The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said that his shame turned into celebration as he faced many tribulations last year.

Ooni said this during the New Year’s Prayer Grand Finale hosted by the Christian Association of Nigeria at Afewonro Park, Enuwa Square on Saturday in Ile-Ife.

Oba Ogunwusi, who led different worship songs and Christian praises during the service, clarified that it was good to always praise and appreciate Lord Jesus Christ.

“When I look back, I see that my life is full of wonders and miracles from God despite all the challenges I faced, but today, the Lord gave me victory over all of them.

“I sat here last year with many trials and storms of life that I can’t explain, but to God be the Glory my shame has turned into a feast.

“I looked at where I started, so far, the Lord has helped me. I am clearly told that the Lord is Alive. A fool is the one who says there is no God”, affirmed the traditional ruler.

He charged Christians to hold fast to Jesus Christ, adding: “Truly, He is the son of God and He is the one who lives with him (Ogunwusi) on the throne.

Ooni said there was no one working with God who would lose, adding that money is not everything in life.

According to him, good health, safety, food, among others, were part of God’s goodness.

The traditional ruler called on CAN officials not to wait for praise from God, but to strive to serve God wholeheartedly.

Quoting the Bible, Ogunwusi said, “because He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Ooni reiterated his commitment to serve God and humanity for the rest of his life, as well as always working for the growth and development of Ile-Ife, Osun, the Yoruba race and the country in general.

He urged everyone to always appreciate God and put all their trust in Him to receive from Him all their requests in life.

Oba Ogunwusi warned young people not to allow politicians to incite violence and other social vices, especially before, during and after the upcoming general elections.

In his address at the event, Christ Apostolic Church Superintendent Oke Isegun, Moore District Coordinating Council Pastor Mathew Adejumo told the congregation that God still has powers like of old.

Adejumo, whose message was titled “Be Still” and his Bible verse taken from Mark 4:35-41, said that God can still calm every storm in the life of each individual and in the country.

The superintendent urged Christians to make sure they serve God with all their strength and power this year so that they can enjoy the benefits embedded in God.