Controversies have continued to trail the recent plans by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye to erect a new auditorium, stretching three kilometres in length and breadth at the camp ground, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which is expected to run into billions of naira.
Adeboye has been at the receiving end of harsh criticisms by angry Nigerians over what they tagged, criminality on the ongoing move to embark on the new project.
It would be recalled that Daddy G.O, as his teeming followers would call him, had at the just concluded 61st annual convention announced the church’s plans to erect a new auditorium stretching three kilometres in length and breadth at the camp ground, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The cleric during the programme appealed for donations for the new auditorium, which would accommodate over one million people when completed.
“We need N1 billion from ten people. If you are one of them, please see my personal Secretary after we finish today,” Mr. Adeboye told the congregation.
“We also need N100 million from those who can afford it, if you are in that category. Please see my personal Secretary as well.
“Nonetheless, we need everyone’s involvement. If you can afford N50 million, N20 million, N5 million, N1 million to as low as N100, kindly make sure you participate.”
Report says Adeboye during the announcement asked those willing to donate to indicate their interest; hundreds of hands went up in the air.
The church divided prospective donors into three groups – Category A Brethren would pay N1 billion; Category B Brethren would pay N100 million; and Category C Brethren would pay N50 million and below.
It was reported that categories A and B are expected to meet with Adeboye’s Secretary.
However, this did not go down well with some members of the society as they took to the media to condemn the development, which they havr described as illegal.
Reacting, Executive Director of Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, Debo Adeniran said there was no way someone without a criminal record could afford such a donation.
“It is most inappropriate because there is nowhere the progenitor of such a faith did such a thing. Jesus Christ never cajoled people to make unwarranted donation to the church,” said Adeniran.
“Nobody in one lifetime with no criminal record can donate such an amount,” Mr. Adeniran noted.
“Adeboye is fond of discussing miracles in his church, he never discussed misfortunes.
Also reacting, Secretary of Joint Action Front, JAF, Abiodun Aremu, rubbished Adeboye’s plans, saying that the church is already neck-deep in corruption and vanity.
He said, “Church leaders are fraternizing with corrupt political leaders. The church is being used as an agent of exploiting the poor.
“When we call for a revolution, one of the institutions where the anger of the people would be visited is the church,” Aremu added.
DailyPost also sampled the opinions of other Nigerians who did not only blast Adeboye but call for his immediate prosecution.
Don’t donate, on judgment day, Adeboye will not save you -Frosbel
Can Adeboye ensure that there is not one needy person among his church members before he embarks on this multi-billion naira project to build a 3-km Long Church Auditorium.
This is madness; building more and more edifices while our people are almost dying of hunger, a classical case of taking money from the needy and using it to build babels to the glory of MAN. Reminds me of India who are investing in more weapons of mass destruction when 60% of their people starve, talk of misplaced priorities.
Do not give a penny to this project, pay your rent, bills , feed your children and then give to the poor and the needy around you. Go to the Lord in prayer before you donate a penny. I am sure there are worthier causes all around us.
People, it is time you follow JESUS and stop enriching MEN and their dreams. You do not need to go to a specific place to find Jesus, if we have the Spirit , he is always present for he has said ” I will never leave you or forsake you “.
Free yourselves from MEN, follow JESUS, on judgment day Adeboye will not save you or stand in for you, on judgment day RCCG will not save you, now is the time to do the right thing and go back to new testament Christianity.
God himself will be so shocked -Georg EE
Money and pastor, you can never separate them. So many members have even donated their brains to their GOs, they can’t think again. It’s ok by them if their GOs buy 50 private jets while they trek from Surulere to Ibadan expressway/Iyana Ipaja/Ayobo/Redemption camp. They don’t care if their GOs slap all the kids in Nigeria, their GOs are always right. They don’t care if their GOs use the followers hard-earned money to build schools which the followers kids cant afford. They don’t care if their GOs keep praying for the thieving and corrupt politicians. In fact, the list is endless. I am sure God himself will be so shocked at what Nigerian Christians have turned to. I wont be suprised at the way some people defend their GOs, even the criminal Rev Kings’ supporters supported and defended him. O ma se ooooo.. kai.
Adeboye and his teams using strategies to catch more mugus – Don Mike (De Tiger)
Soliciting funds from his poor and disoriented Mugus to build 9 Km Sq Auditorium when the road leading to the existing witchcraft shrine is not motorable?
This blood sucking vampires are just hypocrites… Adeboye and his teams are only using more strategies to catch more mugus and thereby generate more revenue for more Jet acquisition. One can imagine RCCG generating multi-million Naira in one service at the Shrine, but ignore the deplorable portion of the road right at the so called Church centre…
These vampires purposely ignore the portion of the road to further use Nigerian as their monthly sacrifice through the Holy Ghost Night accident victims, while claiming that such is the Federal government responsibility.
Even when this corruption training institute called Church does not pay tax…
While I believe that Religion is the major problem of the world, Christianity is the real evil that has ever happened to mankind. Hypocrisy, and various evils takes root in Christianity.
These foolish Christians label you a cultist, but what description do we give to Redeem Church Logo, where its evil Bird head is turned down ??? What a shrine!
Thousands of people are hungry – Godson
Thousands of people are hungry, our unemployment rate is huge… Why not use that money to build a Non-profit organization and employ our youths…” Your body is the temple of the living GOD” That is what Jesus said. Being among the 10 biggest churches in the world??? Why the competition?? Dear God, help your children.
Build three-kilometer farm, not church -LookmanPlease, our man of God. I personally appeal to you in the name of Jesus you are serving. Why don’t you build 3 kilometer of farmland. Where your members will be meaningfully employed as farmers, and produce Gari, Elubo, beans, pepper, and yam. By doing that, you have used God’s land to reduce unemployment and create wealth among your members, which will go a long way in helping our economy. 1 million employed members is something. Shekenaa!!!