Education is the life wire of any country… the more they drag the more the destinies of our children and this nation will be going down – Adeboye.
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye and Wife, Folu, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
At the end of the event which included a service held at the Church’s national headquarters (Throne Of Grace, TOG) in Ebutte Metta, Lagos, Adeboye through his assistant on admin personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola, had an interactive session with the media.
Among issues touched include the significance of the celebration, the state of the Nation and the ASUU strike.
Here is an excerpt from the chat:
TOG decided to host Daddy Adeboye, what does this celebration connotes for the church?
When you have a good example and when you have a success story you should celebrate. This month marks the 50th wedding anniversary of daddy and he told us that he is still in the honeymoon. He and his wife are good examples for us to copy; they are always together and always wearing uniform. If you are closer to them and the husband says one that is what the wife will say. She will ask you if you have asked daddy and she will say daddy’s response is her response. So we are celebrating him because he is a good example for us to emulate and we are also obeying the Bible. What you want others to do for you, do for them and we are using him as a point of contact also for prayer, that the way God has helped him we are trusting God to help us too. So we are celebrating because in the process of doing that we know our joy will come. The Bible says anyone who wants many friends himself must be friendly. We celebrate him because we look forward for our wedding to be sweet.
Looking at the present state of our nation, what do you think should be the focus of the president and his team in order to make life meaningful for many Nigerians who are going through unspeakable adversities even as we speak?
Thank you. From his address to the nation which was very short, I see something there as a road map, he emphasised the unity of Nigeria which needs to be worked on in which he himself agreed that they are working on and the second aspect is the fact as we talk about indivisible Nigeria, we must also speak love to each other it doesn’t matter where we come from, there must be love. It is the love that will bring synergy between us the led and those people who are leading us, if we need to relate it to what we have today Nigerians have an attitude of ‘it’s there thing.’ We must be a lover of this nation.
If we love this nation we won’t destroy properties, we won’t take advantage of office occupied to smite others and to impoverish others. When you relate it to daddy’s message, love is still the key, love amongst the people and love amongst the subjects. Now to what the government can do, it is only somebody who is not sincere that will not agree that the level of poverty in this nation is very high, so much wealth and so much poverty. We are hearing about billions and trillions but where are these monies? How do we get to the grassroots of this-it is by empowerment.
What do you think of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike?
It is a chain of reactions; my plea to both sides is that they should reach a consensus because the economy and the development of this nation are at stake. So this logjam will further create retrogression in our economy so we are pleading with the federal government to give ASUU their requirement. Education is the life wire of any country, check all the countries in the world that are not enriched with the natural resources that we have, they call them image nations because they use education in building their images. ASUU should also tune down their demands, looking at their demands once there is a will from the government they can easily give to them. The more they drag the more the destinies of our children and this nation will be going down.
I think his matter should be handled with care, because if you watch from what is going on, some of the elder statesmen from that axis are not talking and silence means consent. I think we should handle the situation with care and not with force. Let us put it on the table and deliberate what and what the agitations are and see how we can have a middle level. If we handle it with force, may the lord have mercy on us as a nation. If you relate it with today’s topic love can win people better than arms.