Why Pastor Adeboye sat on my Royal chair — Oyo monarch


The Olugbon of Orile-Igbon in Oyo
State, Oba Francis Alao, on Monday, explained why the General Overseer of the
Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, sat on one of his
palace chairs at a recent occasion in his domain.


There was
a viral photo on social media showing Pastor Adeboye sitting on the royal chair
with some people condemning the monarch for allowing it.


The monarch, who is also the
Deputy Chairman, Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, in a statement
personally signed to react to the viral video, and congratulate Christians
nationwide, said, “My attention has been drawn to different types of reactions
to a photo circulating on social media where the G.O of RCCG, Pastor Adeboye
sat on one of the palace chairs.


“Let me set the record straight
by reminding all that Pastor Adeboye was in Orile-Igbon for an evangelism
programme which held on the playground of Olugbon High School. His chopper
landed in an open space within the palace from where I received him to my
living room. We spent some time talking about Nigeria and Orile-Igbon before we
moved to the venue of the programme where thousands of people already gathered.


“I joined the revered priest at
the venue as a mark of support for the programme given that his coming to the
ancient town will be a blessing to us. And he did pray for both the town and
everyone that attended.


 “As a mark of honour, I offered one of the
ceremonial royal chairs that are usually reserved for top dignitaries to Pastor
Adeboye to be used at the programme. It should be noted that the chair is not
the particular one that is reserved for the Olugbon which can not be shared
with anyone because of its spiritual and historical significance.


“The royal chairs are provided in
palaces to honour high-ranking dignitaries, not to desecrate the throne. I,
therefore, seek the understanding of all those expressing concern about the
issue. There is a traditional royal chair that is meant for only the Kabiyesi,
and there are traditional ceremonial chairs for very important persons. The
throne of the ancient town of Orile-Igbon remains sacrosanct.”


On Christmas, Alao said, “I
hereby felicitate Christians on this another occasion of celebrating the birth
of our Lord Jesus Christ which is a worldwide celebration. I urge all followers
of Christ in Nigeria to use this period to reflect on the multiple blessings of
God, particularly the grace to be alive to witness another Christmas.


“Aside from eating and drinking
to celebrate his birth, Christmas is a time to make a new commitment to
ensuring that our lives mirror Christ in every way. We should make a commitment
to a life of righteousness, honesty, and showing love to fellow men regardless
of their faith and cultural beliefs.”


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