Every March 2nd in the Redeemed Christian Church of God family and the Body of Christ as a whole is always a day of celebration as it is the Birthday of Pastor E.A Adeboye, an Amiable Man of God and General Overseer of the RCCG Mission Worldwide.
Usually, three days of the week is dedicated for celebrating this Great Servant of God during the Special Holy Ghost Service at the Redemption Camp, KM 46, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
This year’s celebration is unique in all ramifications as it is Daddy E.A Adeboye’s 80th Birthday.
Spiritual children of the clergy man will not allow the day pass as they stormed the Social and Traditional media to pour tributes on the man popularly called Daddy G.O.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Oshinbajo who is also one of the spiritual children of the man of God has penned an emotional teibute, tagged; A TRIBUTE TO PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE AT 80.
His tribute is reproduced below;
Dolapo and I are honoured to write this tribute to Daddy on his 80th Birthday.
Very few leaders will ever have the geographical and spiritual reach of influence that Pastor E.A. Adeboye has. He is neither the Pope nor the leader of the free world, but he heads a denomination that since his assumption of office as its General Overseer, has established churches in over 198 countries and territories of the world.
He was, as early as 2008, listed by Newsweek, as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Earlier in 1998, the Holy Ghost Congress of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Lekki, Lagos, was reported to be one of the largest Christian gatherings ever and every year the RCCG Convention and Congresses have live crowds breaking that record. Through the years, miracles of every kind have been commonplace in his ministry.
But the moral of the story is not in these achievements but in how his behaviour has remained unaffected by them.
It was Mummy G.O. who said to us once, “see how God uses your father as a smokescreen to do the miracles He wants to do”.
This realization, that “apart from Him, you can do nothing” and that “ no one can receive anything that is not given to him by God”, probably explains why a man so spiritually and intellectually gifted, so revered, so respected by the high and low alike, would still be so genuinely humble, so self-effacing and so unfailingly respectful even of his subordinates.
His impeccable integrity, his measured speech and action at all times, his life of many challenges, many wars, his courage, his unshaken faith, his deep love for God, through phenomenal achievements and numbing personal tragedy are all together the most persuasive evangelical message to all even those of other faiths, of the grace and mercy of God in the life of the Saved.
Similarly, Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum, Mr Kayode Fayemi has also written a touching tribute to celebrate Pastor E.A Adeboye at 80.
He wrote, ‘For us, we are extremely proud that this man of extraordinary faith, courage and humility is one we can call our daddy.
Daddy, Happy 80th Birthday! As your days, so shall your strength, wisdom and favour with God in Jesus’ name. Amen
On this occasion of your 80th birthday, I join your numerous well-wishers around the world to celebrate your life and legacy.
I use this opportunity to pay tribute to your personal life and ministry, and to celebrate you on account of your character of modesty, humility, and integrity which you have consistently demonstrated through decades of service to God and country.
The power of your personal example modelled for millions to pattern their lives after has become a reference point for many of your followers around the world.
I also celebrate your impact as a true servant of God whose ministry has been blessed with the evidence of good fruits that abide. I am particularly grateful that you have extended the reach of your ministry beyond your membership, and carried out many interventions addressing crucial social issues in the sociely at large, making your impact felt as the salt of the carth by contributing to the peace and development of our great country Nigeria, and others around the world.
Last but not the least, I thank you for the privilege of access to you, and the fatherly guidance you have availed me for many years. I thank you for your warm reception at the various times I had the opportunity to meet you, and for your gracious visitations to Ekiti State, to pray for us, and counsel us in the ways of the Lord.
My wife Bisi and I, on behalf of the Government and People of Ekiti State, celebrate a true servant of God and a perfect Christian gentleman, and wish you many more years of good health, impact and bliss.
Also, Bishop David OYEDEPO of the Winner’s Chapel International, a close ally of Pastor E.A Adeboye has also paid special tribute to Daddy G.O.
‘Happy 80th Birthday, Daddy G.O. Happy 80th birthday to a Father, a mentor, a leader, a teacher, a man of generational impact and so much more.
We celebrate God’s grace upon your life and we are grateful for the blessing and perfect example you are to the body of Christ.
We wish you many many more years as you blossom in the Lord’s vineyard. Live long and prosper sir! Congratulations ?