The Presidential election is over and a new tenant will occupy Aso Rock. He must deal with the Pentecostal Pastors, who often parade the villa for personal profit. Those powerful Pastors “caged” the President for over six years, making him insensitive to Nigerians.
Lest we forget, this election left us with clear winners and big losers. At the top of the list, of big losers, we have our spiritual leaders. Prominent among them are the Super Pastors within the Pentecostal movement.
Many of them are frequent at the Presidential Villa, others are not; many speak in tongues, others don’t. Yet, all together they fell flat and woefully too, on one side. The loser’s!
How then should Aso Rock treat them?
Why are they the big losers?
The Pentecostal Pastors became the spiritual casualties of March 28 for their roles before and during the campaign.
First, they openly endorsed and campaigned tirelessly for the re-election of a Christian president, even at all cost.
Text messages were circulated among church members, not to vote Buhari, even up to when voters were on the queue for accreditation!
Secondly, they vainly supplied their spiritual services, even with ceaseless prayer and fasting.
The Pastors’ spiritual work which started at the Wailing Wall, at Mount Camel in Jerusalem, was followed by exploratory trip to Turkey which resulted in the infamous Nigeria Islamization Theory put on audio CD. This widely circulated CD called for many presentations both in Nigeria and abroad.
Yet, contrary to expectation, General Buhari, a Muslim, called a candidate with an Islamic agenda, won the election. The incumbent President, a Christian beloved and surrounded by “big men of God” failed in his re-election bid.
What a strange outcome? Yet, it comes with many lessons particularly to Christians. God is not mocked. He is not a respecter of person.
With this confusing outcome, one wonders if God is in Nigeria. And if God is here, as many Nigerians still believe, then many of our spiritual leaders are hopelessly out of touch and out of tune with Him.
There are no many explanations possible.
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A few of the lessons are:
The alarming number of false prophecies, about the election outcome proves many of our “prophets” or spiritual leaders are blind seers with spiritual ears too dull to hear.
And like fish out of water, they are permanently out of place.
It is the duty of the government to make sure all spiritual activities are carried out within the law. The Pastors and the Pentecostal churches are less regulated. Moreover, this regulation is a necessary service, which the government must render to the church. The church needs to avoid excesses and corruption.
Two, this election also shows, in a country with many religions, using religion as a divisive tool is dangerous. The fear of islamaization or possible Christianization of the country will continue to trouble many good citizens until something concrete is done within the constitution and by purposeful policies to establish explicitly our national secularity.
Three, if Nigeria is truly a secular state, then Aso Rock would not be a permanent palace for religious activities or second homes to prominent Pastors or any religious leaders, and government will not spend money to promote religion without breaking the law.
Nigerian Pastors and our National Problem
Pastor Tunde Bakare, Primate Elijah and Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka gave serious warning about the very slippery road taken by many of the Pentecostal Church Leaders.
Pastors should feed the flocks of Christ. They are the strength of character of any nation. Pastors serve God by serving the people; and act as guides to political leaders.
Unfortunately, many Pastors, by parading themselves often at the Presidential Villa, become unchecked agents of national corruption.
Pastors are part of our national problems. They could no longer be trusted channels or instruments of divine solution, as they ought.
How then should Aso Rock deal with them?
The Roles of Pastors in Aso Rock
Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka during his New Year message acknowledged that the President surrounded himself with Pastors who are like “vultures” and “hooligans” who are at Aso Rock to merchandize anointing. He counselled the President–elect not to surround himself with the ‘wrong people.’
Should we endure “vultures” that for over six years polluted the Presidential Villa with the damaging doctrine of “business as usual?” Should we bear with “men of God” who are benefiting greatly from a corrupt system?
Obviously, No. Aso Rock should not let-in those the Rev. Father called “wolves around the President”, who parade Aso Rock with false prophecy delivering their divinations for rewards in forms of oil blocks, money or other personal gain.
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Yes, religious leaders should not gain undue access to Aso Rock to influence the work going on therein.
It is very dangerous to mix politics with religion. The government should not meddle with “men of God” who for money and power are capable of worst crime.
Those men use religion to achieve their main purpose of perpetuating poverty by propagating pervasive corruption for personal profit.
Such men must be stopped for Nigeria to develop and prosper.
Henceforth, the Prophets must separate their Holy office from the corridor of power at the Presidential Villa. And if any Prophet or Pastor is obliged to visit Aso Rock, it shall be to declare, “Thus says the Lord” or to counsel the President or members of his team on issues of national interest or to speak as the “voice of the voiceless” majority.
The Church Revolution
Nigeria democracy is established. But its fruits need to spread to everywhere and to everyone. The church and its leadership must play a leading role. Sad, this is impossible with the current corrupt church settings. The church must change.
For that change to happen, Pastor Tunde Bakare proposed, “Pastor chasing Private jets in the name of the gospel should be sent to jail.”
He prophesied: “All General overseers and religious leaders must go to prison.”
Strange enough, we are close to something: Chai Buhari is back!
And so, God is in Nigeria. He speaks loud enough for deaf ears to hear. Yes, we don’t want our Pastors in prison. And what if it happens? Let it bring out a John Bunyan of Nigeria!
Or what if this is a prelude to the latter rain of blessing set to fall upon this nation?
The time of ignorance, dark deception, brain bashing and mental manipulation is gone forever. We have come, a long way, to the era of the new church.
And the final Church revolution is at hand. God Himself is coming down to gather the wheat into His garner and as for the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.
The Change is Here
For now, let Aso Rock be hired out to a competent and disciplined professional team who will concentrate on what matters most: the act of governance.
Nigeria will be on her way to greatness when the team in Aso Rock thinks clearly, makes right decisions at the right time, and is willing and unafraid of hard work to lead Nigeria forward to progress, prosperity and lasting development.
And of course, God is in Nigeria and He will never fail us.
Henceforth, there are no more places at Aso Rock for Super Pastors, who use their unction for personal profit; no more room in the Villa for Pastors thinking their carnal calculations called “prophesy” will bring them the lust after oil blocks.
In the words of Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama:
“So, I am so optimistic that Nigerians, despite all the challenges we are facing, religious challenges, political challenges, security challenges, we are going to overcome and Nigeria will be back, healthy, strong and ready to go.”
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