On Sunday, the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, disassociated himself from partisan politics.
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m not and never will be a politician, I’m a pastor – that’s what God called me to be,” Adeboye said during the service. April Thanksgiving.
“Please don’t distract me. My mission is to be a pastor; pray for you, pray for nations including Nigeria.
Pastor Adeboye’s reaction may not be unrelated to a recent circular from the RCCG for the creation of a policy and governance directorate in the church.
Political analysts suggest that the RCCG could position itself to be politically active in the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
Current Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, RCCG pastor, is said to have ambitions to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari with the newly created department to mobilize support for his ambition.
Adeboye, who spoke at length about the current state of Nigeria, said it would be unfair to other RCCG members who are members of different political parties for him to be partisan.
“In the redeemed Christian Church of God, every political party is strongly represented; APC, PDP, APGA, Labor and other parties whose names you don’t even know,” Adeboye said.
“I never told you which party to vote for, whether in secret or in the open.
“So it will be unfair to tell you to support one party over another.”
The cleric noted that Nigeria could gradually slide towards bankruptcy, citing cases of oil theft in the country.
“It is in the news that 80% of the oil in Nigeria is stolen and taken out of the country. Who steals the oil?
“Who buys the oil? Are you even sure that the people buying the oil have your interest? If this continues, we could slide into bankruptcy.
Adeboye also expressed fears for Nigeria’s economic future, saying the debt-to-service revenue ratio could pose a danger for decades.