Who of pastors was a candidate for president several times? Did he become one? Read the article to learn the facts about popular Nigerian pastors involved in politics.
Pastor job is not only constant service for God. There are a lot of pastors in Nigeria, who take part in social and political life of the country. This is the list of top 5 of them.
Pastor in politics
1. Chris Oyakhilome
Chris Oyakhilome is a Nigerian minister who is a founder of Loveworld Incorporated also known as Christ's embassy. This community is situated in Lagos.
His ministry operates several spheres of life, such as Healing School and Rhapsody of Realities. Also he has written a book translated into different languages more than 600 times. Also he is the representative of three Christian television channels: LoveWorld, LoveWorld SAT and LoveWorld TV. Television programs show his healings of the person by means of belief, miracles and big meetings, which his ministry will organize around the world with more than 2.5 million people.
In June 2015, he has received honorable degree of D.D. Ministry of the pastor quickly has extended out of coasts of Nigeria and South Africa, and he holds big meetings in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada now. He actively participates in political life of the country, being founder of 13 Christ political parties.
2. Chris Okotie
The pastor studied at high school of Benin. In 1984, he has graduated with degree in the field of law in Nsukka. Okotie left the training for some time to continue career of the pop-musician. Then he has continued his training. He was married twice. He has divorced the second wife on June 24, 2012. Still being on training in law school, the idea to organize the church ministry has come to pastor. Because of it, he has abandoned the study again. Okotie studied at Preferential School of the Bible of Association in Tulsa, and soon after that has founded the Household of the Ministry of God.
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In 1990, Okotie has established the annual awards accepted by his church to reward Nigerian citizens financially. Okotie at first ran for presidency as Justice Party (JP), led by Ralph Obiorah after it has been excluded from preliminary elections for National Democratic Party (NDP). He has lost Olusegun Obasanjo on elections in May 2003. He decided to participate again in 2007 on the basis of party, which he has created, but has lost again. In 2011, he lost to the president Goodluck Jonathan.
3. Tunde Bakare
In early years, the pastor studied at school and then has got an education in the field of law. He has founded own law firm Tunde Bakare & Co in October 1984. In May 1988, at peak of his legal career, he was called in the ministry, and he founded the Last Assembly of the Rain on April 1, 1989 and now is the serving supervisor of church.
He takes control over Global Apostolic Impact Network – a network of churches, ministries and companies, which have taken the responsibility to advance a God's kingdom on the earth. Pastor Bakare is also a president of Latter Rain Ministries, Inc. (the church Research center) in Atlanta, Georgia, the USA. His ministry has assumed liability to make today's church according to Bible sample. He is also a Nigerian candidate for president of Congress for Progressive Change. On January 31, president Bukhari declared about pastor as about the candidate for vice-president's post for Nigerian presidential elections of 2011. CPC has been beaten on these elections and now the pastor is a critic of the Nigerian government.
4. David Oyedepo
Oyedepo is a participant of the Word of Faith. His Chapel of Winners operates the program of training of people in Bible, famous as Institute of Bible, for the participants who aren't members of any religious organization to equally develop knowledge of the Christian principles and to participate in training of leaders and future pastors. The largest church branches operate this institute.
Oyedepo is a president of David Oyedepo Ministries International (DOMI). DOMI is the organization leading a global network of churches, charity foundations, hospitals, maternal houses, schools, etc. Oyedepo has condemned corruption in Africa. He is an author of severe criticism towards Nigerian government.
5. Lazarus Muoka
Lazarus Muoka is a Nigerian pastor, minister and author. He is a founder and the supervisor of the movement of revival of Lord. Lazarus Muoka was born in Catholic family in Mgbidi in Imo State where he has continued the education of elementary and high school. In 1975 he moved to Lagos and worked in the company before start of own business for some time.
Lezeros Muoka claimed to serve as pastor and to open his own church was his dream. Then he founded church, which became one of the most popular temples in Nigeria. He became the minister of Christ Service. Many people have criticized the miracles executed by pastor. The former member of his church claimed that he has shortchanged him for ₦317 million. Management of church denied such charges and called them unreasonable and incorrect.
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