By Charles Akinbode
Nigerians, particularly political leaders have been advised to learn many virtues from the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, in building the nation.
Delivering a public lecture titled: “Daddy G. O. @ 80: Ministry, Vision And Role In Nation Building,” on Tuesday at the auditorium of the Redeemer’s University, Ede in Osun State, the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian Newspapers, Mr. Martins Oloja, said there are a lot for people to learn in the life and time of Pastor Adeboye.
Also, Oloja at the Commissioning of Adeboye Collection Church History Research Room organised by the university, Ede in honour of the 80th birthday celebration of Adeboye, popularly known as ‘Daddy G.O,’ acknowledged the man of God’s reputation for honesty.
The guest lecturer said Adeboye has won many souls for Christ and consequently converted people with bad character to doing good and obeying societal laws.
Oloja further advised Nigerians, both young and old, to emulate the humility of the “global and influential cleric who clocked 80 on March 2.”
He described Adeboye, a native of Ifewara in Osun State, as a significant man of God who is transforming the country and the world at large by building character and turning the minds of the people from bad to good.
He said: “The first thing to learn from Adeboye, a ‘God’s humble General,’ is the power of focus on the word. Everything that we talk about Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye is the power of humility, and you will see one of those ancient words that it’s only an empty vessel that makes the loudest noise. People who are humble, influential and powerful will just come from the background of humility and that people who actually have substance are humble. And God gives power to the humble.
“You know that this Pastor Adebooye is very rich in so many ways but you won’t find it in him. He is very rich that there is nothing that he wants that he cannot have. I am not a stranger to RCCG, I know. Even, so many presidents and leaders of the world consult him and he won’t go and be holding press conferences about how the consulting is.
“The power of God is so much upon him and yet, he is humble. Jesus Christ was humble like that till death on the cross and therefore, highly exalted and he is giving a name that is above all other names and at the mention of that name, every knee should bow. That’s exactly what is happening because the man (Adeboye) has been humble. God has elevated him. God has made him to be very influential around the world. God has made him to fulfill destiny and the mission and vision of the Church that he inherited from the founder, Pastor Josiah Akindayomi from Ondo, who started in a very humble manner at a place they used to call Cemetery Street but now, it’s called Redemption Road. It’s his own humility that has led to that. When annoitimg meets with intellectual power, then there will be some explosion and then, the heaven will be more open.
“Another lesson is that there is no alternative to the quality of education even if you are going to the ministry. Education helps alot. When you read the Open Heaven, you see the depth of teaching. That’s from the background of the intellectual power that Pastor Adeboye has. Someone who has Doctoral Degree in Applied Mathematics, who has been teaching. So, anointing meets with intellect and you see explosion that is happening around him. The power of thinking and the power of logic. So, we need some skill set in 21st century. God blesses the work of your hand. There must be something in your hand that God will bless. So, young people should know that they should have a work that God will bless.
“His (Adeboye’s) role in the nation building is that he is building character, he is building minds of people, turning people from the bad ways to win their souls. When you win souls for Christ that has not come, you win the soul for the nation. Then, if we have good people in this country, it won’t be like this. When he preaches, you see the people rushing. They are rushing from darkness to light. So, he is building the nation by bringing those people that would have been breaking doors. You will notice that a lot of people have turned form their bad ways to good ways, to serve the nation by turning to God. So, when you are converting people, not just for the kingdom, because there is kingdom of God here on earth that we need to enjoy.
“So, from the way he (Adeboye) has been preaching and building people, even preaching to leaders of nations. He has talked about restructuring, he has talked about how to run away from corruption, he even talked to people not to use the envelope of your office for personal letters. So, by building the minds and character of the people is what becomes national culture that will translate to good people.
“At 80, he (Adeboye) still peaches every – in fulfilment of the fundamental objectives and directive principle of RCCG kingdom (nation) building policy. He (Adeboye) visits correctional centres to preach the gospel to bad boys and girls there. Some have just been released from Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Centres through his ministrations and prophetic utterances.
“The big man who would just like to be called Pastor doesn’t make fiery political statements. No matter what you tell him about any fire on the mountain, in the context of the parlous state of the nation, or even the Church, he would smile and tell his audience to ‘go and win souls’ of the bad and wicked people, the scoundrels you are complaining about. There is fire in his belly but he doesn’t use such powers to bring down powerful people.
“So, the conclusion of the whole matter is this: we as People of God should thank God for manifesting our own Barnabas, the man the Bible specifically describes as a ‘Good Man’s: ‘For he was a good man and full of Holy Ghost and of faith …’ (Acts 11:24). He (Adeboye) should be celebrated because he has by His grace through humility fulfilled the Mission God gave his (Adeboye’s) Pastor, Pa Josiah Akindayomi to establish the RCCG in uttermost parts of the world. The Great Commission has been greatly fulfilled in his hand. He established the Great City of God in Redemption City he humbly calls Redemption Camp in Ogun State, which enjoys stable electricity through credible incredible independent power project free from ‘national greed’ that has caused collapse of our national grid.
“How else can anyone build a nation other than using what Michael W. Smith calls ‘Ancient Words’, Holy words, long preserved for our walks in this world. Adeboye has given millions ‘Words of Life’s, ‘Words of Hope’ which has given us strength and helped us to cope in this world, wherever we roam, for the Ancient Words to guide us Home.”
In his remarks, Pastor Adeboye, who was represented by the former Pro-Chancellor, Redeemer’s University, Pastor Tokunbo Adesanya, commended Oloja for the well researched public lecture.
Adeboye said: “I felt so honoured to see that my 80th birthday has attracted so much attention. Like I said at the special Holy Ghost Service, “I would have been 80 before now if I had known it would be such glorious.” I want to thank you all for all the surprises I received during my 80th celebration. They will forever remain memorable. I would like to specially commend the Vice-Chancellor and other Principal Officers for their tactfulness especially at this present time.
“It is worthy of note to mention that by the special grace of God, my life story is of dedication and hard work from a very early age, a story of divine visitation and supernatural intervention. From the moment I had an encounter with the Lord, he has empowered me to live a life of faith, holiness and confidence in him. Therefore, I implore you to continually press on your journey of faith and holiness.”