Tuesday 17 February 2015


Christian clergy are currently embroiled in partisan politics to their chagrin. A note of caution to them should be in order. As a clergyman myself, I feel a deep sense of responsibility to contribute my quota to my turf by sounding the alarm bell.

The two major political parties in Nigeria have targeted the church for ‘plunder’ as can be expected. We were recently reminded of the danger inherent in this by Pastor Tunde Bakare, the General Overseer of Later Rain Assembly, in his ‘State of the Nation’ address on 04th January, 2015, titled, “The Gathering Storm & Avoidable Shipwreck: How To Avoid Catastrophic Euroclydon.” He recommended that Nigeria should not go into the 2015 elections until after correcting certain ‘fundamentals’ which he enumerated. He gave a political ‘weather forecast’ that suggested that doom lay ahead for the country if it proceeded with the elections. He also gave seven ominous signs of this impending doom.

Bakare called his seventh ominous sign of doom “Potential Religious Confusion, Betrayals, Scandals and Persecution”. He predicted that Christians would be confused and divided in their choice of presidential candidate because many of them had hitherto been enjoying the benefits of a romance with the incumbent President and now a senior pastor with the largest church denomination in the country is the running mate of the presidential candidate of the main opposition party. He said we should expect betrayals of old friends, scandals as greedy clergy sell out and even the persecution of the voices of reason.

It is obvious that many Christian clergy did not heed Bakare’s words of caution. They are now neck-deep in the performance of ‘endorsement ceremonies’ and, out of greediness, are collecting an earthly reward, which the Bible describes as “filthy lucre” five times and condemns in strong terms. The number 5 in Scriptures connotes the grace of God made available to mankind. If those greedy clergymen who have collected monies from politicians would truly repent, God will extend His pardon to them.
1.      Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous. (1Timothy 3:3)
2.      Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre. (1Timothy 3:8)
3.      For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre. (Titus 1:7)
4.      Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. (Titus 1:11
5.      Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind. (1 Peter 5:2)  (Underlining mine)

Pastor Tunder Bakare’s warning went unheeded and so God sent another prophet to sound the warning a second time in the person of Pastor Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. The occasion was the monthly Holy Ghost Night, which Papa Adeboye holds on every last Friday of the month at the Church’s camp site along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

It is reported that on Friday, 30 January, 2015, Adeboye made reference to the claims of a certain State Governor reported in that day’s papers (whom we know from the papers to be Gov. Rotimi Ameachi of Rivers State) who was quoted as saying that the Peoples’ Democratic Party had released the sum of N6 Billion for bribing pastors so that they work against the APC.

THE NATION newspaper quoted the revered Pastor Adeboye as having told his pastors to return such monies or be ready to face the fiery wrath of the Almighty God. The paper had the following harsh words for clergy and the church establishment in general:

The problem of pastoral corruption affects all denominations and the ecclesiastical order must restrain itself because it opens up the churches for this. Yet, most pastors are ill-prepared to deal with such problems, compelling the public to robe the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) with the derisive epithet of ‘CAN of worms’. Some pastors are too cosy with the President and other top politicians, losing in the process the instinctive capacity to protect the institution. No wonder, most churches now wish such cases away or stifle their spread to the public domain. What is happening among many pastors and in religious houses is a reflection of the abysmal nature of all institutions and values in the society at large. Unfortunately, it would not be far from the truth to say that the country is under the hegemony of spiritually bad people. Such leadership, political and spiritual, have forgotten that God’s standards are clear and unambiguous. That He hates bribe and expects us to shun it. That God wants pastors to stand out. Unfortunately, most pastors have been overwhelmed by the prevalent evil culture of bribery and corruption induced by politicians. Sadly, these corrupt men of God want their congregations to overcome the vice. How? It is sad to note that the pulpit has been turned into platform for making illicit money from politicians that probably stole from the public till, seeking undeserved positions. Pastoral duty is a call to serve God. The wearing of that pristine robe makes God to overlook the times of ignorance but some pastors, through their corrupt inclinations, have made it difficult for the public to differentiate between their period of ignorance and that of divine call. Surprisingly, pastors of nowadays hold strongly to the wrong belief that money is the wheel on which the gospel rides, which we doubt has any foundation in the Bible. We note in recent times that the biggest givers in churches are close politician friends of pastors.   They shower pastors with gifts that perpetually silence them from discharging their pastoral obligations in a candid way to their congregation. We consider this as sacrificing scriptural values on the altar of personal greed. Pastors are by calling expected to live ascetic lifestyles and not one in pursuit of pleasure and the good things of life which money offers from invidiously corrupt politicians. The soiling of Christianity under the guise of evangelism must be curbed now; not later.

One episode is in the eye of the storm at the moment. It is the purported endorsement of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari for president in the 2015 elections by an amorphous group of ‘Christians’ self-styles as “Northern Christian Leaders, Eagle-Eye Forum”. The event took place in the International Christian Centre, Abuja, on Thursday, 12 February, 20015. The leader of this group is one Pastor Aminchi Habu, whom journalists said refused to give the name of his church. Newspapers claim that some of the pastors invited walked out of the event when they realised that they were being ‘used’. Some other reports said that some of the invited pastors complained about the paltry amount given to them in the end in contrast to what was earlier promised. Pastor Aminchi Habu has since splashed pictures of the event on the internet for all who care to see.

