General overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said he is not aware yet if there will be election in Nigeria in 2023, but said he should not be quoted as saying there will be no election.
Pastor Adeboye, 80, said God has not revealed to him whether there would an election next year.
He noted that that God spoke to him about the 2019 elections more than a year to the election but the case has not been so with the 2023 election.
He noted, however, that God might still speak to him about the 2023 general elections but He has not spoken to him yet.
The octogenarian preacher said this on Sunday at the monthly Thanksgiving Service of the Church.
Adeboye said the clarification was important amid the criticisms against the church’s creation of a Politics Directorate and the instruction to members to be politically involved in the 2023 electioneering process.
“Listen to me carefully and if you are going to quote me, quote me correctly. I am talking to those of you who are my children. Do you want to know the truth? And nothing but the truth? I am talking of myself now,” he said.
“As of now, as I am standing before you, I still don’t know whether or not there would be an election next year. 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’.
“How come you don’t know? Because my father has not talked to me about it yet. The last time we had an election, He (God) spoke to me about the election by June of the previous year and this is April. So, it is not late but He hasn’t told me yet.”
The octogenarian, according to PUNCH, thereafter threw a challenge to the congregation seated before him. Adeboye said, “He (God) must have told you – some of you who are prophets, you are closer to Him (God) but is there anyone of you here who can raise your hand to heaven and say without any doubt, there will be an election in 2023. If you can tell us, stand up and we will clap for a prophet.
“I don’t know yet. Remember to put the word ‘yet’,” he emphasised.