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Ahead of the 2023 general election, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, charged persons aged 75 years and above to think twice about seeking to run the country.

Arguing that the task of leadership needed a lot of energy, Makinde, in the same vein, said it was also expedient for Nigerians to choose wisely by electing people who truly have the energy to serve the country.

The governor gave the charge at the 65th birthday anniversary and thanksgiving service of the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle, held at the Oritamefa Baptist Church, Yemetu, Ibadan.

Makinde said: “We have seen a lot of elder statesmen who want to run this country at age 75 or 78. I want them to think twice and I am saying to the people of Oyo State and Nigeria that this world is not easy. It is possible for you to delegate, ask people to go all over the place but when they are reporting to you, if something has not been added, a few things may have been removed.

“We are in election season basically and what I will say to us as a people is that we need to choose wisely and elect the people who have the energy to truly serve the country.”

He said: “I want to greet every one of you, eminent personalities, religious leaders, prominent Christian leaders, and heads of churches here. I duly recognise every one of you. I want to especially appreciate you for coming to celebrate one of your own and one of our own, the National President of CAN, Rev Supo Ayokunle.

He said that Oyo State is most blessed with the crops of spiritual leaders that surround the state, adding that Rev. Ayokunle is a pride of the state.

He said: “I want to greet every one of you, eminent personalities, religious leaders, prominent Christian leaders, and heads of churches here. I duly recognise every one of you. I want to especially appreciate you for coming to celebrate one of your own and one of our own, the National President of CAN, Rev Supo Ayokunle.

Governor Makinde expressed delight at being able to celebrate Rev. Ayokunle, saying: “To the celebrant of today, it is my pleasure to celebrate with you. We thank God for what he has used you to achieve, not only for the Baptist Convention but for Christians in Nigeria.

The governor congratulated Reverend Ayokunle on his birthday and the launch of his ministry- Waymaker International Ministries, saying he has done enough for the Baptist Convention and Christians at He said that Oyo State is most blessed with the crops of spiritual leaders that surround the state, adding that Rev. Ayokunle is a pride of the state.

In Oyo State, we are the most blessed. This is because we have the President of CAN; President of PFN and President of CAC worldwide. They are all within here.

“So, we really thank God for securing your life to see today. In Yoruba, we do hope that when we start well, we should end well. We believe you are ending well. And the icing on the cake for us is that though you are retiring because you have done enough for the Baptist Convention, you are not tired.”

Those in attendance at the event include the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun; Chief of Staff, Hon. Olusegun Ogunwuyi; Commissioners, Special Advisers, and other government functionaries.

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