General Overseer (G.O) of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye has said that he is not, and will never be a politician but will tell all to ensure that they register to vote, ensure that they must vote and ensure that their votes count, stressing that the electorate must ensure that there is no more rigging in Nigeria.
Reacting to criticisms of the recent directive of the Church to members across the country to mobilise to participate effectively in politics, the highly respected Cleric, who insisted that he is and will remain a Pastor with the mandate to pray for members of the congregation and nations of the world including Nigeria, said before his sermon during the April Thanksgiving Service of the Church on Sunday, that he has always been nonpartisan.
He noted that he had never told members of the congregation who to vote for or which party to belong to but insisted that it is a duty to the country for every Christian, because they are Nigerians before becoming Christians, to register to vote, ensure that they vote and ensure that their votes count.
He counselled that they must become members of political parties of their choice from the grassroots and participate in the process of deciding who should govern at all the tiers of government, local, state and federal, and not sit down and after elections begin to complain about the government.
“You must register…You must vote… You must sit down there after you have voted to make sure they count the votes, and you take note of who they say won. It doesn’t matter to me who. You must make sure there is more rigging in Nigeria. I don’t care which is your party. I don’t care who you vote for. Do your duty. That’s all I’m asking you to do. And you must do it,” he said.
Pastor Adeboye, who stressed that the criticisms of the Church’s directive, arising from misplaced concerns over who would be what during the 2023 general elections, were distractions from the urgent issues of the moment, declaring that as at the moment, God had not told him yet whether there would even be elections in 2023 or not, noting however, that there is still time.
He said that the pressing issues of the moment for Nigeria, over which he is returning to God with his team of about 26,000 volunteer prayer partners include the security situation in Kaduna, the reported stealing of over 80 per cent of the nation’s oil resources and the equally reported servicing of the nation’s loans with over 90 per cent of the country’s income.
He said that these issues were very troubling and required urgent prayers, among which is prayers for Kaduna, for all the states and for Nigeria; prayers for God to expose those stealing the nation’s oil money; prayers for mercy on the country and for God to miraculously sort out the nation’s debts as He did during ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s tenure so that, generations yet unborn would not be saddled with the humongous debts.