Full Text Of Buhari’s Controversial Press Briefing In Germany

President Muhammadu Buhari last week paid a three-day working visit to Germany. As part of the activities for the visit, the president addressed a joint press conference with his host and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel in Berlin.

During the press conference, the president was asked series of questions one of which is his reaction to the BBC interview granted by his wife, Aisha Buhari.

The reponse from the president has since become the topic of discussion in the media space. We reproduce below the press briefing of President Muhammadu Buhari alongside Angel Merkel.

I am very grateful to you for this invitation. The Germans have always been concerned about Nigeria. This is very welcome, and we are grateful for it.

They invited me here during the G7 presidency. They asked me to provide the G7 with a report on the security situation in Nigeria, but above all in the region. I have done this very much and I have submitted a report to the G7.

I have mentioned on this occasion that Boko Haram has been considerably restricted in its possibilities. 14 of 177 local regions are still left where they actually have an influence, where they actually hold something like a caliphate.

But there is no real power that they have over any of our communal, regional authorities. In the meantime, they have, of course, concentrated on schools, mosques and markets in their attacks. But this possibility to carry out such attacks is also largely taken away.

We received economic and humanitarian aid from the Federal Republic of Germany. In this way, Nigeria has been enabled to expel terrorists from these areas.

The second point is the economy. We are very grateful for the fact that we have been offered training opportunities. There are about 100 German companies operating in Nigeria – most of them in the manufacturing sector. This means that the Nigerians have not only jobs, but also training opportunities. For this we are very grateful.

The new security problem that has emerged is, above all, that there have been acts of sabotage against institutions of the oil industry in the Niger Delta. I have already submitted a detailed report to the German Government, and this will continue.

We will say what we need for help, for example, information of a message service type or other, but also ways to provide us with equipment. With the leadership of the militants in the Niger Delta, with the traditional institutions there, we are currently talking. But oil companies, which have been operating in Nigeria for more than 30 years, must of course also participate in this dialogue.

As far as the economy is concerned, it is this year that we have had a lot of rain in Nigeria and we expect a very good crop so that the problems with the food imports will not be so great. We will not be so dependent on it. In a few months we will be able to create food security and even export food. Most of the foods that we have imported were, for example, wheat, maize and rice. I think in about 18 months we will be self-sufficient in this area.

As for the girls from Chibok, you have probably learned that 21 of these girls have been released. But still 100 of these girls are somewhere in the area around Lake Chad, Cameroon, Niger or Nigeria. Where they are, we do not know exactly. We have been able to free these 21 girls. We hope that we can provide it with the appropriate information to find even more and to find out. We are very grateful to the United Nations who have participated in the mission of saving these girls. But please do not forget that the whole thing takes place against the background of terrorism in Nigeria. Thousands of Nigerians have been killed by Boko Haram. There are 1.5 to 2 million people who are internally displaced and have to live in camps for internally displaced persons. At least 60 percent of them are women and children. 60 percent of these children are orphans who do not know their parents and do not know where they come from. This is a great concern for my government, which we must face. We must, of course, provide the appropriate infrastructure, especially in education and health, so that these children and displaced persons can return to their region, their city, their village and live a normal life. That is why we are very grateful for the support given by the German government. We hope for further support whenever we need it and ask for it.

Thank you very much.

Question and answer time

I come from Nigerian television. Federal Chancellor, Mr Buhari has devoted himself to combating corruption. One option he pursues is to retrieve funds outside the country. What do you do to help him? As you have said, you appreciate him.

Merkel: I appreciate him very much. We will, if he has hints, follow these instructions, of course. In all that the President has to say to Germany, we will, of course, look to help him work against corruption.

In addition, our finance minister has worked very hard to ensure the international exchange of information is compulsory. This means that in the future, it will be much harder to deal with such corrupt business. As countries, we will also work much more closely with banks to pursue all traces.

