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Ogunleye succeeds Korode as C&S Ayo Ni O 3rd General Leader

T he Cherubim & Seraphim Movement Church (Surulere District) Ayo Ni O has inaugurated Special Apostle Pastor George Oluwadare Ogunleye as the third Chairman/ General Leader following the demise of the General Leader, Senior Special Apostle Prophet Sunday Funsho Korode -the pioneer Choirmaster-General of the Church, described to have thrust behind the many spiritfilled, soul-lifting compositions of the Church Choir that have remained evergreen. The late Prophet who became the Chairman/General Leader in August 2015 and died at the age of 73 on Sunday, November 26, 2023, succeeded the first Chairman/General Leader, Special Apostle for Evangelism, Prophet Gabriel Olubunmi Fakeye, popular for his radio and television ministrations, who passed on January 11, 2015, at the age of 78.

The inauguration/investiture of the new General leader took place on Saturday, while on Friday was the investiture lecture entitled: ‘Leadership Legacy in Spiritual Context’ delivered by Special Apostle Dr. Steve Ogidan. Holding today, May 12 is the thanksgiving and ordination of members. Other programmes held before the investiture, include a press conference, revival service, meeting of the Chairman/ General Leader with Surulere Elders, branch leaders (Home and Abroad), Chapel leaders and Unit heads; Sacrifice of Praise, Special Prayer Sessions by Ordained Ministers, dinner with His Eminence, Baba Aladura Emmanuel Abiodun Alogbo, Spiritual Father and Chairman, Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church Worldwide. Emergence of Surulere District The emergence of the Church as the sixth branch of the Lagos District of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church, which later metamorphosed into the Surulere District is one of the greatest things that happened to the Cherubim and Seraphim Sect as a whole, the newly inaugurated General leader, Apostle Ogunleye made known at a press conference before his inauguration.

Going down memory lane, he said the first Chairman/ General Leader, Fakeye and his co-travellers pioneered the efforts in building a Cherubim & Seraphim Church, which will worship according to the liturgy laid down by the founding fathers and mothers, devoid of acts and actions not found in the scriptures. According to him, the church grew from a house fellowship to group meetings at 68, Nnobi Street, Surulere, Lagos, the house of the respected Elder, Late Lawrence Oludimu Oyelola; later the church moved to Reagan Memorial School at Onike behind Queens College, Yaba and shortly after to Royal Polytechnic, Alara Street, Yaba. By the joint consultation of the then Brothers Fadeyi, Okuyedi and Alaka, the church moved to its building at 16, Oladimeji Street, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos and finally to the large expanse of land where it is presently located on Km 4, Sanya Bus stop, Apapa-Oshodi Expressway. This the General Leader said is a testimony to the calling and extraordinary anointing of valiant men and women, many of whom have joined the Saints Triumphant.

The General Leader’s Appoint- ment/Ayo Ni O’s future Before his appointment, the new General leader served in the church at different levels including being the Coordinator-General of Bands, and later District General Secretary. Upon receiving the baton of leadership, he pledged to continue the good works of his predecessors and not to tamper with the ancient landmarks of spirituality. Ogunleye stated: “It is my firm belief as a Christian, that for every day we spend on this planet earth, God has a purpose for it. That I will be assuming the mantle of leadership of our great Church at this time could only have been divine purpose. I have served the Church diligently in the past as Coordinator-General of Bands, and later District General Secretary before this huge responsibility was conferred on me.

I can with all humility boldly say that Christ has been my cornerstone and on Him I build. “Our leadership focus remains what it has always been, the continued spiritual growth of the Church and insistence on members living holy unto God, and walking in obedience and faithfulness in His covenant with the Church. This is why the major thrust of our leadership is ‘Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and every other thing will be added to you.’

This is also in tandem with the purpose of Christ’s Mission, which is eternal salvation for all men for which He bequeathed the Great Commission to the Church. “This was the starting point of Baba Orimolade and on which Pro G.O Fakeye (Special Apostle for Evangelism) dwelt with Snr. Sp. Apostle S. F.Korode followed in their footsteps. We must consolidate on the good works they have done.

This entails that we would pool the Church more and more to imbibe holiness and eschew things of the flesh. This we do along with ensuring that we consolidate the Ancient Landmarks.” Lagos and the state of the nation Ogunleye noted that the church commends the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the “powerful developmental strides in the State. We also appreciate the efforts of the government in securing lives and properties, from man-made and environmental hazards.

We will intensify prayers against the incessant fire disasters in the State, for return of abundance in the Land and that peace and brotherly love to continue reign supreme in our dear Lagos.” He added: “We strongly believe in the Nigerian Project, and we know that the love of God for this nation cannot be quantified. If God has raised from this nation anointed men and women of God since the time of Moses Orimolade till date, God surely has a greater purpose for this nation, beyond what the ordinary eyes can see and lesser minds can perceive.” “Nigeria is a great country, and it is going to be greater in Jesus’ name. Let us all continue to play our parts; love God, and our neighbours, obey laws and respect constituted authorities. Our prayer for the President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is that God will continue to grant Him the wisdom, knowledge, understanding and good health to direct positively the affairs of the nation.”

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