Yesterday, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, ended the days long activities marking the 74th birthday of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, a ceremony which also coincided with the church’s 30th anniversary.
At the ministers’ conference that preceded the celebrations, Pastor Adeboye surprised ambitious ministers who have long been waiting for him to step down so they can take over when he said “there is no death in my eyes at all.” The revered pastor then advised those who are impatient to kindly leave the church.
Some ministers had campaigned that he resign when he turned 70, Vanguard reports, adding that his food was once poisoned for this and a minister even used juju on the famous General Overseer. But at 74, Adeboye says he is not stepping down anytime soon.
“Anybody who wants to go in anger in future, is hereby advised to leave now because you may not like the one who would succeed me and if you wait till then to leave, it may adversely affect your destiny then,” Pastor Adeboye told the ministers.
On claims by some ministers that it was the church’s constitution for ministers to step down once they turn 70, the church denied this.
In his statement to the press, the Special Assistant to the General Overseer on Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola, said the critics were ignorant of the constitution.
“Whereas the constitution provided that the deputy and assistant general overseers are appointed to retire at 70 and enjoy their retirement benefits for life, there is no such provision for the general overseer,” Pastor Odesola said. “People have papers but they don’t read them. We have a compendium about the day to day running of the church but people just don’t read. The people who are agitating for the G.O.’s retirement because he is over 70 years are ignorant and the Bible says you don’t become foolish.”