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c1UK Prime Minister, David Cameron‘s recent visit to the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) ‘Festival of Life’ event in London has got Nigerians on social media talking.

General Overseer of RCCG Pastor E.A Adeboye, prayed for Cameron during his visit, Vanguard reports.

Many have criticized Cameron’s presence at the event, condemning it as a desperate political move carried out because of the UK’s upcoming general elections taking place in May.

Here is what some people in the Nigerian Twittersphere are saying:

Here is what some Nigerians on Nairaland had to say: Nairaland1 Nairaland2 Nairaland3 Nairaland 4 In case you missed it, here are some photos and video footage of Cameron’s visit: cameron2 cameron3 cameron4 cameron5 cameron6  

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BellaNaijarians, how do you feel about Cameron’s visit to RCCG?

51 Comments

  1. nwa nna

    April 19, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Politicians are all the same all over the world when it comes to courting votes.
    I’ve never been a fan of religious organization allowing politicians to use their platforms as a campaign ground.. Just my 2 cents

  2. Tee

    April 19, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    But why are people catching feelings? Its not the first time candidates have attended religious affairs and it won’t be the last. For some people’s mind he’s looking for prayers looool keep decieving yourselves, he’s just playing the part whilst looking for the minority votes and that’s all it is

  3. Seriously

    April 19, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I’m confused. What’s the difference between this and when Jonathan visited oyedepo? The reality is, politics and religion are not suppose to mix but now it does. And that’s how politics is played, you do everything you can to appeal to a certain group just for votes. It’s up to the Nigerians in U.K to make their own individual decision

  4. Olori Tari

    April 19, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Honestly, I have always been #TeamConservative and I was so gutted on Friday because errr…just don’t do it David. The desperation took me aback, but then again…I was on BBC/CNN this morning, only to see clips of Ed Miliband in praise House Church in Croydon! In fact with a ‘gbagada’ signboard that says ‘welcome to Praise House, Ed Miliband’. Oh well…

    Truthfully, one cannot stop anyone from coming to church because well, that’s counter-productive but I’m more worried about the pastors/churches that hand over their mic to politicians to use for all sort. Honestly, it doesn’t sit well with me but what do I know? At the end of the day, if you are about that publicity life for you church at all cost, then anything goes!

  5. Anon

    April 19, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    He wants black and minority ethnic (BME) votes. These are people who usually vote for Labour. He has lost some core Conservative voters to UKIP and is looking for where to make up the numbers. Politicians! Same old strategy.

    Pastor Agu Irukwu! Good man.

    • TT

      April 20, 2015 at 10:48 am

      I’m black and i’m Conservative all the way!! I always have been. I can’t stand Labour

  6. Becca

    April 19, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Whateva. Vote UKIP!

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      April 19, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Ehn??? I reject it in Jesus’ Name!! *snapping fingers vehemently and passionately binding UKIP*

    • Jaygirl

      April 20, 2015 at 3:55 am

      I reject along with u my sister….UKIP ko? Tufiakwa!!!!

    • Becca

      April 20, 2015 at 10:07 am

      I reject your rejection with a super injunction. We look forward to a Tory UKIP coalition.

    • Anon

      April 20, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Becca – you are oblivious of the dynamics of how a coalition works. UKIP will never have enough seats to command negotiations to go into a coalition with the party that wins. If and mega big if they had enough seats for a negotiation, Cameron would never have anything to do with UKIP. Of course, Labour takes no notice of them. They are on the way to winning just 1 seat. Others predict 0 for them. They will be found out on May the 7th.

  7. james

    April 19, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    WTF! Did James just say Daddy GO?!!! Cringe! Cringe! Cringe! He even went on to do the ‘somebody here tonight”. The Church pulpit is now an advertisement and branding platform. Religion is a joke!

  8. Me

    April 19, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    This guy even did research. He is so desperate!

    If he wins he will still use broom and send us all immigrants to our respective countries.

    Mr. Cameron we are not deceived! This man na wa oh….Even see the yarns he is giving.

    Wash them well well ohhhhh!!!! Washhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…Guy Man!

    • Becca

      April 20, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Please no more labour, I reject & reject in everybody’s name. I see their immigration policy is working as it’s now mainly immigrants that vote for them & their destructive socialist policies. They have successfully turned parts of London to Lagos annexe. Imagine my shock went into a Z1 Tesco to find stock fish, crayfish, yam flour, chin chin, Nigerian indomie & maggi I bought it sha. Saved me a trip to Peckham where even the local butchers now enforce their own naija tribalism saying ‘no ijebu here ooo.’
      Believe in Britain & vote UKIP!

