General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye has spoken in defence of the national president of the Christian Association (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor on his alleged involvement in the $9.3 million arms purchase funds seized by South Africa.
“Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor is a man of God I trust and I can personally vouch for him,” said Adeboye yesterday, in London, during an ecclesiastical visit.
“I believe on the issue of his aircraft being chartered and the purpose it was used for he had no prior knowledge. I am sure God will continue to build his church and the gates of hell will not prevail in Jesus name. One anointed cannot attack another anointed. A pastor cannot attack another pastor. Touch not my anointed is what God said. Some Nigerians have questioned the use of Pastor Oritsejafor’s private jet by the Federal Government to convey the money to South Africa, accusing him of involvement in money laundering,” Pastor Adeboye was quoted by Vanguard as saying.
Following the seizure of the fund by South African authorities, some Nigerians have passed derogatory comments at the CAN president, accusing him of having prior knowledge of the deal. The pastor however said the aircraft had been leased out and he had n knowledge whatsoever of who was using it and what it was being used for.
In defence of the the pastor who also founded Word of Life Bible Church, the federal government said he knew nothing about the deal.
“Oritsejafor is the President of CAN and head of all Christians in Nigeria who is representing at least, 50 per cent of people in this country. When it comes to a man like that, people should be cautious and circumspect,” said Dr. Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, when commenting on the issue.