Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), said on Sunday that God has yet to speak to him regarding the General Elections next year.
He said this in response to criticism around the church’s recent founding of a department for politics and governance.
Many Nigerians speculated that the department’s purpose was to rally support for Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is also a pastor in the Church.
Despite the fact that various organisations have pushed for Osinbajo to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, he has yet to formally state his intentions.
Adeboye said that 2023 is not even on his mind during a service at the church’s headquarters along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Sunday, stressing that God has not instructed him if there will be an election next year.
He insisted that he had never asked his congregation to vote for a certain candidate or political party, claiming that his congregation includes members of the APC, PDP, and Labour Party, among others.
His calling, he claims, is to be a pastor rather than a politician.
Those who relate him to politics, he claims, are merely trying to divert his attention away from his pastoral duties.
“My mission is to pray for you, pray for nations like Nigeria,” he stated. My task has nothing to do with political parties.”
“I’ve never told you to vote for this person.” I’ve never said this is the party you should join, and I’m not going to say it now. Because every political party is well-represented in the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
“At the grassroots level, you have a responsibility to belong to any party of your choice.”
Adeboye urged people he referred to as “political jobbers” not to distract him, saying he has a lot on his mind, one of which is the current crisis in Kaduna State.
According to him, no one can travel by road, rail, or air in Kaduna.
“Who is attempting to isolate Kaduna, and why are they doing so?” He inquired.
Another concern for the Clergyman was the news that 80 percent of the oil produced in Nigeria is stolen, which he described as alarming.
These issues, he added, bother him more than the politics of Election 2023, but he insisted on praying for any politician who came to him for prayer.
“I only have one prayer for them.” ‘Father, may your perfect will be done in this matter.’