With less than a month before Nigerians go to the polls to decide who will lead the country for the next four years, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said only God knows who Nigeria’s next president will be.
According to a Tribune newspaper report online, Pastor Adeboye made the statement on Thursday, at the just-concluded two-day Bible study programme organised by the University of Ibadan, U.I, Christian Family Fellowship, at the International Conference Centre, UI.
It was disclosed that Adeboye informed those at the program that people waiting for his opinion concerning where the presidential pendulum would swing in February 14 didn’t need to bother themselves, as his opinion did not matter, only that of God.
“Do you know that if we talk more about Jesus than we do about politics, God will take care of politics?
“One great ambassador asked what my opinion is about what is going on, I said my opinion does not matter. He said that was not what we wanted to hear.
“I said my opinion does not matter, because what God is going to do is what He will do,” the septuagenarian cleric stated.
Adeboye added: “When you say you are on the side of a politician, you are on the wrong side ever possible. Because politicians never tell you the truth and you can quote me. Tell them that I said so. Politicians know how to say ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ at the same time.”
It was gathered that the annual event started on Tuesday, at 4:00 p.m, with other sessions held at 6:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m on Wednesday, as well as 6:00 p.m on Thursday.
Adeboye, who has kept his distance from making public statements on issues relating to the forthcoming general election, while teaching on “Obedience to God’s commands,” enjoined Christians to spend more time preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to unsaved souls rather than on politics.
Quoting from the scriptures, he reeled out nine areas, including Giving, Tithing, Purity, Transparency, Forgiveness, Love, Evangelism, among others, where Christians should ensure they walk with God.
Adeboye contended that if Christians focused more on preaching the Good News and winning souls to populate God’s Kingdom, God would take care of the political situation of the country.
He admonished Nigerians to engage in more profitable pastimes than dissipating their time and energy on which political candidate was good or bad, saying no human being was good.
“Do you think God is sitting down in Heaven and scratching His head on who should win (the general election)? That has been settled before we were born. Don’t waste your energy discussing this one is good, that one is bad. Is there any human being that is good?” he queried rhetorically.
Adeboye said Christians should focus on telling God in prayers that His perfect will should be done in February, saying they should also understand that God could use even His enemies to carry out His will if need be.
“Ask for the perfect will of God for the elections, instead of worrying over who will win. God can use His enemy to fulfill his will.
“There are many of us who want to know the details of who will win the next elections, who is going to be president, who is going to be governor, …just say, Father let Your perfect will be done.
“What’s God’s perfect will? That if the fellow, who is going to come to power is going to be God’s enemy, it will be part of His perfect will. Because occasionally when God wants to move you to where He wants you to be, He may need to use an enemy. Joseph would never have fulfilled his destiny if his brother had loved him,” the man of God explained.
It would be recalled that Pastor Adeboye, in his New Year prophecy to the nation, had said he would keep to himself what God told him would characterize the political atmosphere of the year, but added that “By the end of the year (2015), many will say “all is well that ends well.”
One of Adeboye’s pastors, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is the running mate of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Osinbajo had reportedly said after he was announced as Buhari’s running mate that he consulted Pastor Adeboye before accepting the APC offer.