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As the elections draw near, people are getting more conscious and sensitive about the future of Nigeria, the political landscape, the key players and the possibilities. In the midst of the  heated political spaces, faithfuls go to church hoping for a word of direction and comfort from the same pastors that they have relied on for direction, wisdom and guidance. Instead of direction however, the drums beating out of the synagogues today are of strange frequencies. The shepherds are playing the politics of silence. In the midst of their tactical silence however, they are beating strange drums and playing all kinds of music. The keen observers know that in trying to appear neutral, they have betrayed that they have no desire for change, and are in firm endorsement of status quo. In being criminally silent about offering even the basic direction of asking the pew to study the candidates and vote for merit, standards, values or competence, they have subtly betrayed their alignment with the powers that be. Who can blame them though, many pastors have prospered at the expense of the nations citizens. It is in the best interest of pastors who have no care for the people, for Nigeria to continue to live massively below the poverty line. It is in the best interest of these partisan preachers, who deceive us with their silence, that Nigerians continue to pray for light and every basic need! In the next few paragraphs, I’ll be saying it as a I see it, if your pastors position is unclear and you are close to him, ask him, I have asked mine!

Martin Luther King Jr. warned that if the Church does not take it’s place in being the conscience of the nation by being the guide and critic of the nation and fighting the course of fairness, equity and justice, it will become an irrelevant social club. While the formal church structure pretends like all is fine, the real church of “called out ones”, the Ecclesia are responding to the call of God for change in our land. The radical difference between God’s pattern for church and the current enslaving religious system operational around the world is becoming clear. God’s church is the Ecclesia, they are the called out ones, it’s an assembly of people called out to serve a particular purpose, they are a house of representatives or a senate. Let me not bore you with the greek origins of the word Church and how for ages the body of Christ has been fed with lies about the current system the one that was practiced by the early Christians. What is urgent at this moment is the fact that change is about to happen in Nigeria, and the formal Church that has been praying in the last decades for change are about to miss the boat. Thanks to God however, the called out ones – the real Church and Ecclesia are being drawn out from different parishes and denominations into relevance in this wind of change.

Here are my views about the position of a few “Churches” and their positions

Daystar Christian Centre : The Pastors are publicly neutral, but err once in a while and seem misleading; Gathered information from the grape vine indicates that the Senior pastors have a long standing relationship with Pastor Tunde Bakare.

Critique: “In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Canaan Land: The Pastors and Bishops are publicly neutral, the Senior Pastor has been quoted to say “whoever wins is my candidate”. Information gathered from the grapevine indicates that the church leadership had previously got close to GEJ (evidenced by his sending his aids to Shiloh with a DVD from GEJ) and even though they see the gaps currently, are finding it difficult to backtrack publicly.

Critique: “Can you honestly say amen, to a prayer that your ministry, businesses, family, members and their families be run the way the incumbent is running Nigeria?”

CAN: CAN President, Pastor Oritsejafor assured the President and his running mate, Namadi Sambo of the body’s continued support for the administration, praying that they will succeed in the April poll. “As Christian leaders, we are already proud of you because you are one of us. My fellow leaders want me to tell you that they are proud of you. We want you to go ahead and we will continue to pray for your success,”

Critique: “Is Olumba-Olumba truly part of CAN, or is there more to this than meets the eye?”

Deeper Christian Life Ministries: Pastors are publicly neutral, totally silent about the nation or it’s politics. Information gathered from the grapevine indicates that the Senior Pastors may be voting for their son or might not be in the country. The other pastors are open to reason, and if people can get to them, they will vote for what sounds like a morally sound ticket or not vote at all.

Critique: “All the things you have told us not to do, are happening in Aso Rock, we need spiritual leaders that take a stand against sin and evil”

Rhema Chapel (Ever Increasing Word Ministries): Senior Pastor is publicly in support of BB. Information gathered from grapevine indicates that the Senior pastor is clear about who to vote for and why.

Critique: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might”

Redeem Christian Church of God: Publicly neutral – prayed for GEJ and met with Buhari and Bakare. Information from grapevine indicates a strong desire not to want to lose respect by supporting any of the players, but he clearly has regards for Buhari and a relationship with Bakare.

Critique: “Sir, you have earned the respect of any of the players already, supporting or not supporting them won’t diminish what is from God. The only thing that can be at stake is anything that man is responsible for”

There have also been clearcut and public declarations by a few Anglican priests, Catholic priests, Imams, Ulamas e.t.c for one ticket or the other. I am personally aware of a number of BB endorsements. I am also aware of some pastors who have publicly declared for GEJ.

Here are 2 timeless quotes. Please read them before you pass judgement. One is from the book of Amos, and the other is from Martin Luther King Jr. They are both saying virtually the same thing in different words.

