Guest post: David Cameron’s Handshake with African Homophobic and Witch hunting Pastor


Guest post by Leo Igwe.

The photos of UK Prime Minister David Cameron shaking hands with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Rev Enoch Adeboye at the Festival of Life program holding in London must disgust anyone who knows about the teachings and positions of Adeboye and his church, particularly on issues of homosexuality and witchcraft. Rev Adeboye was one of the pastors who openly canvassed support for the anti gay marriage bill stating that homosexuality would wipe out humanity.

He said:

Same-sex marriage is an anathema to the will of God for human beings to be fruitful, replenish and multiply on earth. Anything contrary to that is evil.

How can a man who marries a fellow man produce a child and how can a woman who marries a fellow woman produce a child?

If this evil is allowed to stay, there will not be newborns again in the world. As the older generation dies, will there be a new generations to succeed it? Even plants and animals have new generations to succeed them.

President Goodluck Jonathan later signed the bill into law. Since the anti gay marriage bill came into force many homosexual Nigerians have been turned into criminals in their own countries and refugees abroad.

Adeboye’s Redeemed Christian Church of God is among the pentecostal ministries that are propagating witchcraft narratives in the region. The preachings and sermons of these churches are a major driving force for witch-hunting ravaging many parts of Africa and African migrant communities including those in the UK. Participation by the British Prime Minister in a meeting organised by such a church gives it credibility. A handshake with its pastor is an endorsement of his teachings and positions. As the UK general election approaches, it is obvious that Cameron went to this event in search of votes from minority communities. But is congregating and praying with a homophobic and witch hunting pastor the way to achieve this?

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