From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
Contrary to reports by some section of the media and social network that the casket used for the burial of late televangelist and founder of World Soul Winning Evangelistic Ministry (WOSEM), Prophet Timothy Obadare was purchased at the sum of N300 million, the children has denied it saying the casket cost N5million.
The purported reports had sparked controversy on the internet as it claimed that the coffin was bought at the same place where the family of the late music icon, late Michael Jackson purchased his casket.
But at a press conference held on Thursday at Shilo Ileki in Ilesa, the late Prophet Obadare’s first son, Pastor Paul Obadare, said that there was no truth in the reports of the newspapers and social media, stressing that the family had not expended N300 million on the coffin of their late father.
He however explained that the late televangelist was worth more than that, for he had been an inspiration to many in Nigeria and even throughout the whole world.
According to him: ” As his children if we have more than N300million to purchase coffin for him, we would have done that for him, for he has done much for people, for Nigerians and the whole world. He had channeled all his resources in shaping lives of the people, propagating the word of God throughout the whole world.
“Is there anything better to celebrate this man and appreciate him for doing much for this country? No I will say. Prophet Obadare is known worldwide and to appreciate him, we his children can do anything for him for he has done much for us”.
Pastor Obadare said that the essence of establishing WOSEM is to propagate the words of God, assuring that everything will be done to keep the vision of the late founder`s on.
He added that their late father served humanity till his last day, noting that the legacy will be followed to the latter.
The first child of the family said that Ileki where the late prophet was buried would be turned to holy and tourist centre where people would seek the face of God and their prayers would be answered.
His words: “I also use this medium to inform Christians in Nigeria and all over the world irrespective of denomination about Obadare Monumental Centre situated at the WOSEM International Conference Shilo, Ileki-Ilesa. This centre which has facilities of an international standard, accommodates a chapel where pilgrims can visit for prayers, a modern Christian library and exhibition hall where books, tapes and sermons of Apostle Timothy Obadare and other Christian publications will be displayed.
“This prayer ground will be holding a monthly revival programme and 24 hour chain prayer sessions for the nation, Nigeria, Africa and the whole world”.
Pastor Obadare also disclosed that WOSEM will soon establish its own radio station to cater for Christians in the country, stressing that the essence is to reach the people through evangelism which was why WOSEM was established.
He however commended President Goodluck Jonathan, Osun state Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola and his counterpart in Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko for coming to the aid of the family in their trying moment especially for their immense contribution towards the burial ceremony of Prophet Obadare praying to God to be with them always.
According to Pastor Obadare who now presides over the administration of WOSEM in the interim, “On behalf of the family, WOSEM, Koseunti Prayer Meeting and burial committee expressed their profound gratitude and appreciation to Nigerians for their inestimable show of love, kindness and for standing by them in their hour of grief of their father and spiritual pathfinder”.