Prof. Yusuf Turaki, His Wife Turns 60, 70
Rev. Prof. Yusufu Turaki, a basketball player and an athlete, an ordained minister, a servant leader, an erudite scholar, Don and a Distinguished Professor of Theology and Ethics turned 70 on May 21st 2016 while his wife, Dr. (Mrs.) Deborah Y. Turaki turned 60 on February 5th.
Amongst those who attended the event to mark their birthday anniversary celebration, the feelings were unanimous that Professor Turaki and his spouse are lovers of knowledge and have a lot to celebrate.
Immediate family members, friends, colleagues and well-wishers defied long distances to converge on the ECWA International Conference Hall, Jos at a gathering that attracted crème de la crème in both private and public sphere.
In a goodwill message ECWA President Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gado congratulated the celebrants for attending 70 and 60 years respectively and extolled the good virtues and contributions of Prof. Turaki to the growth and development of the Church and Nigeria in general.
Describing Prof. Turaki as a gift to ECWA, Rev. Gado acknowledged that ECWA is today growing from one level to another as a result of the solid foundation laid by likes of Yusufu Turaki and many other past leaders of the Church.
He added that the positive contributions of Prof. Turaki to the growth of ECWA is beyond human imagination which according to him, has gone a long way in strengthening theological education in must ECW Theological institutions adding that the scholarly works of the celebrant are internationally well-regarded.
Also speaking, Member of the House of Representattive from Kaduna State, Hon. Adams Jagaba, described Professor Turaki as a Nigerian who is not only celebrated by ECWA and the Christendom but Nigeria at large, adding that his contribution at the National Conference was very remarkable.
Hon Jagaba added that Professor Turaki has impacted him among many others who are excelling politically by playing the game according to biblical directives and the fear of God.
Earlier, Guest Speaker at the occasion the Catholic Arch Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, the Most Rev. Joseph Bagobiri, who spoke on Good Governance at both the secular and the ecclesiastical level, he explained that what the people need today as good governance is nothing short of those things that would touch their lives positively adding that the two must play a supportive role to one another so that they can succeed.
According to the cleric, the Church as part of the secular world, must continue to work on the manifesto of all political parties to ensure that the principles of servant leadership which is from Christ Himself and constitute a core of spiritual leadership are entrenched in all political party blueprints, which he noted should be the objective of the kind of civic and political education which the Church is expected to carry among its faithful.
The cleric however frowned at some Christians who do not participate in politics in order to decide who becomes their leaders, but will continue to grumble and complain when leaders are decided for them and cautioned the Church against claiming to be neutral.
Bishop Bagobiri opened that, the time has come for the Church to be actively involved in governance by educating the people on knowing, practicing and ensuring good governance.
He then called on Christians to rise up and promote popular participation of all Christians in political activities by playing politics with a difference, as salt and light of the world.
The cleric however, lauded the immense contributions of Christian leaders in the class like Professor Turaki, which he acknowledged that, the Church in Nigeria and beyond will continue to celebrate.
In his remarks, the celebrant who could not hide his joy, expressed gratitude to all those who contributed their time and resources to make the occasion a success. He prayed God to reward each of them. Prof. Turaki who was elated said he is humbled by what God is doing through him, and promised to give his best for the kingdom of God and the service of humanity as long as he lives.
Highlight of the event was the dedication and public launch of two books titled ‘’Trinity of Sin, and Tainted Legacy’’ and the formal launch of the Yusufu Turaki Foundation and Book Trust.