Nigerian Rich Pastors Ignoring the Poor – Lagos Lawyer, Femi Falana Mocks Adeboye, Others

Femi Falana
Femi Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has condemned Nigerian spiritual
leaders who are merely concerned about building a more religious home at
the expense of other institutions.

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While speaking at the ongoing Lagos Book and Arts Festival (LABAF)
holding in Freedom Park, Lagos, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana,
condemned the rate of poverty and unemployment in the country, despite
the existence of billionaire Christian leaders.
The senior advocate of Nigeria took a swipe at Nigerian pastors,
accusing them of milking their congregants, and wondered how most of
them lived in so much affluence but failed to give back to the society.
The legal luminary also mocked the General Overseer of Redeemed
Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, for saying RCCG will have
as many branches as possible.
Falana lambasted Adeboye and other clerics who prefer to increase
branches, instead of focusing on other institutions like schools and
hospitals.
He said: “Most of the richest pastors in the world are from Nigeria, yet our people are getting poorer.

“If many of us had not attended mission schools built by the
Catholics and the Anglicans…but what are we building now? What are our
churches giving us?

“They are promising to build churches in every street. All the
warehouses in Apapa built by Awolowo have all become churches and
business centres.”

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Recall that Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie recently criticised
Adeboye’s comment, stating that there is no Godliness in increasing
church branches.
“I heard that one of my colleagues, (Pastor Enoch) Adeboye,
said that he would love to build churches everywhere so as to make it
easy for worshippers to walk to them.

“But for me, that is a useless statement. How can you say you
will build churches everywhere? What kind of churches are you talking
about?

“Look at traffic in Lagos for example, and those who are
pastors are traders and a good number of them are business men. Such
churches in most cases are more like business houses!

“Look at the number of churches springing up in Lagos. If the
Muslims start building mosques like that, does it show that Nigeria is a
religious country?”

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