Nine years after, Pastor Odukoya queries probe of Sosoliso crash that killed wife

Nine years after the death of his wife, Bimbo Odukoya, the Pastor of the Fountain of Life Church (TFOLC), Taiwo Odukoya, is questioning the outcome of investigation into the crash of a Sosoliso aircraft.

Mr. Odukoya raised the issue on Tuesday in Lagos, when he spoke with journalists at the launch of the Fountain Initiative for Social Development (FISD), a social enterprise being championed by his present wife, Nomthi Odukoya.

Apparently reacting to acquisition of planes by church leaders and controversy involving the use of an aircraft belonging to a church leader in transporting money to South Africa, he said it was right for church leaders to own air planes for safety and to facilitate their work.

He said that his late wife would have been alive but for boarding the Sosoliso aircraft that crashed in Port Harcourt on Dec. 10, 2005, after it took off from Abuja.

“It’s been years, what is the outcome of the investigations into the Sosoliso air crash?” he queried.

He was referring to the recent arms deals in which cash was seized by the South African Government from the leased private jet of the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria’s (CAN), Ayo Oritsejafor.

According to him “If anybody whether you are a leader or not, and you do what is wrong, we won’t endorse it. I don’t agree that he was wrong.

“Nigeria is considered to be a country with the highest number of private jets, if not, we are known with a good number in the world.

“How do you handle that? For some, getting a private jet is for business.

“They give it to companies that will handle all aspects of maintenance including the hangar and then they run it as business. That was exactly what he did.

“Apart from that, why would such a person have a jet .You want me to tell you? Why would Baba Enoch Adeboye or Pastor David Oyedepo need a jet?

“My wife (late Bimbo Odukoya) is dead. She was going to preach when she crashed and died.

“Would we rather allow that our people die right all over Africa?

“What is annoying is that those who are criticizing Oritsejafor are Christians.

“We question their Christianity. You don’t want him to have a jet. You want another plane crash to kill him?

“My father in the Lord, Bishop Mike Okonkwo will travel by road from Lagos to Benin Republic and he would be delayed only to enter one rickety plane at the end of the day.

“We don’t want another person to die. If you want to buy Concord or space jet, buy it.

“It is the corruption in the system that allows people to get away with wrong doing,” he said.

About FISD he said, “We believe strongly that if you want change anywhere, you will be the change you seek.

“It’s okay to talk about problems but you have some sense of solutions. For over 20 years, our church has invested significantly in underdeveloped communities, creating jobs and businesses, providing affordable healthcare.

“The church has also invested in supporting students reach their academic dreams and providing lifelong skills.

“My unwavering conviction is that Nigeria has a great future based on our willingness to reach out beyond our comfort zones and in helping the less privileged realise that future.

“Our strategic focus and programmes has a critical role to play in that future.”

In her remarks, Nomthi Odukoya said the launch was the passing of the baton of decades of work by TFOLC to FISD.

“This is an autonomous social enterprise that epitomises the church’s commitment to contribute toward social development in Nigeria,” she said.

(NAN)


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  • Preco01

    Nice try bro! and new wife too.

  • BABUYANMA

    Nigerian pastors don’t have no right to private jets. The money is to do God’s works and to feed His sheeps. They should be on the lines with everyone else at the airports, go through thesame hardships we all endures. They are our servants.

  • KAL

    Pastor Odukoya … you got it so wrong!!! So, because they are Christians, they shouldn’t criticize Pastors and other supposed men of God even when they are wrong? Touch not my anointed mantra. If I may ask, the congregations and other members of the public don’t have right to safe aviation travels? They are to enter rickety aircrafts and other public flights while people like you and your other con-travelers should enter private jets so that your safety will be guaranteed? Your argument are purile if I may say. Please go and study the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, his ministry and what he stood for and why He is so revered today. I am beginning to understand the thinking of our Pastors now; get the funds from the congregations, maintain and ungodly lifestyles, build universities and other business ventures from the sweat of the unfortunate members and ensure those luxuries are beyond their reach and keep them permanently down invoking some out of context quotes from the Bible. Right? It is so sad reading your line of thoughts. This isn’t Christianity, this air’t right, this is very ungodly and this is so unfortunate. You were even gloating over the fact that Nigeria has the highest number of private jets while poverty is staring us in the face amidst plenty from God? How can people like you say the truth to those in authority? Whatever happens to “thus sayeth the Lord”? Become a Pastor or so called “man of God”, squeeze your hapless congregations to raise funds for life of extravagance using the magical name of Jesus, alienate them, buy private jets, go to Germany, USA, London and other places for healthcare, keep squeezing them in the name of posterity that will never come but it is never done in any godly way and continue using the Bible to subjugate them and whenever anyone point out what’s wrong, invoke “touch not my anointed”, “I am not a preacher but a man of God”, “if you talk about me, you are challenging God” and those craps, engage in private business enterprises hiding under the cloak of church and not-for-profit organizations you run without paying taxes or contributing anything to the society and continue saying nobody should criticize you? Now, I understand why Nigeria and Africa is not making any progress and while poverty amidst plenty is ravaging our people. It is because of people like you and your thoughts and perception of issues. Go back and check history, no people make any progress without justice and equitable distribution of God’s endowment freely given to them by almighty God. You are damn wrong, Pastor Odukoya!!!