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Why I Left Winners As Pastor To Become Babalawo

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By John Michael Ojo
A former pastor of Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners Chapel), Yinka Oyewusi, has taken to a social media platform, Facebook to reveal why he left his pastoral work to become a ‘babalawo’ (herbalist).

The former preacher, in a post on his account, Yinka Oyewusi, alleged that he got a visit from some spiritual beings who told him that he was destined to be a native doctor, and that he should not run away from his calling.

As a Christian, he tried to pray  the development away. However, his effort yielded no result. Hence, he decided to visit a community where he was meant to get directions on how to embrace the traditional practice.

Oyewusi further stated that though he was not convinced by the injunction of the spiritual beings, the trials his family faced and the negligence of the church and its leadership, made him to resign from his pastoral duties and follow the new path.

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In the statement which was tagged ”Why I resigned From My Job As A Pastor In Winners Chapel And Became A Babalawo”, Oyewusi wrote: “In my formative years, we were three fiery brothers practising Christianity in Iwo town — two of us very poor, but with strange will to survive. After secondary education and with nothing to live for, first among us was a talented beggar. As the second guy, my mother is late, and my father’s whereabouts were unknown. So, the first guy and I were living in one of the three houses I knew belonged to the father of the 3rd guy, but the father didn’t care about the 3rd guy, though. The first guy is a genius in gathering money through request for ‘urgent 2k’— we lived on this for years.

“Miraculously, I and the 3rd guy obtained degrees in science and administration respectively; the first guy obtained a degree in theology and became the chaplain of a university chapel.

“But those days as a fiery Christian, I lost 40% of my hearing. The last time I visited the first guy of a chaplain, he needed me to source urgent 5k for him. Just this morning, the 3rd guy called me that he has bone fractures and is receiving treatment at the Ogbomosho general hospital. He needs money at least for feeding, but none is forthcoming. Let me add that the first guy is in Baptist, I was in Winners Chapel while the 3rd guy is a Mountain of Fire adherent.

“Then I joined the ministry in Winners Chapel. Oratory is still my best physical gift — those in Winners Chapel Adeeke, Iwo in 2005 will remember me by the name Yinka. I had studied the scriptures from ‘paali to paali’; prayer sessions I handled those days looked like wartime events. While in the university, I was sent to pastor a new church in another town and did so successfully. But when I started full-time ministry, what you would usually call hosts of hell came banging at my door. They would tell me what would happen the following day and they would come to pass. They would tell me Mr A was at my door while I was still sleeping by 6:30 a.m.and that would be so.

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“Later, those spirits told me why I am on earth, and if I neglect my path, I would regret being born. They said I’m a Babalawo by design. I quickly went on overdrive binding ‘thoughts that may set up their selves against God’s knowledge and every disobedience…’ Then I would hear strange laughter of a group of persons suggesting the spirits were many. Then I travelled to see a primary school mate who was making waves as a general overseer of a church. All his prayers or deliverance made no difference.

“Then voices started threatening me and commanded me to go to a village whose name I never heard hitherto saying that someone was waiting for me there. I Googled the name of the town and I found it. I went there because previous messages didn’t fail. I met the person and the priestess gave a stern warning that refusing to work for the gods would be a deadly decision. I accepted the calling right away.

“But divination is not that easy to learn. I know someone who spent eight years on it. I became a pro within five months by some rare twists of events and within nine months, I became a full-blown babalawo.

“I’m tempted to say that Christians practice something different from what the Bible taught me. In 2020, my daughter was on life support at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomosho. The bills were clearly beyond what my 50k salary could handle. I requested for help from the church hierarchy by calling the district pastor, and he said I should follow a correct route in channelling my request. I replied that I first of all called the area pastor who directed me and gave me his number to call. The district pastor started sounding offensive. That was why I went to nairaland and made a thread for help.

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“Someone I met online sent a huge amount of money to me in the following thread to clear hospital bills.

“I tendered a resignation letter in Winners Chapel in 2021 with two weeks notice. Before the notice elapsed and till today, I never heard anything from them about my resignation. But when the district church mistakenly paid a sum of money into my bank account after I had left (that money ought to be sent to the current pastor of the church) I told the accountant and he asked me to refund it immediately. While working there, I never had any history of misconduct. They treated me as though I never existed; that action reduced me to a new low, lower than the basest of animals…

“The following advice is indispensable: life is not all about money; you’re here on a certain assignment.”

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BREAKING: Ex-VC Of University Of Ibadan Ayo Banjo Dies

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Emeritus Prof.Ayo Banjo.

