Pastor E. A. Adeboye, RCCG
Pastor E. A. Adeboye, RCCG

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye has expressed concern that Nigeria may be heading towards bankruptcy considering the manner the nation’s economy is managed.

Pastor Adeboye, fondly called Daddy G. O, said this in a sermon to his congregation during a thanksgiving service on Sunday.

According to him, it is an open secret that more than 90 per cent of the money Nigeria gets from crude oil sales is being used to furnish interest accruing on debt.

The revered man of God wondered why 80 percent of the country’s crude oil is stolen and the government has done little to stop the sabotage.

“We are borrowing more and according to a friend of mine, we are moving steadily towards a state of bankruptcy, a whole nation…” he warned.

 “It is in the news and nobody has denied it that as of now more than 80 per cent of the oil we are producing is being stolen… that leads me to several questions.

“Who is stealing the oil? Where is the money going? What do they want to do with the money? Who are the foreign nations buying this stolen oil? How many of these nations of the world are your friends?”

Adeboye said this while delivering sermon on Sunday, during the televised thanksgiving service at the Adeboye’s comment comes in the wake of the call for a state of emergency in the Nigerian oil and gas sector by Austin Avuru, the former Chief Executive Officer of Seplat Energy Plc.

Avuru said that the state of emergency is necessary since up to 80 per cent of oil pumped in the country, particularly in the East, is stolen.

Also, Tony Elumelu, the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, had at a different occasion stressed that about 95 per cent of oil production does not get to the terminal.

Elumelu argued that oil theft was generally responsible for Nigeria’s inability to meet its Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) quota.

“How can we be losing over 95 per cent of oil production to thieves? Look at the Bonny Terminal that should be receiving over 200,000bpd barrels of crude oil daily, instead it receives less than 3,000 barrels, leading the operator, Shell to declare force majeure,” he had lamented.

Adeboye noted that he is very concerned about the Kaduna killings, oil theft, Nigeria’s depressing debt profile and other current national challenges.

The revered preacher also spoke about the 2023 election, urging Nigerians, especially his congregation, to take part in the political process.

He believes those who do not vote during elections should not complain about how the country is conveyed.

“As a Nigerian, you have a duty to register, to vote, and make sure your vote will count. You have a duty to belong to any party of your choice; you can’t refuse to vote and then complain about the government,” the 80-year-old explained.

Pastor Adeboye, however, clarified that his position “has nothing to do with partisan politics,” maintaining that he is not interested in the political party members of his church belong to.

“I have never told you this is the fellow you should vote for. I have never said this is the party you should belong to and I will never say it. Because in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, every party is represented here. APC, PDP, APGA, Labour, and other parties that you don’t even know their names,” the cleric added.

But according to him, he is unsure if the 2023 elections will take place in the country,

“As of now, as I am standing before you, I still don’t know yet whether or not there would be an election next year,” the charismatic preacher added.

“Don’t say that Pastor Adeboye said there would be no election next year; that’s not what I said. Adeboye does not know yet, put the word ‘yet’.”

Speaking on his concerns about Kaduna, he said, “you cannot go to Kaduna by road, air or train. That brings so many questions to my mind as a man of prayers. Why Kaduna? Who is trying to isolate Kaduna? Why? After Kaduna, which next?” He asked.

He noted that while some Christians are killing themselves over 2023, rapture may come before the end of the year 2022.


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