  9. Mz Socially Awkward....

    April 19, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I’m not sure that the best way to have reacted to his visit was to close the church doors and say, “No you can’t come in, you scheming politician!”. Having the Prime Minister of any country attend your event is always an occasion to honour and even if he came there with very transparent intentions, I’m sure he would have been glad to have a prayer or two said over him. 🙂

    We saw a little of the same phenomenon in Scotland during the heat of Independence Referendum debates, when delegates from the Scottish Parliament (can’t remember if it was the Cabinet Secretary for Finance) came to a church service and said a few words to us after the sermon. It was nice to see a member of Government visiting our wee church, we listened politely and attentively to what he hinted at would happen for the good of immigrants if Scotland became an independent and we still went out and voted a big capital “NO” on the actual day of the Referendum.

    So… human beings will make their own minds up, regardless (irregardless? just joshing 🙂 ) of political gimmicks. It’s nice to see a stiff upper lipped Tory like David worshiping with the “common brethren”, all the same. 😀

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      April 19, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      *if Scotland became an independent country*

    • kermit the frog

      April 20, 2015 at 8:50 am

      I know he should not stop anyone from worshiping in his church but he can definitely stop it from being used as a political campaign. I said this during Nigeria elections and i was made to seem like an unbeliever. They can attend with strict instructions of no cameras, no media and no political talks. If you are really there to worship as they so claim, they should ve no problems with those rules.

      And you might be strong minded not to be convinced by the talks of the politician that came to your church, but not all followers are strong minded and they follow every word their pastor says and seeing a politician in their church to them means he is the accepted candidate of their pastor and just might be persuaded to vote for him.

  10. iba

    April 19, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    At least, i didn’t see David on his knees. LOLZ

  11. YEYEAREWA

    April 19, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    As a matter of fact, i tweeted about this the moment i found out about it! in honesty, i respect Adeboye and as a matter of fact, i attend RCCG but this trend of people wanting political offices visiting him for prayers, i honestly dont like! i understand that he is a ‘real man of God’ and all yea, but the frequency tho… before u know it, all these soft sell magazines will say something and the crowd will feed on it!

    • Prayforthelost

      April 20, 2015 at 9:39 am

      I attended on Friday. Usually I would have the same reaction as you. However, what we seem to forget shockingly is God’s will must come to pass be it via Cameron or whomever. God’s ways are not our ways. Whether people want to acknowledge it or not, God wants Cameron and every other unbeliever to be saved.

      It is sad we can waste precious time (The end is near and time and hour knoweth no man) in stating the obvious instead of consistently praying for the salvation of the lost, which is what God wants. Which is what God wants.

      My people perish for lack of knowledge. Pray that the right leader, the one that carry out God’s will, will be chosen.

      Yes we can have our opinion but remember if you are a child of God you must look at this with spiritual sight. Think wisely and remember God is watching you.

      God bless you in Jesus name. Shalom.

    • Jenny

      April 22, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      I understand what you’re saying however this slim ball attended a silk festival of life with his wife dressed in their attire and bowing to whatever they worship couple of hour later. So please explain what his true intentions were. He had a right to be saved but then showed the world his true colours and what he really wanted. He’s a joke in this country….a spineless joke that no one takes seriously anymore.

  12. NnennaO

    April 19, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I don’t understand why he was given the opportunity to use the church as a political playground. I’m baffled, and even more so at the fact that people can’t seem to understand how manipulative his actions were. Don’t tell me about the significance of him declaring that the UK is a Christian country. Yawn. Have you not heard of the Church of England? He wanted to send shockwaves across the Black African community and used religion as a tool.

    David Cameron’s policies hit these people the hardest and they scream wildly because he says Jesus? David Cameron’s big society does not include immigrants. A man who continually enacts legislation to stifle their opportunities mentions ‘Daddy G.O’ and you go wild and stretch out your hands and pray that he has the wisdom of Solomon? of Solomon? Really? Come on guys. As he bows his head to receive your prayers he’s think about the Sikh festival he’s attending the next day.

