Insecurity: Adeboye Calls For Prayers For Nigeria

RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye
A file photo of RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye. Credit: Pastor Adeboye/Twitter

 

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has asked  Nigerians of all tribes and tongues to pray for the country and the rest of the world.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Adeboye begged God to show mercy on Nigeria and heal Africa’s most populous country.

“Keep praying for Nigeria and the rest of the world in these difficult times. It is our prayer that God will have mercy on Nigeria and heal our land in Jesus’ Name,” he said.

His call followed series of attacks in the country, ranging from kidnapping to banditry, terrorism to militancy, cultism to calls for secession among several others.

 

Insecurity in the country seems to have worsened with gunmen attacking security formations in the country.

In the past week, at least 239 people were killed and 44 others kidnapped in separate violent incidents across the country, mostly by armed non-state actors.

The violence is not limited to any state, ethnic group, or religion. It is a general problem that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is finding difficult to curb.

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Weeks after a new police chief was appointed, suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked his hometown, Geidam, in Yobe State and hoisted their flag.

The terrorists also attacked Kauri in Niger State, displaced over 3,000 persons and hoisted its flag, forcing the state governor, Bello Abubakar to ask President Buhari to come to his rescue

Nigeria has been experiencing a series of security threats ranging from terrorism, banditry, militancy, cultism among others in several parts of the country.

The country has been battling terrorism for more than a decade which has killed 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the northeast.

The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.

On March 1, jihadist fighters burnt down a United Nations humanitarian compound in the town of Dikwa after dislodging troops, killing six civilians.

Nigeria’s jihadist violence has spread to neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.

El-Rufai, Adeboye Meet In Kaduna After Release Of Kidnapped RCCG Members

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye meets with Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna on April 13, 2021. Credit: Kaduna State Government

 

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has met with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

The meeting held on Tuesday at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House in Kaduna, days after some RCCG members were abducted in the state.

In attendance were some top officials of the Kaduna State Government and those of the church.

Although it is unclear what transpired at the meeting, both leaders confirmed the talks via their Twitter handles.

“Earlier today, I decided to go out of my schedule to see my Children who God delivered from the den of the kidnappers while they were on their way to the venue of the Lets Go Fishing Exercise. To the Glory of God, they are Hale and Hearty,” Adeboye tweeted.

The revered cleric disclosed that Governor El-Rufai “appealed to me to visit the State House in Kaduna to pray for the state, its people and its leadership for peace and protection after laying hands on my Children who were sick. It is my prayer that the peace of and kingdom of God will be established in Kaduna State.”

READ ALSO: Eight RCCG Members Abducted In Kaduna Regain Freedom

Pastor Adeboye had on April 8 announced that eight of his church members kidnapped by bandits on March 26 in Kaduna State have regained freedom.

Shortly after their release, all the abducted persons were taken to a hospital for medical check-up.

It hasn’t been confirmed if any ransom was paid, sources close to the freed victims told Channels Television that they were released in batches.

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‘Victory Against Banditry Is Around The Corner’, Adeboye Assures El-Rufai

 

Amid the security challenges facing Kaduna State and other parts of the country, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has assured Governor Nasir El-Rufai of victory.

He gave the assurance on Tuesday while visiting the governor at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House in Kaduna, days after some RCCG members were abducted in the state.

“I am assuring you sir that the Almighty God is going to fight for you, Kaduna State and is going to fight for Nigeria,” the revered cleric said.

“We have been following the happenings in Kaduna State, particularly in recent months. We have been deeply concerned, concerned for the inhabitants of the state, concerned for the government and for you, Sir.

“It is not an easy thing to be Governor of Kaduna State at this particular moment. We know you have a problem that only God can solve, a problem far beyond the abilities of any human being.

“But I want to assure you Sir that victory is around the corner. And I believe God is going to answer the prayers.”

READ ALSO: El-Rufai, Adeboye Meet In Kaduna After Release Of Kidnapped RCCG Members

On his part, Governor El-Rufai thanked the cleric for the visit, while seeking prayers from the RCCG to end the security challenges confronting the state.

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye speaks during a meeting with Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai at the Government House in Kaduna on April 13, 2021.

 

“We thank you Sir for honouring us and our state with this visit. We thank you for your prayers because the situation in Kaduna State and many parts of Nigeria are of such seriousness,” he said.

“They are beyond the capacity of any human being alone to solve. This country needs divine intervention, more than at any time in its history. So we are grateful for your prayers, blessings and we will continue to ask for more.”

Gunmen had on March 26 abducted the church members in Kaduna State have regained freedom, but they regained their freedom on April 8.

