Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I consulted Adeboye, Dolapo before accepting VP position –Osinbajo

The Acting President , Prof. Yemi Osinbajo , has disclosed that the only two people he consulted before accepting to be vice - president to President Mohammadu Buhari in 2015 were the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God , Pastor Enoch Adeboye ; and his own wife, Dolapo .

He disclosed this on Tuesday during a remark at the public presentation of a book , Pastor E . A. Adeboye : His Life and Calling , at the auditorium of the RCCG Youth Centre, Redemption Camp, on the Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway.

Osinbajo said because he was not a politician when the opportunity came, he could only seek the consent of two persons as stated .

He said, “And those two persons are my wife and Daddy (Pastor Adeboye ).

Over the years , Daddy had been instrumental to my spiritual growth . Just like Baba Obasanjo said earlier , I consulted Daddy and he gave me the go- ahead to accept the vice - president position . Before then I was not a politician . ”

Earlier , former President Olusegun Obasanjo , who was the chairman of the event , described Pa Adeboye as “a man who has touched more lives in the country more than politicians. ”

He also talked about how the cleric personally influenced his life , especially when he was making consultations whether or not to contest for the presidency in the 1999 general elections .

Obasanjo, who noted that politicians were supposed to influence the lives of the masses positively, said Pastor Adeboye had done more than politicians in this regard .

He said, “As politicians, we are supposed to touch lives , but, for Pastor Adeboye , he has touched more lives than politicians. He has been a man of God with a difference , whom I benefited from personally when I was consulting to contest the 1999 election . ”

He added that it was the wife of the General Overseer that invited him, without the knowledge of the husband, asking that G. O should forgive them for this .

Obasanjo said, “ I was told not to reveal my coming here by Mummy (Adeboye ’ s wife ). How can I come to you without calling you? But , that was the instruction .

“Until I am in this hall, I never see anything about this programme . That means we have committed sins by keeping this secret from you and we seek for forgiveness from you and I am sure we have been forgiven. ”

Wife of Pastor Adeboye , Mrs . Folu Adeboye , said the book was completely produced without the knowledge of her husband “because it is part of the year of surprises we are going to be having . ”

She acknowledged the role played by the 40 authors in ensuring that the publication was near perfect , “because only God is perfect. ”

Responding , Pa Adeboye said he must have been kept away from the programme for a purpose, because God did not reveal anything to him about it.

He said, “ God wanted it to happen that way, because if I had been foretold, I would not have approved of it.

“And the reason is simple : Who should be celebrated? Me or the Person who sent me the message ?

“Anyway , just like Baba (Obasanjo ) had requested , I forgive you all . ”

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