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Of Oyakhilome and Prof.
For quite some time, I’ve wondered in a rather amused (or amazed) way why a lot of known people walk (except the paralyzed) around with disabilities. Think about this: A lot of televangelists and miracle working pastors promise healing and even show us healing scenes on TV.Right? Some days back, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) witnessed a clash whose politics bothers me not. The story: The President of the Students’ Union,Prof. an avowed Christian lay on a sick bed, afflicted allegedly with a magical spell. I wasn’t at all surprised that all the Christian prayers did him no good. I wasn’t at all surprised that all the Christian prayers did him no good. I wasn’t surprised that for weeks, no church was able to heal him.
OAU has close to 50 christian fellowships including those with well known “miracle-producing” parent bodies- Reedemed Christian Church of God(RCCG), Winners’ Chapel, Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM) etc. They all couldn’t do anything simply because there was/is nothing they could/can do. The same reason why Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Zohar Sharon are still blind. The same reason why Bernard Braggs and Marlee Martin are still deaf. The same reason why Teddy Pendegrass and Joe Eareckson Tada, herself an evangelist are still confined to the wheelchair.
Nigeria has an amazing perspective with a well known Pastor Obadare, a blind man who “heals” the blind. Yinka Ayefele is a gospel singer who is paralyzed from the waist down. These people will never get what they want simply because: They are well known. They are not the boy who was blind from birth but can now recognize the Pastor’s blue tie or his three fingers. Not the woman who has had polio since infanthood but can now dance with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome on stage. Not the one-in-the-thousand “woman at the Redemption camp today who is barren and the Lord says she will have children soon”.
Pastor, heal Stevie Wonder and please let’s stop having paralympians.