The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Monday, enjoined Nigerian leaders to govern the country with the fear of God if they want to be successful.
Adeboye made the statement while praying for the nation as part of the activities to mark the birthday of the Founder of the Living Faith Foundation, Reverend Joseph Olaiya, held at the Alheri Camp, Kilometre 31 Kaduna-Abuja Expressway, Kaduna.
He emphasized that leaders that were ready to follow in the footpath of God would continue to succeed no matter the challenges.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the prayer, Rev Olaiya who recalled that all the kings that ruled successfully in the bible were those that ruled with the fear of God, urged people in leadership positions to learn from history.
Olaiya said, “The piece of advice I will give our leaders is for them to work with the fear of God. Everyone knows what it is to fear God.
“No matter how strong you think you are as a leader, God is stronger and more powerful than you are and that is why if you want to succeed as a leader, fear God in all you do.”
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The cleric also warned those in leadership positions against oppressing the weak. He said, “As a leader, don’t oppress the downtrodden and the weak because you will be judged. The kings that ruled successfully were the kings that ruled with the fear of God.
“Those of us who follow leaders should not follow them blindly. Let us obey constituted authorities. Let us honour them except when they want to lead us to the wrong path. For example, when the US wanted us to sign a law approving homosexuality which is against the will of God, we were able to stand our ground.
“So, if a leader is walking in the right path, follow him. Sometimes as followers, we push our leaders to do something they don’t want to do.”