Amos 5:21-24

“I can’t stand your religious meetings.

I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.

I want nothing to do with your religion projects,

your pretentious slogans and goals.

I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes,

your public relations and image making.

I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.

When was the last time you sang to me?

Do you know what I want?

I want justice–oceans of it.

I want fairness–rivers of it.

That’s what I want. That’s all I want.”

MLKJ

“The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority. If the church does not participate actively in the struggle for peace and for economic and racial justice, it will forfeit the loyalty of millions and cause men everywhere to say that it has atrophied its will. But if the church will free itself from the shackles of a deadening status quo, and, recovering its great historic mission, will speak and act fearlessly and insistently in terms of justice and peace, it will enkindle the imagination of mankind and fire the souls of men, imbuing them with a glowing and ardent love for truth, justice, and peace. Men far and near will know the church as a great fellowship of love that provides light and bread for lonely travellers at midnight.”

We know that our spiritual leaders are being careful, we understand. Some of them have benefited big time from government concessions, they have been beneficiaries of government favors and miraculous interventions, and it’s difficult to speak the truth to power and bite the fingers that fed them. For the sake of the flock, and masses in general, please lend your voice to the birth of a New Nigeria. Do not let us deliver change with you as spectators. If we do, the words of our enemies will not matter as much as the silence of our friends.

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34 comments

  1. At last someone has come out to tell our irrelevant churches the truth. In many discussions with progressive minds; I have never been shy about revealing the canker-worm that presents itself as the Church in Nigeria. A place riddled with self-gains.

    As you rightly pointed out, these people are not interested in making Nigeria a better place. If we have good roads, health infrastructure, etc – the churches will lose business. They are enjoying huge membership because we have to pray for unnecessary things that are just default in sane countries.

    So, how do you expect them to support an initiative that would bring Nigeria to its glory? This is where people have to discern and stop following these men. They should follow God instead. God will judge them all if we fail this time.

    Lets look at it this way – I have never seen a generation that is vastly embracing free-thinking stance like this generation. Why? The Church has failed to provide direction and a reason to exist. When we pray for thieves to continue stealing us blind in Churches; why would a reasonable young man/woman come to Church?

    The only reason some right thinking Nigerians are still Christians is because we know who we serve and know that the majority of these religious leaders are not doing God’s will.

    Same goes for young people who are benefiting from the chaos called Nigeria. Sellers of generators, diesel, etc who are myopic to see that a new Nigeria wont destroy their future but help it because new opportunities would arise when we do things right. These set of people are not willing to have Nigeria work. They love the fact that they don’t have to pay taxes and can do a lot of illegal stuff.

    We will do out part, and the true God we serve will help us.

  2. Baba Deolu,

    Election is a matter of choice; everybody most not follow your bandwagon and you do not expect the religious leaders to stand at the pupit and begin to preach politics. The same applies to the traditional leaders. These people are suppossed to be apolitical even though they have their personal convictions and sysmpathies to various candidates. Just as you are in love with BB, I may be in love with GEJ or Ribadu or Dele Momodu or Pat Utomi etc and that will not make me less moral. That is my choice. Its unfortunate that you of all people will give our men of God this kind of label, probably because some are not in your train. I am even suprise that Pat Utomi, your chairman do not appeal to you. Pls while you mobilise support for your man (or men) endeavour to avoid using blackmail especaially against our highly respected men of God.

    Thank God for GEJ who has presented what seems to be a level playing ground for all contestants; at least there has not been any proven case of his interference with Jega activities; so lets do this campaign of a thing as honourable as it should be.

    Ed

  3. This is a timely piece pregnant with words. While we are not saying that they should publicly declare for a particular and ain’t bad if they do! But they need to lend their voice to change in our nation. @Ed: that is the message here…and am not seeing any issue of blackmailing anyone here. Our revered Men of God are first and most importantly men like us and in this dispensation of grace…no favorite with God hence all equal before him.
    We don’t all have to be on the same bandwagon in respect of who to vote for, I don’t subscribe to that. But we should in terms of our collective values as a nation and as eklessia…the called out ones. Its high time we stop playing “church” with our future and place our foot firmly on the ground and demand what is good for us as individuals and as a nation.

    Selah.

  4. In as much as I personally do not subscribe to pastors turning churches to polical rallies.I will however expect them to speak the truth all times,criticize bad leadership,refuse to honour dishonest people and as MLKJ puts it “speak and act fearlessly and insistently in terms of justice and peace “.
    Voting is a matter of choice.

