[OPINION] Dissecting Bishop Oyedepo’s Support For GEJ And Sambo’s Anti-christ Outburst Against Churches And Pastor Osinbajo At The Jigawa State PDP Presidential Rally By Bunmi Awoyemi

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I was shocked when a man of God, Bishop David Oyedepo who I respect so much said in his church some days ago that his members should slaughter any one that looks like a terrorist. The key word there is “anyone that looks like.”

While I am 100% in support of self defense, I abhor tribal profiling and targeting. When this happens, innocent lives are bound to be lost. Then in the 3rd service of his Church on Sunday, January 25, 2015, attended by President Jonathan, my dear Bishop Oyedepo said in a comment directed at President Jonathan “We will open the gates of hell on those who oppose you. When God enthrones you no one can dethrone you”

My Bishop’s support of Jonathan is anchored on the false premise that Buhari is planning to Islamize Nigeria. Nothing could be further from the truth. IBB not Buhari registered Nigeria as a member of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). IBB, Abacha and Abdusalami Abubakar attended OIC meetings. No President of Nigeria has attended OIC meetings in the last 15 years until President Jonathan attended an OIC meeting in late 2014. Buhari never attended any OIC meeting and refused to join the OIC even though he was a military Head of State possessing immense powers. How can the same Buhari now Islamize Nigeria in a democratic setting which has the checks and balances of the National Assembly and the Judiciary?

Is my Bishop aware of what happened a few days ago? At the Presidential campaign rally of GEJ/Sambo in Jigawa state on January 21st, 2015, in the presence of President Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo stated in Hausa : “Buhari ya dauko pastor a matsayin mataimakinsa kunsan coci nawa yake dashi? Yanada coci 5000, don haka karku zabesu. The translation is – “Buhari has selected a pastor as his running mate, do you know how many churches he has? He has 5000 churches, so based on that, don’t vote for them”.

My Bishop, Sambo used religious sentiments in his attempt to divide the country and incite Muslims against Christians. Sambo also said at the rally that the PDP is the most Islamic Party in Nigeria because nobody can be more Muslim than him. He said that his name is Namadi which is a derivative of Namadina, meaning someone from the Medina in Saudi Arabia. At the Rally in Jigawa State Sambo also stated that he goes for the Hajj every year.

My dear Bishop, in Sambo’s determination to whip up religious sentiments and divisions, he stated at the Jigawa state rally that all the security chiefs in the Jonathan administration are Muslims and based on that, those alleging that Jonathan is supportive of Boko Haram are not being fair. He mentioned the names of some key ministers in the Jonathan administration including Defence Minister, Aliyu Gusau, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, Inspector General of Police, Abba whom he emphasized are all Muslims. He also mentioned all the Muslim ministers from Kano, including Aminu Wali, Foreign Affairs Minister and Shekarau, Minister of Education.

Bishop, Sambo then asked if anyone could claim to be more Muslim than him Namadi Sambo. Then he shouted Allahu Akbar (Allah is great several times). To close his speech he recited the AlFatiha, (The Opening, the first seven verses of the Holy Quran, which for Muslims is the Mother of the Book, highly revered by all).

My dear Bishop, Sambo’s outburst against Christians and Pastor Osinbajo would not surprise close watchers of political events in Nigeria but it does reconfirm the outcome of late General Azazi thorough and extensive investigation of Boko Haram and in which he concluded that the PDP founded Boko Haram and finances its terrorist activities.

 

MY ADVISE TO CHRISTIANS WHO RESPECT BISHOP OYEDEPO
To Christians like me who hold Bishop Oyedepo in great esteem this is my advise to you;

Don’t let any pastor tell you who to vote for. Does Bishop Oyedepo experience the effects of misgovernance? Bishop is on 24-hr power generators and he does not even know when there is power outage. You bear the brunt of misgovernance daily and you should know that voting GEJ is a guarantee of another 4 years of no electricity, corruption galore and insurgency that will claim more lives and disintegrate Nigeria. Vote based on what you know not on religious or tribal sentiments!

Currently, 70% of the territory of states like Borno, Yobe and Adamawa are under the firm control of Boko Haram. This is the first time this is happening in Nigeria. Boko Haram bombing and genocide has targeted both Christians and Muslims, churches, mosques and schools attended by both Christians and Muslims. Because of Boko Haram’s control of about 5% of Nigeria’s territory, Nigeria’s map has been redrawn.