Shortly after the event, two reputed Christian clergymen stormed the studios of CHANNELS TV to set the records straight. Evangelist Matthew Owojaiye, former Chairman of the Northern Christian Elders Forum (NORCEF), and Elder Sunday Oibe, current PRO of Northern CAN, dissociated themselves and their organisations from purported endorsement. They said CAN and its affiliate bodies are all apolitical. Their leadership has also never met and resolved to support a particular political party. They therefore labelled the Abuja event organisers as fakes and imposters who are not authorised to speak for the organised church.

The Secretary of the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF), Pastor Bosun Emmanuel, a delegate to the 2014 National Conference, has since issued an official statement to the effect that CAN and NCEF only recognize the Northern Christian Elders Forum (NORCEF) and not Pastor Aminchi Habu’s forum. Gen. Buhari is being advised to cross-check his contacts. He might run into dishonest people.   

One of the speakers at the Abuja event shown on Nigerian Televisions Authority has since joined issues with Owojaiye and Oibe in the public domain on Facebook. He is Barr. Solomon Dalung, who writes as Igbarman Otarok. He wrote attaching a picture of the event:

If all these people are fake Christians then can Sunday Ayeje(Oibe) tell us the real Christians in the North. Is he referring to those who secretly anointed Jonathan and collected #6 billion as the Christians or those who made a public endorsement? From his analysis he is a dubious personality who is not quite informed about Christians in the North. He does not know the difference between a church and a forum or an association. I doubt the credibility of his claim. Which CAN is he talking about? The one that their leader is involved in arms trafficking in South Africa? All I know is that over 500 clergy including 10 bishops, Reverends, Pastors, Prophets, Evangelists and Elders across the North endorsed GMB. If they are Christian leaders, let them gather their own crowd publicly to counter and not just two people.

Clearly, the Nigerian Church establishment is already fragmented and polarised along political Party divides as predicted by Pastor Tunde Bakare. Unfortunately, I must write like this and wash our dirty linen in the public. It’s sad that we have to label some people as ‘fake Christians’. But some Christians have sinned before God in this matter. They need to repent and obtain God’s forgiveness before His anger is visited on them.

Clergymen can participate in politics within the limits of their calling, but they should not drag the Christians organisations that they head into partisanship, neither should they ever enrich themselves from it. I strongly advice true Christians not to ever participate again in the type of shameful and treacherous trickery discussed above. Don’t forget the words of Apostle Paul to Timothy that righteousness with contentment is great gain; (1 Timothy 6:6).