  5. Thought provoking piece. I do not expect any pastor to publicly endorse any candidate. I do expect them however to guide the congregation in their charge by challenge them to be active not passive in their participation in the current political process. Once I was in a church where the Vicar challenged us to apply bible standards to choosing our church committee. He taught us from the scriptures what the required standards were. He required us to nominate only those who by all that we know met the requirements. He charged us to vote knowing that God will hold us to account for our choices. He did not tell us who to vote for, but the guidance he gave resulted in us making choices that brought about significant changes in the life of our church. This type of leadership is what we’re looking for from our pastors.

  6. This message is long overdue. I actually intended to write something along this line. Anyway, thank God many young ones have started to “think” and not just follow church dogmas. The right to vote a particular candidate or not is inalienable and noone can take that from anyone BUT we know why so many pastors are afraid to speak about these truths. Like many of the comments above have revealed (and is true), the church has benefitted from the rot that is currently Nigeria. Headaches, stomach pains, depressions, malaria are sicknesses that require prayer and fasting in Nigeria. Jobs and housing require dry fasting and laying on of hands. Haba, we know better than this. Most of these pastors benefitted from free education and health care yet they won’t as much as give directions to their congregation regarding the qualities of the one to hold leadership positions in a nation as big as Nigeria. Well, most of them are just about the ‘koko” as DBanj is. Let their conscience allow them to sleep even with all the killings and poverty which pervades every corner of this nation. One thing is sure, the maker of heaven and earth is not asleep and he hears the cries of all the blood that have been shed and still being shed. He hears the cries of the poor who go to those churches in the hope that their situation might be alleviated. Nigeria will be liberated and the people shall rejoice again!

  7. Hi Deolu,

    I am with Ed over your article , which I feel is taking it a little too far with your campaign for Buhari, (who by the way, already has my vote).

    While I believe you have the right to campaign for a candidate on your web platform, I am totally against you dragging the religious into this matter.

    Granted, some men of God may have benefited from govt, and so may not want to bite the hands that feed them.

    Granted, they also have a moral responsibility to point out the failings of the current govt, which most still do everyday(you should go to the catholic church and listen to the sermons!)

    However, asking ALL the religious to publicly show their partisan nature will be tantamount to having a babel of discordant opinions every sunday!

    I am Catholic. Imagine going to early morning mass this week and meet FR. X who loves Buhari, and then next week, I listen to Fr Y campaign for Ribadu. Then I hear that the Bishop of Z said he is happy with Jonathan… HABA!

    Like Ed said, Election is a matter of choice; everybody must not follow your bandwagon and you do not expect the religious leaders to stand at the pupit and begin to campaign for a candidate.

    However, they can advise people to come out and vote, just like our priests do every sunday.
    Or they can support and promote calls for mass protests if GEJ loses and refuses to handover – God Forbid).

    However, the voter’s choice is left to his personal convictions, and just as there are different churches, there are also different opinions and choices, (including the choice not to say anything!)

    Enough said. (BTW, I love the analysis sha)

  8. You are dead right Adeolu.

    The Church is the pillar of truth and the voice of conscience.The church is the light of the world giving direction and illumination, but when the leadership dines with darkness and is sustained by the status quo, how can they take a stand for the truth… that will be class suicide
    The Church is the salt of the earth, but when the salt looses its flavour, it would be trampled upon by men,that is what is happening to the Nigerian Church

    But, there is light at the end of the tunnel, the true church will emerge and lead this nation once again. Righteousness will exalt our land. Nigeria will be Saved. nigeria will be Changed. Nigeria will be great again

  9. Hmmm… reading all the posts above is starting to make me worry… Equating the current government to the forces of darkness seems a bit extreme to me…

    Seriously, a lot of us are starting to fall for the illusion that PDP did not have votes cast for them in previous elections… Please let us not be deceived o!

    People actually voted for them and there are elections that they won fair and square, only that in some cases they did not gather the necessary votes needed to win elections, and so they rigged.

    However, the ACN, ANPP and others are not blemish-free either, so I refuse to fall for the current mentality of blaming EVERYTHING on the PDP… They carry the bigger part of the burden, but who can confirm that opposition politicians(Tinubu, Osoba et al) do not give money to church/mosque leaders to speak in their favour?

    Or that they are holier than others and not tainted by corruption too? Afterall, Ribadu had threatened them with imprisonment before..

    PLEASE… We only want a new party in power because i want fresh ideas from people with some integrity/credibility.

    Thats why my vote goes to Buhari/Bakare…

  10. @ Uche… and Ed,

    Please read my article again here are bullet points that show my stand.

    1. Pastors should not deceive us that they are not partisan. Silent or vocal, they are.

    2. They don’t need to come and tell us who to vote for, but they can tell us what God’s word says about it, and guide us with God’s principles and leave the rest to us. Not merely keep silent and pretend that elections are not going to happen next weekend.

    3. They should not be passive, they should be active. They should speak the truth to power, and not worry about what they can lose.

