Why private jet is a necessity for me — Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor

Pastor Oritsejafor
President of CAN, Ayo Oritsejafor.

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has dismissed criticism trailing his acquisition of a jet, saying he was not ashamed to own a plane.

Mr. Oritsejafor, General Overseer of Word of Life Bible Church, had early this month acquired a private jet, saying it was donated to him by church members in commemoration of his 40th year on the pulpit.

The pastor thereafter came under tremendous criticism over this acquisition of a plane with Bishop Mathew Kukah describing him as an embarrassment to Christianity while Pastor Tunde Bakare said clergymen like him, taking advantage of their congregations, and buying private jets, deserved to go to jail.

But in an interview he granted Nigeria Vanguard newspaper this Sunday, Mr. Oritsejafor said given the nature of his work, a plane had become a necessity.

“I’m not ashamed to own a plane, I think it is a necessity and not a luxury for some of us deeply involved in the work of God to own planes,” the pastor said.

He said he did not know the church members who donated the jet, saying all he knew was that some members constituted a committee for the purpose and that his wife worked closely with the committee.

He said members of the congregation decided to donate the jet after they became aware of the suffering he was underwent whenever he travelled in and out of Nigeria preaching the gospel.

“They feel the pain I go through and they feel painful for not seeing me most of the time,” Mr. Oritsejafor explained. “They don’t like it, they are troubled. I know some people buy planes, I can’t buy plane. I can’t afford it. I don’t have that kind of money, I still don’t know the people that bought this plane, but I know that there is a committee.”

He continued, “Sometimes, my schedule is so complicated. Now, with this plane, it changes everything about my movements. Now, I can move, I can even go and come back home. It is a bit more convenient for me and I suspect that this is one of the reasons a lot of these other preachers have planes.”

Further justifying the need for the jet, the CAN president narrated an experience he had when he travelled to Indonesia to preach the gospel.

He said, “You may have heard me speak about my trip to Indonesia, to Jakarta.

“In fact,  it wasn’t even Jakarta I was going to, but I had to stay inside an airport in Jakarta for five hours to wait for my flight, to get to the very city I was going. I was only going to preach for two hours there. I flew from Lagos to Dubai and I spent over three hours, changed flight to fly to Jakarta and then stayed five hours at the airport just to catch a flight to where I was going to, where I was to preach for just two hours.

“And after everything, I got a flight from that place again to Jakarta, stayed at the airport again for another five hours, then flew into Dubai, stayed again at the airport for another three hours before I flew into Lagos. It took me four days to make a journey to preach for two hours. I’m a human being and I am not getting younger every day.

“And locally, it is worse, for instance, the acting General Secretary of CAN lost his father in a place outside Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and I had to be there. I preached in a place in Lagos on a Friday and needed to be back to Warri on a Saturday, but at the end of the day, the plane that would have taken me was no where.

“I had to charter a plane for N3.5 million to take me to Uyo, waited for me to finish and then take me back to Warri. Two weeks ago, a young pastor in Port Harcourt built a new church and had been on me all this while to come and dedicate the church and suddenly from no where, there was this flood that cut off the road to Port Harcourt.

“There is no road now to Port Harcourt. If you want to go by road now, it takes you up to 12 hours to get to Port Harcourt and I had to preach in Port Harcourt, I had to preach in Lagos, I had to preach in Abuja and other places. Finally, I was able to find my way to Port Harcourt, it was on a Saturday.

“I had to get to Warri that Saturday so as to be able to preach the next day, Sunday. Do you know what I had to finally do? I chartered a helicopter that cost me N2 million to drop me in Warri. When they dropped me here, ah, I can’t tell you how I felt that I had to part with that sum. But I had promised the young man and the church and if I had said  no, will it be right? I can go on and on and on.”


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  • Man of God Indeed where are the lessons you learnt from Jesus Christ, Moses and even Joseph imagine expecting to enjoy while spreading the word of God and moreover just coz u spend 3 hours in airport you think you are suffering then leave the work of God for those who dont expect to enjoy in it

    • akpos1

      Bravo my dearest pastor Oritsejafor. Those who do not want to see you ride on a plane should go to hell because Saraki has just confirmed that there is still space down there.

      To my simpleton Olaoluwa Peters, I ask you this simple question, ‘where were you, Bakare & Kukah when David Oduyemi (Bethel Ministries), another David, David Oyedepo (Witch slapping ministries) & Enuch Adeboye (Cash Covenant Ministries) were buying jets & helicopters?’ . Where were you people when these your stupid Yoruba folks were stealing church money & buying planes? You never said anything for over 15yrs since Oduyemi first introduced personal jets as a Pastoral necessity. Now because a SS Urhobo man from the United States of the SS & SE has received a gift, then Bakare & Father Kukar & the rest of you suddenly developed mouth choleras & ulcers.

      Was Bakare & Kukah blind since 15yrs that these Yoruba pastors have been cruising on jets? If they were, then may it be permanent.

      Jafor Baba, ride on. Nothing dey do you. We stand for your back dey do Ochuko for you 24/7, no shaking. Water no get enemy.

      You received a gift & they want to die, they will not talk about Pastor Oyedepo who even slap their church members every sunday when they do not contribute enough towards buying new jets.

      Long live the United States of The SS & SE

      • Hcredo

        So you support that a man of God should to act like other materialistic pastors and buy jet planes & helicopters? It doesn’t matter if others are doing it, he is the president of CAN for God’s sake! If it were any other person no one would care. He should serve as an example of what men of God should be, and not just tow the line. How would you like it if tomorrow he starts slapping members of congregation for not donating?