I have a question to the President. In the context of the migration crisis, the importance of re-transferring the foreign Nigerians is always written and reported. How important are these retransferments for the Nigerian economy?

Your woman has today given an interview in which she said she does not support you in the 2019 re-election if you do not transform your government. Maybe you can comment on that. Are you ready to meet your wife’s demands?

Buhari: I do not know exactly which party my wife belongs to. Actually, she belongs to my kitchen, my living room and also to the other rooms in my house. It is not easy to deal with the opposition, with those who were not with one in the election campaign. I hope that my wife will remember that I was 12 years in the field, that I have tried three times to win. The fourth time I was successful. The first three times I was in Nigeria’s highest court. So I would say that I know better about all this.

I think I know better than the members of the opposition. After all, my efforts had been successful. It is not so easy to satisfy everyone, the entire opposition of Nigeria and all parties there. They all want to be at the government, of course.

Perhaps I may briefly tell you what we have inherited.

From 1999 to 2014, Nigeria averaged 2.1 million barrels of oil per day at a price of $100. Then we had less than 40. It must also be said that the production by the actions of militants has reduced by half. This means that Nigeria has inherited a huge problem. You certainly know that 27 of the 36 states could not pay salaries to their employees. That is, there were very serious economic problems, problems of security, business, corruption, problems we try to resolve to the best of our knowledge.

I told you what the problem was with Boko Haram. We almost succeeded in preventing them from dominating somewhere in Nigeria. As far as the economy is concerned, we have now concentrated on agriculture. We ask you to invest primarily in the mineral sector, in the field of mineral resources.

In the Niger Delta, too, we have turned to the militant leadership and the people they support locally. We have approached the oil companies, which have been operating in the country for a long time, more than 30 years, and know the whole environment, including the local people. We want to negotiate with them, so that there will be a truce.

The government has the ability and the ability to cope with these people, just as we have come to terms with Boko Haram. But it is in the interest of Nigeria and all regions of Nigeria that we solve these issues through dialogue, as a much more civilized way of dealing with each other.

Your country has opened its doors to a large number of refugees from other countries, with a great deal of insecurity and a great deal of poverty. But this is now a problem for you. How can you prevent such a destabilization from happening to you and also in Nigeria?

Merkel: Firstly, we must, of course, be politically committed to peace and security. This is very difficult, for example, in Syria or Iraq. We are therefore all the more pleased that much has already been achieved in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria and at Lake Chad.

People who do not really live peacefully have big problems, of course. But there are also the economic problems. We have said in Germany that we want to give protection to many who have come to us because of war and expulsion. This is why the rate of recognition in legal proceedings is very high, for example, for people from Syria and Iraq. But for people coming from Nigeria, the recognition rate is only 8 percent. That is, we must assume that many come for economic reasons. We can understand that. But we must then say that in order to provide humanitarian protection to those who really flee before the war, we must return to those who do not have a right of residence in Germany.

This is what the European Commission is talking about. We also talked today about how we can do this and send out the signal at the same time: We want to put the smugglers and the traffickers the craft. But we also want to help people who are in need in Nigeria. That is why we want to offer those who do not go on the illegal path, for vocational training, for training, for the acquisition of skills, so that they have a better chance of achieving a good future for themselves. Then this is good for both sides.

There can be no business about corruption, illegal trafficking, arms trafficking, drug trafficking – all of which are connected – and states are destabilized, but we are working together as states, so that the people of Nigeria have some of it and at the same time the signal “Those who do not have a right of residence in Germany – 92 per cent of the people from Nigeria who come to us – have to return” to stop the illegality.

You said you had talked about the problem of return. Have you received any commitments, or do you intend to conclude a regular return contract with Nigeria?

Just a quick glance into the next week: Are you confident that a meeting in Normandy will be held here in Berlin?

Merkel: As for the next week, I cannot say that yet, because I have to wait and see what messages I get from the now ongoing conversations on the workbene. We keep this open, but we have not yet reached the decision.

