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February 7, 20202060

A Ghanaian cleric, Bishop Daniel Obinim of the International Godsway Ministries has started selling holy oil which according to him will protect members from contacting coronavirus disease.

Obinim is famous for his controversial lifestyle and professions and he seems to enjoy the uproar that trails his actions on and off the pulpit.

Multiple reports from Ghana say the self-acclaimed ‘Angel’ during a service in his church last Sunday launched an anointing oil which he said will protect those who use it against the deadly coronavirus.
Just last Friday, he was still in the eye of the storm over a viral video of him producing an international passport from his shoe.

He is the same man who claimed to have the direct phone number of God and calls him anytime he likes.

According to GHPage, the controversial cleric said the widespread of the coronavirus gives him sleepless nights as he fears that it may find it’s way to Ghana and as the closest Angel of his father Jesus Christ he decided to come up with the oil.

The anointing oil is said to cost Ghc 200 (N13,000) and would be used to fend off the deadly virus from coming closer to anyone both physically and spiritually.

So far, the coronavirus has led to more than 20,000 illnesses and more than 560 deaths in China, as well as more than 200 illnesses and two deaths outside of mainland China.

Obinim also claimed the anointing oil has been vetted and approved by the Heaven’s Division of Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and does not need any approval from any earthly government agency.

(SOURCE:Agencies)


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February 1, 20201160

 

Former Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Pastor John Dara has said Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, has no private jet.
The former Special Adviser to former Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma stated this on Friday in Abuja while speaking exclusively with Daily Mail.
According to the seasoned politician now a full time pastor of Disciples Transformation Church, DTC, it’s wrong to say the General Overseer of RCCG was flamboyant.

“In fairness to some of the church leaders, anybody who thinks Adeboye is flamboyant is not being realistic. He’s not flamboyant but they will say he has a private jet.
“He doesn’t have a private jet, the church has a private jet,” he said.
Speaking further, he said he’s not sure of the General Overseer of Winners Church, Pastor David Oyedepo owned a private jet.
 “I don’t know whether Oyedepo is the owner of the private jet or the church but I think it is the church. So corporate ownership doesn’t translate to personal ownership.
“President Buhari does not have a private jet that’s why we were complaining when the daughter was using it because we actually said it belongs to us and when he leaves, another president will come in.”
He pointed out that, “If you looked at the the personal life style of Adeboye, his house in Redemption Camp is modest, his dressing is modest, they don’t even eat as well as most of us.
“I personally had to talk to Oyedepo, ‘you are fasting too much’; And it is ridiculous you know to say some body is fasting too much but he does not eat in most of his time. So, what is he doing with his money and his not flamboyant either.
“He preaches in white suit. That’s all  what he wears but when you look at the some of the younger preachers who want to draw attentions to themselves to wear Gucci, is childish, immaturity.
“Why is Kumuyi not looking for Gucci? What’s his business? For people that say they own the university, well ‘oga’ leave that one. All the best educational institutions in the world have connections with the church. Harvard, Preston; they have connections, either owned by a church or a devote Christian who is well enough to start.
“Harvard is expensive, Preston is expensive. All those universities, for you to be able to sustain it, there is a threshold in terms of income you must cross otherwise it will collapse.
He pointed out that “people say their universities are expensive; they don’t even know what the churches are. The church in Nigeria is doing more for the ordinary man than government. The number of people employed by Oyedepo or Adeboye’s ministry is huge, so where would they have gotten a job if not from the church? Where would they be working?
Do you know how many schools Living Faith Church, has around Nigeria?
“So where would those children had gone to school if those schools where not built? At least by going there, they have left room for others to go elsewhere. So why is it that we choose to be negative about church contributions to the system.”
He stated further that, “Some of us will try to change the narrative because I believe the church can do much more. There are many people who would like to believe that many people in Babcock, Bowen – all those Christian universities –  are on scholarships provided by the church. “I was the chairman of the board of advancement of Bowen University and I know that children of pastors are given partial scholarship. All baptist pastors’ children are entitled to discount. It is  automatic but outsiders don’t know. And that’s apart from the fact that they are others who are given scholarships and are considered indigent students.
Explaining, he narrated further by saying, “My younger brother is a professor of law in US. He used to be a singer when he was a teenager in the church. He was so good that people at weddings wanted him to perform. The Baptist gave give him what they call half scholarship to cover his tuition to go to America. So we in the family had to raise the rest of the money and he is gone.
“The are too many stories like that who they are what they are today because of opportunities given by the church.
“So all those silly talks about; of course I am embarrassed when I see materialism, worldliness.
“The problem about that is that whereas some people are calling themselves pastors who are not born again, they are not Christians by strict definition and even those who went to seminaries. Some of them went to seminaries because they tried to get into the university, they couldn’t get into the university, so they had nowhere else to go.
He disagreed what he termed general assumptions pointing out that,  “When such people don’t have the required spiritual depth or commitment and they misbehave, you can not use that to start defining everybody. Olukuya, my good friend, David, was a tough flight genetic engineer, a scientist in this country. In fact he became full time with mountain of fire less than five years ago. It is  In yaba (Lagos, Nigeria) medical research centre that he used to work and he is a celebrated scientist.
“So, using the same brain, he started Mountain of Fire and Miracles as a devote Christian period who just wants to impact life of others. For years, people were saying won’t you resign from civil service job and come and do this full time? It only when the thing has matured to a certain level that he left.
“So is Olukoya flamboyant? Is he materialistic? So the big picture is often distorted and then of cause the orthodox churches, many wonderful men of God. Professor Uche of Methodist Church; I knew him before he became a pastor. These are serious Christians.”
He explained that, “Many of the Anglican today were fellow Christian union, so how do you now because you have show boys who don’t know what they are doing or misbehaving you now generalise and say pastors are this or pastors are that. 
“I think the secret of ‘prosperity’ In the church today is because the level of education of many of these people coming to ministry is very high and they are bringing excellent managerial skills to run the affairs of the church. 
“So with prudence, with probity  people are more willing to give. The consequence is the small resources are available for the work. I am not aware of many of them diverting money for his personal means. The children of Adeboye had their own struggles, they are only just settling down.  And the children of Oyedepo, the same thing. Like all parents, they were just praying, ‘oh my children will believe in all what I believe and coming to this’, and it is not that easy. 
“In fact, some of Kumuyi’s children say, ‘I don’t want to be like daddy’. 
“So that is my opinion that there is a general misunderstanding of what is going on in the church. But I have no doubt in my mind that the church needs revival, the church needs a new commitment to the ideals of Christianity and that is a continuous process.

