Mr. Timothy Obadare
James Sowole â€¨in Akureâ€¨
A renowned evangelist and founder of the World Soul Winning Evangelical Mission (WOSEM), Mr. Timothy Obadare, is dead.
Obadare, an Akure-based evangelist, noted for the monthly Koseunti Crusade, died yesterday at the age of 85 at an undisclosed private hospital in Akure, the Ondo State capital after undisclosed illness.
Obadare was a renowned evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) before the ministry fell apart over certain issues within the church.
The death of the evangelist was confirmed by the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Ondo State branch, Bishop Joshua Ketiku, who said the man’s death came as a rude shock.
The CAN chairman said the deceased lived a good life and had gone to rest saying “Baba is happier where he is now.”
Also, the media aide to Obadare, Pastor Michael Awe, described him as a great evangelist, who travelled wide within and outside the country on rigorous evangelism activities.
Meanwhile, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has described the death of Obadare, as an example of the marching on of a saint.
Mimiko, in a statement yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Eni Akinsola, said Obadare's life, ministry and influence can be likened to those of saints, rare and uncommon.
"In his way of life, concern for the lost soul and uplifting of the name of God, Obadare stands tall among the prophets of his generation and broke barriers that health attempted to place on his way. He was consistent and controlled, aggressive yet unobstructive and had no pretensions about his faith and God.
"Prophet Obadare made the life of the poor and the down trodden his and helped many re-discover their connections to God.
"His strident cries against sin and warnings to those departing from what is right and just will be sorely missed," Mimiko said.
The governor who recalled the evangelistic exploits of the late clergy in the face of sight challenge said: Prophet Obadare's mastery of bible verses and lines underlines the fact that he was indeed a prophet called for a purpose by God. He, it appears, has discharged his duties and deserves blissful rest in the bosom of his maker.
"Our hearts go to his many disciples and members as well as family this period. We ask that the good Lord send consolation their ways."