Speaking at a Special Thanksgiving Mass to celebrate his survival, the Governor said it was God’s mercy that saw him and the other occupants survive the direct impact of a bus which hit his car and completely destroyed it.
Reflecting on the scriptures in Psalms 127:1 which says “unless the Lord watches the city, the watchmen waketh but in vain” Oshiomhole said “the essence of today’s occasion is to give testimony to the fact that when we buy armoured vehicles, we are only thinking in terms of enemies who might choose to use firearms to fire at their enemies. But as I saw on the 28th of
December, even the armoured vehicle is not sufficiently armoured to protect the vehicle itself from been hit in an accident.
“The real armour is the armour that God provides when we submit to his will. It cannot be procured by money, it cannot be procured by the most potent arms makers. Only God can armour us against evil.
“We had a serious accident and the armoured vehicle was itself destroyed. Those of us in the car, three of us, none of us were harmed and as you can see, we all came out of the armoured car unhurt, alive. The armoured car is off the road, but we the ordinary people covered by the Blood of Jesus survived it”, he said.
Oshiomhole further said, “I pledge to rededicate myself to the services of the people of this great state. For the remaining time that I have, I will do as God directs me to continue to use the instrument of governance to deliver the greatest good to the greatest number of our citizens.”
Speaking in a homily at the service, the Archbishop of Benin Archdiocese, Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze said there is need for people to always thank God for his kindness and mercies in their daily lives and activities.
“In a special way, we are gathered in a thanksgiving service to God for saving the life of our executive governor, Governor Adams Oshiomhole and his entourage in an unfortunate car accident involving his convoy. We thank the Lord for averting the evil that could have happened and for keeping him far from bodily harm. It is a good thing to thank the Lord for his mercies and protection.
“We are grateful to God for sparing the life of the governor and for the good works He’s doing in Edo State. We thank the governor for putting the people first in everything and that is what good governance is all about. We thank him for the developmental initiatives that has become synonymous with his administration
“We thank the governor for staying focused and allowing God to use you for the good of Edo people. We pray that God bless and keep you. It is our prayer that God Almighty will always be your companion, strengthen you when you are weak, instruct you when you need direction, correct you when you err and help you to lead your people according to the divine plan and
The highlight of the occasion was the conferment and decoration of the Governor with the honour of Grand Patron of the Church Warden.
The Thanksgiving Mass was graced by several dignitaries including Deputy Governor of Edo State, Dr. Pius Odubu, Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Uyi Igbe; Member House of Representatives, Hon Jim Adun; Secretary to the State Government, Professor Julius Ihonvbere, Members of the State Executive Council, Members of Edo State House of Assembly, Traditional Rulers, members of the Civil Society Group, party chieftains
from within and outside the state.