    I’m simply saying, the Government shall be upon his shoulder, means we are responsible for Governance, and if all the pastor says is, vote based on competence, credibility and xyz… at least they have given us their parameters. Votes are personal choices and they can keep theirs, but not a situation where you wonder who is fooling who.

    I have made my stand clearly known, and explained to people I am accountable to, and the logical or emotional reasons behind why. If they chose to do the same, fine, if not, it’s still fine. But nobody will ever be in doubt of my direction.

    The church is the conscience of the state, and when all we do is not clear it means our light has lost focus and our salt is losing taste. These are my thoughts.

    Ed…

    It’s all a matter of choice, I agree with you. Everyone can come up with their choices based on their analysis and convictions. It’s also honorable to be transparent, not dodgy. You have carefully for example played it well, no one can read what you wrote and put a finger on you… that is very political 🙂

    I am representing my Chairman’s interest the best way I know how… even the North is calling back their guys to support who looks likely to win. Read the dailies and stay tuned. Competence in politics is a mixture of skill and building a network of loyal supporters over time.

  11. House on the rock

    The is the Pastors Opinion :There are 3 strong candidates.Don’t vote for the muslim muslim ticket,leaving us with two.

    At the level of CAN,we are encouraged to vote for the one that came from the minority where most of our resources as a nation comes from. he got a grumbling response from the congregation he backtracked with a reassurance that he was just delivering the opinion of CAN and people still have to vote for their choice.

    Critique:At least Pastor Paul is honest enough to take a stand with CAN.The only challenge we have is whether the decision making process ought to be between the minority and the Best leader Nigeria deserves.

  12. This is truly interesting

  13. Hmm. I have a similar beef with the Nigerian church. We have men of God who have tremendous influence and refuse to use it. James defines sin as ‘knowing to do good and not doing it’. Often times, we underestimate the evil of inaction. It is the inaction of many of our men of God that as kept Nigeria in darkness.

    Time to Close Down Some ‘Churches’…

  14. Now let me come out with you Deolu, no hold barred.
    The fact that a church and the pastor of church is not supporting your candidate or candidates or party does not, meant you should engage them in name calling or be making biased analysis and recommendations about them.
    Already you biased, being a supporter of CPC and Buhari/Bakare candidature and vigorously campaigning for them. Democracy is all about supporting and voting for a party of your choice. The party of your choice may be A while mine is B. On election day we all go and vote and whatever party wins, that is it. That a church or party does not support your candidate or party, must the pastors and members be crucified or blacklisted for that?
    Or that a church has an overt or cover affinity with a candidate of a party that is a rival of your own party candidate me the pastor and the members should face the executioner’s guillotine?
    That they are even neutral is quite commendable. But to you they have not done well for being neutral but rather they should OPENLY declare support for your candidates Buhari/Bakare and your party CPC or they go to the hangman’s noose. That is all the summary of your article in one sentence.
    A kind of ‘see it my own way or I get cross with you and bad mouth you’ which the your party’s vice presidential candidate-Bakare practised for years to nobody’s profit. Not even the likes of the respected Pastor WF Kumuyi of Deeper Life Bible Church escaped your hammer. All because they did not declare their support openly for your candidates and party.
    So how democratic is that tendency Deolu? That is intolerant and dictatorial. The same dictatorial tendency that will cost your candidate Buhari our votes, and intolerant tendency that made his running mate Tunde Bakare for over a decade to bad mouth his fellow ministers of God with an unruly tongue that defied all remedy to tame. Now he wants our votes? The votes of sons of prophets he called unprintable names on television for years, unbridled in utterance and vocabulary? Mba.
    Nigeria with the present fragile state does not need a ruler be it in vice or assistant capacity to aggravate it nor scatter it by overheating the polity with an unruly and unbridled tongue.
    Now listen listen to me and listen good, as for me and my household, we are NOT NEUTRAL, Buhari and Bakare is NOT having our votes! Go ahead an call us any name you deem fit.

