Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has revealed how he protested his father’s decision to donate the only family car to late tele-evangelist Archbishop Benson Idahosa.
Speaking in Benin while delivering the convocation lecture of the Benson Idahosa University (BIU), Fayose said police had to be invited to stop him from preventing the vehicle from leaving their family compound.
The governor said his father converted to a born again at a crusade in Ibadan, Oyo State in 1980 at a crusade organized by Idahosa and that his father later sowed the family’s only car to propagate evangelism.
According to him, the decision of his father to give out the family’s only Peugeot salon car drew the anger of his six wives and 27 children who felt bad about the decision.
He said: “Archbishop Benson Idahosa came to Ibadan in 1980 for a crusade and my father attended and he was converted and after Idahosa had finished preaching he said they should donate something for God’s work and since my father was converted and deeply touched, he gave out the family’s only Peugeot car.
“He changed the car’s ownership and particulars and brought it to Idahosa that he was donating it to support evangelism. Though the entire family was against it because we thought it would affect the family’s movement, the seed of faith paid off in the end. Those who donated were prayed for by the Bishop.
“I was so pained that I blocked the gate and insisted that the 504 station wagon will not be taken out of the compound, my father called the police that I was preventing Ben Idahosa’s car from leaving our compound, my father had indeed changed the vehicle particulars so I had to succumb to the police.
“But today, God has prospered the family. It’s good to give to the Lord and when you do that you are sowing a seed that will germinate for the children and that is working for us now,” he said.
Fayose said what he wanted to bring out was the importance of giving to the Lord cheerfully.
He further charged the management of the institution not to allow the vision of the late Idahosa to die but upheld.