Protests Against Adeboye Ill-Advised, Says PFN

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, (PFN) has lampooned protesters against General Overseers of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye, saying they were ill-advised.

It said the protesters should have conducted proper investigation before embarking on the protest.

Some protesters had called on the PFN to suspend Adeboye for not taking a stance on RUGA and Leah Sharibu’s abduction.

Some celebrities led by Charly Boy on Monday stormed the Redemption Camp on Monday to protest against Adeboye, accusing him of not speaking up on national issues.

President of PFN, Dr. Felix Omobude, who spoke to newsmen in Benin City, noted the protest should be directed at the appropriate quarters and not targeted at individuals.

Omobude said those accusing Adeboye of complicity were not abreast with the realities on ground, especially how Adeboye has stood up against injustice and how much he has contributed to the rehabilitations of the victims of insurgency in the country.

According to him: “The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) notes, with concern, reports of a protest at the Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God said to have been organised by some musicians, asking our leader, Pastor Enoch Adeboye to speak up against injustice.

“The group is also said to have called on the PFN to suspend Pastor Adeboye for alleged complicity on a matter completely outside his brief.

“For the avoidance of doubt and confusion that might have precipitated the unfortunate action embarked upon by this group, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) wishes to set the record straight with respect to the following.

“The Redeemed Christian Church of God is a founding member of the PFN and has remained loyal, active and supportive of all her actions and activities.”

He added: “Pastor Enoch Adeboye, founding father in his own right, is a past president of the PFN, having led the fellowship from 1992-1995.

“He remains an active member of the national advisory council, the apex administrative organ of the fellowship.

“Pastor Adeboye has been a part of the visioning and policy formulation process of the PFN, signing on to all the statements issued by the PFN on issues of national affairs.

“On the issues of concern to the group, Pastor Adeboye’s positions are exactly as have been canvassed, on numerous occasions, by the PFN.

“The PFN, in private and public statements, has spoken out on the state of insecurity in the country, vigorously campaigned for the release of Leah Sharibu, engaging with the government to underline her serious concern about these issues.

“Pastor Adeboye continues to play a leading role in all our private and public engagement with the government over these issues.

“Pastor Adeboye and the Redeemed Christian Church of God are very loyal, dedicated and committed members of PFN.

“You know that the PFN has been very vocal in national issues and all our key leaders, including Pastor Adeboye are part of whatever press release we made and the stand of the PFN.

“Adeboye has contributed in counsel, in ideas and has always contributed to anything that PFN does.

“PFN leaders at a point reasoned that if we allowed every leader to be speaking on issues, we could be singing a discordant tune. Therefore, PFN has been speaking on national issues on behalf of its leaders.

“He has continued to speak boldly on matters of injustice. He has led the charge for a rehabilitation of victims of insurgency and attacks by militants in affected parts of the country, with the Redeemed Christian Church of God initiating projects, denoting millions and contributing to the rehabilitation fund launched by the PFN.” [THE NATION]