‘Social distancing won’t prevent me from laying hands on the sick’ – Adeboye says

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By Aiyeku Timothy

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said the call for social distancing by the FG will not stop him from laying hands on the sick for them to get healed.

The cleric said this on Sunday at the church’s National Headquarters in the Ebute-Meta area of Lagos State, during the first Thanksgiving Service of the year.

Adeboye, who preached on the topic, Divine Lifting, however, urged members of his church and Nigerians to obey all COVID-19 protocols outlined by the government to prevent the spread of the virus.

The 78-year-old cleric, who donned a face shield, aso told his members not to be afraid of the virus but implored them to obey all health guidelines.

He said, “I want you to relax but don’t be careless. When I say relax, I do not say be careless. I hope you know the difference between the two. When they say wear your mask, wear your mask. When they say wash your hands, wash your hands. You know we are very particular about hygiene. Even when corona (coronavirus) is gone, keep on washing your hands.”

“When they talk about social distancing, do that as much as possible. Obey the government.

“But I can’t distance myself from my wife and I am not going to allow social distancing prevent me from laying hands on the sick so that they can recover – that is my duty and I will do it,” Adeboye said, stressing that he washed his hands frequently.

His statement might be connected to criticisms from the public following a viral photo of the cleric wearing a face shield while laying hands on a bedridden person last week.


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