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How Pastor Adeboye named me Abraham, father of the nation – Tinubu

Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu said he was christened Abraham by the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

Tinubu made the disclosure during a meeting with the Christian community and members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kano State on Monday.

“The day my wife was ordained Pastor in the Redeemed Church, I was there,” Tinubu said. “Pastor Adeboye gave me Abraham, I said what is the meaning? He said watch out, the father of nation.”

Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, made the statement in defence of his decision to pick former Borno State governor Kashim Shettimma, a Muslim like himself which has caused outrage in the Nigerian political scene ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

The APC presidential candidate’s wife, Remi, was ordained a pastor in RCCG in August 2018 – which Tinubu referenced as proof of his religious tolerance to appeal for support from the Christian community .In June, CAN announced that it opposes the APC Muslim-Muslim ticket for the presidential election, citing imbalance and insensitivity to religion in Nigeria.

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