When a bomb goes off in a market place it does not discriminate between Muslims and Christians. When the village of the Chief of Defense staff close to Mubi was attacked he did not rescue his fellow christian villagers but he airlifted his relatives out of danger and leaving his fellow Christians to be slaughtered by Boko Haram. The “polithievians,” “executhieves,” “legislooters” and “judishare” officers of Nigeria have only one religion that unites them and that religion is stealing and looting with impunity.

How many of the Pastors that are telling you to vote for Jonathan have children who are unemployed graduates sitting at home; bear the brunt of insecurity; send their children to public school; patronize government hospitals like you do or understand what the members of their religious organizations go through on a daily basis?

Did Bishop Oyedepo speak out when ASUU and ASUP were on strike twice in 4 years thereby leading to the loss of almost 2 years in the academic calender of Universities and Polytechnics?

Did Bishop Oyedepo speak out to condemn the manner in which the almost 300 Chibok girls were kidnapped? Did he condemn the manner in which the President refused to acknowledge that they were kidnapped? Did Bishop Oyedepo condemn the failure of the President to rescue the Chibok girls 9 months after they were kidnapped by the insurgents?

Did Bishop Oyedepo speak out when medical doctors went on strike twice in 4 years leading to the death of millions of Nigerians.

Has Bishop Oyedepo spoken out against the ongoing strike by health workers and judicial workers in Nigeria?

All these strikes have to do with the inability of President Jonathan and the PDP government to abide by industrial agreements signed after extensive bargaining among stake holders and their insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians.

Did Bishop Oyedepo speak out when 16>19, 5>26 and 7>19 in the Governors Forum election, Rivers state house of Assembly and Ekiti State House of Assembly in clear and reckless violation of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria?

Has Bishop Oyedepo spoken out to condemn the legalized looting of billions of dollars of Nigeria’s money taking place under the watch of President Jonathan? Did Bishop Oyedepo speak out to condemn the beating up of a state High Court judge in Ekiti state by the Chief Thug of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose and his gang of thugs?

Did Bishop Oyedepo speak out to condemn the deliberate flouting of court orders by President Jonathan which has become like a recurring decimal in his administration?

Let Pastors like Bishop Oyedepo who don’t know what their members are going through or who are unable to feel the pulse of the masses, stick to what they know how to do best which is feeding Christ’s sheep as Christ commanded them, but let them stay out of politics. Bishop Oyedepo should not try to influence Christians to vote for a failed President like Jonathan. I urge all Christians to vote their conscience to free themselves from the 16 year bondage of the PDP led administration.

Section 95 (3) of the Electoral Act, states that “places designated for religious worship, police station and public offices shall not be used for political campaigns, rallies and processions or to promote, propagate or attack political parties, candidates, their political ideologies or programmes.”

Let my darling Bishop note that his actions on the pulpit violates this law and as a man of God the scripture expects him to obey the laws of the land. We are to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.

 

Bunmi Awoyemi, Ph.D,  the author of this opinion piece, writes in from New Orleans, Louisiana and is a public affairs analyst, lawyer and entrepreneur.


23 Comments

  • ken says:

    thank you so much for this piece. let Bishop Oyedepo teach his followers the gospel. the bible says that Go ye and teach all nations. not for him to promote and tell his followers who to vote for in respect to the government of Nigeria. he has violate the electoral law. i hope God speaks to him about what he has done. for me, i am voting out bad governance. i am voting my choice BUHari 2015.

  • aminu says:

    Dear poster u are staunch fool… Gej till 2019

  • barbie says:

    True words.. He doesn’t feel the masses pain.. What does he know about fuel rise.. Or asuu strike.. Or brt line ups.. Or early morning waking up to get bus going to island.nd closing 11pm.. Nd coming back no light to pump water to bath. He doesn’t know shit. He gets everything politically free. There is only one pastor in this political issues that’s talks sense of all political pastors.. Pst tunde bakare.. The other time during his sunday preaching on channels television.. So call best station of the year for 8or 9 times. Pst bakare talked about PDP. And how the present govt has spoilt.. And is still spoiling the economy of our great country.. And can u guess what happened.. Channels television cut the preaching off. All the bcos the moment of TRUTH was being heard nation wide… My advice vote wisely and pray…

  • Izrael says:

    U need 2 learn 4rm Elijah,Deborah etc….. hw much men of God actually contribute in political affairs of their nations.bkos he hasn’t spoken in favour of d one u think z d better option of d 2, doesn’t make him any less of a man of God.

