I normally would not lend a voice to a debate where the conduct of a man is on the burner. However, this time I differ for three reasons. The first is that I want to bring to our attention the need to stop chasing rats when our house is on fire. The second reason is that there appears to be Esau’s hand, but Jacob’s voice in the attack against the moral standing of reverend gentlemen, particularly in Nigeria of today. The third reason I write is that the stories in question against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, as touching as they may sound, do not add up. The Reverend Jimmy Swaggart was arguably the first televangelist to become famous. His fame even soared following his estrangement from the moral society resulting from a sex scandal by one of his flock in the late seventies. Since the days of the Swagartgate that rocked Christendom, the household of God has suffered violence; in this case non-physical or subtle violence. It has become a place where mostly women; sometimes men, seek quick recognition, fame from the back door, and sometimes; most times, large pecuniary settlements. The latest victim of this seething mess is the Reverend gentleman Biodun Fatoyinbo of the (COZA), based in Abuja. Firstly, why should we be distracted from the more burning national issues of terrorism from many quarters? Why should we be distracted on the more important debate on Ruga and the threat to RAPE ancestral lands of Middle Belters and Southern Nigeria? Why are we not bothering about the inept government of the day? Why should we burn our time and energy on the conduct of a man when an aggrieved can quietly go to court? Further, the Holly Book admonishes us to touch not the anointed and do His prophets no harm (Psalms 105:15). Yet, Priests of all denominations in Christendom, the Church, and Christendom itself are always quick to get into the lexicon and into the prose of the comedian. And it does appear that laughter is loudest amidst a comedian’s audience when a Pastor or the Church is the subject of comedy. And there is what I consider a new genre of comedy. This refers to a rising tendency for persons I mentioned earlier; young women and men to engage in all sorts of weird subterfuges to ridicule risen or rising stars in the vineyard of God. From the reports I have read there appears to be a trending wave of accusations against the young man. While not holding brief for him, I want to attempt some analysis of one accusation that I have read. This is the one by a certain Mrs. Busola Dakolo. The young woman alleges she was raped at 17 by the Pastor, some twenty years ago. One thing that is curious about her allegation is a particular incident she relayed. She alleged that the man visited her home as early as 6 a.m. It is most curious how a man, Pastor; even Pope can have unbridled access to a seventeen-year-old minor who was certainly not living alone, by as early as 6 a.m. The report I read attempted to explain how he managed to beat her parents’ watch, and those of her siblings, all of who had traveled at the time the man visited, according to her story. Now it seems to me that a young girl in her prime; just before adulthood, alone in the house, will not simply go open the door for a knocker at 6 am, wearing her nightgown with all the temptations the gown carries in its wake. Even if the knocker was spoken to and he said he was father Abraham, a seventeen-year old would still not let father Abraham see the voluptuous transparency her nightgown would be offering, at the time. Again this is the first time I am hearing a testimony from a girl who had never had sex before, sheepishly losing her virginity the way she narrated without a fight whatsoever. Again, by the time in question, the young Pastor was just a budding Pastor and not the superstar he might be today. So what commanded that sheepish obedience unto the loss of the most prized virtue of womanhood? Further, I did not read anything in her account that suggests hypnosis. Certainly not from the Holy Spirit; that latter who never sees evil. I also did not hear of any hypnosis that may have come from the kingdom of Egypt. So I am still at a loss. A seventeen-year old may be a minor, but certainly not a zombie. Again to disvirgin a woman does not come easy. What happened to the struggle that follows attempts to penetrate? What happened to the screams that could have aroused the neighbourhood? Someone did suggest that the house must have been sound-proofed. Was that the case? Indeed, there are more questions than answers, as the rhymester writes. Again, it seems to me that a woman that reels out all that she did, twenty years after, and happily married to a superstar, stands to lose a lot, all things considered. This is more so when one considers what could have made her wait this long to speak. Firstly, she did not say the sexual harassment is still on, now that she is