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L-R Convener, Pastor Tunji Onileaja, wife of the General Overseer and Spiritual Leader of the RCCG, Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye, Guest Lecturer, Pastor Femi Atoyebi (SAN), Pastor J.O Odesola and Pastor J.O Obayemi at the 3rd Pastor E.A Adeboye Annual Birthday Public Lecture

Nigeria deeply divided along ethnic, religious lines – Pastor Atoyebi at Pastor Adeboye Birthday Lecture; Calls for separation of Minister of Justice from Attorney General of the Federation

  L-R Convener, Pastor Tunji Onileaja, wife of the General Overseer and Spiritual Leader of the RCCG, Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye, Guest Lecturer, Pastor Femi Atoyebi (SAN), Pastor J.O Odesola and Pastor J.O Obayemi at the 3rd Pastor E.A Adeboye Annual Birthday Public Lecture

L-R Convener, Pastor Tunji Onileaja, wife of the General Overseer and Spiritual Leader of the RCCG, Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye, Guest Lecturer, Pastor Femi Atoyebi (SAN), Pastor J.O Odesola and Pastor J.O Obayemi at the 3rd Pastor E.A Adeboye Annual Birthday Public Lecture
L-R Pastor Clement Osho, Pastor David Oluwalogbon and Pastor Peter Olubunmi Ojo
L-R Pastor Clement Osho, Pastor David Oluwalogbon and Pastor Peter Olubunmi Ojo
Elder Simeon Olakunri, Elder Aloaba, and  Elder Felix Ohiwerei
Elder Simeon Olakunri, Elder Aloaba, and Elder Felix Ohiwerei
L-R Chairman Planning Committee of the Lecture, Pastor Festus Lamoshe, Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye, Guest Lecturer, Pastor Femi Atoyebi (SAN) and Pastor J.O Obayemi  at the 3rd Pastor E.A Adeboye Annual Birthday Public Lecture
L-R Chairman Planning Committee of the Lecture, Pastor Festus Lamoshe, Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye, Guest Lecturer, Pastor Femi Atoyebi (SAN) and Pastor J.O Obayemi at the 3rd Pastor E.A Adeboye Annual Birthday Public Lecture
Leading lawyer and top cleric, Pastor Femi Atoyebi, SAN, has said that Nigeria is a deeply divided nation and that the deep divides, along ethnic and religious lines, have hindered the emergence of excellent and effective leadership.
Pastor Atoyebi, Senior Partner of Femi Atoyebi & Co, who said these at the 3rd Pastor E. A. Adeboye Annual Birthday Public Lecture in Lagos on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, stressed that these divisions must be downplayed if the country is to get excellent and effective leadership.
The lecture, held at Haven Events Centre, Skypower Ground, GRA Ikeja, Lagos, was in celebration of the 75th Birthday of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the Spiritual Leader and General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG and was organized by The Triumphant Elders Consultative Forum of the RCCG.
Speaking on the theme, “Excellent Leadership in Pluralistic (And Ethno-Religious) Society Like Nigeria,” Pastor Atoyebi, an expert in Admiralty and Shipping Law, also noted that despite the professed supremacy of the Nigerian Constitution and the enshrined constitutional secularism, there are violations of provisions of the Constitution, especially by some state governments in the northern part of the country, insisting that these illegalities must be challenged so that the provisions of the Constitution are enforced across the country.
Pastor Atoyebi, the immediate past Pastor-in-Charge, Region 19 of the RCCG, insisted that for the provisions of the Constitution to be enforced, the offices of Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, must be separated such that while the Minister of Justice remains a political appointee, the AGF be an independent, elected official charged with enforcement of the provisions of the Constitution.
Citing specific provisions of the Constitution that were being violated by the affected state governments, he stressed that freedom to evangelise and to convert anywhere in the country were guaranteed .
He insisted that there was need to overcome the challenges of ethnic and religious pluralism in the country, pointing out that to achieve this, there should be mass education while politicians must refrain from the use of ethnic and religious sentiments.
He also canvassed the review and restructuring of national integration programmes such as the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, scheme, insisting that most of these programmes are, in their present forms, antiquated.
Pastor Atoyebi also stressed that there must be transparency and accountability in government and regretted the problem of corruption which, he said, was amplified by the military governments of the past.
He pointed out, however, that excellent leadership must begin from the home, insisting that parents must take their responsibility of bringing up children in the way of the Lord more seriously than ever before.
According to him, the governor, president or other government official that steals public funds must be products of bad upbringing, insisting that the nation can be rebuilt by bringing up good leaders at home.
He aligned himself with the present Federal Government’s ‘Change Begins With Me’ programme, but regretted that it was not being implemented with the formulators leading by example.
The Convener of the Lecture Series, Pastor Tunji Onileaja, in his welcome address, said that the theme of this year’s lecture “…cannot be more appropriate at a time like this with the spate of ethnic and religious rancor in Nigeria,” noting that “it is the function of leadership to influence the behaviours, attitudes and beliefs of the followers.”
According to him, the leader must be completely responsible to the led: “Where there is rancor, he must bring harmony, where there is war, he must bring peace, where there is lack, he must create plenty and wealth, where there is fear, he must build hope, security and re-assurance in his people. The leader of excellence must be ready to accept complete responsibility in all situations.”
Among the dignitaries that graced the grand event were the wife of the General Overseer and Spiritual Leader of the RCCG, Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye, Pastor J.O Obayemi and Pastor J.O Odesola.

Also present were Elder Simeon Olakunri, Elder Aloaba, Elder Felix Ohiwerei and Pastor Festus Lamoshe.

Past Speakers at the Annual Lectures are Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria who spoke on “Harmonising Virtues To Gain Heavenly And Earthly Prosperity” on March 3, 2015, and Pastor (Prof.)Oyewale Tomori on “Vision And Vision Carriers” on February 3, 2016.

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