  15. Now let me come out with you Deolu, no hold barred.
    The fact that a church and the pastor of a church is not supporting your candidate or candidates or party does NOT mean you should engage them in name calling or be making biased analysis and recommendations about them.
    Already you biased, being a supporter of CPC and Buhari/Bakare candidature and vigorously campaigning for them. Democracy is all about supporting and voting for a party of your choice. The party of your choice may be A while mine is B. On election day we all go and vote and whatever party wins, that is it. That a church or party does not support your candidate or party, must the pastors and members be crucified or blacklisted for that?
    Or that a church has an overt or cover affinity with a candidate of a party that is a rival of your own party candidate me the pastor and the members should face the executioner’s guillotine?
    That they are even neutral is quite commendable. But to you they have not done well for being neutral but rather they should OPENLY declare support for your candidates Buhari/Bakare and your party CPC or they go to the hangman’s noose. That is all the summary of your article in one sentence.
    A kind of ‘see it my own way or I get cross with you and bad mouth you’ which the your party’s vice presidential candidate-Bakare practised for years to nobody’s profit. Not even the likes of the respected Pastor WF Kumuyi of Deeper Life Bible Church escaped your hammer. All because they did not declare their support openly for your candidates and party.
    So how democratic is that tendency Deolu? That is intolerant and dictatorial. The same dictatorial tendency that will cost your candidate Buhari our votes, and intolerant tendency that made his running mate Tunde Bakare for over a decade to bad mouth his fellow ministers of God with an unruly tongue that defied all remedy to tame. Now he wants our votes? The votes of sons of prophets he called unprintable names on television for years, unbridled in utterance and vocabulary? Mba.
    Nigeria with the present fragile state does not need a ruler be it in vice or assistant capacity to aggravate it nor scatter it by overheating the polity with an unruly and unbridled tongue.
    Now listen listen to me and listen good, as for me and my household, we are NOT NEUTRAL, Buhari and Bakare is NOT having our votes! Go ahead an call us any name you deem fit.

  16. What a wonderful piece. The true church and true men of God are suppose to hear from God and give direction, guidance and warning to the Nation.

    In Ezekiel 3: 17-21 the Bible says; Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel(Nigeria); so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself. “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before him, he will die. Since you did not warn him, he will die for his sin. The righteous things he did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he will surely live because he took warning, and you will have saved yourself.

    Are there no wickedness in our land? Are there no wickedness in Nigerian government? Is God not speaking to His servants to warn His people (Nigerians)concerning the coming election? Why then are our men of God passive on this matter?

    I am not in support of any endorsement of any candidate by the men of God. But they MUST speak against the wicked no matter their status in our society.

    Every Christian is a politician. There is politics everywhere, even in the church.

    May God give us wisdom to apply knowledge

  17. I think many of us are missing the point here. The write-up is obviously in support of Buhari-Bakare. However, if we remove our bias for or against them, we might be able to understand the writer’s point of view.

    The book of Revelations says something about a particular church. God said they were neither hot nor cold. He concluded that he would rather spit them from his mouth. Infact, God mentioned that he would prefer that they were cold to being lukewarm.

    What I am simply saying is that it is a fallacy to believe that you are helping matters by being neutral as a church. The Bible is filled with examples of ‘pastors’ who spoke against their rulers. A good example is John the Baptist who spoke against the king who illegally married a wife. The church doesn’t have to expressly endorse a candidate. But based on certain factors, they can guide the choices of their people.

    As to Pastor Bakare criticizing his fellow men of God and societal leaders, he is one of the few people who remind me of Paul criticizing Peter for discriminating against Gentiles, of Jeremiah dedicating a whole book to weep for a wasted generation, of Elijah haunting Ahab with words and prophecies of doom…

    The church is meant to be much more than a place for conducting weddings and burials. It should be more than a place where fake governors come for thanksgiving when they are sacked. If many pastors were not so image conscious, Nigeria would have changed by now. Churches are everywhere, maybe even 2 or 3 in a building, yet… Simply put, the light of the world is not shining for the real manifestation of the presence of the gospel in a place should be change in the lives of the people and their country, not just more hallelujahs and thanksgiving ceremonies.

  18. Indeed, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends!

    This piece as sharp-ended as it seems, is though biased, but very evenly analytical. It would be taking this out of context to say it’s a bad-mouthing of pastors and men of God. I see it as an analysis of where our pastors are.

    I would like to respond to critics by saying, if we can’t hold our spiritual leaders to account for something as important as this, then we don’t truly love them.

    I didn’t see any bad-mouthing in the whole article, this is a simple analysis of where some influential church leaders stand as at now, as much as the writer knows. There is absolutely nothing that stops anyone asking for guidance or even holding them to account if all the pastors do is hope that the election comes and goes without having to provide informed guidance to their flock.

    Deolu, you have my vote of confidence for this very nicely written piece.

    God bless.

  19. @ Soji Omole,

    Contrary to your interpretation, I have no problems with anybody supporting anybody. I just like it transparent and I love the church to be light or salt.

    I don’t have any problem with a candidate not being supported. There are at least 5 candidates I could have been voting for, so for me it’s simply prioritizing.

    And stop saying our votes… say my votes, I am an individual and you are an individual, and I respect your right to make your informed decision. Only vote in line with your prayers, not against it.

    I hope I’m free of your dictatorial hangman’s noose. It’s so easy to judge based on our styles 🙂

  20. Very well written sir. And I agree with the fact that the church is the ‘conscience of the state’ and must act.

    However, I’d like to ask, with all due respect, that why is this (write-up)coming now? Why didn’t it come up when a church pastor first publicly declared his intentions to run in 2003? I’ve never been a fan of the said pastor and I’m still not his fan, but are we not being biased here? Why are we just realising the need for the church to act in this matter? Why now?

