Islamists want to ‘wipe out’ Christian presence in northern Mali

The city was badly damaged during the conflict between Malian forces and the Tuareg-led Islamist groups. Gao, Mali
The city was badly damaged during the conflict between Malian forces and the Tuareg-led Islamist groups. Gao, Mali MINUSMA/Marco Dormino / Flickr / Creative Commons

It’s not only in the Middle East that the advance of Islamist jihadists is exercising the international community. While attention has been focused on Northern Iraq and Syria, the French government has been bombing Islamist militant positions in Africa to stop the emergence of jihadists in the Sahel. Now on 1st Sep, peace talks about the future of northern Mali start again between the government and mainly Tuareg armed groups.

For nearly a year in 2012 armed Islamist groups had ruled the region, banning the practice of other religions and desecrating and looting churches and other places of worship. Thousands, including many Christians, fled the occupation and found refuge in the south of the country or in neighboring countries such as Niger and Burkina Faso. On January 11 2013, French troops moved to regain control of the region after militants had attempted to progress further south, but the re-establishment of security took time and necessitated mass reconstruction, as many displaced people returned home. As government and international organizations – including UNESCO – have undertaken to rebuild destroyed infrastructure, and notably the mausoleums and ancient monuments, Christians in Mali say that their loss is not being taken into account.

An ancient
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An ancient monument in Mali.© imb.org

Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Yattara is the President of the Baptist Church, mainly present in Northern Mali. He expressed his feelings to World Watch Monitor.

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What’s your reaction to the reconstruction efforts undertaken in Northern Mali, when, as you tell us, it doesn’t include the damage sustained by Churches during the jihadists’ occupation?

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We are outraged by this policy of double standards. We do not understand why a UN Agency can rebuild mausoleums, which are still used as mosques, where people go to pray, while when it comes to churches, nothing is done – despite all our efforts to sensitize the government and international organizations.

So do you feel that you have been overlooked?

The facts speak for themselves. So far nothing has been done. All indications are that the cake has already been shared. Unfortunately, we do not have our share.

Does this mean that in the end, you will have to rely on your own means?

In fact this is what we have always done. Historically, churches were built by nationals. But we had hoped that, because of the particular circumstances of a post-conflict situation, our government and international community could help us in the reconstruction effort. But if that support does not come from outside, we will continue to do what we did in the past: to rely on our own resources.

Do you really have this capacity?

Actually, with regard to the current post-conflict situation, we have no means to undertake reconstruction projects. We can only rely on the generosity of people of good will to walk with us in these efforts of reconstruction.

What is the real extent of the damage sustained by Churches?

We have engaged the evaluation process aimed at assessing the scale of the damage. But we already knew that the loss sustained by Christians in the north amounted to hundreds of millions. We have lost most of our buildings but also vehicles and other objects of inestimable value. The churches are in ruins: in Gao, in Niafounké, in Hombori and other towns occupied by jihadists. In Timbuktu, for example, in addition to buildings, our ‘Water Project’ set up over a period of 20 years, and which has cost billions, is no longer operational, because all the materials were stolen. This constitutes a heavy blow to the population, the main beneficiaries of this project.

Is it an exaggeration to say that Islamists attempted to erase the presence of Christianity in northern Mali?

No, we had this feeling that jihadists wanted to wipe out any trace of Christianity in the north of Mali. But God in his goodness has not allowed such an eventuality. The church is still there and most of the believers have returned, albeit in very difficult conditions, without external assistance or the financial resources needed in such circumstances. And despite such adversity we are determined to resume our ministries because after all, this northern Mali is ours. We have the right to freely exercise our faith and we are firmly committed to make this happen.

Further notes

In 2013, Mali was ranked No. 7 on World Watch List, a ranking of the 50 countries where persecution of Christians is most severe. The list is published annually by Open Doors International, a charity supporting Christians worldwide who live under pressure because of their faith.

 

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Having Nothing, Yet… An Open Letter To Pastor Anita and Chris Oyakhilome – By Emeka Asinugo

 

Our dear Anita: I am addressing this letter to you because I know that it is you who will hold the key to triumph over the challenges that have recently raised their ugly heads in your family and in your ministry. I am convinced that even if you don’t read this letter directly from me, some of the numerous members of Christ Embassy across the globe could read it and draw your attention to the words of an old man who is pretty much in the same calling as you and your husband are. I am writing this from my home: The Vicarage, St. Matthew’s Church of England, Stratford, E15 4JX, where my wife, Christy is the Vicar, and the co-ordinating Chaplain of Westfield, Stratford City.