Shortly after their release, all the abducted persons were taken to a hospital for medical check-up.

It hasn’t been confirmed if any ransom was paid, sources close to the freed victims told Channels Television that they were released in batches.

PHOTOS: RCCG General Overseer Adeboye Visits Buhari, Osinbajo

President Muhammadu Buhari receives the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on August 31, 2020. Credit: State House

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye at the State House in Abuja.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, were also in attendance during the visit.

Details of the meeting were not, however, made known to reporters.

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Pastor Adeboye is the first high-profile clergyman to have visited the Nigerian leader since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

Worried by the security situation in the country, Adeboye had in February led members of his congregation in a prayer walk against insecurity in Nigeria.

The directive to members of the RCCG followed the declaration of a prayer walk by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to address the spate of killings across the country.

About 25, 000 parishes of the RCCG took part in the prayer walk, according to the Assistant General Overseer of the church, Funso Odesola.

‘Unacceptable, Ungodly’

Adeboye’s visit is coming a few weeks after President Buhari signed the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020, a development which has sparked debates among religious leaders.

CAN, the umbrella body of Christians had “outrightly” rejected the Act, describing it as “unacceptable, ungodly, reprehensible, and an ill-wind that blows no one any good.  It is a time bomb waiting to explode.”

A statement by CAN said while the body is not against the government’s resolve to fight corruption, “the Church cannot be controlled by the government because of its spiritual responsibilities and obligations.”

While speaking during the recently-concluded conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Vice President Osinbajo gave an insight into why CAMA has raised eyebrows among Christians.

“As a general position, I do not think it will be right to say that pastors don’t want to be accountable,” he said.

“I believe that several Christian organizations and pastors are willing to be accountable. The problem that they may have is ensuring that processes are not abused in such a way as to compromise the entire organization.

“And I think that if all that is required is some process of accountability, I think it will be easier for organizations to accept that.”

Pastor Adeboye Steps Down As General Overseer Of RCCG Nigeria

RCCG, Enoch AdeboyeThe General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church Of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has stepped down as the leader of the church in Nigeria.

It was gathered that Pastor Adeboye would maintain oversight of the church across the world, which now has presence in over 190 countries.

The 75-year-old revered cleric was said to have announced his retirement from the leadership of the Nigerian church on Saturday during the Annual Minister’s Thanksgiving at Shimawa area of Ogun State.

The announcement was said to have been made in the presence of Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, alongside other senior pastors of the church.

Pastor Adeboye took over the leadership of the RCCG from late Pa Josiah Akindayomi, who founded the church in 1952.

He has named Pastor Joshua Obayemi as his replacement, and asked members of the church to pray for the new leadership.

A Facebook post by Stealth Scouts NG, which was shared on Pastor Adeboye’s wall, read “It was with great shock that the congregation of all RCCG pastors and ministers received the announcement of the General Overseer of Pastor E.A. Adeboye that he will no longer be general overseer.

“He immediately announced the new Overseer as Pastor J.O Obayemi, Pastor J.F Odesola as Secretary and Pastor J.A. Adeyokunnu as the new Treasurer.

“The announcement was made during the church’s annual thanksgiving held at the 3km by 3km new auditorium today, 7th January, 2017”.

Pastor Adeboye Commends Fayose’s Courage In Defending His People

AdeboyeThe General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has asked Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State not to relent in defending his people and the common man in the country.

Pastor Adeboye made the demand on Saturday in Ado Ekiti, the capital of the state during his tour of states in Nigeria as part of the church’s annual ‘let’s go a fishing” programme.

The cleric urged state governors to emulate governor Fayose’s leadership style by defending their people.

He said: “Governor Fayose, I must commend you for your leadership style and relentless effort in fighting for the course of the common man in Nigeria”.

Pastor Adeboye also prayed to God to restore all the state’s lost glories.

This is not the first time the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God will be visiting Ekiti State. His last visit to the state was in December 2014.

On arrival, Pastor Adeboye was received by Governor Fayose and the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, at the monarch’s palace.

In their separate remarks, Governor Fayose and the Ewi of ado Ekiti said the visit of the renowned cleric was a blessing to the state.

“The visit of Pastor Adeboye to Ekiti State at this time is a blessing to the government and people of the state,” Governor Fayose told reporters.

A special prayer session was also held, where the cleric prayed that God would grant Governor Fayose all his heart desires.

President Buhari Felicitates With Pastor Adeboye At 74

Enoch-Adeboye-Muhammadu-BuhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has congratulated the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, as he turns 74 years on March 2, 2016.

