The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, hailed the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion as a leader and inspiration to leaders across generations.
The governor made the remarks during the annual Morning Dew Thanksgiving Service held at the residence of Chief Gabriel Igbinedion.
Obaseki, who joined religious and traditional leaders, business executives and other government officials at the service, said God will help direct the affairs of the nation in 2023.
He noted, “Thank God that we all woke up this morning to witness the new year, 2023. We are here to celebrate with our daddy, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion. We pray for our country, state and our leaders like Chief Igbinedion who has been a source of inspiration to us and for providing leadership and direction.
“We pray for God’s direction in 2023 to help us pilot the affairs of the state and country for the betterment of our people in Edo State. Things might be difficult as we pass through different challenges in the country but trusting God to see us through.”
The Senior Pastor, God’s Historical Chapel, Pastor Steven Chika, who titled his Sermon ‘Greater Glory’ and reading from Job 8:17, said the year 2023 is a year of greater glory.
Pastor Chika commended the governor for his developmental strides in the state, noting that God has given the state a humble and performing governor.
“God has given us a humble man who does not talk much. He does not make noise but has accomplished greatly. Thank God for your life, you are working while others are sleeping. You are lighting up the Edo State, chasing out darkness,” he said.