Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, revealed on Sunday that his parents never knew he would survive infancy.
Speaking at the Government House during a special thanksgiving service and reception to mark his 55th birthday, Fayemi said his parents named him Folorunso meaning ‘left in God’s care’ because they were not sure he would survive the childhood stage.
“I give God all the glory for giving me uncommon favour. It is uncommon because my parents never knew I could survive infancy,” he said.
“They had lost two children in quick succession and that was why they named me Folorunso. My parents just thought they should just wait and see the outcome and today I am celebrating 55, I give God all the glory.”
Fayemi added: “For me, challenges are opportunities to make a difference in the lives of human beings, so if you allow me, let us just focus on the work of God to improve the conditions of our society and Country.
“All of the challenges will not go away overnight, but you should believe that God is the one that can always use those of us that have been given grace to lead, to be of service to all his children, we have no choice than to continue to commit ourselves to the Service of God.”
Among those who gathered to celebrate with Fayemi were state governors: Okeize Ikpeazu (Abia), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Godwin Obaseki (Edo) and Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Hadiza Balarabe.