06 January 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Executive Committee of the Nigerian Baptist Convention has approved nomination of Rev Dr Israel Akanji as the next President of the Convention.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Public Relations officer of the Convention, Pastor Eben Durodola, in Abuja.
According to the statement Rev Akanji will be presented to the Convention-in-Session in April 2021 for the final ratification as President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention.
It states that the Convention-in-Session is the highest decision-making body of the Nigerian Baptist Convention and if the Executive Committee’s recommendation is adopted and ratified by the Convention-In-Session in April, Rev Dr.Akanji will assume office on 1st June 2021.
“Sequel to the report submitted to the Executive Committee of the Convention by the Search Committee for the President charged with the responsibility of getting a new President through the guidance of the Holy Spirit for the Baptist Family”
It explains that by the rules guiding the appointment of the the President of Convention, a Search Committee was set up and inaugurated by the current President, Rev Dr. Samson Ayokunle with the mandate to search for and recommend a new President for the Convention through the Executive Committee.
“Their report was presented on 2nd January 2021 after a thorough exercise to the Executive Committee of the Convention which was unanimously accepted”
It adds that the report recommended Rev. Dr. Israel Adelani Akanji as the next President of the Convention.
This recommendation will be presented to the Convention family in April during the Annual Convention in Session for approval and ratification.
It notes that Rev Israel Akanji has not been anointed nor any anointing service conducted for him as being reported in the social media.
“Our tradition as to the appointment of the President of the Convention remains Sacrosanct and no deviation from the process has been recorded so far”
According to the statement the President of the Convention, Rev. Dr. Ayokunle and the Executive Committee of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, therefore, commended the diligence and commitment of the Search Committee members through prayers in arriving at their recommendation without any hitch or rancour.
“The peaceful process of the selection shows the unity and great love of God that exist among the Baptist Family” Rev Ayokunle added.
It urges the Baptist Family to remain steadfast in prayers and look forward to the Convention-In-Session this April when the exercise shall be concluded seamlessly by the grace of God.