For Pastor Adeboye, at 78 years old, he matches his age with wisdom and strength. A young man from an obscure village of Ifewara in Osun state, rose to be the leader of one of the fastest growing churches on earth. He broke free from the shackles of poverty and lack to prominence and spiritual father to millions of people across the globe.
He elevated the tittle ‘Pastor’ from its lowly status within Christendom leadership to a coveted title. His rare humility positioned him as a celebrated and sort after public speaker. To the awe of all, in spite his laurels, awards and achievements; he continues to insist that his achievement are nothing compared to his main goal, to make heaven.
Unlike some of his contemporaries who flock with politicians, Pastor Adeboye has maintained a calculated stand in his relationship with political and public office holders, most of whom he referred to as his children. For pundits, it would be a herculean task trying to define his relationship.
Recalled that when one of his senior pastors, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, was nominated as the running mate to the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress of Nigeria (APC) in the 2015 general elections, General Muhammadu Buhari, Adeboye gave his blessings as a spiritual father.
Surprisingly, he would also later pray publicly for the then President of the country, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who was also contesting in the election. His wisdom to weather the storm that nearly sank the ship of the political entity called Nigeria, is one that would remain indelible in the annals of Nigeria’s history especially with reference to impact of religious leaders is concerned.
A statesman who neither contradicts the laws of the country but would rather choose to lead by example. In 2017, his decision to step aside as the National Overseer of the RCCG Nigeria took many by surprise. The Financial Regulatory Council of Nigeria (FRCN) had announced a code that states that Founders/Leaders of Not for Profit Organisations must resign after spending “more than 20 years (in office) or upon attaining age 70 years and above.”
President Buhari eventually sacked Jim Obaze for what the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami described as unilateral decision of the Executive Secretary of FRCN. Adeboye in the whole drama passed the morals that a good Christian is expected to obey the law of the land as directed by the Bible.
The monthly Holy Ghost service which play host to powers in the corridors of power within and outside the country is attended by millions of faithful while more follow the programme live on social media.
His understanding of the fragility of religion in Nigeria is remarkable. He would rather lead members of his church in prayers for the peace and safety of the country than fan the embers of religious animosity and hatred on the pulpit.
For a man whose story stems from a humble beginning. He continues to flip from success and achievement to greater milestones.
Recently, he told his pastors that every cash gift given to him during his 78th birthday would be used to finance needy students in RCCG.
One can only say that the sky is the beginning of what God has in stock for Nigeria and the world through Daddy G.O who clocks 78 this March, 2020.