On your first question: the negotiations with the European Commission are only starting in October. That is, we have not made specific arrangements today. But I have, of course, said that Germany supports these negotiations by the European Commission, and that in return, both on the basis of the Valletta agreement, we can use both European and German resources, especially to promote legal opportunities for vocational training that illegality can be combated. But we have not discussed details yet.

Courtesy TAZ

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Reps Reopen Probe Into Controversial $1.1bn Malabu Oil Deal

The House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating alleged corruption, malpractices and breach of due process in the award of OPL 245 yesterday reopened its investigation.

Although, the seventh House had concluded probe on the matter, but did not present it’s report,the 8th House resolved on January 27 to re-open the investigation, stressing that Nigeria could not afford to lose an equivalent of “N500bn”, the local value of the money, using the current Naira to 1USD exchange rate.

The committee, which is chaired by a member from Kwara State, Mr. Razak Atunwa, held a session with some of the key stakeholders involved in the deal at the National Assembly in Abuja.

Among those whose representatives met with the committee were Shell and Agip.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was also represented at the session where it was directed to provide information on the outcome of its investigation into the deal within two weeks.

Among former government officials to be summoned by the committee are a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and a former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke.

Members of the committee, seeking to highlight how $1.1 billion meant for the Federation Account was ispirited away, expressed shock that the Nigerian National  Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), AA Oil and Gas and Malabu Oil shunned the meeting.

Recalling how the deal started, the committee said Chief Dan Etete, a former minister under the administration of the late Gen. Sani Abacha, awarded the block to himself in 1998, using Malabu Oil and Gas.

“He awarded it to himself for just $20m, out which he paid only $2m”, the committee stated.

It added that former President Olusegun Obasanjo revoked the block, but it was later sold to Shell at $210m, a development that sparked off legal tussles.

The committee recalled that while Malabu was still in court, Adoke and Alison-Madueke were alleged to have “contrived a series of complex agreement of a questionable nature.”

It said, “The summary of the agreement was that Shell and Nigeria Agip Exploration paid $1.1bn to the Federal Government for the oil block.”

However, instead of paying the money into the Federation Account, the committee stated that Adoke and Alison-Madueke “caused the money to be transferred to Malabu, which then spirited the money to various foreign bank accounts.

The EFCC admitted that it had looked into the matter and assured the committee that the agency would furnish it with available information at its disposal.

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How Senator Akpabio, Governor Emmanuel Procured Controversial Supreme Court Judgment – Report

By SaharaReporters

An inside source within Akwa Ibom State Government has spoken to SaharaReporters about a shady deal Governor Udom Emmanuel and his predecessor, former Governor Godswill Akpabio, struck with justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria prior to the apex court’s judgment on Wednesday February 3, 2015 validating the state’s governorship election.

A source close to the Attorney General of Akwa Ibom State told SaharaReporters that the “negotiations” on how to “capture the Supreme Court” started in late December of 2015, shortly after the Nigerian Court of Appeal made an omnibus nullification of elections held throughout Akwa Ibom State.

The source, who sought anonymity, disclosed that the state’s immediate past governor, Mr. Akpabio, who is the minority leader at the Nigerian Senate, had reached out to Justice John Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court to help broker a deal with Chief Justice Mahmud Mohammed and other justices of the Supreme Court to overturn the Appeal Court’s judgment.

“Akpabio was instrumental to the elevation of Justice Okoro to the Supreme Court by former President [Goodluck] Jonathan in 2013. As such, it was payback time,” said the source, adding, “Initially, we thought that it would not be possible to penetrate the Supreme Court, but Justice Okoro and other powerful forces made it possible.”

The source revealed that Mr. Akpabio and Governor Udom directed the state’s Attorney General to work closely with Justice Okoro to ensure that the judgment favored the PDP.

