‘I live with 50 orphans’

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•Oyediji, child rights campaigner, at 60

Emotion flowed on Wednesday as child rights campaigner, Dr (Rev) Gabriel Oyediji, marked his 60th birthday with a symposium on the challenges of child protection in Nigeria and the way forward. Oyediji, who is also the General Overseer of Christ Compassionate Ministries, at the occasion hosted by the Child Protection Network, Alimosho Chaper, said, “I live with 50 orphans. I am like a father figure. I feel  fulfilled that God is using me.”

*Dr. Oyediji, assisted by his wife, cuts his birthday cake

He narrated how an abandoned baby was picked up in Ikotun area of Lagos that morning to join the children living in his orphanage.

The occasion was chaired by Mr Kola  Abiola, Chairman Emeritus, Keystone Bank Plc.  Associate Professor Chinwe R. Nwanna of the Department of Sociology/Social Work, University of Lagos, was the guest lecturer while the Commander, Area M of the Nigeria Police, ACP Austines Akika and the UNICEF Child Specialist, among others, were in  attendance.


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