Bishop Wale Oke, President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has described the death of Dr Wilson Badejo as a shocking and great loss to the Christian community as he mourned the death of former General Overseer (G.O) of the Foursquare Gospel Church, Dr Wilson Badejo, aged 74.
The PFN president in a condolence message in Ibadan on Sunday said Badejo gave his all to the service of the Lord while alive.
He noted that his dedication enhanced the spread of the gospel to nations of the world.
Oke, who is also the presiding Bishop of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries, Ibadan, said that Badejo lived a worthy life and would remain a challenge to the living.
“Rev. Wilson Badejo was a strong-willed man who pursued righteousness till he breathed his last.
“For everyone, death is a garb that will be worn by all at the appointed time.
“Though humanly speaking, one wouldn’t have wanted him to go now, however, God is the ultimate decider of ‘when’ for everybody,” he noted.
He said that death should always serve as a lesson of reminder that nobody would live in the world forever.
Oke lamented that many in society still behave as if they would never leave the earth.
“In the case of Rev. Badejo, our joy and solace are that having fought a good fight of faith, he has gone to rest with our Lord Jesus Christ.
“And that’s what every Christian should work toward and crave for,” the renowned cleric said.
While commiserating with the family, Foursquare Church and the Christian body in the country, the PFN president, prayed that God would grant everyone concerned the fortitude to bear Badejo’s transition to glory.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent heartfelt condolence to the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria, and Christendom in general.
The president, in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Sunday in Abuja described the departed as “a dedicated servant of God, who led the Foursquare Gospel Church for 10 years.”
He noted that the deceased was” committed to standing in the gap for not just his organization, but Nigeria as a whole.”
Buhari prayed that God would comfort the entire Badejo family.
He urged the family to take solace in the fact that their father, a veterinary doctor, author, cleric, and public speaker, set a standard to be emulated by all and sundry.
Earlier, The National Secretary of the church, Rev. Yomi Oyinloye, said in a statement that Badejo, who was the church’s G.O between 1999 and 2009, died on Saturday after a brief illness.
“He was a great achiever, an accomplished servant of God, a role model, a bridge-builder, mentor, teacher par excellence, an apostle and respected family man.
“Dr Badejo served the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria in several ministerial capacities, crowning his stewardship at the apex as the General Overseer of the Church from 1999 to 2009.
“He was a man of many parts who was able to unlock socio-cultural gateways, and in the process successfully endeared several friends and loved ones from all walks of life across the divide,” the church said.
Oyinloye said that the church was greatly saddened by the loss but encouraged members to take solace in the fact that the late G.O. lived a fulfilling, God-fearing and impactful life.
According to him, Badejo left behind an indelible mark in the heart of everyone who came his way.
Oyinloye called for prayers for the family of the deceased and the Foursquare Gospel Church in this trying time.