“A pre-hearing conference was held in Abuja between the AG, Justice Okoro, Justice Chima Centus Nweze [another Supreme Court justice], some PDP members and the governor’s legal,” our source said. According to him, Justice Nweze actually coached the governor’s team on the issues they should emphasize in their briefs, so that the Supreme Court would depend on those briefs to overturn the Appeal Court’s judgment.”

Our source disclosed that Justice Nweze instructed the lawyers representing the state government to argue that, since the maker of the card reader accreditation report did not tender the document, no “probative value” should be attached to it. The government’s lawyers were asked to stress the point that the other parties had no opportunity for cross-examination.

In addition, the lawyers were told to argue that the petitioners’ case was contradictory. “Justice Nweze asked our lawyers to emphasize that, even though the petition contended that there was no election in the state, they went ahead to tender the card reader accreditation report, voters register, ballot papers and other documents used during the election,” said our source.

“Another technical point the justices told the lawyers to use was that the Appeal Court’s judgment did not overturn the decision of the electoral tribunal which had rejected the evidence of forensic experts called by the petitioners. Yet the petitioners went ahead to rely on the evidence of forensic experts on the total number of persons accredited based on the voters register during the election.”

Regarding the petitioners’ argument that there was no collation of results, Justices Okoro and Nweze coached Mr. Nwoko and the PDP lawyers to argue that the petitioners had failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove their case. They were also told to argue that even the court could collate election results, where the need arises. The Supreme Court justices taught Mr. Nwoko and his legal team to argue that non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act must be proved polling unit by polling unit.

A senior lawyer familiar with the state government’s arguments told SaharaReporters that they were mere technicalities that should not have been used to settle the legal dispute. He said, for example, that it was not legally mandatory for the maker of a duly certified public document, like the card reader accreditation report, to personally tender the document.

Said the lawyer: “In the case of Akwa Ibom, the report was duly certified by INEC which conducted the election. All the parties, including INEC, relied on this same report in their pleadings. They even said they would produce it at the trial. So the issue of cross-examination of the maker of the report does not arise because the authenticity of the document was never disputed by any of the parties.” He asked, “What contradictions are they talking about? The argument that the petitioners cannot say that there was no election and still go ahead to tender ballot papers, voter register and other documents is ridiculous. What the petitioners said was that no election known to law was conducted in Akwa Ibom State. Election is only election if it complies substantially with the provisions of the Electoral Act. In any event, the said ballot papers were mangled and destroyed by corrupt INEC officials. Why should anyone who said he conducted [an] election destroy ballot papers purportedly used for the said election? The voters register also showed that only 448, 307 people were accredited, as opposed to the more than 1.2 million votes declared. What other demonstration did they expect when the petitioners had used the voters register during trial to cross-examine witnesses called by the respondents which showed that most of the witnesses called by the respondents were not accredited?”

The lawyer described as “nonsensical” the argument that the Court of Appeal did not overturn the tribunal’s rejection of the evidence of the forensic experts. He remarked that the petitioners had specifically appealed against the rejection and the Appeal Court upheld the appeal. “The law does not require the court to use a particular language to express its positions. It is also untenable for anyone to ask the petitioners, in a case like this, to call witnesses in all the polling units in the State. If that were so, then the trial would not have been concluded in one year,” he said, adding that the card reader report and the voters register proved there was over voting in all the 2982 polling units of the State.

The lawyer further contended that the petitioners had established numerous cases of multiple signing, mutilation and alteration of results and collation forms in 27 out of the 31 local government areas of the state.

“It is rather strange for the Supreme Court to just throw away all the evidence of non-compliance and corrupt practices,” the lawyer stated. He added that the verdict left the impression of an attempt to justify a pre-determined outcome. “Does it mean that the judges who sat over this case at the tribunal and the Appeal Court were not sound in law? How can the Supreme Court just reject the very card reader that brought sanity into our electoral process? Is INEC not empowered by the Constitution and the Electoral Act to issue binding guidelines for elections? Where in the Electoral Act is ticking of names of voters as evidence of accreditation provided for?”

