President, Christ Apostolic Church, Nigeria and overseas, Pastor (Dr) Henry Ojo has urged Nigerians to be patient with the Federal Government, saying that what they are facing now is not new in the history of Nigeria and the history of the world.

The cleric recalled that Nigerians faced even more terrible times in 1984 during the military regime of Muhammadu Buhari, but survived it.

He stated, “Since God made it possible for us to survive that time, we will survive this period as well.

“We need to be patient with this government. What we are facing is not new in the history of Nigeria and in the history of the world. We faced terrible times more than these times in 1984 during the regime of Muhammadu Buhari when he was in the military government. We need not to forget that, but we survived it. Since God made it possible for us to survive that time, we will survive this period as well.”

Dr Henry Ojo spoke to journalists after the official inauguration of the new General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church, Nigeria and overseas, Prophet Adebayo Kolawole, which was held on Saturday, March 2, at the CAC, Oniyanrin, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Prophet Kolawole had his BA and MA degrees in General Bible Knowledge from the United Christian International Bible Institute, USA, Lagos Campus.

He was ordained as a pastor in C.A.C in 1996 and established his first Church (Assembly), Christ Apostolic Church, Arogungbogunmi, at Olomi-Olunde, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Speaking on leadership at the event,  the CAC president said, “The position of leadership is not an easy task. It carries a lot of prizes and peril. Why did I say so? There’s no leader that is being celebrated in his lifetime. In fact, most leaders are celebrated after their demise. And that’s why politically or religiously, no leader is being celebrated in their lifetime. They are criticised.”

Dr Henry Ojo said “In Nigeria, for example, we celebrate all past Nigerian leaders, but criticised the current leadership. That’s the irony of life, but there’s no need to be discouraged. Leaders will face challenges and different forms of antagonism because the position of leadership attracts envy.

“People will be envious and jealous of what God is helping you to do. But look unto God alone and not what men say and be sincere. Because whatever you do today, will speak tomorrow, and even when men do not talk about it now, they will talk about it tomorrow, and praise the name of the Lord on your behalf.”

Addressing newsmen shortly after his inauguration, Prophet Kolawole said, “God has put me in charge of everything evangelism in Christ Apostolic Church, and to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ across the globe. That’s the new assignment God has assigned me to do and the job will be well done in Jesus Name.

The prophet disclosed, “I have received a mandate to pray for the nation, and to reveal all secrets to the whole Nigerians about what God wants to do in this nation.”

Kolawole noted, “In December 2023 when newsmen (including the PUNCH) came to CAC Arogungbogunmi, I told them categorically that the first three months of this year 2024 will be difficult months. But I said that by the fourth month, God will intervene, and things will become easier for this nation.”

Speaking further at the occasion, the CAC president said, “A look at what is happening around the world shows that the issues we are contending with are not limited to only Nigeria. If you go to the UK or USA now, things are more expensive. Many of us do not understand what’s going on in the world.

There’s an ongoing war in Ukraine and Russia, and remember that these countries rank among the highest producers of food around the world. As long as the war persists in the two countries, it will surely affect other nations.

“In Nigeria, we face the issue of kidnappers and terrorism, and farmers are chased out of their farmlands. So, it’s the result we are seeing now. What everyone needs to do, is to be patient with the government and pray for the government, so that God will give this government the power to overcome all the challenges.

Clerics and many members of the CAC were present at the ceremony.