A clear problem with the Mfonobong Nshehe list however is that the name of E.A.Adeboye was conspicuously missing on that list. He responded to a question to that effect on his blog. In a rather unacceptable way, he confirmed the fake ‘saintly’ image painted of this man. He is a common, ordinary man, probably worse than you are! (that might have given someone a heart attack, but I don’t care!). Nsehe wrote about Adeboye: “When I contacted the RCCG, I was told that Pastor Adeboye does not exactly own the church. He’s just the General Overseer, so he doesn’t own the assets of the church or any other vast estate. As a matter of fact, the Private Jet he uses belongs not to him, but to the church. But, definitely, he’s considerably rich.”
We should know who these trustees are. Is it the amazing amazon thief of African banking, Cecilia Ibru, or the King Kong of corporate thieves, Erastus Akingbola and their contemporaries? Either it is a thriving business venture yet to be quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, or it is an Adeboye property. We can’t be fooled. And I will never take it from Nsehe that that jet he flies in does not belong to him but the church. Who runs the church? Even if there is a board of trustees, can they turn down anything he says? Hasn’t he been made into a demi god?
That leads me to explore the life of a man called Joel Osteen. He bears a striking similarity to Adeboye. Joel Osteen didn’t found his megachurch; instead the business was handed down to him by his father. Adeboye inherited his boss’. While, Osteen was named the “Most Influential Christian in America” in 2006 by the Church Report, and was one of Barbara Walters, “10 Most Fascinating People of 2006, Adeboye was named in the 2008 Newsweek Top 50 global elites. The atrocities of this man are wrapped in a bogus humility, mesmerizing a lot of followers to lose their heads in dealing with such a phony character.
These churches run universities which are funded by the contributions of gullible adherents who yet can not afford the exhorbitant fees charged as tuition. Oyedepo, like Joel Osteen has been a prolific author. He churns out many books which are mopped up by his followers. He has been quoted times over as proclaiming: “Your financial revolution is tied to what you do with your finances on the gospel.” Of course we all know what that translates into. Oyakhilome too has his ‘Rhapsody of Realities’ which brings him rhapsodies of dollars month in month out.
In 2005,Ashimolowo was ordered to repay £200,000 after revelations that he used church assets to buy a £13,000 Florida Times share and £120,000 on his birthday celebrations, including £80,000 on a car. New trustees were appointed and Ashimolowo was removed from his role as chief executive. He didn’t wait behind to defend himself, he ran home to Nigeria. After finding a way about that, the business is so large that he can afford to employ a certain James McGlashan, a former oil executive as the church’s Chief Operating Officer.
Yet, some still argue that this industry should not pay taxes.
These people are rich and powerful, and are really accountable to no one. This is the best business you can ever run. Think about it…They have the best protection scheme ever devised going. You have to give 10% of everything you make to them, or you get kicked out and of course end up going to hell. Our people here might not have had enough share of major sex scandals, drug scandals or molestation scandals like the American megachurch pastors: Pat Robertson, Al Sharpton, Ted Haggard, Paul Barnes, D.E. (Earl) Paulk, Jimmy Swaggert, Jim Bakker, William Dodd and too many others to possibly mention here, but you can be sure they are notable competitors in the art of dirty dealings involving money and flesh. Years back, news got around that a follower of Chris Oyakhilome donated a power generating set worth 25 Million Naira to a branch of his church. This proceed was discovered to be from stolen funds of the Sheraton Hotels and Towers. This was revealed in the statement given to the police by the accused who claimed that the money went Oyakhilome’s way.
What do they have for the poor?