Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God has said he is still unsure if the 2023 general elections will take place, stressing that there are myriads of issues that are of interest to God concerning the country than to be fixed on an activity scheduled for about a year’s time.
He said this on Sunday shortly before preaching on the topic, ‘Waiting without wasting’, during his monthly telecast.
Adeboye lamented the security challenges bedevilling Kaduna State and the financial issues of the country, warning that generations unborn might bear the consequences if not tackled.
He said, “You can’t go to Kaduna by road or air because you may be attacked; why Kaduna? Who is trying to isolate Kaduna? From reports, more than 80 per cent of our crude oil is being stolen, who is stealing the oil and where is the money going to? What will they want to do with the money? Who are the foreign nations buying the oil?
“More than 90 per cent of our income is used to pay interest on the money we have borrowed. We are borrowing more; we are moving steadily towards bankruptcy and your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren will be paying debts.”
He revealed that he would continue to pray for politicians, noting that he had a single prayer point for them whenever they came for intercession.
“I will pray and I have only one prayer point for everyone; father, let your perfect will for this fellow be done,” .
According to him, he does not vote because it will be an act of injustice to the rest of his political children if he votes for one.
Adeboye, who urged his congregation to participate in politics by registering with any party of their choice and ensuring that their votes were counted, said he was not a politician but one whose assignment was to pray for his country and his children.
The cleric also dispelled rumours that he was supporting a candidate in next year’s elections, stating that he neither votes nor endorses candidates or political parties, because his congregation was composed of people of different political leanings.
He stated, “My assignment has nothing to do with partisan politics. I have never told you the candidate to vote for or the party to belong, because every party is heavily represented here. The only reason I have never voted is that if I vote for anyone, I will be unjust to the rest of my children and I’m the father of all.
“You are first a Nigerian before a member of a party; you have a duty to register, vote and make sure your vote counts, you have a duty to belong to a party. You can’t refuse to vote and begin to complain about the government.
“Wait to make sure they count your vote and make sure there is no more rigging. I don’t care who or the party that you vote for.”
The RCCG leader stressed that prayer played a pivotal role in ensuring that the country got it right.
“This year, I asked for 1,000 people to join me in praying for the country, but I got 26,000. We prayed and whether or not you believe it, God has heard and answered us,” Adeboye stated.
Meanwhile the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Revd Ignatius Kaigama, has said the Federal Government must show greater commitment towards protecting the people.
Kaigama stated this when he addressed Catholic faithful at the Pro-Cathedral in Abuja on Sunday.
The cleric said, “In Nigeria, we seem to be graduating from gruesome killings, kidnappings, the skyrocketing prices of goods in the market, the lingering fuel scarcity and the ASUU strike action, to the bombing of trains by terrorists and other criminal elements.
“Who knows what, with our lackadaisical approach to the issues we will wait until a plane full of passengers is brought down before we frantically set up investigation panels and committees, which will definitely arrive at nothing. Let us learn to admit when we are at fault instead of the blame game or senseless rationalisations.”
While acknowledging that Nigeria had some challenges, Kaigama said transforming the country required prayers and good leadership.