Yahaya Bello’s handling of COVID-19 shows he has faith — Pastor Adeboye

General overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye on Saturday met Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, describing him as a man of faith whose handling of the COVID-19 pandemic was an indication of stoic faith.

Bello had continually pushed the narrative that COVID-19 was a hoax and that politicians were using it to deceive people. One time, he said he would not allow the vaccine to be used on Kogi people, saying his people were not “lab rats”. His administration later accepted the vaccines.

Adeboye praised Bello for exhibiting religious tolerance in building the first-ever chapel in the Kogi State Government House.

“We have heard and seen your show of faith in God particularly in dealing with the coronavirus. It takes the man of faith to have acted the way you did and we are very very pleased with you,” Adeboye said.

“We have also heard the news of how you’ve been relating to people of every faith to the extent that you built the first chapel in the government house, Lokoja. We are delighted, sir.

“I want to assure you that we will keep on praying for you, we will keep on praying for the people of your state and I believe that the almighty God will answer our prayers for you. Thank you for granting us an audience.”

Bello, in response, said Adeboye’s visit was a gift and he was delighted to host the RCCG leader who is a role model to many in the country, himself inclusive.

He added that It was evil of any leader to continually do wrong without recourse to natural justice, adding that in Kogi State under his leadership, considering the circumstances surrounding how he became governor and his re-election, the resolve is to do good by providing credible and impacting governance.

Bello alluded that his administration’s strive to ensure ethnic, religious balance, fighting criminality and other modest achievements were only natural and mandatory obligations expected of leaders bequeathed with the people’s mandate.