  • Vincent says:

    That’s a great point. True new testament christianity is NON-PARTISAN. Read the Acts of Apostles & check. Even if Bishop Oyedepo wants to be a ‘prophet to the king’, it is ALWAYS in the order & manner of righteousness, justice, & truth. Pls let believers be sincere… And follow Jesus only, & not men (of God). I pray for peace, prosperity & fairness for all Nigerians in Jesus name.

  • Truth says:

    Say woteva u like ……Jonathan will still remain our president. Buhari cannot offer US Anytin.a 72yrs Old man …..lailai Kojo.and mind u, bishop knw Wot Is going On and i LK d Courage DAt Is giving d Christain…..Wot u Christain Did TO Jesus We Must Not repeat It…IF Any Christain Vote 4 Buhari DAt Christain Is repeat his/her Bad deed By saying We Dont Wont Jesus, crucify Him…Its Shows Jesus once Again and d Person will regret throughout his/her Life. During Jonathan/sambo Administration We enjoy fundermental human right. Education, electricty,transportation, health, agriculture etc. So i remain loyal 4 Jonathan.

  • Dauda says:

    When Rev Fr Mbaka spoke against Jonathan in his new year eve massage to over 30,000 Nigerians he was never criticised by you, now Bishop Oyedepo did same to the opposite and you have the guts to point out his flaws… Keep your baised opinion to urself cos I can’t buy ur cheap product. As an Hausa man I will vote Jonathan again and again cos he has done well in my state by reviving the agricultural sector.

  • Triumphant Oghre says:

    Nigeria has intelligent, wise and honest men and women in Nigeria and all over the world! Whenever I read the opinion of Nigerians like that posted here by Dr Bunmi Awoyemi, I am moved to ask: why is it that we don’t have intelligent people like these in government? Church leaders, did Jesus dabbled in politics whilst he was on earth? Did his disciples dabbled in politics? Why are you creating division in Nigeria? Some of you give us the impression that you support PDP and some APC. May I remind you that the election scheduled for February is not about Buhari nor Goodluck. It’s about the future of 170,000,000 Nigerians. Nigerians should be encouraged to vote for the party that’s best suitable to meet their needs. The pressing needs are security of persons and property, employment for all that are eligible, eradication of corruption in Nigeria. People should not be forced or coerced to vote for a party against their will. It’s a crime to force or coerce a person or persons to vote for a party against their will!

  • Tommie says:

    I tink men of shld stop having anytin to do wif politicians and politics ,this is y most of their prophecies and their words tends to be meaningless to pple cos nxt on pples mind is wat is dis man of God saying sef. Many men of God are losing their dignity .wen any politician comes to your church honor them normally don’t be political biased. I believe a man of God shld respect himself nd d anointing he carries

  • sam says:

    You are a fool for such allegations on Bishop, your point unrealistic. Where were you when he was praying about bokoharam,chiboks etc. President Jonathan was ordained by God.

    • Dare says:

      You are number one fool in Nigeria. Have you be blinded with poverty or what? Don’t u know what’s going on in the country or you are just seeking asylum in this country?

  • bola says:

    Is saying anyone oppossing the peace of Christianity will open gate of hell for,does that mean he support Jonathan?you people should stop carrying RUMOUR ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Chinanu Daniels says:

    This is script is a complete nonsense. According to this biased writer, GEJ has not done anything but has woefully failed. But I want to tell him/her that if there is anyone that has failed, it should be u, the writer. Have ever asked yourself what the past leaders before GEJ has done for this nation that made u can look back and think GEJ has failed? Did corruption in Nigeria begin with GEJ’s administration? What would u say of Obasanjo’s regime when planes crashed water like throwing a bucket of water away? What happened even when Bagangida and Abacha ruled this nation with an iron rod and slaughtered people at will? Before now, has Nigeria not experienced strike in universities or other institutions? What would u say about d comment Buhari made in 2011 “to make d country ungovernable” for GEJ? What do u have to say now that GEJ has been constantly attacked in some northern states for his campaign leaving some of aids wounded? U have no right to control when Bishop Oyedepo will or not speak, what he should say or not. U did not call him but GOD did. He is only respecting constituted authority as d Bible says. Note that Buhari’s authority has not been constituted yet, so anybody can say anything now. I hope u will open ur eyes to see GEJ’s tremendous achievements in d country. If u are not blind u will notice there is a tremendous improvement in power in d country. GEJ remains till 2019 and anyone who will not be patient till that time can go and give the transformer a hug, then come and tell me how it feels. Maybe I should get u a matchet to slaughter all those supporting Buhari, especially those of the Redeem Christian Church of GOD, just bcos their “pastor” is Buhari’s running mate. It is now I understand how spiritually blind and materially influenced the members of that fold can are. GEJ till 2019, there’s no stopping him. I rest my case for now.