We were all taken aback when we read about your intention to file for a divorce against your husband, Pastor Chris. It was a scandal, Anita, and you must not let it happen.

I need not tell you that in today’s world, many factors tend to get in the way of successful marriages. It is, therefore, practically impossible to recommend a general panacea for all the troubles that can hamper the success of any marriage. But in all our travails, as Christians, we must bear in mind the fact that in a very profound sense, marriage is the most intimate of human relationships, involving sharing a person’s entire life with his or her spouse. By its very nature which emphasizes conjugal love, the institution of marriage is ordained for procreation and for the ultimate education of children who come from such marriages. It calls for self-surrender to the other spouse, a surrender that is so intimate and complete that spouses become “one,” not only in body, but also in soul, without necessarily losing their individual identities.

As the servants of God, you must ask yourselves where the ultimate education of your children comes into this divorce prompting. If this divorce actually takes place, how would your daughters who you are preparing to become future leaders in the church and mothers in the family feel, knowing they come from a broken home? And how do your numerous followers interpret your individual identity with reference to your commitment to family and church?

There is an African adage that says: there is no age when a man can say: ‘I have known it all’. That adage also applies to the institution of marriage. No one can claim to know all there is in that human relationship called marriage. It is a university. Those in it learn by the day from it. And most times, the lessons come in different shapes, culminating in various experiences. As a result, the marital experiences of people actually differ one from another, depending on circumstances and such factors as upbringing, environmental pressure and work demands. In all of these, no one can claim to have a ready answer to all the myriads of problems that couples face daily in their marriage relationships. It is even more complicated these days when people marry for various reasons that can range from legal, social, emotional and economic needs to spiritual stability or upliftment. But no matter the reason a couple gets married in the first place, the demands of marriage remain ultimate and constant. Husband and wife must have a unity of purpose in all their undertakings. In short, they must be seen as, and remain, “an item” in the eyes of their society.

Many of your admirers across the globe want to believe that work pressure, which is pressure from those you work with or think you are working with, is responsible for this undesirable development of you, Anita, filing for a divorce against Chris. The truth they want to believe is that not only has Satan attended service at Christ Embassy, just as he attends services in all churches that are reputed to be doing well, he is waiting to receive Holy Communion! He has penetrated your ministry and is using your work force to direct you. That is the challenge.

Don’t forget that God allowed Satan to sift the quality of those who profess to worship Him. God cannot be mocked. If Satan wins this battle, then God was never in your Ministry in the first place. Your millions of admirers across the globe will be greatly disappointed but they will not make any mistake about the truth.

You sure must know that your admirers, even from other Christian denominations are in their millions. Many of them look up to you as their role model. Think again. Must you let them down? Is this idea of divorcing Chris so binding? Think about it again. Is this not selfishness? Here in England, many homes break up, with their families torn apart. But when you look at the situation closely, you find that selfishness on the part of one of the spouses was the fundamental reason the family broke up. Should that be the testimony of your Ministry? Would you allow material things like money or alleged sexual indulgence destroy your Ministry and make a mockery of all you have invested into it? To remain married, spouses must be ready for a long-term commitment in every conceivable respect, financially, emotionally and in terms of maturity and ageing.

Having said this much, I would like to quickly point out that there are many things about marriages, especially among Christian Families that are often taken for granted. One of them is the sacrosanct promise publicly recited by couples in front of their witnesses, and in front of God. They usually vow to love, cherish and respect each other “until death do us part!” Think about the admonition God gave Adam in the Holy Book. Adam and his wife Eve were the first recorded couple on earth, according to our Christian belief. God created the Garden of Eden for them, with all the glamour and beauty that the scenic environment portrayed, just as He has prospered Christ Embassy. The Holy Book mentions that husband and wife explored the Garden naked. They were not ashamed of their nakedness. They must have been as innocent as a newly born child. That was how God wanted them to be – innocent. God specifically told Adam not to eat of the forbidden fruit in the centre of the Garden of Eden. God told him: “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat; for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die.”

