Bishop of Ilesa Diocese of the Anglican Church. Olumakaiye’s mien, and dutiful plot to his assignments as successfully as his willingness to take on further responsibilities,  no matter how tasking indicated that he would scuttle a long way in his provider within the Lord’s vineyard. Olumakaiye used to be contemporary from the Immanuel College of Theology the build he commenced his poke to priesthood.

It used to be very easy for Archbishop Ademowo to behold in Olumakaiye the devotion and dedication to responsibility that earned him a space among the retired archbishop’s favourites.  Ademowo grew to turn into his mentor and non secular father, main and guiding him alongside the course of success.  Humphrey Bamishebi Olumakaiye  born on January 28th, 1969 to the family of Long-established Theophilus Akinbola and Iyabo Abigail Olumakaiye  had his elementary schooling at Emmanuel Anglican Predominant College, Lokoja and executed his Secondary schooling at St. Michael Anglican College, Lokoja. He used to be admitted to the University of Ilorin to peep Political Science but his father influenced his determination to attend Immanuel College of Theology the build he started his call to ministry in 1988.

By 1991, he had obtained a Diploma in Non secular Experiences and  would have been ordained a priest; but chose to further his schooling and therefore postponed his ordination. He used to be admitted into University of Ibadan the build he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Stage, and within the atomize, a Doctor of Philosophy in Church History and Episcopal Matters. He used to be ordained a priest in 1993, and by 2003 attained the position of a Canon. By the grace of God, Olumakaiye  grew to turn into an Archdeacon four months later at 30 years of age. He grew to turn into the Dean of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Ijebu-Ijesha and later the pioneer Bishop of Osun North East Diocese in 2009. In February, 2018, he used to be translated to the Lagos Diocese to take over from his mentor and non secular father, Most Revd Adebola Ademowo retired.

Meteoric upward push

It’s mandatory to assert that Olumakaiye is a constituted of the commendable expansion programme commenced by gradual Primate Abiodun Adetiloye upon which Primate Peter Jasper Akinola and Primate Nicholas Okoh constructed. An embodiment of humility, Olumakaiye himself  so in most cases spoke referring to the need for Christians to spend the examples of Jesus Christ by being humble in all their programs of life repeatedly taught that Christians must imbibe humility for his or her provider to God to turn into acceptable. He obtained schooled to ticket the challenges of deviations from the voyages completely completely different from what Christ, the early church fathers and political builders of Nigeria shed their blood to produce.  He permitted the teaching that serving God without humility would most attention-grabbing diminish believers’ faith and make them deviate from course of the Lord.

The essence of serving the Lord

When Olumakaiye used to be translated to Lagos, he used to be resolute to among others, glorify God in reciprocation of divine salvation loved by folks and steer clear of destructive values that could well elevate down the religion of Christians and map them a long way from the presence of the Holy Spirit.  He arrived in his unusual post, in retaining with him, ‘’as an apostle for a Spirit-driven 21st Century Anglican Church.’’ That’s the indispensable fulcrum upon which his actions leisure. He identified that: ‘’We,  as Anglicans focus so noteworthy on the traditions of liturgy that we on a strange basis neglect to allow the Holy Spirit to lead. ‘’Right here is one in all the indispensable reasons many of our youths left the church. ‘’Pentecostalism is synonymous to Anglicanism attributable to we are a Bible believing denomination.’’

He continues: ‘’It’s my mandate as Bishop to reintroduce this spirituality again into the diocese. On my enthronement on 30th July, 2018, I made it very determined that our ministry will likely be working of the 5Ps precept: Pastoral, Priestly, Prophetic, Prayer, and Reward, all of that are centred on being driven and guided by the Holy Spirit. ‘’We are encouraging our people to advance again and spend all their God given skill within the Anglican Church, as long because it’s Biblical. Gone are the days the build biblical principles will likely be frowned upon attributable to it does no longer apply custom. ‘’Our diocese exists now to Glorify God, Edify believers, and Multiply disciples for our Lord Jesus Christ. An example of the Pastoral idea is the care ministry, below which we have the “S.H.E. Platform” – Spirituality, Health, and Training. ‘’We have gotten an obligation to cater for all areas of wants to essentially the most attention-grabbing of our ability – Body, Soul, and Spirit.”

Olumakaiye used to be elevated to the distance of Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province Of Lagos, Church Of Nigeria, Anglican Communion on September 25, 2021.  This widens the scope of his provider because the Diocesan Bishop and Chief Missioner of the Lagos Diocese and Archbishop,  Ecclesiastical  Province Of Lagos, Church Of Nigeria, Anglican Communion. Olumakaiye used to be elected after a four-day-long Standing Committee Meeting of the Church, that held in Lagos from 20th to 24th September 2021


It wants to be accepted that Olumakaiye carries God’s air of secrecy of favour and  grace. No fewer than 62 Bishops representing the hierarchy of the Church of Nigeria attended his enthronement provider because the Bishop of Lagos Diocese. His presentation as Archbishop took space on November 7 in Abuja.

Olumakaiye as a revivalist

Olumakaiye is in particular accepted for his delight in for revivals and evangelism and has made his worth in these two areas. He is patriotically allowing for the assert of the nation and leads the church to organize frequent revivals to hope for the nation. On the assert of the nation, he acknowledged the nation required divine intervention in her quest for the upright and enduring alternate solutions to her challenges. He entreated Nigerians, both the leaders and the led, to advance to God so that the gentle of God would illuminate the nation thus paving the diagram for the specified determined changes to manifest. He urges Nigerians no longer to lose faith within the nation but to proceed to hope and preach the undiluted gospel that can end result in a determined trade of the hearts and attitude of all stakeholders. “We can even composed dwell the controversy and allow the gentle of God to illuminate the hearts of our leaders.

