Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has said the recent spate of attacks on traditional rulers is “heart-rendering” and a disrespect to the traditional institution.
Adeboye said this when he visited Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State, at the Government House, Ado-Ekiti, on Saturday.
The 78-year-old cleric, who was in the state to ordain about 1000 pastors in RCCG, made the comment following the attacks to two traditional rulers in Ekiti State – Oba Adetutu Ajayi, the Eleweu of Ewu, who was shot by kidnappers but eventually escaped; and Oba David Oyewumi, the Obadu of Ilemeso Ekiti, who was abducted in his palace on Thursday and his whereabouts still remains unknown.
According to Adeboye, it is alarming that criminal elements now have no regard for traditional rulers and heads of sacred institutions.
He stated that the traditional institution deserved respect because of the critical roles it plays in society.
He said: “I want to assure you, sir, that we are praying for the state. We are praying for this state because we are concerned that even the institution of Obaship is no longer considered sacred by these bandits. For a Yoruba boy like myself, that is heart-rendering.
“And I can assure you that we are crying to the Lord of Hosts, the one who has never lost a war, that he will fight this battle for us and give us victory very soon.”
Adeboye said he is praying for the state and urged the political elites and all Nigerians not to relegate prayers, describing it as an essential weapon to help resolve the insecurity crisis and other challenges bedevilling the country.
He said: “I have committed myself in fighting the battle for the soul of the nation spiritually.
“Because definitely, we are fighting a war that we cannot win by human wisdom or human ability. Because the elders have a saying, that you can never be as wise as someone who has laid an ambush for you; because the one who laid the ambush must have studied your movement, knows your routes and routines. It’s only God that can rescue you. But there is a God who can ambush the ambusher.”
Responding, Governor Fayemi described the visit as a blessing to Ekiti State and thanked Adeboye for his prayers and efforts towards the development and progress of the country, saying,
“We need prayers, we need a lot of help. We pray that God will continue to be good to us and heal the land and in a moment, all of us will have testimony to the good works of the Lord,” the governor said.