A former vice-chancellor, University of Ibadan, Emeritus Prof. Ayo Banjo, has died at the age of 90 years.

The don died early morning, Friday, May 24.

The top academic celebrated his 90th birthday on May 2nd.

Renowned for his contributions to the development of the English Language curriculum in Nigeria and the promotion of Nigerian varieties of English, Banjo was a former Chairman of the Board of the National Universities Commission

He was Pro-Chancellor of the Universities of Port Harcourt, Ilorin, and Ajayi Crowther.

Banjo’s scholarly contributions include over 50 publications and widely used textbooks in primary and secondary education.

He was born into the family of the late Pa. Reverend Samuel Ayodele Banjo, a graduate, an educationist and a teacher at St. Andrew Primary School, Oyo, a period when Professor Ayodeji Banjo was born. He was a native of Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State.

He started his education career at the St. Andrew Anglican Primary School where he did standard One (1) to three (3). On the transfer of his father to Christ Cathedral Primary School in Lagos on the same mission, he completed his Standard Four (4) and Five (5) at St. Aroloya and Christ Cathedral Primary Schools both in Lagos.

He attended Igbobi College, Lagos from 1947 to 1952 for his secondary education.

Following his sound academic background and excellent performance at ‘A’ Level Class at the Nigeria College of Arts Science and Technology, Ibadan, on the nomination, Professor Ayodeji Banjo was awarded the British Council Scholarship in 1959 to study Master of Arts (M. A.) in English Language at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He thereafter proceeded to do a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PG in education) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in English Studies at the University of Leeds in England and came out, with distinction.

In 1966, he was awarded a scholarship by the American State Department to study Master of Arts (M. A.) in Linguistics, at the University of California, Los Angeles, United States of America (U. S. A.). He got his Ph.D with a specialization in English Language at the University Ibadan, Ibadan in 1969. Professor Banjo’s work experience was garnered across several countries of the world.

During summer, he was consistently travelling to the Oxford University press, England, to write English Course Books and Oxford Dictionaries at primary and 4 secondary levels. This work, he did from early 70’s until he was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan in 1981.

Professor Ayodeji Banjo had to his credit, over 55 publications (books, chapters in books and articles in learned journals).

Professor Ayodeji Banjo spent ten (10) Years, consistently in the University of Ibadan, managing the affairs of the University; two (2) years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, one (1) year as Acting Vice-Chancellor and seven (7) years as Vice-Chancellor respectively. Records have shown that Professor Ayodeji Banjo is the longest-serving Vice-Chancellor in the history of the University of Ibadan, to date!

On successful completion of his term of office as Vice-Chancellor in 1991, Professor Ayodeji Banjo, humbly displayed a beauty in the academics by returning to the classroom to lecture. In 1994, Professor Ayodeji Banjo, clocked sixty (60) years of age in service and consequently retired from the service of the university.

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir of Kano State

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By John Michael Ojo

Former CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been reinstated as the Emir of Kano State four years after he was humiliated and dethroned by the then Governor of the state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

This was made known on Thursday by the state governor, Alhaji Abba Yusuf moments after he abolished the five emirates earlier created by Ganduje while signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

While making the announcement, Governor Yesuf said “With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,”

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In addition to Kano Emirate, in December 2019, Ganduje created the emirates of  Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya. Thereafter, he dethroned Sanusi on March 9 2020 after a prolonged power tussel.

 

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House Of Reps Passes Bill To Revert To Old National Anthem

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Despite opposition from some lawmakers, a bill seeking to adopt Nigeria’s former national anthem ‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’, was on Thursday passed by members of the House of Representive after a third reading.

The bill sponsored by Majority Leader, Professor Julius Ihonvbere, was also debated upon by the Senate in an executive/closed door session.

While there are currently no official comments from the National Assembly on the proposed bill, the bill has however been greeted with criticism by the public.

The House Minority Leader, kingsley Chinda, who opposed the bill, stated that the old anthem has a colonial tag which was the reason for the new anthem.

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‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’ was the nation’s first national anthem used at independence in 1960 but was replaced by the current anthem “Arise, O Compatriots,” in 1978.

Composed by Frances Berda, a British in 1959, it has the lyrics.

Nigeria we hail thee

Our own dear native land

Though tribes and tongue may differ

In brotherhood we stand

Nigerians all, are proud to serve

Our sovereign Motherland.

Our flag shall be a symbol

That truth and justice reign

In peace or battle honour’d,

And this we count as gain,

To hand on to our children

A banner without stain.

O God of all creation

Grant this our one request.

Help us to build a nation

Where no man is oppressed

And so with peace and plenty

Nigeria may be blessed.

 

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