According to the lawyer, the respondents had contended that card readers worked effectively, claiming that they used incident forms where the readers failed. “The question is: where are the Incident Forms?” he asked.

Decrying the decline in the reputation of the Supreme Court, the lawyer noted that the petitioners had submitted 350 pieces of documentary evidence, including videos, accusing the Supreme Court of deciding to look the other way.

Our source in Akwa Ibom claimed that Justice Okoro held a series of clandestine meetings with Senator Akpabio, Mr. Nwoko and Governor Emmanuel before the February 3rd Supreme Court judgment. He said one of the meetings took place on Tuesday January 19, 2016, around 2 a.m. in the Reiz Continental Hotel in Abuja Central Business District.

The Supreme Court justices read their controversial verdict at night on February 3, 2015. Mr. Akpabio arrived at the court with great fanfare, after the Chief Justice of Nigeria and other members of the seven-judge panel had retired to finalize their judgment.

A retinue of journalists and policemen accompanied Mr. Akpabio to court. Once the former governor entered the courtroom, security agents at the Supreme Court blocked other people from entering or leaving the courtroom. Even before the judgment was read, Mr. Akpabio was heard stating that “it is all over.” He counseled the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Umana Okon Umana, and other APC officials to return to Akwa Ibom and “begin reconciliation.”

Shortly after Mr. Akpabio’s arrival in court, Nigeria’s Chief Justice and six other members of his panel returned into the court and upheld Mr. Udom Emmanuel as the elected governor of Akwa Ibom State. Justice Chima Nweze read the judgment.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to give reasons for its judgment on February 15, 2016.

In a fierce reaction to the judgment, Nigeria’s top election observer group, Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), accused the Supreme Court of “legalizing electoral robberies,” adding that the court was “aiding poll robbers” and “ridiculing Nigeria before the global community.”

The United States Embassy in Nigeria, the European Union, and Nigerian Election Situation Room described the April 11, 2015 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State as a sham.

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Femi Adesina Under Fire Over Controversial Christmas Tweet To “Wailing Wailers”

Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has been put under fire over his controversial Christmas tweet to “wailing wailers.”

The former editor in chief of Sun newspaper took to Twitter at 5:12am on Friday to wish Nigerians a merry Christmas in a rather light mood, specifically saying that this wish was extended to “the wailing wailers” – a term long understood to describe members and loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other Nigerians who harboured no sympathy for Buhari’s regime.

All he said was: “Merry Christmas to all, including the wailing wailers.”

But whether Adesina was just been humorous or not did not find the lighter side of some Nigerians who descende dheavily on the presidential spokesmn.

Below are screen shots of some reactions to his tweet.

Twitter rages

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Controversial PDP Man Ikenga Ugochinyere Holds Illegal Youth Council Congress At A Church In Mararaba

Controversial hatchet man of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ikenga Ugochinyere, is in the news again for the wrong reason.

According to our source, Ugochinyere who is reputable for playing the job of a hatchet man for the PDP especially against political opponents within and outside the party organised an illegal congress of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), at a church in Mararaba in the outskirts of Abuja where he was said to have declared himself president.

This is despite the indefinite postponement of the congress by the Board of Trustees of the youth council and the ministry of youth which oversees the youth body.

A member of the Board of Trustees of the Youth Council revealed that Ugochinyere had prior to organising the illegal congress claimed to be the candidate of the All Progressives Congress.

“He even wrote a profile of himself and attached a picture of him and former Governor of Rivers State, Gov. Rotimi Amaechi, so as to create an impression that he has the blessings of APC.

However, another source close to the APC hierarchy said Ugochinyere cannot be the candidate of the party because he is not only a traitor, but a man with a clear sectional and divisive agenda.

Abusidiqu recalls that in 2013, Ugochinyere, who is said to be a card carrying member of the PDP made attempts to register a phantom political party, the African Peoples Congress, with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), with a clear agenda to scuttle the registration of the All Progressives Congress, a result of a merger of four opposition parties, which had also commenced a registration process with INEC. 