  • Olaoluwa Peters

    But Sir, this absolutely makes no sense. Gibberish. You mean your ‘own’ church members rarely see you because you have to gallivant around preaching?

    Please Sir, u can adopt a policy of not travelling if its not convenient. Use the chartered flight and chopper money to bless poor folks among your followers. I see vanity in all your excuses.

    That’s what a TRUE servant of God should do. No disrespect intended Sir. Just my opinion.

  • dele Casey

    With all due Respect sir Jesus Christ didn’t Preach d gospel enjoying,infact some Disciples,if ure complaining bout suffering den stop doin GOD s work,is ur Reward here on earth?

  • akpos1

    @Olaoluwa Peters—-

    Bravo my dearest pastor Oritsejafor. Those who do not want to see you ride on a plane should go to hell because Saraki has just confirmed that there is still space down there.

    To my simpleton Olaoluwa Peters, I ask you this simple question, ‘where were you, Bakare & Kukah when David Oduyemi (Bethel Ministries), another David, David Oyedepo (Witch slapping ministries) & Enuch Adeboye (Cash Covenant Ministries) were buying jets & helicopters?’ . Where were you people when these your stupid Yoruba folks were stealing church money & buying planes? You never said anything for over 15yrs since Oduyemi first introduced personal jets as a Pastoral necessity. Now because a SS Urhobo man from the United States of the SS & SE has received a gift, then Bakare & Father Kukar & the rest of you suddenly developed mouth choleras & ulcers.

    Was Bakare & Kukah blind since 15yrs that these Yoruba pastors have been cruising on jets? If they were, then may it be permanent.

    Jafor Baba, ride on. Nothing dey do you. We stand for your back dey do Ochuko for you 24/7, no shaking. Water no get enemy.

    You received a gift & they want to die, they will not talk about Pastor Oyedepo who even slap their church members every sunday when they do not contribute enough towards buying new jets.

    Long live the United States of The SS & SE

    • Enemona

      All these one-dimensional thinkers; the world to you is just black or white, “we” or “them” and nothing in between. When will you stop seeing things from ethnic angles?

  • solozo

    Funny explanation. So the big man is suggesting that the word of God can only be preached by him and only when he is comfortable? God save us

  • Edo

    This explanation simply exposed this man as a crookish pastor. I wonder if this same “jet buying committee” piloted by his wife, has taken care of all the indigent members of his church who laboured every sunday to contribute their widows mite to the coffer of the church. Our Lord Jesus Christ in his days preached the gospel with a lot of difficulties and pains without complaining. Now this pastor find it difficult to endure just 5 hours waiting for connecting flight. What a shame to christianity?

  • Hcredo

    He is indeed shameless, to say that he spent N3.5 million to charter a plane to Uyo. Wouldn’t have feeding 100 hungry Nigerian families with N3.5 million been better than whatever it was he went to do in Uyo. Shame on him!

  • Dan Zazzau

    What a stupid follower like akpos1 etc. pastor Oritsejafor just collected his payslip for campaigning during 2011 election. Tell u do not join queue before refueling now? Tell me you child is attending the best school of your wish without owing the school! tell me how good the government hospital your family visit when sick? I am very happy with the situation we are, because not only me suffer! we are all suffer, GEJ 2015 i support u!

  • Robert,

    CAN president, your defense is arrant nonsense. please teach and practise what the bible says.

  • mark

    u dnt no d membaz dat bot dis plane for u?….nd u collected it?…..ur wife nd d pple formd a committee….yet u still dnt no d pple…..i jst hope dis info is correct….

  • OLAJOBI O.

    MY DEAR PASTOR, OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST WILL SURELY PREACH THE GOSPEL TO SINNERS IF HIS ON TRANSIT IN DUBAI, JAKARTA ETC. YOU SHOULD HAVE USED THE OPPORTUNITY TO PREACH. REMEMBER JESUS ENCOUNTERED WITH THE SAMARITANS WOMAN WHILE WAITING FOR HIS DISCIPLES JOHN 4 VS 6 TO 34. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THOSE WHO BOUGHT JET FOR YOU, CONTACT YOUR WIFE, SHE ‘WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE COMMITTEE’.

  • Chukwudi

    This guy talks bullshit…what is the nature of your work? How large is your flock? How many branches does tour church have? If you need to travel all the time as CAN president, then it is CAN that should bear the cost of your travels, not you. If you are ‘working’ as CAN president and there is need for jet, then, CAN should provide it. By the way, do you need a jet to visit your church members in Warri? When you go on oversight visit to your churches (ATMs) around Delta state, do you need a plane or a car? Even as CAN president, how many states do you visit in a month apart from Aso Rock and Lagos? Your explanations here are balderdash…rubbish. Say something else to justify your status as a pastorpreneur.

  • Bill Hansen

    How was organized religion invented? When the first fool met the first charlaton. As W.C Fields once noted, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Or, as they say back in New York City, “If anyone of foolish enough to believe this guy, there’s a bridge to Brooklyn that you might also be interested in buying.

  • Fatima Abdullahi

    Oritshejafor! Hahahah……….this man is either an anti christ or a christian terrorist!

  • Papamayor

    Someone should tell Ayo that propagating the gospel (if that’s what he intends doing) has always been a sacrifice and not a convenience.

  • TRUTH

    wat about the money that was recovered in your jet for preaching,we want to here it out