17th Founder’s Day: Chancellor attributes God’s blessings on Covenant to Sustainable Spirituality
The Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Covenant University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, has attributed the milestones so far achieved by the institution including accolades and awards bestowed on her, within a short space of time, to sustainable spirituality.
Dr. Oyedepo made the remark on Monday, October 21, 2019, as members of the Board of Regents, Management, faculty, staff and students gathered at the University’s chapel to celebrate the 17th Founder’s Day of the No. 1 University in West Africa.
While giving a charge at the event, which also had in attendance Vice-President (Education), Living Faith Church Worldwide, Pastor (Mrs.) Faith Oyedepo, the Chancellor reminisced on God’s faithfulness, guidance and leading for the past 17 years. He warned of the evil attitude of ingratitude, stating that it was risky to be ungrateful to God. “Taking God for granted in any aspect of life is to remain grounded, as it is by privilege that each of us is standing,” he said.
Dr. Oyedepo stated that no truly spiritual person was ever found in the valley, because behind all the happenings in Covenant University was sustainable spirituality. According to him, one must recognize that his/her capacity, skills and intelligence had no lasting value without God; and that celebrating the most High God changed one’s altitude. He added that, when a man humbled himself under the mighty hand of God, he never stopped changing levels.
On why people must give thanks, he stated that, “We give thanks to preserve God’s blessings in our lives (Jeremiah 13:16-17; Ephesians 5:20; Habakkuk 3:17)”. He pointed out that thanksgiving multiplied people’s blessings, (Jeremiah 30:19; Mathew 14:21; Psalm 67:5-7), and it was the kingdom mystery behind all forms of supernatural breakthroughs.
Dr. Oyedepo encouraged members of the Covenant University community present to cultivate a heart of gratitude to God in order to keep multiplying and also perfect His workings in their lives (Luke 17:17-19). “You can’t celebrate God in truth and not end up a celebrity. Walk with God, His presence will make all the difference,” he stressed.
The Chancellor pointed out how significant it was that in 38 years of ministry, the Living Faith Church Worldwide had never begged or borrowed. Discipline, he stated, was at the foundation of this principle as no one ever got distinguished beyond his personal discipline.
He advised Covenant University faculty, staff and students to beware of the applause of men in order to be free from pride, as they move into higher levels of achievement, as everything one knew or did were all products of grace, (1 Corinthians 2:9).
In his remarks at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, stated that despite being of a tender age, Covenant, established in 2002, was a fast growing, dynamic, vision-birthed and vision-driven University, founded on a Christian mission ethos and committed to pioneering excellence at the cutting edge of learning.
He explained that the University was driven by the compelling vision of raising a new generation of Leaders for the African Continent on the platform of a Holistic, Human Development and integrated learning curriculum, in order to raise Total Men who will go out to develop their world.
Professor Atayero said that the institution's Core-Values of Spirituality, Possibility Mentality, Capacity Building, Integrity, Responsibility, Diligence and Sacrifice were what defined her commitment to excellence. He stated further that Covenant's experiences over the last few years strongly indicated the great potential she had as a University in instituting a learning context rich in educational opportunities, research and scholarship.
Covenant University, currently ranked in the 401-500 bracket of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, has a short term vision of becoming one of the top 10 universities in the world in a few years' time.