The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor E. A. Adeboye, has said that the fact that he is quiet, does not mean he is silent on national issues.
Recall that some members of the Creative Group Industry led by Charlyboy, Eederis Abdulkareem and Baba Fryo, on Monday staged a peaceful protest to the Redemption Camp, Lagos -Ibadan Expressway, to make some demands from the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, to speak up on some developments affecting the masses in the country.
Adeboye, in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the church, Olaitan Olubiyi, explained that there are different ways of responding to issues affecting the country. The revered cleric was reacting to a protest staged at the Redemption Camp on Monday.
“The aforementioned Christian bodies had spoken on the issues of kidnapping, killing of Christians, herdsmen attacks and general insecurity in Nigeria and his position and that of the RCCG was not different from their expressed views. Adeboye who said that, to be quiet does not mean that you are silent, disclosed that he had made his views on the issues known to all the relevant authorities. He declared that very soon, Nigerians shall see that God answers prayers. He enjoined all to remain calm and maintain the peace.
“The RCCG leader had always called the congregation to prayers against kidnapping, bloodshed and general insecurity at the monthly all-night Holy Ghost Service held at the Redemption Camp. Pastor Adeboye led the congregation in supplication for God’s mercy on Nigeria after speaking on the negative consequences of bloodshed and inhumanity,” the statement read.
The protesters in their hundreds, included maverick Nigerian entertainer and activist, Charles Oputa, popularly called Charly Boy, Michael Parish, Idris Abdulkareem, Baba Fryo and a couple of other upcoming artists, NAN reports. They matched through the camp, carrying placards with inscriptions such as; “Adeboye, speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves”, “Adeboye, would you have kept quiet if Leah was your biological daughter”, among others.
Mr. Felix Duke, Chairman and Convener of the group, said the protest was to demand that the RCCG, General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, intervene in addressing the insecurity issues bedeviling the nation. Duke said the group had expected that spiritual leaders should have reacted to the incessant killings and kidnappings affecting the North-East and other parts of the country.
“We are tired of the killings in Nigeria, the violence is too much. We want Pastor Adeboye, as a highly respected spiritual father globally, to lend his voice to the matter so that something can be done. Pastor Adeboye has his son as the Vice-President and he is well respected by President Buhari, so he needs to speak out, so that the presidency can take the matter seriously and address it as such,” he said.
According to him, the group which is formed to be independent, chose Adeboye, among others because the RCCG has the largest Christian followership in Nigeria and Africa. Duke said many Christians and non – Christians placed the spiritual leader of the church in high esteem and looked up to him.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Charly Boy, expressed disappointment that notable Nigerians, especially respected spiritual fathers were silent about the onslaught and killings within the country. Oputa, an Advisory Board member of the group, expressed optimism that a word from Pastor Adeboye to President Buhari would send a notable signal and go a long way in restoring peace and order in the nation.