Agatu Church, Once Destroyed By Herdsmen Militia, Rebuilt And Dedicated; As Ortom Promises Total Peace, Donates Cash

The Oasis Reporters


April 9, 2021

……..As Dr Williams, Ogebe, others appreciate God for his faithfulness

Group photo of some Methodist Church members pose with Dr. Williams (in the middle) from the US and Barrister Emma Ogebe (US based Rights lawyer)standing on the left.
Dr William PB Devlin from the US offers prayers at the newly rebuilt Agatu Methodist Church that once suffered destruction in the hands of alleged Fulani herdsman militia, who rampaged through the Agatu community, killing with AK47 rifles and other implements of war.

By John Anthony Ikwulono

It was a spirit-filled, special Easter celebration on Sunday 4th April, 2021 in the life of the people of Adagbo, Agatu, for not just having a gigantic edifice and place of worship handed over to them, but also having reassuring words of Hope in their lives from Governor Samuel Ortom and others who referred to them as peace loving people.


The Executive Governor of Benue State Dr Samuel Ortom has promised to enhance Agriculture and facilitate developmental projects in Adagbo Agatu, referring to Agatu again as his second home. Governor Ortom who made this promise today during the dedication of a newly built Methodist Church, appreciated Dr William PB Devlin from the United States of America and Barr Emmanuel Ogebe for building such a gigantic edifice for the people of Agatu.

Represented by his Special Adviser on Special Duties, Hon Joseph Odaudu, the Governor commended Adagbo people for embracing peace despite the level of destruction on their properties by Fulani Herdmen militia some years back which equally led to the death of many. Governor Ortom through his representative, pledged to support the Church with some amount of money to enable them do other things as a way of complementing what Williams and his team had done.

The Governor urged other philanthropists who are indigenes of the State to emulate what Americans did in Agatu, saying it was a big challenge for them to have people from outside Nigeria to remember them this way. He encouraged herdsmen and others to go into ranching to avoid destruction of farmers’ crops.

In his welcome address, the Executive Chairman, Agatu LGC, Hon. Sule Adoyi thanked Dr Williams and Barr Emmanuel Ogebe for this huge support to Christians by building this structure, saying he lacks words to appreciate them with. He urged Adagbo people to guard the Church, jealousy. Hon Adoyi who came in briefly to witness the dedication and later rushed for another engagement said even though he had earlier directed his deputy to represent him, he decided to rush down and witness the exercise due to the importance he attached to the project.

Earlier in his speech, Dr Williams expressed gratitude to God for giving him and Barr Emmanuel Ogebe an opportunity to affect the lives of Adagbo people positively, saying he felt fulfilled as God used them to wipe away tears from the faces of the people of Adagbo.

In his address, Barr Ogebe who facilitated the building of the Church gave a brief history of how he came across the destroyed Church in 2016 when no resident of Adagbo and other villages were around due to the effect of the crisis which made people to desert their homes, said, he quickly told God that; “because I passed through this route to see this destroyed Church in this way, it will never remain the same and my joy is that, today what the people have gotten, is far better than what they had before, that was destroyed by herdsmen”. He said for the sake of this project, Dr William had visited Nigeria four times within five months, appreciating him for his love for the people. He cited Joel 2:1-32, Eph 2:22.

Very Rev. John Oyinu, Presbyter in-charge of Obagaji Circuit in Apa Diocese, gave an inspiring sermon from 1st Chronicles 29:10-14, Ephesians 2:14-22, Matthew 1613-18.

The Vice Chairman, Agatu LGC Hon John Ikwulono, Barr Emmanuel Ogebe and Gyasi Summerville from New York City read the first, second and third readings for the day.

Gyasi thanked Dr Williams for what he has done and for making him to be a part of his entourage to Nigeria.

The dedication event featured captivating dances by different dance groups/choirs as the representative of the Governor, Hon Joseph Odaudu enjoined everyone to dance to the Glory of God with himself leading as a mark of overjoy.

There was a novelty match between Abugbe and Adagbo with both equalizing the match on Saturday 3rd April 2021 preparatory to the dedication day. The event was hugely successful, to the glory of God.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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