Despite the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye has declared categorically that the journey to normalcy has begun.

‘‘I have good news for you. The return journey to normalcy has begun,’’ Pastor Adeboye told members on Sunday via satellite broadcast. ‘’Very soon your pastors will return to their duty posts. I have perhaps one more Sunday to spend with you (televised broadcast), then everything will return to normal.’’

Pastor Adeboye, who lauded the efforts of doctors in curtailing the scourge for the past few weeks, however, urged members and indeed the global community to continue ensuring high hygienic habits to ensure the world is not hit by a worse pandemic any time soon.

In Nigeria, he urged the federal government, (which has one of its top officials, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as a member of the RCCG), to always include the clergy in any future committees set up to tackle national health challenges as they were key in helping to contain such outbreaks.

Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God.

‘’I also advise the government that in the future when they are setting up their committees, men of God should be included,’’ the cleric said. ‘’I am not talking about small boys like me. I am talking about chief imams, arch bishops, others, so they can help them with the spiritual aspect of this warfare. I sincerely hope that we would all know at the end that it is not by our wisdom, our abilities; our planning that has given us whatever victory that we have already gotten. We need to return all the glory to God because as the elders will say, the rain can send you into the same hut more than once. We need to give the glory to God because we don’t want the victory we have won so far to be reversed.’’

The Phd holder in Mathematics before becoming a Pastor said a relapse in the scourge of coronavirus, even after it recedes, is possible.

‘’If you ask any Doctor, he (she) would tell you that the most difficult cancer to handle is the cancer that relapses,’’ he said. ‘’We don’t want a relapse of this scourge. Like I said before, this coronavirus, by the grace of God, will recede. But don’t let anybody deceive you. It is not going to disappear 100 per cent. Flu came about 100 years ago. It receded. Ebola came. It receded. You know very well they have not died completely. Let’s give all the glory to God that He will see that our victory is complete.’’

Speaking on: Joy Cometh! Pastor Adeboye said, ‘’weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh to all true worshippers of God’’. He said God’s desire to all men was to allow them experience joy in all aspects of their lives including marital, physical, spiritual and material.

‘’Death does not have the final say, Christ has the final say,’’ he said. “Sadness does not have the final say, it is the risen Christ that has the final say.’’

‘’Poverty does not have the final say; the all-sufficient one has the final say. Darkness does not have the final say; it is the Light that has the final say. And let me assure you, barrenness does not have the final say, it is the one who made you that has the final say,’’ he added.

‘’God will give us (in Africa) victory first before it extends to other parts of the world,’’ Pastor Adeboye said. ‘’Even after the lockdowns end, any journey outside the country, except it is very essential, postpone it.’’

He said assuredly, however, that the coronavirus season would soon end globally and the world would heave a sigh of relief.

- Eniola Olatunji.

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