The serpent, described in the Holy Book as “more cunning than any beast of the field that the Lord had made” prevailed on Eve and she convinced her husband to disobey God and eat of the forbidden fruit. But Adam lived for many more years before his physical demise. It means that God was not talking about the physical death of Adam. God meant that Adam would die spiritually. Adam’s spiritual death was not interpreted at the time God told him he would die if he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. No one knew the mind of God when He spoke to Adam about the tree. But God’s decree happened. The spiritual death of Adam and his wife ushered sin and death into the world. For disobeying God, Adam died spiritually and his death distanced him and his wife from God.

By the same token, modern marriages can die spiritually. When husband and wife fail to upkeep their vow to cherish, love and respect each other; when selfishness and the desire to be the one left standing at the end of the day is inadvertently at the centre of their relationship; when the ill-conceived advice of “frienemies” (half friends and half enemies) holds sway in their marriage, that union is doomed to spiritual death. The couple will be separated from each other, just as Adam was separated from God. The couple may still be living together as Adam and Eve continued to live in the Garden of Eden. But in the spirit, they have been disconnected from God who brought them together initially.

Yes. Even the Elders and Pastors of Christ Embassy are not free from all this. They too have a case to answer. No Christian marriage can simply crash without series of warnings. And we make haste to ask: where were the Elders and other Pastors of Christ Embassy when this entire trouble started? Where were they when it continued and when it was allowed to escalate to this world-wide level? Where were they? What did they observe? What was revealed to them, even in their prayers? And what did they do to salvage the ugly incident that was coming on to daint the image of Christ Embassy?

Anita and Chris, you must surely know that the devil is at work in your Ministry. You must not let this happen. Millions of your admirers out there will be very disappointed. Don’t listen to those frienemies of yours who are pretending to advise you genuinely, because they are not. You are beautiful, Anita. Chris is handsome. And I am sure this combination of beauty and brain is what has attracted so many people to you and to your ministry. Call Chris to prayer over this challenge, and withdraw the suit from court. That is what all your admirers feel you should do. Don’t allow money or things of the flesh to come between you and the love of God expressed in you as a great woman of God.

Pastor Benny Hinn had this temptation. The devil set a booby trap for him. His family was tearing apart. But he overcame the gripping power of the Evil One. He triumphed. And today that testimony stands strong in his favour and profile. The world is watching, hoping that you prove who you really have been. Your children are waiting, not to be stigmatised with the label of children who came from a broken home. Christians all over the world are praying that as a great woman of God, God Himself will reveal the future of this divorce road you appear to have followed to you, Anita. And we all believe that you will triumph over this period and live to give testimony of God’s goodness in your life. Paul is advising you in Ephesians 6:10 to be “strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full amour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggles are not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground.”

Paul himself summarises this challenge that seems to be rocking your family and ministry in 2 Corinthians 6: 3-10: “We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that your ministry will not be discredited. Rather as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance, in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonour, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, yet possessing everything.”

 

Mr Asinugo is a London-based journalist and columnist.

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‘Future of Church in NE Nigeria also threatened’ says Chibok leader

Some Christian families displaced by violence in Yobe State, have moved to Jos. Nigeria, January 2014.
Some Christian families displaced by violence in Yobe State, have moved to Jos. Nigeria, January 2014. 

Nigeria’s radical Islamist sect, responsible for the kidnapping of nearly 300 girls in Chibok in April, appears relentless in its fight for the establishment of an Islamic state in Africa’s most populous country. Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau has announced, in a recent online video, the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in the towns and villages it has seized in north-eastern Nigeria.

The insurgents have raised their flags over Damboa and Gwoza in Borno State, and two weeks later, over Buni Yadi in neighbouring Yobe state. Boko Haram also is trying to claim Madagali in a third state, Adamawa, near the border with Cameroon. Hundreds of sect members attacked the Madagali army base before taking over the town. They also attacked the nearby villages of Sabongari and Kafin Hausa.

Madagali’s executive chairman, James Abawu Watharda, said the insurgents struck the area with sophisticated weapons, including rocket-propelled launchers, improvised explosive devices and petrol bombs. They shot at people, set property on fire and overpowered security operatives and vigilante groups before hoisting their flags. They destroyed at least five churches. They also issued written warnings to residents of neighbouring villages to vacate immediately.

Boko Haram withdrew from Madagali on Aug. 25, after holding the town for 24 hours. Nonetheless, the offensive caused widespread displacement of the mostly Christian residents and others from surrounding villages who were taking refuge in Madagali. Most have made their way to Mubi, about 80 kilometres away, itself the victim of a serious Boko Haram attack in October 2012.

