Late Archbishop Benson Andrew Idahosa of blessed memory was remembered yesterday by christians all over the world. Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of his transition unto glory.
The Archbishop of CGMI, Dr. Margaret E. Benson-Idahosa led a mammoth crowd of christian faithfuls to the late preachers Mausoleum to lay a fresh wreaths in remembrance of the man who is highly regarded as the father of Pentecostalism in Nigeria.
This is what she wrote about her late husband;
Yesterday we went to the Mausoleum of my husband Archbishop Benson Idahosa, to lay fresh wreaths. I miss you Darling. Truly the Memory of the Righteous is Blessed. #ArchbishopBAIdahosa #March12th2018 #20Yearslater
Everyday I am grateful to God that I was deeply associated with a man like #ArchbishopBAIdahosa , hearing the testimonies for people all around the world yesterday, even after 20 years since he transited this earth, it was just a refreshing experience. And then it dawned on me that the true worth of a good leader is revealed when he/she is out of the scene. #LiveALifeWorthCelebrating #20Yearslater #12thMarch2018 #TheMemoryOftheRighteousisBlessed #MissionsWeek #EmpoweredtoSucceed #IdahosaLegacy #PapaLivesOn
Undoubtedly, Late Papa Idahosa is regarded by the christian community as the father of Pentecostalism in Nigeria, and was the founding President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN). Many prominent Nigerian pastors like Papa Ayo Oritsejafor, Bishop David Oyedepo, Apostle Johnson Suleman, Bishop Charles Agyin-Asare, Rev Felix Omobude, Bishop Fred Addo, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Rev Chris Oyakhilome, Archbishop Duncan Williams,Bishop Francis Wale Oke , Bishop Ojo, Bishop James Saah, Bishop Christianah Doe Tetteh were his protégés.
The Archbishop was known for many notable quotes including “my God is not a poor God”, “your attitude determines your altitude”, “it is more risky, not to take a risk, I am a possibilitarian”, “A big head without a big brain is a big load to the neck”, “If your faith says yes, God cannot say no”, amongst others. Many of his messages on faith, miracles and prosperity remain a classic among Pentecostals.
Before his death in 1998, Archbishop Benson Idahosa had visited and preached in 125 countries of the world.