Lagos CAN Chairman, Adegbite Urges Caution, berate false prophets
The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria ,(CAN), Lagos State chapter, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, has called on Nigerians to pray towards the May 29 handing over date, for peace to reign in Nigeria and people can go about their normal business peacefully. “Without peace, no one is safe. We should continue to pray together for the peace of Nigeria”, he said.
Adegbite made the call during the Providence News, 21 years Thanksgiving/Appreciation service and inaugural PROKIHA Lecture, held recently in Lagos.
called on the president-elect and the incoming administration to be magnanimous in victory and bring everyone on board to build bridges across the different socio-cultural groups towards reuniting the country for holistic growth and development.
“Nobody can single handedly solve the problems of Nigeria; it is the responsibility of all Nigerians. All of us must work together, both the leaders and the led.”
“Moment we can do that, we are going to have a better Nigeria and it shall be well with all of us”, he said.
Following the outcomes of the 2023 general election, Adegbite admonished politicians and some clerics to be mindful of their statements and utterances to avoid heating up the polity.
According to Adegbite, “No one should play god. God has clearly spoken through the electorate and INEC has declared the results with the winners emerging. Everyone must obey the voice of God through the outcome of the election results, instead of claiming God say this or that will happen.”
“Politicians and clerics should stop making unguided and inflammatory statements capable of igniting and threatening the peace of the country. They need to be careful, not to mislead the people,” he said.
“And if we have voted and INEC has announced the results; we should allow peace to reign and not to cause any confusion in the society. We should by now be praying for a solution rather than creating confusion, God is not an author of confusion”, he added.
Adegbite berated some clerics who claimed to be men of God, which they proved not to be by speaking anyhow because they want to be relevant.
“Not all the people that called themselves men of God are truly Men of God, it is only those who are true Men of God that will say the right thing and won’t speak anyhow. If God has not spoken to you, must you speak by force? The prophets of old don’t speak anyhow and if they must speak, they will speak exactly the mind of God and it will surely come to pass. But, what we have today, most of those prophesying are perambulating and dicey who want to be heard through cheap popularity of prophesying with their prophecy not true, they are deceitful and not coming to pass, because, they are not from God”, Adegbite lamented.
In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Archbishop John Osa-Oni, the presiding Archbishop, Vineyard Christian Ministries and deputy national president (South-West) Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), represented by one the associate minister, Rev. Philip Modo commends the publication’s doggedness and focus to spread kingdom information and celebrating the glory of God in the life and endeavours of people. He spoke on a reward system that recognises kingdom services. “Give a good reward; give something that will value the kingdom and appreciate people.”
Osa-Oni further urged participants to as a matter of necessity develop the attitude of giving gratitude to God, and individuals that have been used in one way or the other to impact lives, society and the church.
Meanwhile, in his welcome address, the editor and publisher of Providence News, Gracious Akintayo attributed the sustainable and consistent publication of these 21 years to God’s grace.
He described the publication that built the bridge between the Christian community and the general society through her style of objective reporting and analysis report.
Highlight of the event was inaugural Providence Kingdom Honourary Award and Lecture (PROKIHA Lecture) with presentation of Award to Pastor Akinwale Akinola, PFN National Admin., UK based Mrs. Caroline Martins-Ojo, Bishop (Mrs.) Priscilla Otuya and Rev. Bamidele James for their dedication to kingdom services, dynamic contribution to the gospel, humanity and society.