Also on Aug. 25, insurgents attacked the border towns of Gamboru Ngala and Banki. The fighting forced thousands of civilians to flee across the Cameroon border.

The Nigerian army, often outgunned and regularly criticized for ineffectiveness against the insurgency, has failed to stop the militants. Hundreds of soldiers have fled to neighbouring Cameroon.

More than 178 churches were destroyed around Gwoza, says a worker for Open Doors International, which works to support Christians who are pressured because of their faith. In a telephone interview, a local Christian worker said “the situation is becoming out of hand. The church can no longer support the large population of refugees from different parts of the northeast trooping to Mubi.”

The Director of Social Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri (which covers Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states) Rev. Fr. Gideon Obasogie, told journalists on Thursday 29th August that “dozens have been killed and church structures have been burnt down. Christians in the town are in great persecution. Christian men were caught and beheaded, the women were forced to become Muslims and were taken as wives to the terrorists. The houses of Christians that have fled are now occupied by the Haramists. Their cars are used by the terrorists. Some Boko Haram sympathizers around the town showed the terrorists which were Christian homes, and Christians hiding were also identified and killed. Strict Sharia Law has been promulgated, as observed by a woman who luckily escaped from the death zone”.

A local church leader said, over the phone, “Only God can come to our aid – we are in a very difficult situation.”

Rev Samuel Dali, President of EYN Church.
Rev Samuel Dali, President of EYN Church. 

Rev. Samuel Dali is the President of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, known locally as Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, or EYN Church. Located mainly in northeast Nigeria, EYN Church has been a direct target of Boko Haram attacks; most of the Chibok girls’ families belong to the Church. Unless put down, he told World Watch Monitor, the Islamist insurgency “will lead to certain humanitarian disaster, and the future of the church in the whole area is threatened.” World Watch Monitor’s Illia Djadi met with Dali recently. Here is an edited transcript of their conversation: 

ID: How would you assess or describe the situation on the ground?

SD: Most of the communities are refugees, squatting with their brothers and other members of the church or living in places they even didn’t know before. In Gwoza area, the whole population has fled into Cameroon, or into other neighbouring Nigerian states like Adamawa or Taraba. They have lost almost everything. The rainy season has started but people cannot go to their farms, so you can easily imagine the outcome. The coming months are going to be worse than the present because since they have nothing left with them and they cannot go to their farms. Even if Boko Haram stopped attacking, it’s going to be a disaster for the communities this year. Actually most of the people are living with so little, just ‘from hand to mouth’. Thus being a refugee in their relatives’ house is even creating further problems for those people. So there will be definitely a famine in that area, unless miracles happen.

ID: From whom — or where — will these miracles come?

SD: Maybe from a loving human community who probably hear about the story and the plea of this people. The most important assistance the international community can provide is to help Nigeria to stop Boko Haram’s attacks, so that people can start a new life again. The international community can help the Nigerian government to identify the perpetrators of that violence and impose sanctions against them, notably by freezing their accounts and denying them visas. These can contribute to reduce the problem [evidence is emerging that Boko Haram has accomplices within high ranking politicians and the Army]. Of course it will be very helpful to assist people with materials like food and shelters. We have a relief committee in charge of distributing aid.

ID: What’s the impact of the crisis on your daily life?

SD: The crisis has created a distracting effect on our church, so that we are no longer thinking about our future plans. Initially, as a leader, I tried to create some programmes which aimed at promoting a better future for my Church. But as the crisis has intensified and is coming closer to every village, we don’t know when it is coming to our place. Every day, when we wake up, we thank God because we are still alive. Several times, the Relief Committee members planned to distribute materials to affected people, but as they are about to go, they hear that the area was attacked and they have to delay. The crisis doesn’t allow us to go through this kind of bureaucracy. Actually we have thousands of refugees in the premises of our Headquarters. The first time I came across hungry children begging for food, it made me very upset and I tried to avoid them. Some of them were naked. You see them going around and some times, if you give them food and water, they begin to play as they think things are normal. So, gradually I begin to come closer to them, trying to comfort their families. Most of the parents are women carrying these children because their men have disappeared. When I saw them like this, I say: for how long can these little children be running from one village to another?

ID: What are you expecting from churches worldwide?

