Servant of God and president of Omega Fire Ministries worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, on Sunday 4th of June, 2017, and his congregation played host to the governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki at the Auchi based headquarters of the ministry. The governor, on thanksgiving visit, was accompanied to the service by his wife, the First Lady of Edo State and the deputy governor, Mr. Phillip Shaibu.
Speaking, the ‘Oracle of God’, while appreciating Obaseki and his team for keeping to faith on their electioneering promises regarding their sterling performance in just seven months as a government, however, cautioned that unless human development is made its major priority, the government may find itself still not appreciated at the end of the day.
“The error of governance is when it is premised on handout. When people come around the governor, they ask for money, they ask for this and that; yes, they would collect all the money that they have asked for but at the end of the day they would still come around and say the governor has not done anything. So, don’t be a government of handout,” warns the man of God.
Apostle Suleman who confirmed in his statement that the Obaseki government indeed has scored a commendable percentage in building roads, providing health care and other infrastructures, said he believes the biggest project in which any government or leader can score a hundred percent and be commended for is human infrastructure.
“When a person starts to speak about projects, I’d ask what the person’s agenda is for humans. And when I hear the person say job creation, I know that this is the person that feels the pulse of the state. Thank God for good roads, but you need to eat well to work on the roads. If a man says I’ll provide jobs, then you have to listen to a man like that,” Apostle Suleman declares.
Speaking later, Governor Obaseki, on behalf of his team, expressed his joy for the reception, adding that he was at the service with his wife and deputy to worship and appreciate God for what God has done for Edo State, and to thank Apostle Suleman and his congregation for their support before, during and after the election that ushered in his team.
“You will recall that when we were campaigning, I came to this church three times. I came to pray with you and I asked you to intercede with God on our behalf. And I’m sure that it’s your prayers that have led us to Osadebey Avenue. If you recall, I also promised God and you that as soon as we get to Osadebey Avenue, we’d come and worship with you and thank Him for His glory. That is what we have come to do today. The task ahead of us to rebuild Edo State, to get Nigeria out of recession, is a lot. And we count on you and we hope that you will continue to have us in prayers so that this task can be made easy through prayers,” the governor concludes.
Apostle Suleman who said he believes that the governor as an economist, would surprise Edo State with more remarkable performances, however, advised him to carry along all Edo citizens irrespective of political and religion leanings.
“In leadership, one must have the heart of a lion, the heart of a Christian and the head of a businessman. Never be predictable as a leader. When people expect you to pay evil with evil, disappoint them. Leadership is not a handout, it is not to create an impression; it is to create a future. Once a man assumes leadership, he will stop being political. Those that supported you and those that didn’t support you should be carried along in governance. That is what it takes to prosper.”