A document published in ThisDay newspapers credited to Folu Olamiti states that, “After we have absolute faith within the phrases of the Lord, there’ll likely be a well-known trade within the nation. He urged the nation’s leaders to lead the nation for the duration of righteousness, guided by the phobia of God.” He explained that the revival will “draw the entire man. We are going to provide for the wants of the folks. We are going to utilize within the priestly, prophetic, pastoral, prayer and praise ministries. We are going to have diocesan convention ground the build we can again nice scale conferences. Our diocese shall exist mainly to designate God’s glory.” Bishop Olumakaiye’s emphasis on the revival and reawakening of the church in Lagos diocese is never any longer a shock to many of us who’ve been accustomed to his actions in his old pastoral postings. He is successfully-known for his strange zeal for the unfold of the gospel as successfully because the non secular model and welfare of both the shepherds and the flock below his opinion.

TEXEM

Factual to his phrases, the revival within the Lagos diocese has held several events, for the explanation that first edition commenced with a spiritually loaded 21-day Fasting and Praying programme that started on Wednesday August 1,2018,  two days after the bishop’s enthronement. It’s mandatory for all church buildings within the diocese and he has vowed to pay unscheduled visits to the a immense selection of assemblies to ensure compliance. Also in furtherance of the revival, the bishop has inaugurated a therapeutic and charismatic provider which is to again within the night time of each first Sunday of the month on the Cathedral Church of Christ. The key edition took space on Sunday August 5 and in retaining with worshippers. Since that first assembly, Olumakaiye has by no diagram regarded again with the main of the Holy Spirit, supported by his well-known other, Professor Mrs Motunrayo Olumakaiye.

In his inaugural address, Olumakaiye, as reported by The Cable newspapers, acknowledged the friendly and unforgettable footprints of his predecessors within the diocese and promised to produce and toughen on their efforts to map shut the diocese to the next level. He acknowledged he would elevate the priests alongside on this job and would make their welfare a precedence. He also recognised the contributions of the a immense selection of societies within the church and prayed that God would reward them. “We can even composed scuttle again to the frail course of obedience, dignity of labour, honesty, scare of God, delight in and also being faithful to the things of God. By the point we stroll on the course of righteousness, the nice thing about holiness will likely be viewed in our lives by all americans and the society will likely be better for all americans to dwell.” He entreated Nigerians no longer to lose faith within the nation but to proceed to hope and preach the undiluted gospel that can end result in a determined trade of the hearts and attitude of all stakeholders. “We can even composed dwell the controversy and allow the gentle of God to illuminate the hearts of our leaders.

Faith

A remarkable believer within the utility of faith to clear up human concerns, the archbishop says: ‘’After we have absolute faith within the phrases of the Lord, there’ll likely be a well-known trade within the nation,” He  urged the nation’s leaders to lead the nation for the duration of righteousness, guided by the phobia of God.’’ Olumakaiye added that: “Gentle brings uncover the build there is disorder. Gentle and glory are inseparable” Quoting from the book of Isaiah 60:1-3, he acknowledged: “It is time for the gentle of God to shine in our lives. It is time for us to arise and shine. When the gentle of God comes, the glory will shine. The depth of your gentle will resolve your glory and shinning. Unfolding his plans to take the diocese to better level, Olumakaiye acknowledged his high precedence could well perhaps be evangelism and revival of the church, which he accepted had been a well-known pillar of the evolution of the Anglican Communion for the explanation that 18th Century with the emergence of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) that God stale to elevate revival and awakening to the church.

Projections 

Most Revd Olumakaiye whereas recalling the historical efforts of the early fathers of faith below the CMS who braved all odds, collectively with demonic strongholds to elevate the gospel to the darkish alleys of Africa  acknowledged: “Our gentle has advance on this diocese. The mission mandate is never any longer a proposal but a expose. When the glory of God appears, deliverance takes space. The church of God is never any longer a membership home. It is a space of success. ”He explained that the revival will “draw the entire man. We are going to provide for the wants of the folks. We are going to utilize within the priestly, prophetic, pastoral, prayer and praise ministries. We are going to have diocesan convention ground the build we can again nice-scale conferences. Our diocese shall exist mainly to designate God’s glory”.

Olumakaiye’s emphasis on the revival and reawakening of the church in Lagos diocese is never any longer a shock to many of us who’ve been accustomed to his actions in his old pastoral postings. He is successfully-known for his strange zeal for the unfold of the gospel as successfully because the non secular model and welfare of both the shepherds and the flock below his opinion.

At final, I implore Archbishop Olumakaiye no longer to be distracted by comments of in unlucky health-wishers which wouldn’t attain the church any correct. Please point of curiosity on God and your assignment attributable to that you would be able to document again to Jesus Christ to your accomplishments in particular referring to the Spacious Commission that you would also very successfully be prosecuting with vigour in Lagos. Please regard criticisms as tough edges and point of curiosity on the Creator to Whom that you would be able to within the atomize document within the fullness of time, main as many souls as that you would also imagine into heaven. I pray that God also can proceed to lead you aright and grant you elevated unction to operate for better accomplishments.

Lawrence Akinseye writes from Lagos.

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