By Sam Eyoboka
WORRIED by the dwindling fortunes in the sports sub-sector of the nation’s economy, Nigeria’s most influential religious leader and the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye has perfected plans to pray for God’s intervention in the area.
Speaking in an interview in his church office, the Special Assistant to the General Overseer on Administration/Personnel, Pastor Funsho Odesola told our reporter that Pastor Adeboye, in continuation of his prayers for different sectors of the nation’s economy has set aside Sunday, February 5, for prayers to reverse the dwindling fortunes in our sports sector.
“Daddy G.O has been praying for some sets of people for sometimes now but this time around he intends to pray for all sports people in response to a request by the sports director,” Pastor Odesola said, adding that the RCCG helmsman could not resist the call to pray for the sector.
According to him, Pastor Adeboye was once an active boxer who also had a stint at other sporting activities including volleyball is not happy that Nigeria which used to occupy a pride of place in the global sporting activities is no longer reckoned with and has therefore agreed to take advantage of the beginning of the year like this, to pray and prophesy into the sports sector.
The session billed to take place at the headquarters of the church in Ebute Metta is scheduled for Sunday, February 5, at 8.00 a.m. with several stakeholders in the industry expected to grace the occasion.
“Daddy G.O being a sports man himself has interest in this category of people and has accepted to pray for a reversal of the current decay in the sector,” Odesola stated, pointing out that the occasion is scheduled for February 5, 2012 at the Redeemed Christian Church of God national headquarters, Throne of Grace in Ebute Metta, Lagos.
Asked who are being expected at such a prayer meeting, the special assistant said he does not have the details but personalities in boxing, football, table tennis amongst others are expected, stating “you can’t imagine that Nigeria is missing in the current African Cup of Nations tournament where countries like Equatorial Guinea are making very impressive outings.”
The pastor assured participants of adequate security during the programme, adding the church had made provision for all that will be attending the programme, “we have accommodated 20,000 congregation here before.
Giving hint that headquarter church is already shopping for a bigger worship centre, the SA said when Pastor Adeboye prayed for pregnant woman, there was an unprecedented crowd of worshipers, stressing “we believe we will be able to manage the crowd until the church gets a larger space.”
Asked to advise Nigerians, Pastor Odesola said: “Nigerians should know that we are one, we should work in love no matter your tribe. I believe that Nigeria came to being by the ordination of God. There are some people who want Nigeria to disintegrate but that is not in the plan of God. My message is message of love, peace and unity and I know that this nation is great.
“We can still get our position as a giant of Africa. Nigeria is massive, in resources we are the best, in education we are the best. Let’s walk in peace, unity, harmony and make this nation great and this can only be possible by the vision and focus of the citizens.
“When we talk about Nigeria, it should be with high hope. Nigerians should be proud of being a Nigerian and have confidence in the nation, be proud of ourselves and I believe God will take us to where we want to be,” Odesola concluded.