Omon Julius Onabu
Contrary to widespread speculation that he has anointed a possible successor, Delta State Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday reiterated his earlier assertion that he is still waiting for God to determine who will succeed him on May 29, 2023.
Okowa said usurping the place of Almighty God to personally choose his successor would amount to “dominating the people”, adding that he remains focused on good governance until the finish line on May 29, 2023.
Okowa, who spoke yesterday at the thanksgiving service for Mr. Oritsetimeyin Adams’ 70th birthday, at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Sapele, urged church leaders and the people to keep praying that God will give the state a good person as his successor.
He said, “I thank the Church and our leaders for their constant prayers for our dear State, because it is not about us men, but about what God wants.
“So pray that whomever God wills will be governor, and that whomever he wills will emerge as governor for the good of the Deltans.”
“May God’s will be done in Delta State and may all be well for us in Nigeria.”
While congratulating the celebrant on achieving all three Biblical scores and 10, he urged Chief Adams to rededicate his life to the service of God and humanity.
“God is the source of life and therefore we must give him all our thanks and that is what you have done today.
“I knew Adams in 1991 when we were council chairmen together. He was in the NRC and I was in the SDP and we’ve been friends ever since.
“I thank God that even today he continues to remember the things that God allowed him to do.
“He is now one of our senior statesmen, not because of his age, but because of his contribution to the development of our state.
“The operation you had is over and your health is healed not because the operation was successful, but because Jesus said you should be healed,” the governor said.
The Bishop of the Diocese of Oleh (Anglican Communion), Rt. Reverend John Aruakpor had praised Adams for using his positions to bring development to his people.
Aruakpor remarked that every celebration was a day to look back and give thanks to God for his grace over our lives, adding that God’s grace helped the celebrant throughout his life.
Speaking on the theme: “The value of the life of man”, the bishop said that the value of a man does not consist in the abundance of his goods but in the value of the service he gave back to others.
He said that God “does not measure man’s worth by the number of years lived, but by the impact we have on the lives of others.
“When the Lord places man in a position of authority, it is not for the particular person but to better the lot of others,” he said. “If you want to be of value in the eyes of God, then put God first; obey his ways and he will not disappoint you.
The celebrant, Adams, said he was not thanking God because he was 70, but because of his blessings on his life and family.
He said: “I’m not just thanking God because I’m 70, but because of what God has done for me in the last year. Last year I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which was supposed to be a death sentence, but the Lord healed me after surgery in a hospital in the United States.
“I have to thank God for our dear Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and my kind King, His Majesty, Atuwatse III, for their support in the operation.”