Lenten Reflection: In Search of the Heart of True Religion in Nigeria: Some Questions
Any visitor to Nigeria will immediately notice that Nigerians take religion seriously. Our cities and highways are filled with places of worship, religious signs and symbols; our cars, buses, and even airplanes are decorated with religious stickers and posters and emblems.
Shall We Ban Religion? By Michael Egbejumi-David
I got the first phone call just before 1:00pm, UK time. This was Tuesday 13th November 2012. It was from my sister in Lagos. She was frantic. Our younger brother’s wife was bleeding, losing a lot of blood, laid out on a bed at the National Hospital, Abuja. She had just delivered a baby, their second in just over two years.
My Religion Is Better Than Yours By Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo
Fear of Religion-Related Violence: Police on Red Alert Nationwide
Police IG, MD Abubakar
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, has placed all Police Formations in Nigeria on red alert, and ordered water-tight security around embassies and foreign missions.
This confirms an earlier SaharaReporters story that security in Northern Nigeria has been beefed up.
Prominent Nigerian Pastor In Ukraine Claims Persecution By Ukrainian Police-Empowered Newswire
The Ukrainian Police has summoned a famous Nigerian Pastor Sunday Adelaja, who pastors the country’s biggest church based in the Kiev, capital city, to report for what is feared may be an arrest and detention in a controversial case bordering on racial discrimination and religious victimization, which has been going on for the last three years, Empowered Newswire reports.
Confirming the invitation by the nation’s Internal Affairs Ministry in an interview over the weekend, Adelaja said the case for which he is being summoned is about the collapse of a business-King’s Capital which was owned by members of his church, but for which he or the church administration had no formal or official relationship.
“I Will Slap Again!” Bishop Oyedepo Brags In First Public Response To Internet Outrage Over Assault On Teenage Girl
Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder and president of the Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel, today in Ota reacted in his sermon to the spreading video that showed his scandalous slapping of a worshipper during a ‘deliverance’ drama at his church.
“People now complain on the Internet that I slapped a witch. If I see another one, I’ll slap,” said the Bishop, who has become the butt of many jokes since the video was published.
Still, he bragged today, “It is my ministry to slap!”
Bishop Oyedepo, who is seen on the video slapping the young lady for describing herself as a “witch for Christ,” then said of himself, “I am a Baba witch myself.”
He did not explain what he meant, nor did he slap himself.
2nd VIDEO: Wealthy Nigerian Pastor Who Slapped Teenage Girl Before Thousands At Church Service Still Boasts Of The Beating
Nigeria’s wealthiest pastor, David Oyedepo, returned to the scene of the crime last year when, speaking to a full church assembly, he recalled walloping a young girl in the face, knocking her backwards, as she knelt before thousands of church members, where people kneel to be saved.
The ringing slap could be heard easily on the video of that service but no copy was available until a source just provided it to SaharaReporters.
The incident took place in 2009 and it was recalled by Pastor Oyedepo in 2010 at his Winners Chapel, in Otta, Ogun state, Southwest Nigeria. “I slapped a witch here last year,” Oyedepo declared, stressing each word, on the video. “She came back in February to apologize. She begged me to please forgive her.” He added the warning, “Starting today, the things harassing you, you will start harassing them.”
Thanks to YouTube and Oyedepo’s tradition of videotaping his sermons, the slap and the recall of the slap are now being seen by thousands.
The girl on her knees appeared to be a suffering teenager in a simple dress whose soft voice cracked as she answered the pastor’s insistent questions. She had been first on a line of teenagers apparently ushered in to confess their sins. Pastor lost his composure when the teen from Imo state, pressured to say she was a witch, claimed instead to be a “witch for Jesus”. The words had barely left her mouth when she was hit hard by the pastor’s open hand.
Nigeria’s Wealthiest Pastor Oyedepo Faces Citizens Outrage For Assaulting A Female Church Goer
Nigeria’s wealthiest pastor, David Oyedepo, might not have bargained for the enormous scandal that followed a Youtube video which showed the famous pastor attack a teenage girl hushed in front of him during a 2009 Shiloh service at his church headquarters in Otta, Ogun state Southwest Nigeria.
SaharaReporters also posted the Youtube video, which has now gone viral and become a source of international anger against the man known as “Papa” by members of his large church.
Oyedepo is the general overseer of the Nigerian-based Winners Chapel which is also known as “Living Faith Church”.
“Nigeria’s Millionaire Preachers” with Seyi Rhodes via Sahara Reporters
Journalist Seyi Rhodes of Channel 4’s “Unreported World” reports on the illusive claims of prosperity preaching and the fabulous lifestyles of wealthy preachers in Nigeria.
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