The General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye yesterday all but confirmed the rumour that he survived attempts to poison him by those who are desperate to succeed him.
Pastor Adeboye made veiled reference to the rumoured attempts on his life at the double- occasion of his 74th birthday celebration and the 30th anniversary of the ongoing special Holy Ghost service where he launched a thinly veiled attack on some of the church top pastors eyeing the coveted seat, and mounting pressure on him to vacate the post in line with the tradition of the church of serving official to retire when he turns 70 years.
He said, “There is no death in my eyes at all. In 2006 and last year attempts to terminate my life failed.
“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.”
His Special Assistant on Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Adesola, equally has harsh words for his boss’ critics.
“Those calling for the retirement of the General Overseer were ignorant of the church’s constitution, nowhere in the legal document that says he should resign or retire.
“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.
“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,” Pastor Johnson Adesola explained.