    And I don’t blame David Cameron. He has a good team of advisors who coached him beforehand. I applaud him and his team. I’m more intrigued at the fact that this man was given the platform to hijack an event supposedly dedicated to glorifying God… this great Festival has passed, now what are we still here talking about? God? or David Cameron? Food for thought.

    (Who even has time to check for typos? Not me bro!)

  13. tralala

    April 19, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    The sad thing is that the next time Cameron is ever around East London -that is of he wins- it will be to chase out illegal immigrants especially as he now has a clearer view of potential numbers! I am Labour, waiting for him to come near the catolic church but then I guess we are fewer in no. there.

    • Professor X

      April 19, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      Lmao! Now Cameron knows for sure how many waka come….

  14. bruno

    April 19, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    David Cameron is a very prayerful, god fearing man, I am going to vote for him, said nobody, EVER!!!!. oyinbo people are not easily deceived.

    David cameron you will end up like gej.u will lose and unlike gej they won’t praise you and call u a hero for conceding to defeat. lol

  15. Lateefah

    April 19, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    #teamchange

  16. fleur

    April 19, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Nigerians self!! So you wanted him to convert to RCCG because he came to you? COnsider it an honor for him to visit. THis is called stakeholder recognition. He did not come to pretend that he is born again. He came because he recognized that RCCG is a place to reach a large and important stakeholder base – you NIgerians. During his visit, did he say he was now born again and was renouncing all other religions? No. He also did not shed his own identity. He came to the church because RCCG London is now a very visible stakeholder group. What you should do is try to host the candidates in a debate at your auditorium to continue to elevate your level of relevance. Stop griping and misreading stuff! Geez.

    • Afoluwasho Flowerpower

      April 20, 2015 at 7:04 am

      Fleur, thank you!! I will not say anything more.

    • Peaches77

      April 20, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      Like, well analysed!

    • mo

      May 25, 2015 at 4:08 am

      Well said Fleur. Thank you. Naija os shine your eye and move on. Up RCCG and Pastor Agu for the vision

  17. Dinon

    April 20, 2015 at 12:16 am

    I absolutely agree with Bruno…David Cameron is a Godfearing man whether he attends RCCG or not…check this short speech by Cameron out mrctv.org/blog/david-cameron-easter-speech-christian-country

  18. tob

    April 20, 2015 at 12:37 am

    For one quick second, let us take aside the religion and politicking. What this symbolizes is a true achievement. That the Nigerian community and demographic in the United Kingdom have attained a significant height in a foreign land. It is evidence that our demography is so great, so powerful, that the Prime Minister, of this host country is courting our votes. That we are not just operating or living in the shadows; we a part of the fiber of English (British) society and we are thriving; look at that auditorium alone. We are not disenfranchised we have political power even in a foreign nation. Our votes count, it matters, we are movers and shakers. That for me is the message I chose to recognize in the midst of this unholy blur between the separation of CHURCH AND STATE.

    • Confused Nation

      April 20, 2015 at 9:23 am

      I agree with you totally and Thank God he did not say Nigerians would drown in the lagoon if they do not vote conservative party like some #democracy. This is how a leader works, you recognise a significant group of people who may have a stake in your affairs and approach them with understanding. Even if they would not end up voting for you or your party, at least approach them with respect and say/campaign for your course.

    • TT

      April 20, 2015 at 10:54 am

      *claps* well said! And you are very right!

      This is why i’m always trying to explain to people that the lives Nigerians live in England vs the US is very different! Of course the life of an illegal immigrant in the UK wouldn’t be great….cause they’re there illegally (duh). But for those who have been given British citizenship, they have actually created a legit, well respected community of Nigerians in the UK. Pastor Agu and his family for instance. The same can’t be said for the US where your’e just seen as black by the whites or an African illetrate by the blacks.

  19. Andrew

    April 20, 2015 at 12:48 am

    This man and Theresa May imposed some of the harshest immigration laws on immigrants and now he needs the minorities to vote for him and he runs to Pastor Adeboye. This pastors and politicians mixing together cant be right

  20. carina

    April 20, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Majority of Politicians are not loyal. I’m not surprised by David Cameron. He’s a confused fellow.

  21. miiiizz

    April 20, 2015 at 4:04 am

    sai Labour. After all their wicked evil policies for immigrants. Now they want votes. We are smarter than this

  22. Anon

    April 20, 2015 at 5:35 am

    Baba is getting older oh. Wonder who is successor is.

