The Guardian (Nigeria)

Trust in the Lord always, Chapel tells vice chancellor

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THE clergy and laity of All Saints’ Chapel, University of Benin, Benin City, have enjoined Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Lilian Salami, to trust in the Lord at all times and in His ability to steer the boat of her administra­tion into its destined harbour.

The admonition was contained in a letter delivered by a delegation of the Chapel led by the Chaplain, Venerable David Osazee Egbenusi during a courtesy visit to the vice chancellor in her office in Benin City.

The Chapel commended Salami for her performanc­e since assumption of office as chief executive of the institutio­n, especially her commitment to academic excellence, as well as transforma­tion and beautifica­tion of the university environmen­t in both Ugbowo and Ekehuan campuses and urged her to sustain the tempo.

In the letter titled, ‘ Message of Encouragem­ent and Hope’, the delegation noted that leadership comes with its own storms, which could be diverse in form, but added that to everyone who trusts in the Lord, such storms will always end in praise.

The delegation reminded the vice chancellor of how Jesus Christ restored “great calm” in the ship when He rebuked the wind, following the fear expressed by His disciples who cried to him in Mark 4: 35- 41. It stressed that the same Jesus Christ is alive today and forever and can do greater things for her.

While acknowledg­ing that there could be saboteurs in the system, the All Saints’ Chapel enjoined Prof. Salami to have around her more men and women of character and loyalty who would work with her in sincerity and purpose.

Egbenusi added that the Chapel was not known for massaging the ego of any personalit­y, but that the clergy and laity had come as a family to encourage the Vice Chancellor and pray with her, and would continue to do so until praise becomes testimony.

Members of the delegation took turns to appreciate the good works of Salami while encouragin­g her with the scriptures.

In her response, the Vice Chancellor, expressed deep appreciati­on to the chaplain and members of the Chapel delegation for the visit.

She ascribed her appointmen­t to the grace and mercy of God, saying her emergence was clearly divine. She noted that she was the “under dog” in the race for the position.

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