Rt. Rev. Jacob Moyinoluwa Ibikunle has been enthroned as bishop of Methodist Church Nigeria, Okun Diocese Kogi state.
The colourful ceremony which took place in Iffe-Ijumu, a community in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State attracted all Methodist church leaders including His Eminence Dr. Samuel Ekeka Kanu Uche (JP), Prelate Methodist Church Nigeria.
The enthronement which was performed by the Most Rev. Amos Akinloose Akindeko, the Archbishop of Ilesa, young Rt. Rev. Ibikunle who was born in 1968 and a Native of Iffe-Ijumu in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State; he is a child of proud Methodist parents and foster parents, he became a choir member at the age of 5 and started his elementary school in Offa, Kwara State and also attended Okin High School, Iffe Commercial Secondary School, he also attended many Higher Institutions on religious studies across the country and finally obtained Master degree in Public and International Affairs from University of Lagos.
J.M.B. Ibikunle was commissioned as a Deacon in Methodist Cathedral Ibadan in 1992 and was preferred as a Presbyter in year 2002.
Bishop Ibikunle who was kidnapped along with his driver between Okene-Lokoja road few weeks to his enthronement gave thanks to God for saving his life from the hand of the kidnapers he described experience in the hand of the kidnapers as a journey in the wilderness.
He said as a new bishop he has set his target not only building more cathedrals and members in his zone but commercial oriented projects in all sectors will be added as he was once a youth leader in the cathedral across the country.
Also speaking with the press the prelate Methodist Church Nigeria His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Emeka Kanu Uche (JP) said security situation in the country is poor and almost getting out of hands; he advised the present government to wake up to these challenges. He also added that 99% of people of the country are crying of hunger and government seems not to be looking in this direction.
Furthermore, he said the present government should be careful about religious matters to avoid crisis that could bring down the nation.
Also at the event, Bro. (chief) John Dare Omosayin OON was presented as a Diocesan Lay President of Okun.
Bro. John Dare served as house-help to late J.H.W. Badcock, the founding principal of St. Barnabas Secondary School, Kabba in 1963 before proceeding to Ilorin Teachers College for his Grade II Certificate between 1966 and 1970, he ended up his education career to become a principal lecturer in Federal College of Education, Okene where he retired in the year 2008.