The traditional ruler/monarch of the Yoruba kingdom of Ile-Ife, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said his shame turned to celebration, having faced many tribulations last year.
The 51st Ooni said this on Saturday, at the New Year prayer organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria at Afewonro Park, Enuwa Square, Ile-Ife.
The monarch, who led different Christian worship songs and praises during the service, said his life has been full of wonders and miracles despite challenges he faced last year.
He said, “When I look back, I observe that my life is full of God’s wonders and miracles despite all challenges faced, but today, the Lord gave me victory over them all.
“I sat down here last year with a lot of tribulations and storms of life in which I cannot explain, but to God be the Glory that my shame has turned to celebration.
“I observed where I started, hitherto, the Lord has helped me. It is clearly stated to me that the Lord is Alive. Fool is anyone that says there’s no God.”
He, therefore, charged Christians to hold firmly unto Jesus Christ, adding that, “truly, He is the son of God and He is the one that lives with him (Ogunwusi) on the throne.”
Ọjájá II appealed to the officials of CAN not to wait for God’s commendation, but strive to serve Him wholeheartedly.
The traditional rulers quoting from the Holy Bible (Hebrews 11:6b), said, “for He is the rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.
Ooni reiterated his commitment to serve God and humanity throughout the rest of his life, as well as, always working for the growth and development of Ile-Ife, Osun, the Yoruba race and country at large.