married. She still did not say who she confided in when the incident(s) of rape happened and why they all chose to be silent then, particularly her parents she was living with when it happened. The whole narrative becomes more curious when one considers the fact that with her account, a fresher from law school with a pass degree and third class in law school, will blow her case to smithereens in court. So, what has motivated this outburst? Again, more questions than answers. I want to attempt an answer. Not long ago, Pastor Suleman Johnson became a vociferous challenger of a certain governor of one of the Northern States whom he accused of an agenda to attack Christendom in Nigeria. As the young man raved in his rage, a certain young woman Stephanie Otobo came to give him something to occupy his time. Since the Otobo incident, the Reverend Suleman Johnson has not been attacking the said governor. While the Otobo/governor attack may be a coincidence, there is something that agitates my mind. It seems to me that what we have not been told which pundits must find out, is what big thing Fatoyinbo is up to. And why some people want to stop him. There are a lot of topical issues in Nigeria worthy of a position by daring Christian preachers. Is Fatoyinbo up to one such issue? In all, one thing appears to be a recurring decimal. A lot of preachers have been accused of sexual sin against their flocks. The list is endless. It was done to Bishop Benson Idahosa. It was done to Reverend Chris Okotie. It was done to Prophet T.B. Joshua. It was done to Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, to mention a few. In recent times Pastor Suleman Johnson got the knocks. And now it is Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo. One thing however is constant. All these men mentioned here up till Suleman Johnson ended up greater than they ever were. So my word to the young preacher Fatoyinbo is, be of good cheer and welcome to the hall of famed men of God.
By Chuba Keshi
Inclusive Foundation Mourns Veteran Actress, Rachael Oniga
Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation, a non-governmental organisation has expressed its heartfelt sympathy to family, friends and the entire movie industry over the loss of the veteran actress, Rachael Oniga who died at age 64.
The CEO of the foundation, Chief (Mrs.) Pat Eleto, in a condolence visit to the family, on Saturday, July 31st, said the news came as a rude shock to many, but she believes that the late actress has created a great impact with her career, and her legacy should never be forgotten.
In her statement, Chief (Mrs.)Eleto said:
“It is with a heavy heart that I grief with the family of a sister, friend and adviser of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.
“Mrs. Oniga, is one of our great ambassadors, and we were actually working on a project that is meant for the later part of this year when the sad news of her demise came.
“Death is inevitable, we pray for the repose of her soul, and may God comfort all the people she left behind. We also hope and pray that all her good legacies, be sustained because, she was indeed a pillar of support to our foundation, and also one of veterans that contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood,” the statement reads.
A native of Delta State, Oniga was one of the ambassadors of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.
Alaafin Shuns Ooni-Backed Group Over Alleged Anti-Buhari Posture
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Friday, at the last minute, allegedly cancelled an appointment he gave to a Yoruba group, Ooni’s Caucus, on the alleged complaint that members of the group are “notorious critics” of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
The Ooni’s Caucus, which was inaugurated at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on July 20, 2021, is made of many influential Yoruba persons and is being coordinated by a former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Akin Osuntokun.
PUNCH learnt that Osuntokun led about 14 members of the group to Alaafin’s palace for the alleged 11am appointment on Friday, but after waiting for about two and a half hours, the influential monarch sent words to them that he would not be seeing them.
According to a source, who spoke to PUNCH on condition of anonymity, some of the group’s members who went to Alaafin’s palace with Osuntokun were a monarch, the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Alao; a former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe; a former commissioner in Osun State, Muyiwa Ige; a former Minister of Defence, Mrs Dupe Adelaja; a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, Oye Oyewumi, Sola Lawal, among others.
A former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is also said to be a member of Ooni’s Caucus, but he was not on the delegation to Alaafin’s palace on Friday.
