President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday directed other distinguished personalities in extending sympathies to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, over the departure of his son, Pastor Oluwadamilare Temitayo Adeboye.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan,” Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief Whip of the Senate Orji Kalu and Deputy Chief Whip of House of Representatives Nkeiruka Onyejeocha also mourned the late cleric.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) yesterday announced the passing of Oluwadamilare, the next child of Pastor Adeboye.
He had been born on June 9, 1978, and died on May 4.
The RCCG Public Relations Officer, Pastor Segun Adebiyi, in a statement, said: “It’s with a deep and heartfelt sense of reduction, we announce the death of our beloved son, brother, husband and dad, Oluwadamilare Temitayo Adeboye, who travelled to be with the Lord May 4, 2021.”
He said the late pastor’s life was well lived as he served the Lord without a book, giving effortlessly and leading fearlessly. He had been crowned by the Lord with the blessings of 3 seeds and a beautiful wife.
“Though shaken, our backbone remains Jesus Christ in whom we have the confidence that we’ll one day meet in a place where there isn’t any pain.
“It’s the desire of the family to be granted privacy at this time and that will be offered on their behalf”
But, in a condolence message with his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President also commiserated with associates of the RCCG, admonishing them to take solace in God’s promises.
“President Muhammadu Buhari extends deepest sympathies to the family of the General Overseer of the RCCG on the passing of the son, Pastor Dare Adeboye.
The President prayed to God Almighty to give the deceased rest in His everlasting kingdom and comfort grieving family, associates and friends.
Jonathan, at a condolence message in Abuja yesterday, expressed sadness over the passing of the warrior, describing him as a much-loved clergyman.
Jonathan noted that the late man of God lived a life which has been a pattern of good works and prayed to God to give his soul eternal rest.
“My Loved Ones and I condole with Pastor Enoch Adeboye and the entire membership of the RCCG, about the death of Pastor Dare Adeboye along with also a much-loved clergyman.
“Although I never understood Pastor Dare I personally, I have had cause to satisfy his father, Pastor Adeboye, and it would seem that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree,” he explained.
According to him, from each account, Pastor Dare lived a life that has been a pattern of good works and also a credit into the Body of Christ.
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“He had been understood to emulate the godliness and ethical leadership that his dad is well-known for.
“We share in the grief that obviously comes when such a devout man passes to eternal glory,” he explained
Jonathan prayed to God to give the family of the deceased and also the RCCG ministry that the fortitude to bear the loss.
Also yesterday, Lawan commiserated with the General Overseer of the RCCG about the passing of the son.
In addition, he condoled with the Adeboye family and members of the RCCG global.
In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media) Ola Awoniyi in Abuja, Lawan said:”I share their profound grief over the loss of a dear husband, husband, father and committed labourer in the Lord’s Vineyard.
“May God Almighty comfort the highly respected pastor, his family and the entire members of his flock over this great loss and repose the soul of the deceased in perpetual bliss”
Gbajabiamila, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Lanre Lasisi, in Abuja, said it was painful for a father to reduce his child at any given time, saying the younger Adeboye lived a life filled with compliments to the Lord and service to humankind.
The Speaker recalled how the deceased took after his father in the work of God and rose to become one of the leading youth pastors in RCCG.
Gbajabiamila expressed despair over the loss of these a”promising young man”.
“I am saddened by the news of the demise of Pastor Dare Adeboye. His passing is debilitating, especially now that we want youth like him to function as role models for their peers.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Adeboye household and the entire RCCG family in this difficult moment.
“I pray the good Lord will come across a peaceful resting place for Pastor Dare Adeboye,” he said.
He stressed that Dare died in his prime, adding that the dead person was committed to the work of God such as his father.
The prior Abia State governor urged the Adeboye household to take solace in the fact that the overdue cleric dwelt a purposeful life dedicated to the support of God and mankind.
He described the passing of Dare as shocking and devastating and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the RCCG family.
“I received with pain and shock the information of the demise of Assistant Pastor (RCCG) accountable for Region (Youth) 35.
“The late cleric has been known to be spiritually gifted like his father.
“He had been strongly dedicated and committed to spreading the gospel beyond his immediate surroundings.
“The late warrior upheld and sustained the teachings of the sacred Bible in his life, which he exemplified in his way of life.
“He is going to be remembered for his great deeds,” Kalu said.
Onyejeocha also stated: “My deepest condolences to the family of Pastor Adeboye over the passing of the son…
“I am sure because you rest on the comfort of our heavenly Father, He will grant you the required strengths to draw peace and comfort from the well of salvation.”