SD: We want the Church worldwide to recognise that this is not just our problem. It is the problem of the whole body of Christ. Maybe they may have not known yet the intensity of the crisis we are going through. As a church, we initially totally depend on offerings from our members. But as they cannot hold services and they have lost almost everything, the whole church has lost its income. Actually we feel we have been left alone. That’s why we completely give it up to God and say: ‘God, here we are, do whatever you think is proper for your people here’. The situation is just getting bad every day and will eventually lead to a human disaster. The future of the church in that area is also threatened. Dozens of our churches have already been completely razed down and many pastors killed while others have fled along with their members. If the situation does not stop, there is a real danger of eliminating churches in North-eastern Nigeria.

Nigeria’s displaced people

According to the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs: since May 2013 (when the Nigerian government declared a state of emergency in the States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe) to date, more than 300,000 have been forced to flee the violence of Boko Haram.

With 3.3 million internally displaced people (IDPs), Nigeria has the largest population displaced by conflict in Africa – as is revealed in a report entitled “Global Overview 2014: people internally displaced by conflict and violence.”

The report – published jointly by the Internal Displaced Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) – stated that the number of internally displaced people in Nigeria is approximately a third of the IDPs in Africa and 10 per cent of IDPs in the world.

According to the report, 470,500 people were displaced in Nigeria in 2013 alone, placing it as the country with the third highest number of displaced in the world. Nigeria is only ranked behind Syria with 6.5 million IDPs and Colombia with 5.7 million IDPs.

The Nigerian military reported that Boko Haram killed more than 1,500 people in the first three months of 2014 alone and more than half of those killed were civilians.

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More Trouble Brews Over Alleged Financial Mismanagement At Christ Embassy

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The finances of Christ Embassy as a charity in England & Wales are under investigation by The Charity Commission, regulator of charities in England and Wales. Trustees of the charity include Pastor Chris Oyakhilome; Rev (Mrs) Anita Oyakhilome; and other pastors. Some of the aims of the charity include providing to the public ministry materials such as books, audio tapes and DVDs; sponsoring the charity’s uplifting programmes on satellite TV where millions are being reached; reaching out to the sick and needy people with the free distribution of the daily devotional “Rhapsody of Realities”, gift items including food and clothing and grants to partner agencies or charities.

Right now, all seems not to be well with the charity as an Interim Manager, Mr Rod Weston of Mazars has been appointed to the exclusion of the charity’s trustees as a temporary and protective measure. Going by reports, the commission is investigating “large connected party payments” and “the potential misapplication of grant funding” by Christ Embassy, but has declined to give further details.
According to the statement by The Charity Commission, “In July 2013, the regulator opened a statutory inquiry into the charity to investigate a number of serious concerns relating to the financial management of the charity, including in particular large connected party payments. Since then a books and records inspection has been carried out and the regulator has obtained information from and met the trustees, however, the regulator’s concerns about the financial management of the charity have not been resolved.

“The appointed Interim Manager will: take over the management of the charity, including its staff, assets, interests, and relations with third parties; discharge the functions of a charity trustee of the charity to the exclusion of the current charity trustees of the charity; and take any steps necessary to secure and take control of the assets of the charity. The religious activities of the charity are not affected; the Interim Manager is taking steps and working with the pastors to ensure this remains the case. Before now, the Commission had been examining various concerns about the charity. These were not resolved and on 29 July 2013 the Commission opened a statutory inquiry using its powers in s46 Charities Act 2011. A member of the public had raised concerns with the commission in October 2012. The regulator took these up with the ministry but its questions were “not resolved”.

Additional reports claim that the charity’s UK accounts for “2011 show it had an annual income just short of £13m, of which £12.2m was voluntary income, but spent £8.1m. It had 28 full-time employees and spent £565,000 on staff costs”. The inquiry is to examine any regulatory concerns and decide whether there has been mismanagement or misconduct on behalf of the ministry’s trustees. Having the legal powers, the Commission will demand answers from trustees, and also examine whether charitable funds have been used properly and “take remedial action if necessary”.

