Baba Obey Graces Policeman’s Grace Concert
Music legend, Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi’s soul-lifting ministration was the climax of the show at the 2018 annual God’s Grace Concert organized by an Inspector with the Nigeria Police Force, Akilo Abiodun.
Policemen and other guests in their hundreds who turned out for the yearly July 17th show which was held at were thrilled to ever green gospel tunes by Evangelist Obey and other top gospel music artistes in Nigeria.
Some of the other artistes who featured at this year’s concert held at the Prince of peace Chapel at the Police College in Ikeja, Lagos State include Sax Tee, Pastor Tosin Alao, Evangelist Tunde Agboola, Victor Ademofe and Kayode Olatayo. Others are Ola Ajayi, Elijah Daniel, Dotun Akinyemi, Titi Euba as well as sisters Moprecious and Moyege Adebayo
However, this 2018 Grace Concert titled ‘Aanu’ (Mercy) was not just about music. It was indeed to reveal Inspector Akilo’s love for humanity.
Speaking during the musical concert, Inspector Akilo disclosed that the 2018 God’s Grace concert as the theme suggests was centered around the story of a 16-year-old Christian girl, Aanuoluwapo Comfort Abioye who died after a brief illness.
Inspector Akilo explained that Aanu was the only child of her aged Pastor parents and worship God truthfully until she took her last breath.
The Inspector who serves at the Secret registry department at the Lagos State Headquarters Division of the Nigeria Police stated “I wanted to title this year’s Grace Concert Sage but God did not approve until on Sunday 15th of July when he gave me the leading to them the concert ‘Aanu’, and it was on that same 15th that we designed the flier and began publicity for the event on Monday and see how God has been merciful to us at this year’s concert”
He dexterous guitarist further unveiled plans to launch a foundation, the Aanu Foundation, to immortalize the late daughter of his Pastor.
Inspector Akilo said “Because we believe that Aanuoluwapo did not die, as she was a child of God; by November this year, we are launching her foundation, the Aanu Foundation. It will basically meet the needs of police officers who got injured or permanently wounded in the course of serving their father-land. It will also take care of families of those who lost their lives in the line of duty in form of benefits.
Sharing his testimony and the story of the Grace Concert, Inspector Akilo said” I started this program as a result of the covenant I had with God on 17th of July, 2010 after God raised me from the dead following a fatal accident along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and I was declared dead by doctors. When I got back to life, I knew it was God’s Grace that brought me back because my body had already been deposited in the morgue at UCH (University College Hospital) Ibadan for 22 hours. So, I made a covenant with God to always Praise Him on the 17 of July every year”
The singer continued “For some parts of my body where doctors said I needed multiple surgeries, God miraculously healed me. For some parts too, I went through multiple surgeries and God made all the surgeries successful and I did not die from the pain”
A representative of Aanuoluwapo’s family, Faith Alabi was full of praises for Akilo for honouring her niece. She stated “Well I feel very happy, even though it is painful to talk about it at a time like this but I just want to state that this is one of the best things to do in her remembrance. Although, she was in lots of pains before her death, you will never know because she was touching lives with her smile and the way she was worshipping God even in pains. And now that a programme like this has been put together, one would say that Aanu has continued to touch lives, even in her death”
A-minute silence was observed for Aanuoluwapo and police officer who have lost their lives in the course of duty.
Akilo also got huge support from the Nigerian Police as they turned out in their rank at file at the concert.
About Akilo and The Root Praise Concert
Guests and ministers who spoke with Ecclezzia.com at the concert, were impressed with Inspector Akilo and his annual God’s Grace Praise Concert. Below are excerpts of their interview Seun Awosika;
“There is no greater good for a man than to live a life of Praise; this is who I have known Akilo to be, I am not surprise at what has happened here today. And I thank God for his life and that of the people around him”-Evangelist Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi.
“I believe this is amazing, it is not something very common. I celebrate my brother, it is a beautiful programme, you can see the massive turn out of people here today; they are blessed and I am elated to be part of it. Akilo is such a wonderful guy, we have known each other for years and he has been such a wonderful man of God, even to my wife and my family. I would simply describe him as a role model to younger police officers”– Tunde Agboola (Weapon of Praise), music minister.
“I normally call him officer. So, for me, officer is a wonderful person, he is a goal getter and another tag I have given to him is somebody God has not killed. We have been together for so many years, even before he got married. We were in the choir together, we did records together, we sang together. When Biodun (Akilo) wants to do something, he just wants to do it. And in the short time he has lived, he has passed through a lot; the time of pain, the time of evil, the time of the accident that almost took his life, but in all these things, God has been keeping him and giving him victory. My officer is a man of God and he is always there to help people even when it is outside of his capacity”– Joy Alabi, Gospel Faith Mission International.
“It was a great event all put together. We appreciate the fact that the Inspector is changing the way people view the Nigeria Police especially in Lagos. He is a man with a large heart for God and I am happy to be a part of this success story. This is truly wonderful”– Kayode Olatayo, Saxphonist and Choirmaster, Lagos State Chepel of Christ the Light.
“The programme is wonderful , and has been excellent since morning. We thank God for what He has done in people’s lives using our oga and wonderful man of God, Inspector Akilo. He (Akilo) is a good man who has passion of God”– Ayedun Adeyemi, New Police intake.
”I have been personally touched today by the story of the girl, Aanu. My faith has been rekindled today through her story and I thank God that I was a part of this great concert. This concert has made be realize more than ever that anyone not yet in Christ is not living yet. I also thank God for police officers like Inspector Akilo who is reshaping the image of the Nigerian police. Similarly, I am impressed with plans to launch a foundation in honour of the young girl. Thank you”– Blessing Mozia, Police Instructor