That prophet Surulere Paul Maforikan is no more is news that has caught up with so many, but the matter at hand now is, where an epitaph will be raised in his name.
According to what has become the norm for great men within the fold of Celestial Church of Christ to be interred at Celestial City Imeko after their demise, where they will remain unforgotten as true apostles and saints of the church, same cannot be said of some equally great men who have passed on, such as Rev Jesse and late Most Superior Evang. M.O. Are and lately Superior Evang. Adenuga who were all buried at their private residence.
For Baba Jesse, this became his lot because he broke away from the main Celestial fold, Most Sup. Evang. Are‘s case had a twist, he at a time deviated from the parent body for a while but retraced his steps back to acknowledge the supremacy and authority of the international headquarters, this he did few years before he took his last breath earlier this year.
To avoid any form of controversy that his resting place might and would definitely bring up, he decided to take the bull by the horns by demanding that he should be buried at his home at Okeriya Agric, Ikorodu area of Lagos. But, had he not rebelled earlier, the BoT would have wrestled against such order and give him a place of pride amongst other great and worthy Celestial leaders and elders who are resting at the Celestial Mausoleum at Imeko.
For those who might want to argue that of what importance is a final resting place, especially for those who have diligently worked in the vineyard and have gone to the Lord.
Let us look beyond the present and go back into the Bible, Abraham the father of faith, his wife Sarah, son Isaac were all buried in Cave of the Patriarchs, Genesis 25:9-10 “And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;  The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.……..,”.
Jacob sojourned far away from his place of birth, but when he lost Rachel his wife, the Bible recorded it that he buried her in the tomb of his fathers.
Jacob knew the importance of been buried in a special mausoleum hence he mandated his children to make him sleep where saints were buried. His final resting place request was honoured by Joseph, his beloved son, as his corpse was taken from Egypt to rest amongst his fathers. There is significance to this holy place and such can be said to be the same with the Celestial City Imeko.
Baba Maforikan, as we all know, ran and operated a parallel congregation to the international headquarters, although he has been to Imeko to officiate at one time or the other as an invitee, but, going by the antecedence of established great leaders and elders who chose to become authority to themselves therefore becoming a faction in defiance to superiority of Ketu as the source or mother church, they have therefore lost the prestige and honour to be among those who find Celestial City Imeko as their final resting place after having finished the race of life.
Prophet Paul Suru Makorikan, like Jesse, worked, walked and learnt under the tutelage of the Pastor/Founder Rev SBJ Oshoffa, just like Baba Bada, Baba Agbaosi and Baba Ajanlekoko Ajalenkoko did. These great shepherds and saints are all lying at Imeko, where they can never be forgotten in the annals of the church, except Baba Agbaosi who was buried in the Republic Du Benin.
Can Prophet Maforikan be entombed alongside these faithful Celestial sages? Will he be buried in Imeko or Majawe, his home in Ibadan?
Let’s share your views please…..