  • Korede says:

    I am not averse to men of God having their own opinions or being partisan. After all, they are “men”! I would only not be happy when a man of God would use his pulpit of immense power to speak about his own personal affiliations which he knows is supposed to be a place where whatever is said is never (supposed to) be doubted. This is the reason why islamic extremism has. Gone thus far. Where clerics. Would use the Knowledge of the holy book to decieve people into doing evil. Men of God should know the power possessed by the position they hold and the God they represent and tread softly so as not to foster their own personal wishes on the people as if it is the will of God almighty.

  • Bishop says:

    Dr . Awoyemi, God has given u some insight into our problems. Ignore those negative comments u re seeing. Nigerians in general are like stuborn flies dat follow a corpse to d grave. In my own opinion, u ve not said anything wrong but cited wat u noticed about d Bishops comments. I wish u all d best.

  • BabalolA Temitope says:

    I don’t understand nigerians.I attended 2nd service and half third servive. Papa didn’t say anything of such, what he said was ‘the gate of hell is opened on anyone who will not allow peace in the coming election’ and to pray for Mr.President while still in power.Touch not my annointed and do nt say nonsense towards my prophet.

  • Dare says:

    Why arguing on this meaningless issue I wonder why you people are believing so call Pastors nd Bishops etc in Nigeria we know who real pastors and bishops are. A gathering of ritualistic calling themselves men of God can they tell Nigerian the source of their wealth? They are all cultist not men of God. A real men of God will never assemble somewhere to gang up against one presidential candidates or politician or to tell his or her congregation to vote for Mr a or b. While they suppose to be praying for the success of election, you will never see a real men of God in such gathering. Let them continue the door of hell is widely open for those whoof in the garment of shepherd. Nigerian shine ur face and know the type of pastor presiding over your prayer. But let me tell you there a lot of real men of God

  • bayzay says:

    Sadly d truth is bitter when rev ft mbaka spoke against d president Dis fellow called truth attacked him for doing so now oyedepo has spoken in support of Jonathan and it is suddenly okay for preachers to have political opinions..like fr mabaka said who is fooling who,what is good for d goose should be good for the gander

  • bayzay says:

    And I do not know when and how d key to the gates of hell got into d posesion of a mortal for him to determine who he will open it for and who he will lock it against

  • charles ehimika says:

    i must commend ur piece dear Dr. bt the snag abt it is that it was based on hear say which are lies. i was in that service,the bishop never made such statemnt as to opening d gates of hell to all who oppose jonathan.its all lies,dnt fall for their propangandist lies again.wat he said was openin d gates of hell 2all those who oppose d peace of nigeria.i’m shockd n surprised abt d lies makin d round on social media platforms abt wat the bishop said.its quite unfortunate though. God help nigeria.

  • charles ehimika says:

    i must commend ur piece dear Dr. bt the snag abt it is that it was based on hear say which are lies. i was in that service,the bishop never made such statemnt as to opening d gates of hell to all who oppose jonathan.its all lies,dnt fall for their propangandist lies again.wat he said was openin d gates of hell 2all those who oppose d peace of nigeria.i’m shockd n surprised abt d lies makin d round on social media platforms abt wat the bishop said.its quite unfortunate though. God help nigeria.

  • Jacob Israel Judea says:

    We blieve in our Bishop, d prophet sent by God to speak at such a time as dis when all manners of demonic nd Logical calculutions have been concludd by d enemies of Nigeria. My Bishop have recieved a commandment to speak nd he has spoken like Mbaka did in your favour.
    Therefore, every living winner is under d obligation to do as he had commandd!
    Bishop oyedepo is a Prophet placed over dis generation! Listen, if u are vexed, arrest him.. .

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