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Pastor Adeboye Voices Plans To Build 3-km Long Church

It has been recently announced by the
General Overseer of the Redeemed
Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor
Enoch Adejare Adeboye, that the church
would build a three-kilometres long
auditorium in Nigeria. The statement has
prompted controversy among Nigerians,
with some calling the investment a "waste"
and yet another confirmation that Nigerian
churches are veering off the religious

Controversy As Pastor Adeboye Voices
Plans To Build 3-km Long Church
Pastor Adeboye claims that the existing
auditorium, built in 2000 with a capacity to
sit one million people at once, could no
longer accommodate millions of people
who attend service.
The new auditorium which would be built
at the mission's camp ground at km 46,
Lagos-Ibadan expressway would also be
three kilometres wide. This will make the
auditorium a humongous 9km square
auditorium, and one of the top ten
churches in the world in area size.
The Holy Ghost Service was one of the
programmes lined up for the 61st Annual
Convention of the church, and Adeboye
promised that the project will start soon
and will be completed before the 62nd
Convention in August 2014. He solicited for
donations from members toward making
the project a reality.
But not long after the announcement was
made public that Nigerians reacted angrily
on social media with many describing
churches in the country as business
According to one reader, Adeboye should
rather build a three-kilometre farm land and
employ a million unemployed youths in
Nigeria instead of wasting money on a
"So what impact will this have on the
common man? More queues on Lagos-
Ibadan Express Way, making life
unbearable for travellers on Lagos-Ibadan
route whenever programmes are going
on," said another reader, adding, "While I
commend such vision, I think the billions
of naira that will be used for such project
could do the common man good if such is
used to build affordable hospitals, schools,
scholarships and provide basic needs for
the common man."

According to yet another user, Nigerians
are hungry and unemployment rate is sky-
high but churches are wasting their
resources on buildings and other
investments rather than tackling poverty.

"Why not use that money to build a non-
profit organisation and employ our
youths?" he queried.
Another reader thinks that, despite constant
prayers, deliverance services and vigils in
these big churches, Nigeria remains stuck
in darkness and corruption.

"If they like, they should convert the whole
of Oyo State and Ogun State to church
there's still nothing to show for it . No light.
Even the General Overseer has more
bodyguards than government officials and
moves about in Helicopter/Private jet," he
said, adding that the road to Adeboye's
church is a death trap.

According to another's opinion, "Building
long auditourium means more tithe. For
God's sake, these churches can industrialise
Others reckon Nigeria needs jobs and not
competing in being among the largest
church in the world: "We can see clearly
that all the countries that have these large
churches are economically stable in terms
of infrastructure and job creation, unlike
Nigeria that any idea by church only
benefits the immediate people at the top .

We read about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
they were all farmers creating jobs for their
followers and not people that expand

To one reader, religion is the bane of
Nigeria: "I have said it time without number
that religion is the bane of our country.
Remove religion from the affairs of man
and there will be peace. I have watched
closely some of our colleagues who have
been brainwashed to believe that prayers
from the so-called men of God is all that is
required to be saved," he said, adding that
church followers believe and swallow
everything they are told by their pastors.

Another reader said he would not mind
being given the contract for the fencing of
the church.
Some say it is good news Nigerians are
waking up from spritual hypnotism:

(Nigerian pastors) are worse than armed
robbers. They are con artists who are not
afraid of God's punishment. Some of
Nollywood actors and actresses have also
dumped acting and joined these con artists
because, it is more lucrative than acting or
419 business."

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