By Temitope Owotoki
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed details of the special prayers he received at the Redemption Camp hours from Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the general overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, just hours before his helicopter crash-landed in Kabba, Kogi state.
Osinbajo was among those who testified during the 35th anniversary of the church’s Holy Ghost Service, which marked Adeboye’s 77th birthday anniversary, said Adeboye prayed the same prayer thrice for him hours before the air mishap.
With a broad smile on his face, Osinbajo told the congregation about the prayers as he gave thanksgiving.
“I am Yemi Osinbajo, pastor in charge of Lagos Province 48 of RCCG.
“I thank God for the salvation of my soul.
“Two testimonies: the first is that on February 2nd. I came late for the Holy Ghost Service. After the service I went to see Daddy (Adeboye) in his office and he said he wanted to pray for me. My wife, Dolly, and I knelt down as he prayed, ‘Father, I want you to give special protection to your son.’
“He prayed that three times and stopped. Then he prayed it again.
“I was getting worried about why he had to pray that way. But anyway, later that day the helicopter I was travelling in crashed in Kabba. All 12 of us in the helicopter survived without a scratch. I want to bless the name of the Lord for that.
“My second testimony is that on February 23, I was re-elected with President Buhari, for a second term as Vice President and I want to praise the Lord. Praise Jesus. Who did it?” he asked
“Jesus!” The congregation roared.
Preaching a sermon with the theme ‘Swimming in Glory – 3” at the event, Adeboye identified three powerful ways to draw God’s attention for His intervention in life. He dwelt on the story of the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5:25-34 to show how the touch of God changes situations for good.
He highlighted five takeaways from the text by tracking the woman’s action from the decision that she would seek a solution from Jesus to the 12-year ordeal, through the self-assurance that she could; and the determination that nothing, not even the crowd around Jesus and their possible hostility towards her, would stop her as braced all odds to touch the helm of Jesus’ garment in a way that made Him feel that some virtue had left him.
Adeboye explained that even though those were days when Jesus lived physically among us it was still possible to touch God through Jesus.
Citing biblical evidence and testimonies, he listed the three ways in which God can be touched as faith, prayers and giving.
Folu, Adeboye’s wife offered her usual prayers for all nations, during which she specifically thanked God for the largely peaceful presidential and national assembly elections.