Samuel Chinedu, the lawyer Ugonchinyere approached to file the papers of the registration had exposed him when he gave details of his transaction with the PDP hatchet man.

Ugochinyere Ikenga approached me sometime in February 2013 to put in an application for the registration of a political party by name African Peoples Congress,” Mr. Chinedu said.

“He paid me an initial sum of N30, 000 and later added another N50, 000 and a Samsung Galaxy phone after I had filed the papers, with a promise that he was going to settle me after the party must have been registered.

“I filed the application in the honest belief that it was just another political party because even the application I entered at INEC only bears the name African Peoples Congress. The acronym APC was not included in the application,” Mr. Chinedu said.

READ: PDP Youth Activist Paid Me to Register the Party, Lawyer Behind Phantom APC Confesses Mar 15, 2013

The plot to register the phantom APC however failed with the eventual registration of the All Progressives Congress by INEC.

“Ugochinyere, with the emergence of an APC-led government at the national level decided to align himself with the party so as to claim the presidency of the National Youth Council”, our source said. “This is why he went about parading himself as the candidate of APC”, he added.

We however learnt that the the BOT of the council and the ministry of youth decided to put the congress on hold, but Ugochinyere could not wait so he went ahead to organise his own congress in a church in mararaba.

A source in the ministry of youth who spoke to us in confidence however dismissed the congress as nothing.

“Gone are those days when someone think that such nonsense will go unpunished or unchecked. This is a serious government that will accept nothing short of a legal action. The boy has done himself in. And he will soon know that government has changed”, the ministry source said.

 

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Pastor Series 5: Dayo Olutayo, Apostle of Favor, Controversial in-law to Bishop Oyedepo By  Obinna Akukwe

Dayo Olutaayo, Senior Pastor of Good Tidings Bible Church International (GTBCI) has displayed traits and unction which qualifies him to be addresses as possessing an apostolic dimension of divine favor.

Dayo Olutayo is the controversial in-law to Bishop David Oyedepo, by reason of being the younger brother to Faith Oyedepo, the wife of Nigeria’s richest and most generous pastor. He is a mechanical engineer by training.  Dayo Olutayo and her elder sister Faith Oyedepo came from a family where good Christian ideals are highly espoused, such that even their father, who died at ripe old age, was still very spiritually sound till death.

Dayo was introduced to ministry work by Bishop Oyedepo where he served as a church assistant and actually lived with the Oyedepos for a few years , until his boss felt he was matured enough to pastor a branch. His first official posting as a Resident Pastor was the Maiduguri Branch of Winners Chapel. He showed ministerial grace and excellence which earned him another foreign posting to Nairobi Kenya in 1995. It was on record that within three years, a church started from the scratch was able to erect a 3500 seater auditorium, built debt free and dedicated in 1998, a feat never experienced in the history of church building projects of any other church, in the entire nation of Kenya.

The Grace of God upon his life earned him another posting to Abuja to supervise the transition from Area1 to Durumi District and subsequently he was consecrated a Bishop. Bishop Afolabi, Bishop Dickson and Bishop Adjeman and Bishop Olutayo formed the third level of Hierarchy in the Bishopric office under the Ministry.

The normal wind of transfer associated with Living Faith Church came calling in 2004 and Bishop Dayo Olutayo was sent to Port Harcourt. This decision of his boss and in-law to remove him from the lucrative Abuja Diocese to make way for a hierarchically senior colleague, Bishop David Abioye, to replace him, did not go down well with him. He introduced  Bishop Abioye to his flock, jetted down to Port Harcourt, took over from the man there, returned back to Abuja, ostensibly to prepare to relocate finally to the new territory, and he ended up relocating finally  out of Winners Chapel.

