Christian Pharmacists Fellowship of Nigeria (CPFN), a non-denominational fellowship comprising pharmacists across the country and in the Diaspora, has tasked members across the country and beyond on rededication and commitment to God and to the profession.
The President, Pharm. Maxwell Obeka, made this statement during a breakfast meeting of the CPFN, at the 95th Annual National Conference of the PSN, tagged TinCity 2022, held at Crispan Hotel and Suites, Jos, Plateau State.
He further charged the large gathering of Christians who turned up for the event not to get entangled by worldly things, but to rededicate their lives to God, who is the author and finisher of their faith, adding that some pharmacists are good examples of commitment.
In his message to other Christian pharmacists who were not part of the gathering, he said a life of a Christian pharmacist is a life of service, adding that prayer, fasting, and exemplary living are the hallmark of a Christian.
He testified of the answered prayers of the Christian body concerning the conference, saying with the commendations that have started pouring in, ranking the conference the best in the history of the PSN is a testimony of an answered prayer.
He added “CPFN is a nondenominational Christian ministry for pharmacists in Nigeria. It provides a platform and opportunity to discover and develop the spiritual gifts of pharmacists so that they can achieve their full potential as individuals and collectively as an industry.
Earlier in his testimony, Pharm. Mathew Azoji noted that he has been through thick and thin before becoming who he is today.
Reading from the Book of 2nd Chronicles, 16-9, he noted that despite his catholic background, he couldn’t know the Lord on time, as his life was full of crises and chaos, adding that a life without Christ will be full of crisis.
“Early in my school life, secondary and primary, I began to get involved in chaos and crisis and each time I found myself doing it, I do feel bad and vowed never to do it again, but I still find myself in it, as it continues unabated”, he narrated.
The pharmacist stated that despite his lifestyle, he still scored 323 in JAMB, gained admission to OAU to study Pharmacy, got a university scholarship till he graduated, and graduated with a good grade.
According to him, Prof Wilson Erhun developed the habit of sending him Christian tracts by post after graduation, adding he eventually gave his life to Christ while serving as area manager, North, for May&Baker, in Kano State, having been invited by his friend, and the current managing director of SKG, Pharm. Okey Akpa, to one of the Full Gospel Business Men Fellowships, in Kano.
Azoji recalled that he got married to his wife, Barr Joyce Azoji, after giving his life to Christ and his life changed for the better afterward, adding that in terms of career, he had enjoyed numerous promotions and the goodness of God everywhere he worked right from May & Baker, to others and up to Neimeth.
“When I got an offer from Neimeth, I went to Pastor E A Adeboye of the RCCG to pray for me, and luckily, he did, and since then, Neimeth which has had consistent losses in the past to the glory of God has started recording a profit. Although it may not be at the level everyone expects, but not where it was.
He continued, “After 10 years of non-dividend payment, the company has paid dividends for 2 years, and the company share price which was 40 kobo before is now hovering between 1naira and 2naira to the glory of God, and because of these, that company has received a lot of recognitions.
“I received the top 25 CEOs award in 2019 from the Nigeria Stock Exchange and Business Day; Neimeth received the Investors Value award for the best performing stock in 2021; I received the NPOM award from the presidency: I was made a fellow of PSN; fellow of WAPCP; fellow of NAPHARM; and recently, a fellow of NIM. So, I want to urge others who were like me to also give their lives to Jesus and dedicate their lives to Him,” he said.
In attendance at the fellowship were: Prof. Cyril Usifoh, President, PSN; Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, publisher, Pharmanews; Sir Ike Onyechi, immediate past president, CPFN; Pharm. NAE Mohammed, immediate past Registrar, PCN; among many others.