Covd-19, Oyedepo & the irresponsibility of insensitive arrogance By: Omooba Damilare Oloyede

Nigeria and the world at large is facing a pandemic that’s not only scary, but dreadfully deadly. So no measure is too strict, nor is any sacrifice too much. However silence in the face of some obviously disregard for constituted authority does not only crest on us the insignia of an accomplice, but also that of a coward and a bigot.

That Nigeria currently battles more than 20 cases of the coronavirus pandemic after the Italian man made the first case in February, as the case continues to escalate and not less than 4 states including the FCT battles the weird virus it became a necessity that precautionary measures need be upped and enforced. So the social distancing and prohibition of high density gatherings became inevitable.

So our schools are under lock down, churches are to be locked as no gathering is to exceed 20! Yea, you read that clearly. Pubs, lounges and bars are locked from Lagos to Ogun state and even Oyo state. Many churches adhered to the government directives, while a few showed their ungodliness to the public by disregarding same.

Surprisingly, Baba Adeboye of the World famous Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG held a on-the-screen one man show sermon for his congregrants who either stayed at their personal homes or joined joined a cell fellowship in the neighbourhood that didn’t exceed 20 people. But, it is annoying to some of us that acclaimed richest preacher, Bishop Oyedepo of Winners Chapel floated this executive orders and had his Guinness Book of record 50, 000 cathedral filled up.

Why? What does the clergy got to gain from this religious recklessness? Today, the Kwara born controversial preacher put paid to the many detractors he has consistently had for more than three decades.

I know Bishop Oyedepo prides in the arrogance of “faith”, but why get irresponsible and insensitive with such arrogance?

Joining my voice with the hundreds of thousands that is demanding that Ogun State sponsored Taskforce should get the pastor arrested and made to face the wrath of the law. But what would be the contribution or say reaction of Oyedepo and his Winners Chapel, should a suspected case had worshipped with him today?

If the Bible is the basics, then with this bible quotation in Romans 13 vs 1-5

“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.” Bishop Oyedepo erred not only to the government of the land, but also against the holy book he uses for his trade.

Years ago, this same clergy breached the laws of Ogun State Internal Revenue Services that led to a breakdown of law and order within the Otta based church. Former president, Obasanjo was he that settled the corporate melee between the then governor and the church. But this time, the people of Ogun state whose life was exposed to uncertain health hazard wants Oyedepo arrested, questioned and made to face the consequences of his irresponsible arrogance.

More annoying is the fact that Winners Chapel in the United States of America dare not open for business at the moment!

Oloyede; writes via omoobaoloyede@yahoo.com

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