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Oyakhilome’s Younger Brother Accused Of Adultery In South Africa

Pastor KenThe crisis rocking the Christ Embassy Church is about to get messier as The Nigerian Times can reveal that Rev. Ken Oyakhilome, younger brother of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, founder of the Church has also been accused of fornication and adultery. Last week, reports emerged in the media that Rev. Anita, wife of the charismatic and ‘pastorpreneuer,’ popularly known as Pastor Chris, had filed for divorce in the UK, citing ‘adultery’ and ‘unreasonable behaviour.’ As the news made the round, it was met with disbelief by members of the Christ Embassy Church who revere Pastor Chris and were in the dark on the marital crises facing the couple. Now the scandal may even get worse. Pastor Chris’ younger brother, known in the Church circle as Rev. Ken, was alleged to have impregnated a South African lady, name withheld, a member of the Church in Randburg, Guateng, which is the headquarters of Christ Embassy, South Africa. Rev. Ken, used to be the regional pastor of Christ Embassy in charge of South Africa until a few years when he was transferred to the branch of the church in Texas, USA. The Nigerian Times’s sources say the romance between Rev. Ken and the member was an open secret among members of the Church in South Africa and the alleged pregnancy of the lady was said to have ruffled feathers among the top echelons of church but was hushed in order to prevent a scandal. The lady, according to sources, aborted the child with the knowledge of leaders of the church. Like his elder brother, Rev. Ken has lived apart from his wife Pastor Ose for over ten years now. Pastor Ose used to manage the Okota, Lagos branch of the Church while her husband, Ken was the regional pastor in South Africa. The couple still lives apart today as Pastor Ose now manages the Church in South Africa while her husband, Ken is in Texas, running the church there. Although the alleged romance between Rev Ken and the said Sister, which resulted in pregnancy, was kept a secret, the crisis in the Church involving Pastor Chris and his wife Anita, had led to many of such secrets tumbling out. Some members of the Church unhappy with happenings there had set up Facebook page, Where is Rev Anita, through which they vent their frustrations about the secrecy with which the church is run and some of the allegedly ungodly things happening there. Find below some comments about the Rev Ken saga: From Sister Lebogang Radibela: “It’s true, here in Johannesburg a pastor impregnated a young lady and forced her to do abortion, later on the lady was promoted to being a pastor, till today she is still a pastor, working together with the wife to the pastor who impregnated her. Members act like this is normal; I mean where we draw a line.” From Jacob Nnoli: @Sister Lebogang Radibela, “it’s not just a pastor. it’s our darling older brother Rev Ken himself that activated the pregnancy button but it’s shocking to know that our regional pastor, Pastor Ose Oyakhilome, a mother herself supported the abortion and by (following the principle of the ) 48 laws of power, she’s keeping her close. That sounds like what an ‘area mother’ would do and to top it up, the grandfather himself Rev Chris ordained the sister a pastor and probably help seared the damaged conscience with some rands/dollars. How many more in Nigeria region? Time will fail us to speak of Asaba, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Benin and many too numerous to mention. I had to listen to that Youtube message again this morning and I can now understand when Pastor Chris said Pastor Anita should have moved with those who will help her as the wife of global pastor. Is this what she should learn, to help Pastor Yemisi and other indicted ladies? Actually Pastor, you forgot to announce the firing of Pastor Pat, the CSO as a result of leaked White House (Pastor Chris’ residence in Lagos) information and the hiring of a brother-in-law Deacon Kingsley Osazuwa. Our darling Rev Ken, it looks like Durex, Trojan, and Gold circle condoms etc have all finished in the market because of ….May God have mercy but we need to obtain the mercy.” Meanwhile, the London branch of the Christ Embassy Church is undergoing a major crisis which had led the Charity Commission, the body licensed to regulate charities in the UK, to take over its financial administration through the appointment of an Interim Manager. The body accused the Church Trustees of “serious concerns about the financial management of the Church, including in particular large connected payments. Since then a books and records inspection has been carried out and the regulator has obtained information from and met the trustees, however, the regulator’s concerns about the financial management of the charity have not been resolved.” The Commission therefore used its powers under the UK Charities Act to appoint Mr. Rod Weston of Mazars as Interim Manager of the charity to the exclusion of the charity’s trustees as a temporary and protective measure. The implication is that Mr Weston is now in charge of the financial management of the Christ Embassy, UK and will deal with all matters relating to finances, to the exclusion of the pastors and staff of the Church. A similar thing had occurred to another Nigerian-owned church, the Kingsway International Christian Centre, KICC pastored by Mathew Ashimolowo, which necessitated his relocation to Nigeria from the UK. Also the UK government barred Nigerian Pastor, David Oyedepo from entering the country, allegedly because of some unwholesome practices of its church

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