Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has eulogized the virtues of late Apostle Eunice Osagiede, the General Overseer of Spirit and Life Family Bible Church, describing her asa visionary leader who brought the message of hope to the less-privileged in society.
Obaseki spoke during the inauguration of ten 39-seater buses for school children in Edo State, provided by the church, as part of activities to kick-off the week-long burial ceremony of the late cleric in Benin City, the state capital.
The governor, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., hailed the late Apostle Osagiede for achieving the noble feat even in death, noting that it will help in solving the transportation problems faced by students in the state.
He said: “The death of the late Apostle came to us as a rude shock as she died at a time we needed her the most. We are consoled with the fact that she lived a fulfilled life by turning many souls to Christ and preaching the Gospel of hope, peace and unity.
“Late Apostle Osagiede was a visionary leader and a nation builder who brought hope to the less-privileged. Her vision was to see that the poor and weak in the society have a sense of belonging.”
The governor noted that the free bus ride from a church is the first of its kind in the state, adding: “This is a very important decision of the Church as the move will help the state government in solving the transportation problems faced by school pupils and students.”
Son of the late Apostle and Bishop of the Church, Gordon Ada-Gordon Osagiede (Jr.) commended Governor Obaseki and his wife for their encouragement and support.
“This project is named Eunice Gordon Osagiede School Shuttle. This dream of over ten years has come to reality. We are happy to be here to see the vision and dream of our leader come to pass,” he noted.
Chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Edo State Chapter, Pastor Margaret Agbonifo, said: “We return all the glory to God for mama’s life, which was well spent as no moment of her life was wasted.
“PFN in the State is solidly behind the family and Church as Apostle Eunice Gordon Osagiede believed in the unity of the body of Christ. We equally thank the governor for standing with the family and the Church at these trying times of the late Apostle’s demise,” she said.