The town of Ijebu-Itele in Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State literally came alive on Friday, 7th January, 2021, when the Chairman of Ogun State Television (OGTV), Comrade (Ambassador) Olatunde Oladunjoye (CATO) hosted the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ijebu East Chapter, to an Annual Thanksgiving and Prayer Service.
There was no missing it. As you drive through the major road that links Ijebu-Itele to Ijebu-Imushin and Ijebu-Ife, you would know that something in the mould of a party, nay carnival, was happening at the St. John’s Primary School, Ijebu-Itele, as the crowd ate, drank and danced.
Close to a thousand delegates and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the 11 wards that make up the local government attended the event.
They were led in prayers by over 60 clergymen from various denominations.
The event, which was organized under the auspices of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ijebu East Local Government Area chapter, was to thank God for his faithfulness over Ijebu East Local Government Area, Ogun State and Nigeria.
Also, it afforded the people an opportunity to pray for the peace of the local government, state and the country. Special prayers were said for the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun and the Awujale of Ijebu Land, Alayeluwa Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona.
Oladunjoye, who is the Baba-Ewe, C & S Maberu, Isapodo, Ijebu-Ife, Ogun State, said, “Although I am a practicing Muslim, I reckon that we are all creatures of the Almighty God to whom we are pray whether we are Christians or Muslims. Our basic needs are the same. We are all one people under God, regardless of our status, gender, religion or creed. So, there is no need for discrimination and acrimony. This is an annual event that I have been hosting for over a decade.
“By the grace of God, every year, I gather Muslims and Christians to hold this thanksgiving and prayer service with eminent religious clerics from both religions leading us in thanksgiving and prayers. Today, we are holding the Christian version. Tomorrow, the League of Imams and Alfas in Ijebu East Local Government Area will be leading us in thanksgiving and prayers for our local government, our dear Ogun State and Nigeria. We will also offer special prayers for our amiable Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun (MFR).”
The Progressive Movement, one of the groups at the event, described Oladunjoye as “a man who has the rare courage to speak for the people and interact with them in a genuine way.”
It added: “We vouch for him as indigenes of Itele where he hails from and therefore seek the support of party faithful to support him in his endeavours.”
The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) were among the groups present at the occasion, where several personalities attested to the philanthropy of Comrade Oladunjoye as an exceptional politician with integrity.