Govern with fear of God, Past Adeboye, Rev’d Olaiya urge Nigerian leaders
GENERAL Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye and his Living Faith Foundation (LFF) co-labourer, Reverend Joseph Adeolu Olaiya, yesterday urged the privileged Nigerian leaders to lead in fear of God.
They were of the view that any leader that is ready to trail the path of God will not only lead successfully, but will imbue in his followers, especially the younger generation, the courage to continue the good job at any point such a leader is able to reach.
Pastor Adeboye, who was in Kaduna on one day visit to celebrate birthday anniversary with Rev’d Olaiya and members of his ministry, had earlier took his time to prayed God to instill His divine wisdom, knowledge and understanding in the mind of Nigerian leaders in their varying capacities.
The 74-year-old man of God while reading from Book of 2Kings 2:19-22, prayed for the people of God and equally decry a new beginning, joy, greatness, wisdom and every other thing that is pleasant and manifestation of freedom and power to deal with demons and devil as Prophet Elisha did to a river that was hitherto bitter in those verses of 5he Bible.
In an interview shortly after the prayer, the host, Rev’d Olaiya, gave instance that all Kings that have ever ruled successfully, were those who rule with fear of God. Hence the need for people in leadership to learn from good history.
According to him, “what I will just advice our leaders is to work in the fear of God. Everyone knows what it is to fear God and good to understand that God is almighty. No matter how strong you think you are as a leader, God is stronger and powerful than you are and that is why if you want to succeed as a leader, fear God in all you do.”
He further warned against oppressing the poor, “as leader, don’t oppress the downtrodden and the weak because you will be judged by him. His fear will restrain you so rule in the fear of God. The kings that rule successfully are the kings that rule in the fear of God.
“Don’t take another man’s property because you are in position of authority.
“Those of us who follow leadership should not follow them blindly. Let obey the authority. Let honour them except when they want to lead us to wrong path. For example when the US wanted us to sign a law approving homosexuality which is against the will of God, we were able to stood our ground because we have our conscience.
“So, if a leader is walking in the right path, follow him. Sometimes as followers, we push our leaders to do something they don’t want to do. As a leader for example, I have seen pressure from followers. Sometimes, I just have to deny myself. You may not give me what I need, but I have to follow my conscience,” he concluded.
On controversial religion bill before the Kaduna State House of Assembly, he said, “I think the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has made known it’s position which also my position on that.” //Godwin Ekosin, writes from Kaduna//
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