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Friends, members celebrate James two years after demise

Friends, well-wishers and associates of late founding General Overseer of El-Shaddai Covenant Ministries, Dr James O. James, have paid glowing tributes to his memories on…

Friends, well-wishers and associates of late founding General Overseer of El-Shaddai Covenant Ministries, Dr James O. James, have paid glowing tributes to his memories on the second anniversary of his death.

James, a former lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Kaduna, according to them, was an inspirational and selfless leader who affected destinies and families in no small way.

They spoke at the second anniversary of his demise at the Lagos headquarters of the church with the theme ‘’No gree for drugs.’’

At the Founder’s Day 2024, they said James lived an exemplary and impactful life that will continue to change lives and families.

His wife, Dr Temitayo James, said being married to him was the best thing that happened to her after salvation. According to her: ‘’He had a heart for God and the people. He lived with the mind set of making changes. He was an angel who did good all the days of his life.’’

Bishop Dare Oshowo, his friend of over 40 years, said James was a committed servant of God who served his generations.

He urged Christians to live one day at time, knowing God could call them home any day to render account.

The founder of Fountain of Life Assembly said James, though dead, was still speaking through his impact and changed lives, saying living was not about acquisition but transforming people.

Assistant General Overseer (South) of the Ministries, Dr Oyeleke Ajiboye, said his thriving business was a reflection of the teachings and mentorship of James, who he described as an inspirational father.

He said the legacies of James would continue to reverberate for years to come, stating the transformed lives and destinies were testimonies of his commitment to the works of God.

To help tackle the scourge of drug abuse in the society, the event held a panel session on the prevalence of the menace.
Pastor Keji Hamilton, a former drug addict and band member of late Afrobeat singer, Fela Anikulapo, said drug addiction is a spiritual problem that requires the church to take decisive actions.
The Director of House of Joy Rehabilitation Centre said the drug industry is a multi-billion venture that barons and sponsors would do anything to sustain. He said the church must be ready to take dismantle the strongholds spiritually.

Dr Sunday Amosu said the society is sitting on a keg of gun power based on the prevalence of drug addictions, even in mission-based tertiary institutions.
He said many of them have students battling addiction that are desperately hidden away from the public. The psychiatrist said something must be done to assist youths break away from the destruction of drugs.
Dr Abiodun Kawonise said it was important for parents to become aware of symptoms of drug addiction so that they can seek help early.
Mr Olakunle Babalola, a dedicated public health professional, said substance drug remained a major challenge for many youths, stating that most ladies battle the issue while the society keeps playing attention to the guys.

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