By Bode Oyewole
A Former Pastor of New Haven Baptist Church, Ikolaba Estate, Ibadan, The Rev. Professor Jare Lawoyin has come hard on Nigerians who chase earthly wealth especially money to the neglect of their spiritual growth.
He also charged NIGERIANS to conduct their affairs with the fear of God.
Rev. Lawoyin, a Professor of Dental Pathology at the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan said every human being must find a purpose for his life.
Preaching the sermon at the 70th birthday service, party and book launch of the Rev. Segun Idowu in Ibadan on Saturday, the clergyman said Nigerians think too much of themselves. “We are too arrogant and proud.We love money too much. Most Nigerians who go to Church don’t know Christ or serve Him.”
Speaking on “Finishing strong”, Professor Lawoyin warned that anyone who wanted to finish the race of life strong, must serve, fear and worship God in truth and in deed.He decried the behaviour of people in government who steal millions and billions of Naira just to massage their ego and satisfy their wants.
“What do you need all those money for”, he queried. “Stop chasing the wind,” he advised.
Pastor Lawoyin described the Celebrant, Rev Segun Idowu as a man who lives everyday of his life for Christ, adding that he is a man of integrity, which is fast becoming a rare commodity in the society.
He said that the late parents of Rev Idowu prepared him well for life by giving him good education and Christ. He prayed that God would lengthen the life of Rev Idowu.
In his response, Rev Idowu said he was thankful to God for attaining the milestone age of 70.
Rev Segun Idowu is a former Head of Department of Guidance and Counselling, Saint Andrews College of Education, Oyo.
He was also a former Dean of the School of Education of the institution. A renowned guidance counsellor, Rev Idowu is the pioneer guidance counsellor of The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
He was a weekly Columnist of the defunct Daily Sketch.
His latest book on Guidance and Counselling was launched at the event which was attended by many dignitaries from all over Nigeria and Overseas.