Dayo Olutayo shortly after his return from Port Harcourt circulated a leaflet where he denounced his Bishopric Office and described it as a title under ‘Living Faith Church’, resigned from the church and started Good Tidings Bible Church. The controversy generated by his resignation almost tore the former church apart and many disappeared from the Abuja church such that the halls were half empty. It took the special grace upon Bishop Abioye for Durumi Church, depleted by his exit, to gather back multitudes.

When he dragged his spiritually sound biological father to Good Tidings Bible Church, months after his exit from Winners Chapel, ostensibly to ward off perceived spiritual attacks from some quarters, out of protest over his controversial exit, I refused a passionate invitation from a close friend privy to the information that Dayo’s father will be in Church Service on Sunday, to see this aged man who have raised children of no mean spiritual stature.

I was personally against his resignation and told some persons very close to him then that severing a gospel work practice under such controversial and acrimonious manner does not augur well with the body of Christ. Secondly, Port Harcourt Branch of the Church is equally lucrative and is regarded as the third highest in terms of income in Nigeria.

The feedback I got was that Olutayo had earlier informed Bishop Oyedepo that he wants to be released to start a new gospel work, and the later told him to hold on, and in the process of waiting, a transfer he believed was laden with hidden agenda was hoisted on him.  This was happening at a time when Bishop Adgeman forcibly took over the Ghana Branch of the Church and converted it to his private inheritance, a matter Presidents Obasanjo and Kufour of Nigeria and Ghana respectively, were unable to resolve. It was the same 2004 that a strange illness came near her sister Pastor Faith Oyedepo, ostensibly to take her life. I viewed these catalogues of events with suspicion and as such vowed not to support anything that looks as an accomplice.

However, one cannot prophetically deny that Dayo Olutayo has the calling of God upon his life. His followers have also attested to unusual favor they get whenever people flock round him. What is favor? Favor is ‘Unusual delight in the personality of someone’. This unusual delight can attract unusual contracts, promotions, finances, gifts, helps, assistance and even association. Therefore, nobody can deny that this man has such flowing around him.

In Good Tidings Bible Church, testimonies of favor have become so common that it is no more celebrated. Persons have been astronomically promoted, businesses suddenly turned around, miracle jobs, miracle marriages, and mega contracts through processes that show only a magnetic influence of delight associated with God’s favor. Isaiah 66 vs 2 says, “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” Amplifying further, 2 Chronicles16 vs 9 says, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong on behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him” This simply means that divine favor is God showing himself strong to people who are humble, contrite in spirit and tremble at his word, to ensure that they get what their natural prowess, ability, connections cannot get. This is a summary of the grace OF God upon Pastor Dayo Olutayo.

Dayo Olutayo also gets involved in feeding the poor and helping the less privileged in the society irrespective of religious leanings. Muslims, Christians and Pagans have all benefited from his ministry of rehabilitating the poor and needy in Abuja in dimensions never exhibited by any other church in the city. What he introduced years back as a process of feeding the poor has metamorphosed into a Lifegate Care Centres located around Abuja where the poor are fed occasionally. In addition, a quarterly programme of feeding, clothing and rehabilitating the poor and needy called Kingdom Welfare Day (KWD)has become a regular feature in the church. Diverse categories of scholarships are also given out to the less privileged, in dimensions not witnessed around the city.

Dayo Olutayo has been able to organize the numerous wealthy and highly placed personalities in Good Tidings Bible Church into utilizing their God-given privileges, opportunities and wealth into making the larger society a most habitable place to be. He teaches Christian leadership and corporate responsibilities and believes that a man’s worth is what he gives out to the society, not what he receives.

The massive and architecturally crafted cozy church auditorium which runs two Sunday services is situated at Utako Area of Abuja also has a primary and secondary school.

Dayo Olutayo is an Apostle of Favor and at this time when the devil is unleashing arrows of stagnation, shame, frustration and disappointments  and failure at faithful church members especially around  Africa, heavy doses of  Apostolic favor is necessary to counterbalance the onslaught.

 

Obinna Akukwe via profetobinna2@yaho.com

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