Foursquare not at ‘war’, says General Overseer
• Cautions politicians over utterances
GENERAL Overseer of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria, Reverend Felix Meduoye has dismissed suggestions that the headquarters church is in confrontation with one of its pastors, Rev. Isaac Adeyemi, who used to be a senior pastor of its Ikorodu church.
The General Overseer, who said this a press briefing on activities for the celebration of the 60th anniversary at its Yaba, Lagos headquarters, explained that nobody should make the mistake of saying that Foursquare is against its Livingspring church, which Rev Adeyemi, hitherto headed.
According to Meduoye, “We call it Ikorodu 2 aka Livingspring, so don’t make the mistake of saying that Foursquare is against Livingspring; no. It is a branch of Foursquare and it has an alias, and Adeyemi was a pastor of the Foursquare branch; and all that has happened so far is that the management of Foursquare has reasons to discipline our staff.
“What has happened is an internal matter between a staff and his employer. So, it is not something we will want to narrate on the pages of newspapers. And I am saying to you that Adeyemi was a staff of Foursquare and the leadership saw that he did something that came to the attention of the Church leadership that deserves sanction. By the way, let me tell you something, we have about 3, 600 pastors and Adeyemi is one of them. That should let you know that it is not like there is some sort of conflict or feud in Foursquare.
“As a staff of The Guardian, I don’t know how many workers you have. If your management has an issue with one staff or two, will it bring it to the public space to discuss? Well, it will not make sense to do so. That is what we are saying here. You have asked the question and I have told you that Adeyemi was a staff of Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria and he did what we the management thought merited sanction.”
On the forthcoming elections, Rev. Meduoye warned politicians that are campaigning to be mindful of their utterances, saying that they should not stir up acrimony and problems for the country.
“We are praying for this country and we know that our God answers prayer and to that extent I can say that our prayers are going to affect the lives of the people that are in politics. Therefore, we are saying that everyone who is into campaign must see election into a political office as not a matter of do-or-die. We don’t have to die because if you campaign in such way as to stir up acrimony and problems for the country that you intend to rule it might just happen that by the time you succeed in wanting to rule the people are no longer there. So, everyone that is campaigning has to be careful so as not to stir trouble.”
On the achievements of the church, the General Overseer noted that the seeds sown by Foursquare missionaries over the years have not been in vain.
He said: “We want to thank God that today we can now say that it has been a seed sown on good ground. By the special grace of God Foursquare’s flags are in the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Not only that, we also branches in the neighbouring countries such as Benin Republic, Togo, Gambia, among others. We have branches in America and India just to mention a few.”