Governors of Lagos and Akwa Ibom states Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Udom Emmanuel respectively visited the Deeper Christian Life Ministry headquarters at Gbagada, Lagos on Sunday to celebrate with the church’s general superintendent Pastor William Kumuyi on his 80th birthday.
Mr Sanwo-Olu, in his speech, described Kumuyi as “my leader, my daddy,” and a true man of God, who speaks and “nations listen.”
He said despite the insecurity the nation was confronting, he believed God would intervene and resolve the problem.
Mr Emmanuel, in his remark, said the church had impacted Nigeria from its early days, commending Kumuyi for being consistent in his message of holiness.
“At times people wonder, how come Nigeria is going through all this and we are still as strong as we are? Once you see things like this happen, know that people are standing in the gap,” he said. “And certainly one of them is our father in the Lord, making things to stabilise.”
Kumuyi, who preached on the topic, ‘Our glowing privileges from grace to glory,’ said long life should be measured by the fulfilment of purpose on earth.
“When you finish everything God has appointed for you to do, that is long life. That is why we don’t question, ‘But so and so died at 57,’ for her, that was a long life. Or you say, ‘So and so died at 72,’ for him, that was long life,” he said.
“For you, it is not the number; it is the appointment of God, what he has ordained that you will do. And once you finish and a reward is waiting for you in heaven, we glorify God on your behalf because that is long life.”