· Says those in authority trying their best
John Shiklam in Kaduna
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, has said the problems of Nigeria require spiritual solution. Adeboye, who was in Kaduna for a crusade, stated this during a courtesy visit to Governor Uba Sani, at Government House.
He said Nigeria urgently needed the help of God to overcome the challenges facing it, and added that he was in the state to pray for the people and give them hope.
Adeboye stated that though the problems seemed to have persisted and in some areas, get worse, he trusted God that they would not last forever, and would be over sooner than later.
He explained that his tour of Nigeria, which brought him to Kaduna, was not just for crusade and prayers, but an opportunity to let the people know that tomorrow would be better if Nigerians could be a little more patient with God.
The general overseer stated, “I am delighted to be here again. I was here about two or so years ago with the former governor (Nasir El-Rufai) at that time. I came to pray for some of my members, who were kidnapped and were miraculously rescued.
“I came to encourage their families to let them know that all will be well. I have come again this time around because it has become more and more clear to us that the problems our nation is facing is more than political. Our problems will require quite a bit of spiritual solution.
“We, as a country, are blessed. We are blessed with people with great intelligence, we are blessed with all manners of resources and yet we have so many problems.
“And it is not as if people in authority are not trying their best. They are doing as much as humanly possible, and then, we found out that when you have problems that are beyond human ability to solve them, then, you call on the Almighty.
“The reason we call Him Almighty is because He has the power to solve all problems. So, we have been going round in our own little way to support the efforts of all the various governments and parastatals to call on the Almighty to come to our aid, because we need help. We need help and we need it urgently.”
The clergyman added, “As much as our leaders are doing their very best to help us solve our problems, the problems seem to have persisted and in some areas, the problems seem to be getting worse.
“But we trust in Almighty God that these problems will not last forever. We trust God that the problems will even be over sooner than later.
“That is why we have been going round holding crusades and the crusades are just a means of gathering people together to let them know tomorrow is going to be alright if we can be a little more patient with God.
“We believe very strongly that people need this kind of encouragement, so that they don’t lose hope, because when they lose hope, they do all kinds of strange things.”
According to him, “Many of our youths, for example, are running out of the country, forgetting that those countries they are running to also have their own problems and, then, those who cannot run anywhere.
“We don’t want a situation where people begin to think of taking their own lives. We have had quite a few examples of people driving in Lagos to the long bridge and jumping into the lagoons.
“Those of them that were rescued before they drowned said they couldn’t see a future, but we keep on assuring them God is on His throne and he is not going to forsake our nation.”
Sani, while responding, commended Adeboye for his contributions to Nigeria, and concurred that the administration of President Bola Tinubu needed prayers and support of clerics, like Adeboye, to succeed.
The governor told the general overseer, “You have at critical times in our country led interventions aimed at directing the political leadership to the path of justice and fairness. Your modern authority is a huge asset and we deeply appreciate you, sir.
“We also believe, sir, that from the remarks you made just now, that our country at this critical time requires intervention from people like you, who are tested and who have in the past intervened and helped us to find solutions to our problems.
“We believe you won’t be tired, we also need an intervention at this critical time. Like you said, many Nigerians are losing hope and they have been very cautious about the future.
“But like I said, we are going through difficulties because of what happened in the past and right now, we have a president who is determined and focused and ready to take the country to a greater height and I have no doubt, with your intervention and prayers, our president will certainly get it right.”
Sani said Tinubu had taken some important steps towards moving the country forward, stating that the steps may be difficult at the moment, but necessary to move the country forward for the better.
“So, we will continue to seek your advice, wisdom, support and most importantly, your prayers,” the governor added.