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September 22, 2019800
Some concerned Christian groups have accused Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, of shielding the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E. A. Adeboye in what the group called his complicity in the killings of Christians and General insecurity in the country.
In a statement made available to our correspondent on Thursday signed by May Ubeku, Convener of Impact Future Nigeria, the groups alleged that CAN kept mute on alleged attacks the group suffered when they staged a peaceful protest to RCCG’s headquarters in Lagos on Monday, instead focused on exonerating Adeboye that CAN itself had accused of being silence on the plight of Nigerian Christians under the current administration.
The statement frown at both CAN and PFN for not condemning armoured personnel carrier, APC, that was ordered to block the protesters adding that the more than 30 heavily armed mobile policemen deployed to stop the protesters during the peaceful  match should have rather being the focus and source of condemnation than a knee jerks press release that amounted to doublespeak.
The group in the statement said, “Very unfortunate that people protesting against the current state of heightened insecurity and uncertainty with regards to the Islamization of Nigeria , RUGA and general killings could rather be described as ‘secular’ (by CAN) as if they have no legitimate right to call out people complicit in the current sorry state of affairs.
“The nation at large is trouble today looking at the fact that survival and existence as humans is at stake. The lives of their children , loved ones and those of their generations yet unborn are currently being threatened by the current Islamization threats and killings.
“This current circumstance has raised concerns and gotten everyone including State Governors, Traditional Rulers various sociopolitical groups including Ohaneze Ndigbo, Afenifere, PANDEF and other groups condemning the government’s poorer handling of various national tragedie,” the statement read.
The group query why CAN would say ‘Adeboye cannot speak on issues that CAN or PFN has spoken about , unless by the express permission of the two bodies.’
The group asked, “CAN and PFN to confirm if indeed they both gave express permission to Adeboye to make the statements and action he has been accused of?”
The group further said, “While Cardinal Okogie is asking Buhari to change Service Chiefs and even give up his position because of the failure to protect Nigerians, Adeboye is calling for the Service Chiefs to be retained supporting Miyetti Allah at a time when even General TY Danjuma was accusing the military of colluding with the herdsmen to kill Christians.
“Adeboye took side with Miyetti Allah against CAN, the Christian Elders Forum and the Catholic Church,”the group alleged.
The group reminded both CAN and PFN of its press statement issued by Dr. Joseph Ajujungwa, Secretary of CAN, in the 17 Southern States with an instruction for everyone to defend himself, saying, “As CAN, we will preach it from our pulpit, every Imam should peach from the mosque and the traditionalists should stand against it; nobody should relent; no land should be given; any traditional ruler that does that should be dethroned.”
The group further asked why CAN and PFN, on July 17th 2016 through its Secretary General, Late Pastor Musa Asake expressed surprise and shock  when Adeboye visited the home of Late Evangelist Eunice Elijah and said he “was praying for the salvation of her killers instead of saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH on herdsmen and Fulani killings,” if all Adeboye does must be endorsed by it?
“Did CAN ask Adeboye not to make any statement calling the government to order when he visited the home of Evangelist Eunice Elijah or was Late Pastor Musa Asake just trying to destroy the image of Pastor E A Adeboye by accusing him falsely? The group further asked.
The group accused CAN and PFN of cowering to the overt influence from Adeboye by his closeness to the government of the day asking CAN if it granted  Adeboye permission  before “he flew to London to show solidarity with Buhari even at the very same day Christians in London were  staging protest against Buhari in front of the Nigerian House in London where Buhari was lodging?”
The group pointed out that the same “Adeboye who in 2014 planned a one million man match against the then president would now say he has been praying and CAN would fall for such cheap gimmick.”
It accused both CAN and PFN of “politicizing insecurity and the plight of Christians because something must have exchanged hands” noting that “the Vice President is a senior pastor in RCCG meaning Adeboye can now eat his words.”
The group enjoined both CAN and PFN to suspend Adeboye from being a member of the two groups and all Christian bodies.
Also, the group said, “We are therefore in the same vein asking the Monarchs to close down the Redeem Christian Church Of God in their communities for creating the very problem of Islamization by the actions of Adeboye.”
It could be recalled some Christian groups had last Monday staged peaceful protest to RCCG’s redemption camp where they delivered a letter to Adeboye.
The protest was attended by PFN and members such as Charles Oputa popularly called Charley Boy, Baba Fryo, Pastor Goodie Goodie, Eadris Aldukareem and students in solidarity support with the Christian groups.