By Dan Atori.
Barely 24 hours after he warned that he would kill anyone who dares touch his wife, Pastor Foluke Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, shocked a large congregation in Minna, Niger State on Monday when he said he does not want to live up to 120 years.
Adeboye also said he does not think he would preside over the 80th birthday service of a celebrant, Pastor Yerima El-Samaila of the Faith Foundation Church, who turned 70 on Monday.
He said, he has seen his room in heaven and prepared to leave anytime.
Pastor Adeboye was born on March 2, 1942, making him 75 years now.
Adeboye said at the birthday celebration: “It is not how long you live, but how well you spend your life.
“I don’t want to be 120 years old.
“Longevity is good but there is a limit.”
Adeboye, at the birthday service held at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, added: “People don’t want to die because they don’t know where they are going.
“I know where I am going.
“I have seen heaven.
“I have seen my house in heaven.
“I know what is waiting for me there.
“Heaven is beautiful and I can’t wait to go
“I want to finish what I have to do here and finish it well.
“Any of us can go at any moment.
“We have to get ready for home.”
Adeboye therefore challenged Christians to be “committed to God more than ever before”, adding: “Many Christians are getting distracted from God.”
He advised other clerics to “stop playing church and become committed to the almighty God and do your utmost best so that when you are leaving, you can say you have fulfilled your purpose”.
Pastor Adeboye thanked God for the life of the celebrant, his family and his ministry “and commitment to God”.
He said: “It takes a man like you to bring me to Minna at a time like this and I rejoice that I could come.”
Pastor Adeboye and his wife, who both arrived the Minna Airport terminal in a private aircraft: N730EA, immediately prayed for those that received him and proceeded to the venue.
He later joined Pastor El-Samaila in the cutting of the 70th birthday cake, which he (Adeboye) presented to the celebrant.
The Niger State Governor, represented by the Commissioner for Information, Jonathan Tsado Vatsa; former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana; and clergymen from different denominations attended the ceremony.