    No offence meant. Just wondering actually….

    • @ Bukola,

      I don’t worship with either of them and knowledge is progressive. At every point of the nations future, the church should be a light. I didn’t write this article in 2003 for many reasons.

      1. The website didn’t exist
      2. I didn’t know what I know now
      3. There is a right time for everything, and Nigeria’s time for Rebirth is Now. We have all prayed, we shouldn’t be sleeping during harvest.

  21. As is usual with men(especially the brilliant ones) – on occasion they must fall and dash themselves against a stone when it comes to Sports, Religion and Politics. So when a brilliant man like Deolu takes on two of these landmines- he is doubly likely to fall and fall he definitely did. The disaster began from the title “The Partisan Church”, I opened it thinking he was going to complain about “some” men of God openly evangelising political parties from the pulpit. But after a few minutes of reading I knew that the author did not even know what a partisan was. Here’s Wikipedia defining it- ‘In politics, a partisan is a committed member of a political party. In multi-party systems, the term is widely understood to carry a negative connotation – referring to those who wholly support their party’s policies and are perhaps even reluctant to acknowledge correctness on the part of their political opponents in almost any situation.’ Now to call people partisan because they are expressing neutrality publicly is like saying the british Conservative Party loves blacks and low taxation. The evidence that Deolu was so far out from his comfort zone was made when he began to blame pastors for not “guiding” the flock. Deolu pls go and change the title of your post. Based on the definition of partisan- You are the Man! Lol. It only got worse as he began to infer that the reason why some pastors are publicly neutral is because they have received favours from this present govt. GEJ has been “in power” (and I mean that with all sense of history) less than a year so how many pastors has he had time to share money out to? So any pastor that sympathizes with the fact that a man on a tightrope cannot run is “compromised” abi? Well, like I said earlier men more brilliant than Deolu have been dashed on the rocks of illogical political views so I cannot blame him much. But let me state quickly that Deolu made some very valid points. Men of God (Pentecostal not Orthodox) seem to behave as if there was no such thing as government. As if Government was a fairytale dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm. That is a major let down. But to equate this with their support for GEJ as a support for evil(as he does ooh so subtly) is so low that I must say from here on out I will always read Deolu with a bit more than a pinch of salt. Last year, I relocated to Abuja(THE government city) which gives me a different perspective on Nigeria than I had while living in Lagos(THE commercial city). I can see close up the superhuman opposition the man has been facing because he is not from the “Favoured” part of Nigeria and was not loaned power like OBJ was. He has my vote not because he shouts the loudest about anti- corruption but because he is the most likely to destroy the Racism in Nigeria that declares you are only entitled to some particular positions in Nigeria if yu come from a particular place(or claim to come from a particular place hee-hee). Let me clear this also. GEJ is not PDP and any one who believes that a good man in a bad party will become bad should also tell us that a bad man in a good party will become good. Most people voting Buhari are not voting him cos he is in a “good” party. (CPC is untested both morally and socially and the guys funding it may turn out to be worse than the PDP). So why Deolu equates a vote for GEJ as a vote for PDP is another illogical thought(as Dr. Spock would say). If Tinubu had frustrated Fashola out of ACN and he joined PDP, do you honestly think people would withhold their votes for Fashola on the basis of his new party??? I respect Deolu’s right to support Buhari but don’t demonise those of us who see things differently. Neither Buhari nor Bakare can get a single bill passed in a PDP controlled National Assembly. Yes, Bakare will speak powerful and lofty words which will be of no effect as the Assembly men(and women) will just look on in bemusement. Remember BB cannot bribe them to pass “good” laws(and if Deolu thinks that a Nigerian President will get the Assembly to pass a very “good” law without some sort of “kola”(whether in cash or in kind), then it means he is just as naïve about our politics as BB are. Lol. The bitter truth is that the slow pace of progress under this present government will later appear to be Light Speed if Deolu’s candidates win the elections. They have no affinity with The Governors Forum which is The Most influential political grouping in Nigeria of today. They will be two lone voices crying in the wilderness, “Stop Corruption,Stop Corruption”. Obama took almost two years to pass Healthcare simply due to opposition- how many years will BB take to pass the Electricity Bill? So if nobody has told Deolu that like GEJ his candidates are also flawed- pls help me tell him!

    • Big Dean,

      Thanks for your comments. I don’t know who you are, but trust me, I appreciate every comment, positive or negative. How will I ever become better if I don’t get some dissenting voices from time to time. thanks.

