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|Adeboye And Obasanjo; Tb Joshua And Atta Mills - The Results Speak Louder: by Nosa77(m): 9:23pm On Jul 15, 2009|
I saw this article on Nigeria Village Square (http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/guest-articles/obama-in-ghana-a-sub-saharan-sermon.html) - some interesting points raised,
I reflect in sadness on the state of our ‘religious’ nation. Rather than stand up against the obvious abuse of responsibility by those in power, many religious leaders in Nigeria openly frolic with political champions for the sake of cheap publicity, political influence and their share in the taxpayers’ money. As such, they are publically condoning this greed and power-mongering by their very attitude, abandoning the role of torch-bearers in society. As Ebenezer Obadare wrote of such dubious relationships, “, in a dynamic that works quite well for the state and serves the ends of holders of political power, religious leaders attend their (office holders’) birthday ceremonies, bless their respective families, and, at the end of each year, unfailingly prophesy positive things for the country they so spectacularly misgovern.”
I am reminded of how Pastor Enoch Adeboye of RCCG, recently voted as ‘Nigeria’s Greatest Living Legend’, regularly fraternised with Obasanjo, now generally considered as one of Africa’s most corrupt and crooked rulers. As Adeboye played host to him in his Redeemed headquarters, received his endorsement for evangelical crusades, posed with him in pictures for the papers, Obasanjo in return waived RCCG’s tax imports and gave them various political privileges. Yet in the course of their closeness, it was not reported that Adeboye ever publically denounced OBJ’s corrupt practices and immoral activities.
In a similar vein, Adeboye hailed Gbenga Daniel’s tenure in Ogun, endorsed his campaigns and often visited the state on invitation for prayer sessions. However, with the current crises engulfing Ogun State, calling into question the integrity of OGD and his political rivals in the Gateway state and further re-iterating the catastrophic level of double-mindedness and vulgarity that has ensnared our nation, one wonders whether such a level of intimacy will remain between the two. Success is everybody’s child while failure has no father.
Well did Martin Luther King say, “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” It is clear our religious leaders have a part to play in the gross mismanagement of resources and talents that Nigeria has come to be known for – not mainly for what they have done, but rather for the truth, however unpalatable, that they have failed to stand up for and compromised for the sake of personal gain and political appeasement. Many turn a blind eye to the words of Jesus Christ: “What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.”(Luke 16:15)
However, when the Ghanaian president, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, came to power this January in a peaceful election applauded internationally, his first point of call following his inauguration was The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria to give thanks to God for his historic and unexpected victory. There, he shocked the continent with his declaration that Pastor TB Joshua had accurately predicted specific details of his three-round election victory, even calling Pastor Joshua ‘his mentor’, testifying that his humility and generosity had greatly impacted and inspired him. Joshua, in his turn, called on Mills to help the less privileged in Ghana, and support charitable organisations who ‘spend more on others and less on themselves’. The difference is evident. I am aware also of Mills ailing sight and hearing when he initially visited Joshua – problems set to ruin his political ambitions, and his remarkable recovery following prayers.
It appears strange that the Nigerian churches are still busy arguing among themselves about the authenticity of Pastor TB Joshua, the very man Atta Mills has publically hailed and honoured. I think the results of these relationships speak louder than any pontificating on the qualifications of a true man of God.
SOURCE - Nigeria Village Square - http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/guest-articles/obama-in-ghana-a-sub-saharan-sermon.html
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