•Marks 4O years on the pulpit
From AIDOGHIE PAULINUS, Abuja
President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, yesterday, celebrated 40 years on the pulpit, even as he joined the league of Nigerian pastors who own private jets. Oritsejafor’s jet marked N431CB, was announced to the congregation during the 40th anniversary thanksgiving service of his Warri-based Word of Life Bible Church, that coincided with his birthday held at the church premises.
The announcement of the 10-Seater Bombadier/Challenger 601 aircraft manufactured in the United States, at the instance of one of the pastors, elicited loud ovation and applause. The Bombadier/Challenger 601 is an executive jet that seats up to 10 passengers and has a range of 3,900 nautical miles. The luxurious and spacious cabin of the jet is perfect to conduct meetings or for relaxation. Although the cost of the jet was not announced, investigation by Sunday Sun revealed that it could cost as high as $4.9m.
The jubilant congregation spent over 15 minutes congratulating one another, while Oritsejafor did not make any comment on the gift said to have been purchased for him by the church. Other men of God who reportedly own private jets include Pastors David Oyedepo, of Winners Chapel, Enoch Adeboye, of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and Sam Adeyemi, of Daystar Christian Centre. Some Nigerians have frowned at such flagrant displays of opulence, particularly on the path of their clergymen considering that majority of their flock wallow in abject poverty.