By SAM EYOBOKA & OLAYINKA LATONA
THE Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, has assured Nigerians and people from all walks of life that the current security challenges in the country will not affect the church’s 62nd annual convention scheduled to begin on Monday, August 4.
It also hinted that adequate arrangements have been put in place to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as well as all other access roads leading to the sprawling Redemption Camp along the expressway, the slow pace of rehabilitation work on the road notwithstanding.
Addressing newsmen at the new Holy Ghost Congress office at the Camp, the Head of the church’s Media and Public Relations, Pastor Segun Adegbiji who was flanked by head, Christ Redeemers’ Ministry, Pastor Tunji Adigun and head of Maintenance, Pastor Dapo Adesina, said arrangements have been completed for a hitch-free convention. The theme of this year’s week-long convention is; “The Holy Spirit.”
According to Pastor Adegbiji, security of persons and property before, during and after the convention has been of top priority to the organisers of the programme, pointing out that “security will be adequate with support from different formations of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, and several other para-military forces including the in-house Redeemers’ Volunteers who will assist the regular forces to maintain peace inside the camp and outside.
The spokesman refused to be dragged to specifics but, there will be nothing less than 8,000 policemen drawn from Ogun and Lagos states to maintain law and other at the annual spiritual gathering expected to attract hundreds of thousands from across the globe.
He, however, maintained that there will also be aerial monitoring of activities on the camp throughout the convention, just as he assured that there will be an uninterrupted power as well as water supply.
Adegbiji quoted the General Overseer of the church, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye as saying that “the theme makes this year’s convention more than any other one, the convention of the Holy Spirit Himself. Pastor Adeboye described the Holy Spirit as a ‘Divine Helper, a Teacher and a Comforter’. This convention is for those who need divine help and comfort in their lives.”
The spokesman maintained that plennary sessions during the convention will feature insights and depths to ‘By their fruits’, ‘rivers of living water’, ‘living above the natural’, ‘the Seal of God’, and ‘the Yoke destroyer’ to mention a few.
According to him, Pastor Adeboye who will be ministering alongside other anointed men of God from home and abroad, had assured all participants that they “will return home with help and counsel that will make you a new person”.
He noted that the church is now in 180 nations of the world, adding “in Nigeria, there are 18 regions with varying number of provinces spread across the country.”