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SUNDAY TONIC: RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE & THE WAYS OF GOD Archbishop Lawrence Ayo Ladigbolu – THE ‘REBEL’ WITH A CAUSE

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Then my mother suddenly burst into tears. A lot of them began wailing. I later learned that they thought I had been possessed by an evil spirit or that I was showing signs of a mental problem. In the midst of their wailing, I was able to say to them, “A young man told me about Jesus Christ, and I found what he told me to be true. I needed to escape from the anger of God, and Jesus had rescued me. When I asked Jesus to come into my heart, I felt him come! Jesus is real to me. He is a living Saviour. I will follow him the rest of my life.” — Archbishop Lawrence Ayo Ladigbolu Religious intolerance, or acts that threaten peace is minimal in the South western part of Nigeria. The high level of sophistication of the people and the communal style of living chiefly account for this development. You hardly find an extended family without an admixture of Christians, Muslims and traditional religious practitioners. This thought came to mind again recently at the 80th birthday anniversary of one of the foremost royal fathers in Yorubaland, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo. Among those who graced the ceremonies was a cousin of the traditional ruler, retired Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu who shares a filial relationship with the royal father. They are age-mates and deeply close; both having been brought up as princes in the palace. Difference in religious beliefs has not been able to set them apart, as Oba Adeyemi is a Muslim, while Archbishop Ladigbolu practiced Islam, before meeting with Christ. Ayo Ladigbole has a very tall order: ‘’My uncle, the present king of Oyo, is very friendly with me. ‘’He has not stood in the way of Christians witnessing in all of his present domain.’’I am praying that he, too, and all within his kingdom may come to know my Lord Jesus Christ whom to know is eternal life” Whoever has come under the ministration of Most Revd Lawrence Sanda Ayo-Ladigbolu, retired Archbishop of the Methodist Church, Nigeria will testify to a unique style of evangelism and preaching the message of hope and salvation. Ayo Ladigbolu is an enigma of sorts; whose peculiar style of preaching the word of God has been a kind of brainteaser to his audience. He laces his eloquent delivery with good Queens English, which he intersperses with…

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