Oyedepo, Buhari, Sanwo-Olu, Osinbajo hails Adeboye @80

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, is 80 today.

 

Accolades and prayers have been ‘pouring’ since Tuesday evening.

 

Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church and the Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Pastor Paul Enenche, have felicitated with the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E. A. Adeboye on his 80th birthday.

 

In a tweet on his verified Twitter handle, Pastor Enenche thanked Adeboye for his impact across the world, praying that God gives him more strength to continue his goodwill.

 

“Happy birthday to a Patriarch – Daddy G.O @ 80. Thank you for being a blessing to me and many across the globe.

 

“As your days are so shall your strength be in Jesus’ Name. Happy birthday, Sir”, he tweeted.

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Similarly, Bishop Oyedepo also in a tweet on Wednesday morning, referred to Adeboye as a “mentor, a leader, a teacher, a man of generational impact”, wishing him more years on earth.

 

He said, “Happy 80th birthday to a Father, a mentor, a leader, a teacher, a man of generational impact and so much more.

 

“We wish you many many more years as you blossom in the Lord’s vineyard. Live long and prosper sir! Congratulations”.

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The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, noted that the foremost cleric has greatly contributed to the progress of the state.

 

Sanwo-Olu, in the birthday wish, also prayed for longer life and good health for the cleric, fondly called ‘Daddy GO’.

 

The governor said, “Sir, you have been a blessing, not just to the Redeemed Christian Church of God, but also to us in Lagos State – your unceasing prayers for us and your wise counsel over the years have contributed in no small measure to the phenomenal progress our state has continued to witness.

 

“We will forever be grateful. We cannot also ever forget your commitment to the Lagos State Annual Thanksgiving Service since the year 2000.

 

“Because of your work, and of the name and legacy of the RCCG, the gospel has touched the very ends of the earth, in line with the Great Commission.

 

“In addition, your devoted service in God’s Vineyard has helped put Nigeria in the global spotlight, as a land of spiritual exploits and greatness.



“Yet, amidst all these wonderful accomplishments, you have remained as simple and humble as ever, never seeking the limelight or personal glory.

 

“As you celebrate your 80th birthday, it is our prayer that the Almighty God will grant you more grace and strength to continue to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, minister to the poor and the broken, and proclaim liberty to the captives.

 

“I pray that the Almighty God will continue to crown you with good health to enable you render more service to His kingdom and you will continue to enjoy His manifold blessings and everlasting goodness. Amen. Happy Birthday, Sir.”

 

Celebrating Adeboye’s wife, the governor said, “Let me also specially congratulate our Mummy, your adorable wife, and devoted partner, Pastor (Mrs.) Foluke Adeboye, and thank her for the great support and love she has continued to give to you.

 

“I pray that God will continue to keep her strong and vibrant on this lifelong journey of jointly manifesting the fullness of His power and anointing.”

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Wednesday in Abuja eulogised the General Overseer.

 

Osinbajo described the cleric’s life as a unique lesson for all and sundry as his humility, integrity and exemplary behaviour remains steadfast despite his huge achievements.

 

The Vice President said this in a tribute he personally signed on Wednesday on behalf of himself and his wife titled ‘A tribute to Daddy G O at 80’.

 

According to him, “Dolapo and I are honoured to write this tribute to Daddy on his 80th Birthday.

 

“Very few leaders will ever have the geographical and spiritual reach of influence that Pastor E.A. Adeboye has. He is neither the Pope nor the leader of the free world, but he heads a denomination that, since his assumption of office as its General Overseer, has established churches in over 198 countries and territories of the world.



“He was, as early as 2008, listed by Newsweek, as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Earlier in 1998, the Holy Ghost Congress of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Lekki, Lagos, was reported to be one of the largest Christian gatherings ever, and every year, the RCCG Conventions and Congresses have live crowds breaking that record. Through the years, miracles of every kind have been commonplace in his ministry.

 

“But the moral of the story is not in these achievements, but in how his behaviour has remained unaffected by them.”

 

Quoting the Cleric’s wife fondly called Mummy G.O., he said “see how God uses your father as a smokescreen to do the miracles He wants to do.”

 

He said, this realization, that “apart from Him, you can do nothing” and that “no one can receive anything that is not given to him by God,” probably explains why a man so spiritually and intellectually gifted, so revered, so respected by the high and low alike, would still be so genuinely humble, so self-effacing and so unfailingly respectful, even of his subordinates.

 

“His impeccable integrity, his measured speech and action at all times, his life of many challenges, many wars, his courage, his unshaken faith, his deep love for God, through phenomenal achievements and numbing personal tragedy, are altogether the most persuasive evangelical message to all, even those of other faiths, of the grace and mercy of God in the life of the Saved.

 

“For us, we are extremely proud that this man of extraordinary faith, courage and humility is one we can call our daddy.

 

“Daddy, Happy 80th Birthday! As your days, so shall your strength, wisdom and favour with God in Jesus’ name. Amen,” the tribute read.

Oyedepo, Buhari, Sanwo-Olu, Osinbajo hails Adeboye @80

President Muhammadu Buhari also noted the contributions of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, to Nigeria and the rest of the world, saying they stand out as testimonies of his divine calling.

 

The President, pointed out that Pastor Adeboye had contributed to the development of the world in the areas of education, health and infrastructural development.



In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, Buhari joined the Adeboye family, the RCCG folds worldwide, friends and associates of the preacher to celebrate the renowned academic-turned-cleric.

 

“President Muhammadu Buhari joins members of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), the Christian community, particularly clergymen in Nigeria and abroad, in celebrating with Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye on the auspicious occasion of his 80th birthday, March 2, 2022.

 

“President Buhari felicitates with the wife, Pastor Foluke Adenike Adeboye, family members, friends and relations as the General Overseer turns an octogenarian, with clear evidence of walking the path of a righteous man by dedicating his life to the service of God, and humanity.

 

“The President recalls his private and public meetings with the renowned preacher and teacher of the Bible over many years, most remarkably the visit when he was recuperating in London, 2017, appreciating Pastor Adeboye’s warmth and friendliness, which he also extends to leaders and others from all walks of life.

 

“On the cleric’s 80th birthday, President Buhari believes his contributions to the betterment of Nigeria and other countries stand out clearly as testimonies of his divine calling, impacting greatly on education, health and infrastructural development, which include many urban and rural roads.

 

“The President salutes the focus of the RCCG leader on works of the Kingdom and peace for the nation, praying that his path will be like a shining light, with grace for good health and strength,” the statement reads.

 

Pastor Adeboye who was born on March 2, 1942, turned an octogenarian on Wednesday.

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