RCCG reacts to Adeboye’s seat controversy during Orile-Igbon trip

Enoch Adeboye sitting on royal chair of Olugbon of Orile-Igbon Oba Francis Alao

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has said that its general overseer Pastor Enoch Adeboye did not ask the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon Oba Francis Alao to vacate his seat while at the town on December 22.

Adeboye was in the town for evangelism organised by the church.

Following his visit, criticism trailed a photo which circulated on social media showing Adeboye at the event sitting on a royal chair on which the monarch’s name and title were inscribed.

The critics said the act was an insult to Yoruba culture.

However, the RCCG, in a statement on Monday, clarified that the chair Adeboye sat on during the event was a new chair and not the monarch’s seat.

The statement said, “It has been brought to our attention that Pastor EA Adeboye supposedly asked a King to vacate his throne so he could sit on it. This is false!

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“Pastor EA Adeboye was going to minister from the altar and there was a chair which was the only chair prepared for him which was already placed there.

“At no point during his time at the ministration did he ask any of the Kings to vacate their throne for him to sit on. The seat on the altar was brand new. No other King or individual had sat on the seat before!

“Pastor EA Adeboye truly respects and honours the traditional chiefs & traditional rulers in our nation. He honours them, holds them in high regard and would not do anything at all to demean them.

“Pastor EA Adeboye appeals to all those who are fabricating and spreading various false comments. Pastor Adeboye does not consider himself ‘God’! He did not and would never displace any person from his throne for him to sit down.”