President of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Worldwide Pastor Abraham Olukunle Akinosun has said idol worshipping reduced in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, during the reign of the late Oba Isaac Babalola Akinyele, who was the Olubadan between 1955 and 1964.
The CAC president spoke at the weekend during the 50th memorial anniversary of the late monarch, who was the first president of the CAC worldwide, a position he held from 1936 to 1964, when he died.
The ceremony was held at the headquarters of the church in Bashorun, Ibadan.
According to the Pastor Akinosun, Akinyele’s dual feat as a monarch and head of a church, two positions that traditionally conflicted each other, was a blessing to the CAC and a vessel of liberation for the people of Ibadan.
He said: “Oba Akinyele is the only President in the history of the church who also became the monarch of a large city like Ibadan. He combined the two responsibilities successfully and fought hard to liberate Ibadan from the then Oyo empire. During his time, idolatry diminished. Idol worshipping became infamous and countless souls were won for Christ.”
Pastor Akinosun said the late monarch bequeathed over 75 per cent of his landed property to the church, one of which is the land on which the church’s headquarters stands.
The guest lecturer, Prof. Olubunmi Oshun, a former Vice-Chancellor of Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), said the late Oba Akinyele was an ideal leader.
He said: ”He resisted high-handedness and remained upright, impartial and incorruptible.”
In his lecture, titled: “Oba Pastor Isaac Babalola Akinyele (1882 – 1964), An example of integrity in Service”, Oshun took the congregation on a journey through the life and times of the late king, including his relationship with the founder of the CAC, the late Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola.
The don said Oba Akinyele’s time as king and church leader was worthy of study and emulation by leaders in the church and government circles.
Oshun added: ”Baba (Oba Akinyele) was a man of influence and great power, yet he was God fearing. As a farmer who farmed in various site, he built CAC churches on the farms. That way he ensured that he encouraged everyone around him to tow the line of Christ. He was tested and trusted in his 30 years as leader of the church and 50 years in public glare.”