Enemona Foundation donates church building to UEC Inele Ugoh
It was a roll call of VIPs, coal miners, political actors including Muslims and people from different tribes and communities in Kogi State and beyond who converged on the government area local from Inele Ugoh Olamaboro in Kogi State, a small village like Biblical Bethlehem on Saturday to commission a church building constructed and donated by Amb. Gabriel Onoja through his foundation, Enemona Josh Humanitarian Foundation.
Inle Ugoh has come alive since Friday when guests including international foundation partners set foot on the ground which is virtually becoming evangelistic ground as the church commissioning project brought in clergy in their number.
The triple event of commissioning of church construction, inauguration of the foundation and raising of charitable funds was attended by the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Dr. Edward Onoja, who commended Gabriel Onoja for his foresight, commitment and investment in the house of God.
Deputy Governor Dr. Edward Onoja, who performed the commissioning and dedication rites, commended the philanthropist for his good heart, initiative and magnanimity in building a worship center for the community, saying that charity begins at home.
Edward Onoja instructed people to take advantage of the church to draw closer to God and worship him for his visitation and blessings upon the community, state and nation while making financial donations in his name and on behalf of the members of his family.
President and founder of the Foundation, Amb. Gabriel Onoja said the completion of the church building was a great accomplishment for him as his soul will rest well should God decide to take his life.
According to Gabriel, the over sixty million naira church should be used to pray for peace, socio-economic and political development of Nigeria, with an appeal to the community of worshipers to pray for the wicked to repent of their ways.
“My desire is for anyone who comes into this church to pray for peace, unity, development and socio-economic progress for Kogi and Nigeria as a whole,” he said.
The founder, who believed that the reward for what he did only comes from God, expressed more gratitude that he was able to immortalize himself while he was alive.
“I am extremely grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to immortalize myself in my lifetime through the completion of this 60 million naira church project, which is so dear to my heart and all my family.
Speaking about his desire to live for the poor, Enemona said he knows what it means to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit prisoners and provide for orphans and widows and the poorest of the poor, among others because it was once in their shoes.
Gabriel expressed his gratitude to the Kogi government, especially Governor Yahaya Bello and his Deputy, Mr. Edward David-Onoja, for their unwavering support to him as a person and the humanitarian Enemona-Josh, noting that he will be the guest speaker and director of social communications for the Catholic Diocese of Lokoja, Rev. Anthony Okoliko, in his sermon, challenged wealthy Nigerians to give to the poor as giving; he who gives receives the blessings of God.
The eloquent preacher said it was rare for an individual to take responsibility for building a church, but he was sure the reward for sponsoring the projects would transcend eternity.
“This act of love will certainly not be in vain, but will testify to God’s visitation and blessings beyond measure,” Okoliko said.
Also speaking, one of the foundation’s international partners, Apostle Yahousha Burrell, American co-founder of the Enemona Foundation, said “because you have done this, God will in turn reward you.”
Burrell called on other wealthy people in Kogi and the country to join Enemona-Onoja in the mission to touch lives, especially orphans, widows and the poorest of the poor in society.
Mum Merlyn Borotha-Johnson, 87, another UK co-founder, described Enemona-Onoja as “a gift to his generation” such that God will not forget his love for him and his people.