Foursquare Cleric Rejects NGO Bill

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  • Wants FG to address problems in the country

Peter Uzoho

The District Overseer of Foursquare Gospel Church, Akowonjo District, Lagos, Reverend Goddey Ebojie, has stated that the NGO Bill before the House of Representatives seeking to regulate activities of non-governmental organisations, civil society groups and the like would not stand.

Ebojie, disclosed this while speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the 2017 Annual Convocation of the Foursquare Gospel Church, Akowonjo District, held on Sunday at the District Headquarters with the theme: ‘The Unlimited God’.

According to him, communist administration in the former USSR thought it could suppress the voice of God through such policy but failed, noting that no man can regulate God, the unlimited.

“No man can regulate God. No institution can regulate God. God is unlimited. Communism in the old USSR thought they could suppress the voice of God. When Perestroika took place and it was dismembered, it was realised that while they tried to suppress the word of God, it was growing in the heart of the people. Today, in all the nations that have come out of that, they remain Christian nations – Christianity remained the most populous among them. So you can’t regulate God,” Ebojie said.

However, the cleric urged government to listen to the voice of Nigerians, who he said are crying for help. “There is a need Nigerians are expressing at this time; Nigeria needs to be attended to; Nigerians are poor. Why we pray for the government they must hear the voice of the people. Number two is inequality. People can call it marginalisation or whatever, but inequality and in justice in the land is crying out and government must listen,” he said. Ebojie further advised government to listen to the call for restructuring and other demands of the Nigerian people, warning that any attempt to disregard such calls would not be good for the country.

Meanwhile, he expressed his excitement and fulfilment about the programme and thanked God for having the privilege of holding the convocation for the first time in the District Headquarters.

Ebojie explained that the message conveyed by the theme of the convocation was that, with God all things are possible. “And we’re also using it to challenge ourselves, to challenge our members that they should strive to the limit because with God’s backing they can break new ground; they can break into any sphere of life and be successful.”

In his goodwill message, the General Overseer, Foursquare Gospel Church Nigeria, Reverend Felix Meduoye, said he was glad about what God had been doing in the District since its creation. “As a District, I want to Thank God and appreciate everyone of you for your noteworthy contributions towards expanding the kingdom of God,” Meduoye said.

He said the theme of the programme, taken from I Samuel 14: 1-22 was very apt, inspiring and instructive, noting that God works in mysterious ways. “His ways are past finding out. He can bring about overwhelming victory to His people through limited human resources,” the G.O said.