Encomiums poured in torrents for renowned lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun, (SAN) on Friday as the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo; former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and other eminent personalities lauded his philanthropic activities at the dedication of the St Peter’s Anglican church, built by the lawyer in his home town, Ikere Ekiti.
The Primate of the Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh who led other bishops at the dedication of the 1,600 capacity worship centre, decried what he termed as a decline in the fear of God among Christians in the country.
Attributing the lack of fear of God to the disappearance of the demonstration of the true power of God as witnessed in the early days of Christianity, Okoh said the fear of God was declining and the power in the name of Jesus was leaving the Christian fold, adding that If Christians must recover the power in the name of Jesus, they must fear God.
The Anglican Archbishop charged the congregation to be humble with whatever they might have acquired on earth and always ascribed the glory to God “who gave them power to get wealth”
Others dignitaries at the event were, the Chairman all Progressive party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Governors of Ondo State, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, (SAN); Osun State, Governor, Gboyega Oyetola; Oyo State Governor Oluseyi Makinde; Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki; Deputy Governor Of Ekiti State, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, former Governors of Ekiti and Oyo States, Chief Segun Oni and Senator Abiola Ajimobi ; Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti and Senator Biodun Olujimi.
Also in attendance were the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Enita Adeyeye Ogunwusi; former Ekiti State Governor, Chief Segun Oni; former deputy Governor, Prof Ishola Eleka; Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, the Ogoga of Ikere Ekiti, Oba Samuel Adejimi Adu, the Alaaye of Efon Alaye, Oba Emmanuel Aladajare, Anglican bishops; prominent politicians, legal luminaries, business moguls, top government functionaries.
Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, in his remarks alluded to how God blessed King David for having the intention to build a temple. He described Olanipekun as a wise lawyer who embarked on actions that would make God to establish his generation forever.
The Vice President said, “If God so bless a man who only thought of building a temple for Him, now imagine, what God will do for the person that built a temple for Him. You have taken so many briefs but this is the best brief you have filed for the Almighty.”, the Vice President added.
Governor Fayemi described Chief Olanipekun as a true son of Ekiti who radiates the virtues Ekiti people are known for.
The Governor who spoke on behalf of his colleagues said, Chief Olanipekun is an epitome of all Ekiti is known for, in humility, decency, compassion, competence, hard work, grace and reverence of God.
He described the building bequeathed to the Church by the legal luminary as a testimony of his good works. The Governor said, “We are very proud of him, because every time we see him out there articulating and defending his clients, we are full of pride and joy.