The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Enoch Adeboye, has said he has no preferred candidate for next year’s general election.
Adeboye, in his sermon on Sunday, also said Nigerians who refuse to vote in an election have no right to complain about the government.
“As a Nigerian, you have a duty to register, to vote and make sure your vote will count. You have a duty to belong to any party of your choice; you can’t refuse to vote and then complain about the government,” the cleric said at the April 2022 Thanksgiving Service held on Sunday.
He said he has no care for the political party people belong to or vote for as long as they do their duty – vote in the upcoming 2023 elections.
During his sermon, he said God has yet to speak to him about the 2023 elections unlike in 2019 when God spoke to him a year before the elections.
For this reason, the cleric said, he does not know if there would be elections in 2023. He added that God might still speak to him about the elections.
“I want you to listen with anointed ears and anointed hearts. Pastor Adeboye is not and will never be a politician. I have never been and will never be; that is not my calling, I am called to be a pastor,” he said.
Adeboye’s statement on his political involvement comes at a time when there are speculations about the intentions of the church’s department on politics and governance.
RCCG in March announced that it has set up a department on politics and governance to help muster support for members with political ambitions.
While some find the church’s active participation in government commendable, many have condemned the action, alleging that it is a front to campaign for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Many Nigerians believe Osinbajo seeks to contest the 2023 presidential election although he has yet to declare his interest.
On Sunday, Adeboye noted that he is very concerned about the Kaduna killings, oil theft, Nigeria’s depressing debt profile and other current national challenges.