A couple of days back, a reader of #CNO left a comment where he stated that Papa SBJO, the founder of this great church made a mistake marrying more than one wife and having large family.
The comment made by one Akinyele Emmanuel generated a lot of controversies but today he responded to all the people who lampooned him about his submission concerning the social life of the late sage, SBJO.
“It a great deal that i needed to reply to some comment about my comment that was posted some weeks ago.
Obviously i never knew that my comment would be publish on #CNO but for future purpose i believe that it will be on record that i replied to those comments, I am not trying to show monopoly of knowledge but I am writing this article the way i saw it in my own opinion.
The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never tries anything, some atheists argue the mistake of man and we must think as philosopher.
When i raised the question of the mistake that Papa made in my own opinion, some people felt i was taking about his spiritual life but i was concerned about Papa social life.
Celestial is an indigenous Africa church that God gave the power to control the evil ones with the power of Holy Spirit but after the demise of Papa in 1985, a lot happened in the leadership circle of CCC, some leader that witnessed the era of Papa knew the type of man he was, people like Snr. Evang. Otenigbagbe was a Colonel in the Nigeria army then, he was the one who mobilized army to Imeko that prevent Rev. Emmanuel Mobibiya from moving the corpse of Papa from Imeko to Port Novo; and that was why he never recognised the current pastor when he took over the leadership because Otenigbagbe felt that if he had allowed him to take the corpse from Nigeria then, CCC might have died a natural death by now.
I remember in 1996 or 1997 when celestial church joined the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at Ire-akari, mandate was giving to the church which the leader never met since then and till now that is why you will never see us in the executive of CAN.
Another important issue was the ruling of judge Famakinwa in 1992 against Baba Bada and the Supreme Court judgement in 1997 showed that the church constitution must be rewritten and the Supreme Court judgment in 1997 (please make your finding in Punch Newspaper achieve) after the ruling the elder wrote a letter to Afe Babalola Chamber in early 2000 but nothing happened. Also at about three years ago, we downloaded another drafted constitution online that some people took time and energy to work on but some cabals in the church killed it. Papa Oshoffa led the group of clergymen to the foundation of Deeper Life Church in the 70’s and the same church took Celestial to court before the court ruled in favour CCC last year.
With all this, I am very convinced most of the people that following Papa are conscious of the leadership position in the church not the growth and development in the church, which papa knew in his heart, but if he had made the arrangement from his family to the church circle, we might not be where we are now.
With all this, families also played some major roles both positive and negative, and if it was two or three wives and 9 children, who knows, the sincere leader among the leaders might have provided some solutions.”