Primate Elijah Ayodele, the Founder/Spiritual Head of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church (in Oke-Afa, Isolo, Lagos), has accused Pastor Enoch Adeboye (of The Redeemed Christian Church of God), Bishop David Oyedepo (of Winners Chapel) and Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, President, Christian Association of Nigeria and General Overseer of Word of Life Bible Church (in Warri, Delta State) of disgracing God by some of their actions.
Speaking with YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in his office, the preacher who enjoys reeling out predictions said by hobnobbing with the powers that be and not telling them the truth, the three top pastors deserve serious knocks. “Oyedepo, Oritsejafor and Adeboye have disappointed God. They see the truth, but they are not saying it…” Undone, he added: “I will be frank, these front-line pastors: Adeboye, Oyedepo, name them, PFN, CAN, have they not disappointed the Nigerian masses now? Jonathan goes to Adeboye, what’s the other man’s name? The one around here. I don’t know his name… you may know them. Politicians have corrupted all church leaders. They are not saying the truth, Adeboye, Oyedepo and other big pastors are not saying the truth. We know that the economy is bad, things are not going right. But they should have the courage to face them; for the first time, let us be bold enough to tell them ‘what you are doing is bad. Tell them – change from bad to good’. They said Lagos is moving, what is moving in Lagos? Lagos is just there. Nothing is moving in Lagos. Both PDP and APC have destroyed this country. Pastors who are to talk are part of the corrupt system. Bishops, Primates, Prophets. Everybody is going to answer before God. I’m not here to judge any Pastor, but I’m standing on the altar of truth”.
The easy going preacher whose birthday it was also had this say about the other questions posed to him. Before that, however, he said he has refused to join either the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) or Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) because he can’t flow with what they are doing. “Pastors should be bold. These pastors: Adeboye, Oyedepo, don’t you see what’s going on in the country? They are pastors to governors, senators, President, all of them. Before you pray for somebody, you screen the person, and then come out to say the truth. Pastors are scared to say the truth because they are not bold. They have bought their conscience; the Holy Spirit in them has been bought over. Oritsejafor is the No. 1… man of God. Quote me. Ayo leads the so called group of Christian criminals… Ayo , they said, is the leader of CAN. What is CAN? My own definition of CAN is you know the empty can you throw away after you have drank your juice. Empty people.”
How do you feel being a year older today?
Well, I celebrate my birthday every day. This is the time to show appreciation to God. I use a time like this for sober reflection; a time you impact the lives of those around you and also in the society. This year, we went to different schools and various items like shoes, bags, socks, set of computers and cash donation were distributed to them which the government ought to do to promote the country and society, but fails to do. We also visited the Nigeria Police Force, the VIOs, LASTMA and also the FRSC and we gave them support.
As a man of God, what is your take on the N6billion allegedly collected by some pastors to support President Jonathan’s re-election bid?
I do not know anything about the N6billion you are saying. What I know is that, the present CAN president, Ayo Oritsejafor, does not have the qualities of being a CAN leader. All I know is that, pastors, bishops and even prophets, are corrupt.
So, what is the way out of corruption?
Well, left to me, anyone who cannot perform well after 300 days in office, should vacate the seat for another person who has something to offer. Pastors no longer speak the truth. They have so much interest in money. I’m not criticizing anyone, but God has the final judgment.
You said pastors and other men of God are corrupt. Where do you get the fund to run your church and also your charitable acts?
Well, it is God and I have always learnt to be independent and being industrious has really helped me a lot.
For the sake of those who have been reading your prophecies and could not locate the church, why not organize a revival where people can meet with you and hear more of these prophecies?
We are working towards that. When the time comes, we will let you know.
With all your prophecies, are you not afraid of death or being attacked?
Death! I do not see it as anything because it is a debt which we all owe and will pay at the appointed time.