General Overseer (worldwide) of Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, aka Daddy GO, on Sunday revealed how the church bought its massive campground located along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway for N6,000.
He said he was almost forced into debt while trying to purchase 3 hectares of land around Iju, Lagos, for N54,000 but resisted the temptation while searching for land for the ministry’s redemption camp.
Adeboye narrated, “When this place became too small I asked my elders to look for a bigger space. Then, I just graduated from the university with less than two years. So, they eventually saw a land around Iju for N54,000.
“Funny enough, I was not even having N54. My elders were angry with me because I refused to borrow. In fact, if our church was the kind of churches where they vote, I would have been impeached because I told them I was not going to borrow.
“Few days later, a member was going to Ibadan from Lagos and he saw the land and called that the people were ready to accept N6, 000. I told him not to even negotiate and we quickly paid for it. That is our redemption camp today,” he said.
He made this known on Sunday at a special Independence Day service at the church headquarters in Ebute Meta, Lagos, where he delivered a sermon with the title: ‘Freedom for all’.
He further advised Nigerians against beating the drums of war, pointing out that the effects of war are detrimental. The cleric narrated the ordeal of an Igbo girl, whose resuscitation during the Civil War took more than human efforts.
“During the civil, I was working in Ondo state, and so we were very close to Ore. And of course those of you who are old enough to remember, the toughest battle of the civil war was fought in Ore, and for months after the war was over, there were still skeletons scattered all over in the bush.
“After the war, we took in an Igbo girl; she was supposed to come and be a house help; but we spent three months nursing her back to health, because she was so weak, she couldn’t even carry a bottle of coke.
“After we nursed her back to health, physically, we had to nurse her back to mental health. We had to keep on reminding her that the war is over, but she would wake up at night shaking and asking, “where am I? Which side is the army coming from?”
“We had to spend time to tell her stop chasing lizards, because towards the end of the war, they were, according to her, no lizards left in the east, because they were used for food.
“Please, don’t talk about war. I don’t want war. I don’t want war in Nigeria,” Baba Adeboye said.