By Samuel Adegoke
As Nigeeia grapples with the control of Coronavirus dubbed COVID-19, the General Overseer of the Redeened Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has advised the government to include clerics in the committees managing the pandemic and other disasters.
Adeboye, who gave the advice during his Sunday service which was a live broadcast, pointed out that inclusion of clerics will give the opportunity to handle the spiritual aspect of managing the disasters. But he pointed that those to be included should be top priests such as chief imaams and archbishops, not mere pastors like him.
He also emphasized the need for Nigerians and the government to thank God for granting the country victory over the pandemic, warning that they should not think that only the human efforts have so far prevented the virus from inflicting great damage to the country. Though he commended the government and medics, saying they have “done creditably well” in managing the pandemic, he said the God factor was the biggest deal in the development. He, therefore, urged believers to keep thanking God for the victory over COVID-19 in order to prevent a reverse of the victory.
Adeboye also assured that Nigeria has begun a journey to the end of the pandemic, pointing out that the journey will be stable but may not be speedy. He said the opening of the states could happen as early as next 14 days.
The notable cleric also advised RCCG members and his other children against making non-essential foreign trips until after the next two months, saying Nigeria and other parts of Africa will exit the pandemic earlier than other parts of the world.
He also urged Christians to pray harder against fire and flood disasters which are on the way. To play our part, Adeboye advised his church members to clear their drainages and maintain high degree of hygiene which he said is next to godliness.
Using Psalm 30:4-5, the cleric delivered his sermon on the topic Joy Comes. He said one of the greatest lessons or meanings of Easter is that the morning of joy breaks after a night. He, therefore, declared joy to the congregation, assuring that as Jesus experienced the morning of joy in Easter, the morning of joy was also here for them.