The source, who is a member of the group, claimed that the group had through the Olugbon secured an appointment with Alaafin since Monday, and the same appointment was confirmed on Thursday, only for them to get to the palace and the Alaafin refused to see them on the claim that they were anti-Buhari and were also loyalists of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The source explained that the main purpose of the meeting was for the newly-inaugurated group to get Alaafin’s blessings and to possibly discuss the issue of the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, who is currently being held and tried in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
The source said, “The Olugbon, a member of the caucus, was the one who booked the appointment, but he said the Alaafin said he didn’t want to see us because we’re notorious critics of the Buhari government.
“He (Alaafin) confirmed the appointment yesterday (Thursday). But when we got there today, he kept us waiting; after a while, he asked to see the Olugbon. He (Alaafin) didn’t come to see us; we were told he said he wouldn’t see us because we are notorious critics of Buhari’s government and that some of us are close to Obasanjo, who is also critical of the government.
“We were made to wait for about two and a half hours; he gave us an appointment for 11am; we got there at 11am and at about 1.30pm, that was when it was obvious to us that he wasn’t coming (to see us). But he initially asked to see the Olugbon, who went to see him for about an hour. When the Olugbon eventually came back, he said Alaafin would not see us, saying we are a group that is critical of the Buhari government and some of us are loyalists of Obasanjo.”
On whether the group’s mission to Alaafin’s palace was to discuss Sunday Igboho’s matter, the source said, “Of course, the issue (of Igboho) would come up but that was not the purpose of the visit. The issue of Igboho concerns all the Yoruba people but that was not our reason for going to him.”
On whether the group would try and book another appointment, the source said, “I don’t know; we were all surprised that a Yoruba oba can refuse to see his children on account of not wanting to be on the bad side of Buhari’s government. I would have thought that an oba is supposed to take everybody as his children, whether they are supporters of Buhari the All progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party or whatever party.”
But when contacted by PUNCH, the Media Director to the Alaafin, Bode Durojaye, said the reason his principal did not see the group was because they did not have any prior appointment with him.
Durojaye said the Alaafin would be willing to entertain the group if they booked an appointment.
He said, “Those who came are men of honour and kabiyesi did not say he did not want to see them. He did not say he would not see them because they are critical of President Buhari or they are former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s men. Obasanjo himself is a friend of Kabiyesi, so you can see that what you were told was not what happened.
“Kabiyesi said he could not see them because they did not give him prior notice that they were coming. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to see them again. They can notify him and he will give them an appointment. You cannot just come and say you want to see him, there are protocols to follow and due process is always adhered to at Alaafin’s Palace.
“There was no rancour, no ill-feeling even when they were going; I was there and I saw them off to their vehicles. If anybody told you that kabiyesi said he didn’t want to see them because they are critical of government or they are Obasanjo’s men, that is a lie.”
NMA Reacts As Bandits Break Into, Pick Nurse At Zamfara General Hospital
Suspected bandits invaded General Hospital, Dansadau, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday, resulting in the abduction of a nurse and caregiver.
Residents said that immediately the men stormed the medical facility, the armed men headed to the outpatient ward in search of a doctor or nurse.
“When they couldn’t find anybody there, they started going from one ward to another. A nurse and a caregiver were abducted. They then moved to staff quarters looking for doctors and nurses but could not find any.”
“The armed criminals had earlier attempted to attack Maigoge, a community located six kilometres north of Dansadau town.
“But when they laid siege to the community, the vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai firmly defended the village. The vigilante killed some of the bandits and injured several others.
“They then invaded the hospital to kidnap nurse and doctors that will treat their injured brothers in the forest.”
Maigoge is one of the few communities in Dansadau Emirate known to be firmly defending themselves against bandits.
“The staff of the facility are not carrying out night duties now. They only attend to patients at day time. They then move inside the town to spend night usually at undisclosed locations,” he added.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in Zamfara state, Dr Mannir Bature, who confirmed the attack said the association is worried by the unfortunate incident.
He said they would hold an emergency state officers council meeting on Saturday.
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