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Why My Mom Didn’t Allow Me To Join The Army – Adeboye 

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

THE General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, gives reason his mom disallowed him from joining the Nigerian Army.

The Octogenarian, who clocked 81 last March 2, made the disclosure during April monthly Thanksgiving Service at the RCCG headquarters, Ebute Meta, Lagos.

He described the inability to join the army as his unfulfilled childhood dream owing to the refusal of his mom to give her nod.

The renowned cleric, who was preaching on “Vessels Unto Honour,” said he had always loved the Army but his late mother vehemently opposed the decision except after her demise.

He acknowledged the presence of the military, paramilitary and other security forces who were in attendance for the Sunday worship with special focus on them.

Adeboye cited 2Timothy 2:3,1Cor. 9:24-27 and 1Cor. 11:23-24 where the Bible talks about “enduring hardness as a good soldier of Christ.”

According to the mathematician, “I wanted to be a soldier; it’s my mother who didn’t allow me.”

He said he told his mum about it after graduation and his mother requested that he should allow her to die before he would take the decision.

“… And I told her that I wanted to join the army after I graduated (from the university).

“She said to me, ‘You’re my only son. I’m not asking you not to join the army, just wait till I die and you have buried me, then you can do whatever you want.”

Adeboye said this was in the 1960s, adding that by the time her mother eventually died in the 1990s, he had already advanced in age.

“It was already too late for me to join the army. But I love the Army.

“Maybe another time I will tell you the reasons,” he noted.

He said he loved the Army so much that he would always watch movies and other documentaries pertaining to the military.

“Because I love the Army, I watched every film, cinema, anything that had to do with the military.

“And I’m telling you, I saw what changed the civilians to the iron men,” the cleric said.

He said the fact that people saw the military men in fine uniforms did not mean they knew what the soldiers had passed through before wearing those uniforms

“You see them in beautiful dresses, they look nice, maybe you should check what goes on from the day they enlist till the day they begin to march in ceremonial dress, you will know what is called ‘hardness,’ you will know what is called endurance,” Adeboye added.

The Ifewara-born cleric further added that if nobody was interceding for the military, he was doing so constantly because they put their lives in the line to protect others.

“I’m praying for you if nobody is doing so. I appreciate you. There are great days ahead only to the vessels onto honour,” he charged.

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