-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Pastor Joseph Obaro IKUPA:
Born 54 years ago to Urhobo parents from Ughievwen kingdom in Ughelli South LGA of present day Delta State, Rev. Ejiroghene Francis Waive is a man among men. From a humble beginning he has risen to prominence through hardwork, dedication, perseverance, integrity, grace, and his personal acquaintance with the Lord Jesus Christ.
A preacher of no mean repute Rev. Waive got born again through the activities of the Scripture Union in the mid 70’s. He answered the call of God to go preach the gospel to the lost quite early. After several years of pastoring at Warri and Ughelli, he felt a strong urge to acquire more education as he is highly intelligent. This took him to the then Edo State University,(now Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma) where he studied Accountancy and graduated with a good honours degree. At EDSU he contested for and won the prestigious Students Union Government Presidency. His tenure was marked with relative peace, and academic progress. This was during the administration of Odigie Oyegun and Felix Ibru in Edo and Delta States respectively. He was admitted into Bendel State University but graduated from Edo State University. His records as EDSU’S Reverend President remain unbroken till date.
Upon graduation he worked as a banker in one of the new generation banks in Lagos with a very fat salary. His MD was however, very surprised when Rev. Waive tendered his resignation few years later quitting a promising career to answer the call of God. For God told him clearly “I cannot share you with any man or job” . Even when he was given a warehouse to start the church from in Lagos, he refused because the instruction was very clear that the church must kick off from Warri.
Rev. Waive is a humble man of God who recognizes God’s voice and is obedient to it and will not compromise it for anything in the world. The Church that God instructed him to establish in Warri, Church of the Anointing is today having various branches in the state, especially in the Riverine areas where his NGO Riverine Communities Health Organization has helped to bring succour to many who could not afford hospital bills for treatment and surgery. He once sponsored a young girl, Miss Imade Abroad for surgery on Elephantiasis. He is indeed a great Philanthropist.
When I learnt that he was running for the post of Federal House of Representative to represent us the good people of Ughelli South, Ughelli North and Udu Federal Constituency, I knew that our story has changed for good. This is because I know that he must have heard from God, and as a go-getter, I know he will definitely win, and it turned out to be so. Since his election I have listened to him speaking on the floor of the house representing his good people and working for the good of his father land.
The present position is only a stepping stone to what the Lord wants to do through him. I celebrate his courage, forthrightness, integrity, and faith in God. He is indeed a mentor.
Join me to celebrate this Christian Soldier Politician of no mean repute who has travelled round the world with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and has promoted the name and image of our great University, AAU, Ekpoma. Hip! hip! hip! hurray!