  23. Idomagirl

    April 20, 2015 at 6:04 am

    These comments are way more entertaining that the tweets and the actual post. LOL.

    • Idomagirl

      April 20, 2015 at 6:05 am

      *Than

  24. hadeez cool

    April 20, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Some people want to eat their hearts out because Cameron was at RCCG. Pls ehm tell me didn’t Buhari and co attend Lagos state thanksgiving service’ Buhari was even singing from a hymn book, at some point I feared he was going to respond to an altar call if there was one…….lol so why weren’t you guys disappointed in Buhari’s actions… Like it or not Daddy GO is influential even though he deliberately tries to distant himself from politics they still chase after him. He has got a crowd mehn…he has earned respect over time. Politics is politics ….these guys are just playing their cards…..to win votes and earn support you have to identify with people….Very smart move Cameron. And pls every body is welcomed to church……politician or not.

  25. Observing

    April 20, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Very simple Cameron. Grant Amnesty to lots of Nigerians and Indians and the opposition will loose.
    Treat migrants like humans then they will vote like humans. Ask Tony Blair.

  26. Fols

    April 20, 2015 at 8:36 am

    So if the head of your country’s government says he wants to come to attend a service at your church, will you say no? If he asks to speak to the people, will you say no? You have to give him his due honour. The Bible itself says give honour to whom it is due, and we as Africans have that entrenched in our culture also. Even when you know that what they want is an opportunity to reach crowds that they could never get on a normal day, you can only hope that they don’t abuse the opportunity they are given to address the people and misuse the platform. And as for praying for them when they visit, that’s also biblical (1 Tim. 2:2). At the end of the day we all want a government that is good and fair to all, so they do need prayers. I don’t think there’s a need for all the brouhaha over this, honestly.

  27. na wah

    April 20, 2015 at 10:42 am

    jeje-ly and gbadun-ly, Daddy GO was doing Festival of Life when David Cameron decides to stop by and say “hello” (and of course say stuff). please shsall he chase him away?

    • na wah

      April 20, 2015 at 10:43 am

      *shall

  28. Dom!!!

    April 20, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    You people that are condemning the fact that Pastor Adeboye received David Cameron in the church, can you please tell us, what would have advised him to do or say? I don’t think that Pastor A.D. is playing any politics game here but he is only doing what he has to do, I quote” {…} give respect and honor to those who are in authority”. Politicians are who they are, malicious people, it’s known and in this case Cameron recognised the influence the man of God has on a great number of people in the UK, and he is only taking advantage of it. Pastor Adeboye being the Wise, respected and annointed man he is, well he received him; There is no big deal about it. Now saying that Cameron is only looking for votes – which he will probably not get from Us 🙂 that’s a different story all together.

  29. nnenne

    April 20, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Leave the man alone.
    You gotta do what you gotta do.
    BTW, good luck Mr. Cameron. Wish I was in a position to vote for you.

  30. Paula Y

    April 20, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Hmmm….As usual, i’m here to read the comments.and as expected, all very interesting.But in my opinion, you cannot turn a politician away from your Church..Who knows whether the Spirit of GOD will arrest him. But I think its exciting that the body of Christ is recognised as an important group in the scheme of affairs.

  31. zibaintl

    April 20, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    shame on pple talking trash abt davids visit to RCCG. His visit goes a long way to say how annointed ADEBOYE is. even d bible says a man dat is dilligent in his buiz will stand b4 kings n not mean men. God has fulfilled dat scripture in d life of Adeboye. Kings will continue to run to him bcos even though they might not be born again, dey understand d anointing of God on ADEBOYE’S life n his impact on planet earth. …Secondly bible says give honor to whom is due n pray for those in authority…..so u expect adeboye to say CAMERON u are not welcome abi? even in d time of old,read abt d kings in israel, dey alwa look for a man of God to inquire wat God is sayiing to israel..so get a life….dats how pple will run their mouth n talk trash yet deir lives remain stagnant, no impact on odas n beside are not any where close to d person dey kep castigating….humble urslves n be blessed.

  32. Eve

    April 21, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    That is how they forced me yesterday to register to vote, threatening to fine 80 quid if did not. They ruined chances for people who needed work experience to proceed in their careers by scrapping post study just as I finished my course in 2012. Smh! now they need immigrant votes.

  33. nna

    May 23, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Yawa

    The man nyash neva kiss seat finish na so him begin flex like Pharaoh. Kai

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