      I also wish I had a lot of time to respond, but I’m sorry, I’m quite busy with doing the best possible to ensure my candidates win. 🙂 I also did a reply and unfortunately lost it … sadly. Here are a few quick thoughts though.

      1. an adherent or supporter of a person, group, party, or cause, especially a person who shows a biased, emotional allegiance. (Wiki is not very good for definitions, so I hope this dictionary definition brings us to same base) – a bias or emotional allegiance is sufficient to term you partisan.

      2. GEJ has been in PDP for 12yrs! OBJ’s shadow seems taller and more visible than the presence of GEJ, we know that PDP also see him as every bit a part of them. The people who have benefited from OBJ’s PDP, and sing a different song, can’t say there is a difference, but again, let’s leave subjective reasoning.

      3. Even though I believe that CPC will sweep the NASS, even if they don’t, there are ways to make sure things move without kola (sincerely), you can ask Mimiko and Osiomole. The force of integrtity and standard within our very strongly enforceable laws is strong enough to get people playing ball.

      4. Good guy on bad party is bad! Bad guy on good party is even better! If Tinubu frustrated Fashola out, he would find a party that is weak enough to imprint his personality on, if he goes PDP, he’s out! But wait a minute, you are not suggesting that GEJ is a good guy are you? Can you please study his last 12yrs? Please, I like the way you write, you are more intelligent than you are making out to be on your analysis of GEJ. I humbly submit. GEJ is PDP, take a look at Bayelsa – it has the highest unemployment record in Nigeria and is grossly indebted. But again, we judge these things differently.

      5. I love it when we disagree, I’m not demonizing anyone. The beauty of multiparty democracy is, even if it goes either way, the intensity of the competition and the shadowing aftermath of opponents, will make whoever becomes president unable to go as usual. At the end of all of this, the people will get more than ever before, and a New Nigeria will have begun. I however personally prefer, that we allow honesty and integrity be values the Nigeria is built on. I hope you understand.

      And.. by the way, I know that Buhari is not an Angel. Angels are in heaven. I however know that a Buhari presidency makes people like me able to get into politics and be relevant without having to do blood oaths, join cults or act out of our values. These are real issues.

  22. I don’t think our Pastors should impose their candidates on members. We should learn to respect the opinions of others which they have done.the gift of ‘Choice’ is the most powerful gift God gave man.We must respect it.I think that’s why our pastors are publicly silent.For example,I have independently examined the candidates and have made my choice;but its not BB though I had attended some of the campaign meetings.Its my choice and I won’t impose my choice on members if I was a Pastor.

  23. Deolu,

    1. I do not hide my identity and you cannot say you do not know me. The title and email is what I have been using on your site unless you are no longer comfortable with it.

    2. Whoever wins let him win. To me politics is a game and not a do or die affair and in democracy the majority will always carry the day.

    3. I still believe that our Pastors should not convert our pulpits and alters to political campaigns grounds. It may not sound well to you but that’s my position.

    4. The norths are doing a U turn on GEJ. Yes that is very simple; GEJ has refused to sign the agreement that he will handover to the north by 2015 and they have seen him as unreliable. While GEJ is committed to handing over by 2015, he does not believe it MUST be to the north; he belive he will handover to whoever that wins the election and the north are not comfortable with it, including the PDP governor. My friend wake up from slumbber. An average northener does not believe in competence, he believe in what the Emir (his traditional and spiritual head) says. The Jega Summersault is also in tandem as the more the election is delayed, the more GEJ image is tarnised and the more he looses his supportters. To an average northener, Presidency is a northern property and they should dictate the tune. It is an abomination for other tribes to dictate the tune and fortunately for them GEJ is not as rough as Obasanjo who crushes every opposition; even at that, Obasanjo entered into similar agreement during his 2nd tenure. The good thing is the north are stucked with with the two candidates they hate to deal with (Buhari and Ribadu) but they are now their lesser evil so long as there is no promise of handing over to the north in 2015.

    “Everything works unto good to those that love God” May Gods will be done in Nigeria.

    • @ Ed My brother,

      I sincerely did not check your email, thanks for your comment. Now I know you (but no one else does :))

      On your points 2 and 3 I agree 100%. I don’t see anything wrong with those statements. They sound well to me.

      On Point 4.

      I disagree with you on your perspectives about the North. I have been to at least 10 different northern communities. What I hear is people begging Buhari to remove their Emir as he is corrupt. I hear people without internet access telling me about information I discovered by searching online. About what Buhari has done before. OBJ is GEJs Godfather (I can actually seperate those words with a comma and it won’t be different), IBB his mentor and PDP his party for 12yrs. Nigeria needs a change, and every vote counts.

      The beauty of democracy is we are entitled to different opinions, and whoever wins at the end of the day, has to contend checks and balances from their contenders and their supporters. At the End the Nigerian people get more than they would ever have. We the people cannot lose, and things cannot be the same again.

