The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and his counterpart, General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, have been urged to lead other pastors in the country to meet President Muhammadu Buhari over the raging insecurity in the country.
This call came at the presentation of Kumuyi’s biography titled, “Kumuyi: Defender of the Faith’’ in Lagos.
The attendees of the event include the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, and the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Speaking at the program, the keynote speaker, Prof Dapo Asaju, who is an Anglican Bishop and a former Vice-Chancellor of the Ajayi Crowther University, called on Kumuyi and Adeboye to lead pastors In the country to meet Buhari on the insecurity in Nigeria.
Asaju, who spoke on ‘Imperative of Integrity, Transparency and Trust in Leadership, Celebrating the Life of Kumuyi, the Defender of the Faith,’ said the church had been lagging in its responsibility.
He said, “Corruption has become so endemic that we need God to intervene. I am challenging Pastor W.F. Kumuyi, and Pastor E.A. Adeboye; these two people pastor the largest congregations in Nigeria. And they are standing today because of integrity, discipline and holiness. It is not because of the prosperity gospel. I am calling on them to please unite with other people, bring in everybody under CAN, PFN, and help us address the Nigerian question.
“Church leaders are mandated to be watchmen by blowing their trumpets when problems are happening. It is not enough for us to keep quiet and pastor our churches and have large congregations. When a crisis comes, everybody will be a victim. All ministers of God should speak out now as things are going upside down in Nigeria. You are comfortable here; people are not comfortable in Benue, Southern Kaduna and the Northern part. I look forward to Baba (Kumuyi) addressing a world press conference, and seated beside him is Baba Adeboye, and let them call people and say, ‘enough is enough.’ They need to lead other people to convey a high-powered meeting with the President.”
On Kumuyi, he said, “Biography makes us learn after people are gone. Great men have passed through this journey. Integrity, transparency and trust are ingredients for good leadership. When these virtues are lost, it is finished for society unless God intervenes. Especially in Nigeria, most people have lost faith in the government because of corruption, insecurity, banditry, etc. We pray for the good old days.’’
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu eulogised Kumuyi for a life of faith in Jesus Christ.
On his part, the book reviewer, Prof Ayodeji Olukoju, said the 336-page book, divided into 14 chapters, aptly chronicled Kumuyi’s life and ministry.
In his remarks, Kumuyi said he had always wanted to be like an English preacher, John Wesley, after reading a series of his works, adding that his focus, however, later changed to Jesus Christ after he realised he could do more for God.
The cleric said, “I want to throw that to you as well because God is no respecter of person. John Wesley said, ‘Give me a hundred men that love none but God, and hate nothing but sin, and we will turn the world upside down.’ I want to raise up people that will go beyond me. And you can say Lord, whatever you have done in this man, by this man, through this man and for this man, do it with me.”