In a statement released by the spokesperson for President Buhari on Tuesday, the President believes that the revered Christian leader, who paid him a courtesy call at the Presidential Villa on February 16, 2016 and whom he had interacted with many times before, epitomises the virtues of honesty, peace, patience, contentment, humility and diligence, which are the trademarks of a good believer.

As a Christian leader, the President commended the relentless efforts, sacrifices and the grace of God upon the life of the General Overseer, who has over the years, propagated the gospel around the world, organised large gathering of Christian worshipers and consistently counselled leaders and their citizens on living right before God.

Besides preaching the gospel, President Buhari saluted the social and humanitarian interventions of the RCCG leader in providing health and educational services to complement the efforts of governments.

The President prayed that the Almighty God would grant Pastor Adeboye long life and more strength to carry on the good work.

Ooni Makes Case For Nigerian Youths At Meeting With Senate President

Ooni of IfeThe Ooni of Ife has appealed to the Senate President, to take steps towards making provision and guiding the interests of the Nigerian youths.

Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi made the appeal during a meeting with the Senate President Bukola Saraki on Thursday in Abuja.

The Ooni of Ife said that it was time for leaders at all levels to rekindle the hope of youths by making them comfortable in their pursuits.

He also sued for peace and unity amongst the Nigerian youths irrespective of their tribal background.

The meeting with the Senate President came two days after the Ooni met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

The monarch had also stressed the need for further diversification of Nigeria’s economy, with a call on the government to explore the solid minerals in Osun State.

Oba Ogunwusi expressed optimism that an exploration of the huge solid minerals in his state, especially gold, would give an unprecedented boost to the nation’s economy and shift it away from volatility of the crude oil market.

President Buhari Hosts Ooni Of Ife

Ooni of IfeNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has held a closed door meeting with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting is coming shortly after President Buhari played host to the Liberian President, Ms Johnson Ellen Sirleaf; the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church Of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, among others.

The Ooni of Ife, who visited the President on Tuesday, had earlier stressed the need for further diversification of Nigeria’s economy, with a call on the government to explore the solid minerals in his state.

He expressed confidence that Ile Ife would be the take-off point of the new Nigerian economy in a post oil and gas era.

Oba Ogunwusi also expressed optimism that an exploration of the huge solid minerals in the state, especially gold, would give an unprecedented boost to the nation’s economy and shift it away from volatility of the crude oil market.

He stressed the need for focus to shift from oil and gas to other solid minerals in Nigerian states.

The monarch said that he was already working with the State and Federal governments to promote solid minerals, tourism and agriculture to keep the youths engaged and promote the local economy.

President Buhari Meets With Pastor Adeboye  

President Buhari and Pastor AdeboyePresident Muhammadu Buhari has held a meeting with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

Also present at the meeting was Vice President Yemi Osibajo who is also a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church.

Pastor Adeboye arrived the President’s office with Vice President Osinbajo at about 12.30pm and was led straight into the President’s office by the Vice President.

Their meeting lasted for about 30 minutes.

Metrofile: RCCG Rivers Province 5 Dedicates Auditorium

RCCGIt was a special day for members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Rivers Province 5 in Port Harcourt. the Rivers State capital.

The Pastor, ministers and members of the church, with friends and family stepped out for the dedication of the ultramodern multipurpose secretariat of the House of Grace.

The General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, was there to officially declare the auditorium open.

He took a tour of the building which also houses the children and teenage church as well as an overflow hall with a combined 3,000 sitting capacity and then proceeded to dedicate it to God.

The presiding pastor of the church, Sonny Wogu, expressed joy that the project which started months ago was cow completed.

“We are rejoicing because God kept us alive to see the end of what we started… I pray that we will have more occasions that will call for rejoicing,” he said to Channels TV.

Amosun Receives Remains Of Late HID Awolowo

Amosun Receives Remains Of Late HID AwolowoOgun State Governor, Ibikule Amosun, has received the remains of the late matriarch of the Awolowo family, Mrs Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo.

The vestiges of the late HID has finally berthed on the soil of Ogun State in south-west Nigeria on Monday, as the Governor received her body at the Sagamu interchange in Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking in company of members of the State Executive Council and members of the Awolowo family, Governor Amosun eulogised the virtues of the late jewel of inestimable value.

Born November 25, 1915, Mama Awolowo died a little over two months to her 100th birthday.

A committee set up to see to her burial had earlier announced that the late Yeye Oodua would be finally buried on the occasion of her posthumous Centenary birthday anniversary on November 25, at the Awolowo family house in Ikenne.

According to the family, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, that of the Later Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, as well as 60 other Anglican Bishops are among several other ministers of God billed to participate in the 11-day burial programme culminating in the final internment of the late HID Awolowo.