President Jonathan praises Oyedepo, says he’s done well for Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday praised David Oyedepo, the founder of Living Faith Church, for what he described as his massive accomplishments and immense contributions to the education of Nigerian children.

In a statement, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said the President in a letter written to congratulate Mr. Oyedepo on his 60th birthday anniversary coming up on Saturday, September 27, 2014, said Mr. Oyedepo’s life was “truly worthy of celebration”.

“I write on behalf of my family, the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to rejoice with you as you mark your milestone 60th birthday anniversary.

“Yours is, indeed, a life truly worthy of celebration. You have attained lofty heights not just as an accomplished selfless servant of God, but also in the committed service of community, country, and our common humanity.

“You have not only committed to giving your all in pursuit of the massively impactful propagation of the Word, you have also embraced the cause of providing quality education for our children.

“As Almighty God continues to bless you with robust health and many more years of happiness, uncommon accomplishment, and fulfilling service, it is my prayer that you will continue to partner with us in our quest to reposition Nigeria for peace, progress and prosperity,” President Jonathan wrote.

Mr. Oyedepo, has allegedly been banned from the UK, for allegations of “cynically exploiting supporters”.

In a report by Daily Mail, Mr. Oyedepo’s Church took £16.7 million in offering from members of his church and told them God would give them riches and good health in return.


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  • Galare I. N

    Premium times, u can do better. UK run on rule of law. People are not banned based on allegation but trial and conviction by court. Not even terrorists. Besides how does this allegation story relate with a birthday message?

    • the truth

      premium times wants u to tie jonathan to a corrupt man. they are good at smearing. they are the mouth piece of all pro apc and anti jonathan campaigns

      • West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

        Why have West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES

        (e.g. Oyedepo and Adeboye) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

  • Galare I. N

    Premium times though crucifying preachers always sells, why will u just pick a write up from daily mail of 22nd October 2012, based on a comment by a Labour MP paul flynn that was never taken up by Charity Commision and make it a baseless addition to his birthday message. Responsible people read u, pls maintain responsible journalism.

    • West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

      Why have West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
      (e.g., Oyedepo and Adeboye) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

  • True Nigerian

    I am not a big fan of men of God, especially the Nigerian GOs who pretend to be living in jupiter whilst their body and their members are right here on earth and as their members live through hellish experience in the hands of the leaders they bless everyday. But I value fairness when I judge other people. How can you say that Bishop Oyedepo has “allegedly been banned” from the UK? It is either he has been banned or that he has not been banned. If your aim is to report facts, then there is nothing like “allegedly banned”. How can a serious decision such as banning someone be so elusive to your verification if you made any effort to verify it?

    How do you publish a “rumour” and craftily insinuate that it is the truth, especially when you can easily verify the facts? UK is not Nigeria where Okonjo-Iweala claims the creation of 1.6 million jobs and then rebuffs requests about where the jobs were created. If you want any information about persons who have been banned from the UK, you will get it at your first attempt. It will be documented and it will be verifiable from whatever office or department that imposed the ban.

    I detest it when a reputable newspaper starts writing like a brown envelop newspaper. The relationship between news outlets and the readers is based on trust and integrity. I don’t read most Nigerian newspapers because they are epitome of lazy journalism. Like many Nigerians, I always read Premium Times because it has shown high thresholds of boldness and integrity in its reportage. I hope you don’t start writing cabbage like most of Nigeria’s print media that are ethically malnourished as a result of routinely being compromised by private interests in public offices.


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