  24. Nice piece, thought provoking I must say and timely too. Sir, you speak so vehemently and passionately about change, which is commendable, but can I ask you a few questions?

    1. What is God’s agenda for this nation for the now? Can you honestly say you know God’s mind for the nation at this point in time?

    2. Have you sought the face of God concerning who should be president of this nation at this point in time?

    3. Your thoughts and perception of the political landscape, are they God’s thoughts? Remember, God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways higher than our ways? What conviction do you have that BB is the best choice for the nation?

    • Hello Funmi,

      Thanks for your comments, I appreciate them.

      I am not at liberty to brag about what I have prayed about or fasted for. The truth however is that I hold myself before God and humanity to the same standards expected of Pastors, Prophets or Apostles. If there is anything they are required to do, I hold myself to doing the same, and sometimes more.

      To your questions. Do I know God’s mind at this point in time? Yes. Have I sought God’s face concerning who should be president? Yes. Are my thoughts about the political landscape God’s thoughts? Do I have a God given conviction? Yes!

      But if I tell you the answers, will you believe me? Why will you believe me? God gave us a brain so we can relate his message the way they can be understood.

      God told Elijah, go to Zarephat, I have a commanded a widow to feed you. When he got to the widow, he didn’t say God said, he asked for water, then asked that if there is some morsel to mix with it. I know what I have heard, please permit me to sound the alarm to people who are not of my persuasion.

      Pray, I have, search I have, fast, you won’t believe it. Encourage others to do the same? The work of the “5 fold” is to prepare the saints – you and I, for the work of ministry. Let no one put a veil on your eyes.

  25. May I also respectfully remind you sir, that you are not in a position to bring God’s church or His servants whom He Has privileged to shepherd His church to disrepute. And I know God’s commandment concerning those who rule over us, PRAYER, PRAYER and more prayer! Don’t cast God’s church and His anointed over politics. You never know, you may just have been zealous over the wrong thing(in this case wrong candidate).

    One thing should understand is that GEJ did not get there on His own, and He can not be held totally responsible for the rot in the system. Within the short time He ‘s been there, He has given some ray of hope which we should be fair enough to acknowledge. If God does rule over the affairs of men, as He says He does, be sure He ‘ll choose for us a man after His own heart, inspite of the rigorous politicking. Rather than resort to analysis of this sort, go on your knees and call upon the Most High to have His way in the elections and let His perfect will be done and implore others to do so. That to me is the way forward.

  26. Dear friends,
    This is the one thing I have come to find interesting about our nation;
    We love to be spoon fed.
    If our preachers can hear from God regarding these issues, we can too. Let every man study to show himself approved. So I respectfully ask everyone-what have we heard from God as individuals?
    We ARE the Church you know,everyone of us; not just our leaders or the buildings. Really it is up to each person to know and make a conscious decision; I mean, it will defeat the essence of the ‘individual’ voting process…don’t you think?
    The Government is upon his shoulders; Christ is the head, we are His body-not just our Preachers; please vote wisely.

    Preachers hold a public position and their political preferences will influence the attending audience. Let us commit ourselves to responsible faith.

    Thank you!

  27. The Church cannot go about supporting any political party, rather they should speak out when things are going wrong. The clergy men were not quite when PDP and Bode George had their dance of shame in Lagos and in many instance.
    I think this piece was written without proper considerations and the analysis are completely flawed. In this life we all have roles to play. God will judge us based on things we did, what we failed to do as it affects our areas of influence, not based on what someone thinks we should be doing or should have done.
    You must not use religious places of worship to mould peoples political views, its dangerous. The religious leaders must speak against ills in the politics, constructively criticise and admonish, but from a neutral point of view.

  28. Deolu,
    The NASS election is now over and we can see the voting pattern. GEJ has immortalised himself with the free and fair election of NASS. What no Leader past or present including Buhari could do is what GEJ has done within 10 months. Buhari even destroyed a decomcratic structure and now he want to reap the dvidend of democracy. No way ! he cannot reap where he did not sow. Where was he when people like Abubakar Umar were fighting for June 12. The future of nigeria is really bright. My kudos to GEJ and Jega. It shall be well for nigeria. The Tinubu ACN is actually the threat to GEJ ambition and not CPC. With GEJ taking 100% SE, 100% SS, 100% NC, 50% NE, 50% NW and 25% SW, the coast is now clear for new dawn for nigeria.

    • Dear Ed,

      I’m happy you are bold enough to state your allegiance now :). I wish Goodluck, Goodluck. I pray he immortalizes himself with a free and fair Presidential election.

      I want a New Nigeria too, and it’s 5 days to go. (+ 2 days for counting :))

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