Saturday 14 February 2015


It has become needful for the Lord’s people in the nation and others burdened about the state of the nation Nigeria, but without it’s shores to be conversant with the mind of God regarding the nation and very importantly, the coming (2015) elections.
Nigeria is at a brink now and the church of Jesus Christ cannot afford to derail or put in power one that is not in God’s mind.
Some brethren in the leadership of this forum of the Kingdom work In Nigeria took time over the last weekend to wait and look to God in the place of prayers, regarding His mind on the nation and especially, 2015 elections.
The emphasis of the meeting, which took place from Jan. 29th -Feb. 1st (Thursday –Sunday) was to examine the words brethren and fellowships received as perceived to be God’s word and direction to His people; primarily guide in the place of prayer, discussions, expectations and most importantly, stabilizing the mind at such troubling moment!
The brethren that met are all APOLITICAL, having nothing but the interest of God’s house and people at heart.
At the meeting, we arrived at the following to be the counsel of God for His people now:
Buhari becoming the President of Nigeria will do much harm and bring great setback for the Church of Christ and Nigeria as a whole.
• The choice of a committed Christian to contest as Buhari’s running mate is a very calculated device to weaken the true position the church should take and also divide us.
• A word from God in 1984/85, which many brethren around then and now attest to, clearly stated: Buharishall be overthrown and he shall never rule Nigeria again!
• God’s people should not make the terrible mistake of installing as President, one whom the Lord has rejected and who will afflict the church of God.
• There is perceived, a great tendency for some trouble in the land, related to the coming elections; but it’sintensity and duration shall be determined by the church of Christ.
• The Lord would have the church do much of praying in the coming days to avert a national disaster. (A SISTER AT THE COORDINATION ELDERS WEEKEND MEETING had the following experience : (Jan. 31st 2015):
I saw a cloud mixed with dust rising, very tall and coming towards where I stood. In the vision, I had a witness that this cloud mixed with dust must not meet me where I am)
• Brethren are encouraged to exercise their voting rights during the elections, also as a mark of trust in the Lord for a process that His will has been made known to His people.
• Brethren and fellowships are advised to observeFebruary 8th 2015 (The Sunday before election) as a general day of fasting and prayers to avert every disaster planned for the nation and the church of God by the adversary.
We present therefore to you, words, revelations and impressions as perceived to be of God, which form a part of the decisions of the elders to bring forth the counsel raised above:
-Saw Nigeria as a vast land with no grass but red soil
-Saw storm and dust roused covering the whole land
-Saw a man who participated in the last election with his feet wounded and this has become a putrefying sore with an intense odour that was perceived till the revelationended.
-Saw the map of Nigeria as mat on the sky with multitudes of people closely parked together and becoming one man standing on a lofty height and dropping from the lofty height to a lower plane with head bowed and fire breaking forth out of the head and burning for a very long time.
2. FROM A SISTER (21/01/2015):
You vote Buhari you vote horror.
He will bath Nigeria with their own blood.
Christians must see the hand writing on the wall in voting this man.
Another holocaust is around the corner if you do this. I made u to see the pain of holocaust yesterday for you to understand. What my people are doing is taking your nation backward by another 100 years. Pray that this will not be.
Raise a voice of alarm for this great battle raging in the heavenly over your land, Saith the Spirit.
(a) December 2014 during a tarry night service.
Nigeria in a blood covenant by evil men in league with the devil to rule the nation.
Buhari was seen consulting with an image in the water to obtain power to rule the nation. There were about 70 persons with him. He is being backed by spirits in the water to rule the nation. His power and influence to rule the country is from the water. According to the revelation, Nigeria has been into a blood covenant by enemies of the nation. Nigeria was seen being dragged to what looked like a big black tree and was tethered there.
The brother also saw the Northern part of Nigeria divided into two; one part for Buhari, and the other part for the other candidate. They have sworn to take back the presidency to the north. A Machine gun was seen centered in the heart of the nation in preparation for the coming election. The idea is to chase the voters away so that they can manipulate the votes. A bloody election has been determined for 2015.
(b) There was quietness in the whole country. Then trouble erupted in the whole land, as there was war. At that point, a voice said that the length of the battle would be determined by the actions of the Church of Jesus Christ. Then a scripture reference was given:
Isaiah 44:24 – 28.
(c) A man seen clearing a parcel of land, then came a bricklayer and perfectly laid the foundation and raised the bricks orderly, another came and filled the holes in the bricks.
Afterwards appeared a man who anointed the foundation and the wall. The picture of President Jonathan was then placed on the wall. A group of persons appeared and attempted to remove this picture, but couldn’t achieve their aim and the scene disappeared”
This word was received in the midst of anointed praise and worship in the fifth day of prayer and waiting on the Lord.
I saw a cloud mixed with dust rising, very tall and coming towards where I stood. In the vision, I had a witness that this cloud mixed with dust must not meet me where I am.
5. A BROTHER IN ABUJA: Sunday 01-02-2015:
During the Sunday service as worship was going on I saw a vision of a court session with a judge sitting on the judgment seat, there were court attendants doing their job in an orderly manner while observers filled the court room, the session was on and head of nations were being called and instructed.
Then I saw President Goodluck Jonathan standing in a court room dressed in Niger-Delta black attire in front of the judge, one of the court attendants (which I perceived to be an angel) brought a scroll to him. Mr. President received the scroll untie it but could not read it he tried but to no avail because he did not the language of the scroll.
I was in a deep thought that why Jonathan is finding it difficult to read the scroll, moreover what about Gen. Buhari then the scene continued. I saw GMB dressed in babariga white from head to toe also standing before the judge, the same angel brought another scroll (which look like Jonathan’s copy) to GMB as he collected the scroll he became furious and treated it with disdain and threw it away. While all this drama was going on Jonathan was still standing and struggling with his own copy.
The judge said, “Shall we overlook this attitude”? Then I heard it is not about the apparel.
The contestants have issues:
• Jonathan could not read the scroll, but was trying his best to do so.
• Buhari, on the other hand, was furious(impatient)& threw away the scroll
(Did not bother to read it or even try)
The statement: This is not about the apparel: Refers to the attire of Buhari in the vision: (White dress from head to toe). This implies deception. Buhari is not what he appears to be.
I think it is expedient to include some definite prayer direction received to guide the prayer of the brethren. Concerning Nigeria's political future, the coming election, Islamic jihad manifest in Boko Haram insurgency, the prayer direction given are:
1. ''Let the will of God be done in Nigeria as it is in heaven'' The clear understanding is the prophetic declaration and pronouncements for the manifestation of the kingdom of God over Nigeria in the unfolding events and expected outcomes.
2. That the enchantments and covering cast over Nigeria on the groundswell of support for Buhari be dispelled. The veil be pulled of the eyes of the Nigerian masses particularly in nominal Christendom to see Buhari for what he really represents.
3. Concerning Boko Haram '' Arise O Lord, let not man prevail, let the heathen be judged in your sight. Put them in fear that the nations may know themselves to be but men.
4. Protection for God's people through the storm.
5. Repentance for the failures of the church and nation if not already carried out to be accompanied by praise, worship, intercessory prayers and prophetic pronouncements over the heavens of Nigeria.