Global News, however, gathered that the absence of interpreters is not unconnected with the current retirement and succession crisis that is currently rocking the church. Earlier this year a faction of the church’s pastors had approached the G. O., popularly called Daddy G. O. by the congregation and asked him to retire from the post after he celebrated his 70th birthday, stating that he has reached the retirement age for pastors in the church.
This has been going on for sometime now and the succession tussle we gathered was the reason the revered man of God decided to cancel interpretation in the church as one of the interpreters (name withheld) was a couple of weeks back alleged to have been caught with substances which said to be charms to harm the man of God. This incident will be the second time in the last couple of years that attempt has been made on Pastor Adeboye using fetish substances; the first was the incident that happened some years back, when charms were discovered in his office, a situation he narrated then in a sermon, when he said he thought it is time for him to be called into heaven before he was miraculously healed by God.
The interpreter, who was formerly a pastor in Province 8, Ogun State was alleged to have been coerced into harming the G. O. by those who want the man of God out at all cost to enable them seize control of the church. The pastor who has since been sacked was caught in possession of the substances, and sources close to the man regarded as the most influential man of God in Nigeria, informed that the interpreter named some pastors of the church who coerced him into the act, but the whole process was kept from church members to avoid panic and violent reaction from the church youths towards the pastor.
There has been underground tussle for power with the man who rose from an interpreter to becoming the G. O. of the church as some pastors of the church are not too comfortable with him remaining the head of the church and the church pastors in the Diaspora are said to have been playing an important role in the camp of those who will want Pastor Adeboye out at all cost and this, sources revealed, is because the presence of the man many Nigerian pastors refer to as Daddy Adeboye is incapacitating them from breaking away the parishes under them as their members will not follow due to their love for the G.O.
In another development the general overseer recently survived a food poisoning. It beats many people’s imagination how why anybody would take another person’s life simply because of position.
Meanwhile the revered man of God has said no matter the level of opposition he would not retire from the vineyard of God. In one of the articles written by the man of God, it was discovered that he has already written about the kind of retirement he wants. In the article culled from the Open Heavens, an annual publication of Monday October 3rd, 2011, Daddy Adeboye, as he’s fondly called wrote about ‘The True Face of Retirement.’ He said God has so much to give to man, and the spirit man has so much space to be filled by God… “Sometimes, when I see some of our elders retiring, I shake my head because contrary to what they think, it is only the beginning for them. Retirement actually means more time to pray all night since you are not going to the office in the morning.
“The greatest literally work done by John the Beloved was Book of Revelation – a revelation he got while banished on the Island of Patmos. If God allows me to retire, I would sit at His feet daily and learn from Him, receive revelations and pour these into books for generations unborn. This way, by His grace, I could produce a book every month until he calls me home.” Obviously, this should tell those who clamour for his retirement that the respected man of God whose regime as the G.O brought goodness to the church cannot be retired by any man but God.
It is so evident that even when God has permitted him to retire; he will still be involved in the work of God, publishing revelations from God to the members of the church and other denominations. “ I will sit at His feet’; of course, the only place a man can sit at the feet of Christ is in the vineyard, so, it should be understood that until God says come home, Pa Adeboye remains the General Overseer of one of the biggest congregation churches in the world.
To corroborate this, one of the aides of the G. O., a senior pastor of the church, advised the congregation to be mindful of their statements, saying that the emergence of Pastor Adeboye as the general overseer of the church was divine.
The special assistant to the general overseer of RCCG, Pastor D. A. Ilori cleared the air by telling the congregation that Pastor Adeboye could not retire from the position of the general overseer of the church yet, as the position was not political but a divine one.