The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has explained that he will receive the COVID-19 vaccine for the sake of the gospel.
The septuagenarian stated this on Friday night during the monthly Holy Ghost Service programme of the church at the Redemption Camp along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The 79-year-old preacher said God’s mercies have kept Nigerians all along, noting that only those whose time to die had come died.
Adeboye said, “I have never said to you, ‘Don’t be vaccinated.’ You’ve never heard that from me. Rather than live in fear or doubt, get vaccinated. If you believe that getting vaccinated will put your mind at rest, then go ahead.
“Daddy, are you saying that you too could be vaccinated? If there are nations in the world that say that I cannot come to preach the gospel there because of vaccination, I will do anything for Jesus Christ.
“If vaccination or no vaccination is going to hinder me from doing the work God has called me to do, even if they ask me to be vaccinated 100 times, I will be vaccinated.
“So, don’t ever say that you heard from me that I said that you should not be vaccinated.”
Adeboye, however, described as laughable, the move by some governors who made COVID-19 vaccination compulsory before people could attend church gatherings.
He noted that such leaders were missing the point, saying that the number of vaccine jabs available in the country was not enough to go around.
With the detection of the deadly Delta variant globally, some countries have made COVID-19 vaccination a compulsory immigration item.
Nigeria has so far recorded over 200,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 2,700 associated deaths since the first case reported in the country in February 2020.