Warri – The General Overseer of the Redeem Christian Church Of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, has said that in view of the current controversies that have continued to trailed the COVID 19 Vaccination, that he would get vaccinated over and over again in order to take the gospel of Jesus Christ round the world as commanded by God.
He was speaking during the October edition of Holy Ghost service and grand finale of the Annual Youths’ Convention of the Church, with the theme, “Exceeding Expectations” at the Redemption Camp on Km 45, Lagos-Ibadan Express Way .
The program was monitored by our Warri correspondent on Dove Television, the official broadcast station of the RCCG.
Daddy G.O as he is fondly called by millions of his followers around the world , said his stance on the vaccine was a personal thing , and as as a father, he was also only addressing his children both biological and ‘spiritual’.
“I’m not talking to the country, I’m talking to you my children. He said to me, “Son, only those people whose time has come will die from this virus.” He told me Himself; he didn’t send a prophet. So, let me tell you one thing first and foremost, I think I have said this before; don’t be afraid.
“I’m a man under authority. What I’m saying does not necessarily represent the view of the Christian Association of Nigeria or the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, this is just my view vis-a-vis The Redeemed Christian Church of God”.
The revered clergyman while admonishing the congregation on the need to anchor on the Almighty God as the only sure safety , however told them that rather than live in fear,they should get vaccinated.
“Now , having said that, I have never said to you ‘don’t be vaccinated.’ You have never heard that from me. Rather than live in fear, or doubt, get vaccinated. If you believe that getting vaccinated would put your mind at rest, then go ahead.
“You may say, Daddy, are you saying that you too could be vaccinated? Ehhh….! If there are nations in the world that say that I cannot come to preach the gospel there because of vaccination, I will do anything for Jesus Christ.
“If vaccination or no vaccination is going to hinder me from doing the work God has called me to do, even if they asked me to be vaccinated 100 times, I will be vaccinated.
“So don’t ever say that you heard from me that I said you should not be vaccinated.
Adeboye who acknowledged the mercies of God has kept everyone, said “Safety is of the Lord. It is of the mercies of God that we were not consumed. If we were to go by what scientists said, what the highly skilled, intelligent scientific people said, oh God ! We should be counting the number of deaths in Nigeria by hundreds of thousands.
“That’s what they projected. But there is a God who answers prayers and He is still here today.
“When God told me on January 1, 2020 that the world is going to behave like a child in convulsion, when He said later not too long after that, that the whole world would have compulsory holiday, I didn’t know all the details.
“Because we know in parts; we only know what he tells us. And God is not a talkative. So, those who are always prophesying per second I wonder which God is talking to them.
“But as soon as it became clear that we are in for a very serious trouble, and the scientists began to say “hey what will happen to Africa now?” I cried to God.
“I reminded Him of the prayers of the elders that a cow that has no tail, it is God who will be chasing away the flies disturbing that cow. I cried to Him “My God please, we have no help but You; help us!
“We have an enemy we can’t see and unfortunately, majority of our doctors are not even around, they’ve gone to look for greener pastures. The facilities are not there. Many of the hospitals that will treat highly infectious diseases had been shut down for years. Help us.” And he spoke back to me and said, Son, I’ve had heard your cry.
“Now don’t be afraid does not mean be careless. You know my stand on cleanliness. You know how much time we devote to sanitation during our conventions. You know that.
“So if this thing has taught you nothing at all other than being clean, Glory be to God. But don’t be afraid. You will not die before your time.
The Man of God while reacting to media reports of some State Governors making the Vaccination compulsory, he said, compared to the population of Nigeria the vaccines available, were grossly inadequate .
Speaking further, Adeboye , admonished RCCG members to always imbibe the culture of cleanliness and observe all COVID-19 preventive protocols as specified by the governments at various levels
He also urged the government to take cognisance of the fact that there are various other life threatening conditions, adding that, COVID 19 seems to have taken all our attention.
“I think I read it in the news some days ago that the average number of people in Nigeria who die from snakebites is 2, 000 a year. If that is the case, and Corona virus has been with us for almost two years and the number of people who are dead is less than 4, 000, that means snakebite is killing more people than Corona virus. And I told you then that this thing is just one of the noisesome pestilences.
“So, don’t be afraid. If your time comes, there’s nothing anybody can do to keep you here, Corona virus
“I laughed when I heard that some governors were making it compulsory for people to be vaccinated before they can go to church, I said where the devil failed, some people are trying.
“Because the moment the virus first came, the first place they wanted to attack was the church – the very people who are praying to stop this thing, that said we shouldn’t meet. But thank God we overcame that.
“And it is doubly funny when I now heard that unless you are vaccinated, you can’t even go to the bank, I said I think he must have been misquoted. He must have been because, if they say unless you are vaccinated you can’t go to the bank and the number of vaccines available in the country is less than 10 per cent of the population, it means that 90 per cent can’t go to the bank.
“But I laughed because they gave us a notice that those who have money in the bank can quickly go and collect and we can go back to the original method of banking.
“You know how our fathers used to bank their money? They put it in pots and bury them at the back of their house. But all these things are necessary to make us laugh.
“Because in the Nigeria of today if you don’t laugh… Listen to me my children, tomorrow will be alright so keep on laughing. The Bible says rejoice,” he concluded.