Did Adeboye Lead a Protest Against Jonathan’s Govt Over Christian Killings? Fact Emerges

Did Adeboye Lead a Protest Against Jonathan’s Govt Over Christian Killings? Fact Emerges

  • Pastor E.A. Adeboye of the RCCG has come under heavy criticism for refusing to challenge President Tinubu's administration
  • In fact, a viral video making the rounds online claimed Adeboye attacked former President Goodluck Jonathan's government but has remained silent under Tinubu's government
  • Interestingly, a fact-checking platform investigated the claim of Adeboye leading a protest against Jonathan in 2014 and shared its findings

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

A fact-checking platform has investigated the claim that Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), led a protest against former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014.

Adeboye under fire over alleged protest against Jonathan
Pastor Adeboye and former President Goodluck Jonathan. Photo credit: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE, Jonathan's media team
Source: Facebook

As an X user, Chude Nnamdi @chude__na, took to the social media platform on Monday, June 17, to call out Pastor Adeboye for refusing to protest against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's led government.

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The X user claimed Adeboye had vowed to speak out against the plight of Nigerians and staged a massive protest during Jonathan's government but refused to do the same during Tinubu's administration.

The X user made this assertion after veteran rapper Eedris Abdulkareem challenged Adeboye to call out Tinubu's administration, the same way he did to former president Jonathan.

Sharing a video, the X user tweeted:

"Pastor Adeboye During Goodluck Jonathan, your voice was so loud, You Vowed to stage A Massive Protest, But Now You have refused to Protest Against President Tinubu."

Verification: Adeboye didn't lead a protest against Jonathan's government

Considering the post trended on X, a fact-checking platform, Dubawa decided to fact-check the netizen's claim and scrutinise it.

The media platform in a report published on Friday, June 21, concluded that the narrative by the X user that Pastor Adeboye led a protest against Jonathan in 2014 was false and the viral clip misleading.

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Results from the search showed that the image was captured in 2020 during former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Findings revealed that the photo was from a peaceful protest led by Adeboye against widespread killings in the country at the time, as seen here and here.

It ruled:

"MISLEADING! Pastor Adeboye did not lead a protest against Jonathan in 2014. The picture used to support this narrative was from a protest against Christian killings in 2020 under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration."

Verdict:

"Verdict: Misleading! The picture was taken at a protest against Christian killings in 2020 under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Adeboye reacted to leaders of Boko Haram claiming to be Muslims.

Adeboye said Boko Haram members claiming to be Muslims don't make every Muslim a terrorist or murderer.

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The popular clergyman said the same thing applies to a pastor and wife who are insensitive to their members.

Proofreading by Nkem Ikeke, journalist and copy editor at Legit.ng.

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.