Being Nigeria’s President is a Demotion — Bishop Oyedepo


President of Living Faith Church worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, has said that becoming the president of Nigeria is a demotion for him. His statement comes in the period several persons have declared interest to run in the 2023 presidential elections.

In a leadership summit transmitted worldwide, Oyedepo charged members of his church’s workforce on the essence of being devoted to serving God. He added that becoming the president of the country is a late decision for him. Besides, he asked his church members to pray for grace to make an impact globally for Christ.

Oyedepo said, “I believe in Nigeria and that is why I am still here, and still praying for Nigeria. But I consider it a demotion if I am invited to become the president of Nigeria. I am called for a global impact. I've seen this since 1984.

“Even the devil knows that you can’t be genuinely sold-out to serving God and not stand out in life. Since 1976, I have never missed a change of story.

“I was 19 years old when I prayed to God not to let me leave a village the way I met it. So I was 19 when I encountered destiny. I have not been tired of going out for God since 1976”.

There have been several reactions to the bishop’s statement. Okwuchi Stephen said, “Billy Graham once made this kind of statement when he was asked to run for the president of the United States of America. He said he considers it an insult as God has given him the world to liberate with the gospel.”

David Uche said, “Man of God I disagree with you. It is God that gives power to his people. If the office of the president of Nigeria is not your calling, you cannot say that it is a demotion. How is it a demotion? The president of Nigeria can decide to shut down your church and you will respect it. The President of Nigeria is also anointed by God (and it) is the high power of the land, not bishop or General overseer.”

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