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Pastor Taiwo Odukoya Blasts Those Criticizing Oritsejafor For Owning Private Jet

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Recently, a jet from Nigeria containing millions of dollars was reportedly seized in South Africa and two Nigerians with an Israeli arrested on the grounds of illegally transporting such amount of money into the country without declaring it. It was also reported that the jet was owned by CAN president Pastor Oritsejafor, an issue which sparked criticism and condemnations around the country of Nigeria and even beyond.

Pastor Taiwo Odukoya blasted the wagging tongues in a speech on October 14. He did this while speaking at the media parley for the launch of the Fountain Initiative for Social Development, a social enterprise being championed by his wife, Nomthi. 

Pastor Taiwo expressed his disappointment in the Christians that also criticize the leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria. He said that owning a private jet and doing business with it is not wrong but that it is the corruption in the system that allows people to get away with wrong doing. He also talked about the Sosoliso plane crash that killed his late wife Pastor Bimbo Odukoya in December 2005.

"It's been years, what is the outcome of the investigations into the Sosoliso air crash? If anybody whether you are a leader or not, and you do what is wrong, we won't endorse it. I don't agree that he was wrong. Nigeria is considered to be a country with the highest number of private jets, if not, we are known with a good number in the world. How do you handle that?", the pastor said.

He noted that his wife died in a plane crash on a cause to go and preach.

"For some, getting a private jet is for business. They give it to companies that will handle all aspects of maintenance including the hangar and they run it as business. That was exactly what he did. Apart from that, why would such a person have a jet. You want me to tell you? Why would Baba Enoch Adeboye or Pastor David Oyedepo need a jet? My wife (Late Bimbo Odukoya) is dead. She was going to preach when she crashed and died. Would we rather allow that our people die right all over Africa? What is annoying is that those who are criticizing Oritsejafor are Christians", the preacher lamented.

"We question their Christianity. You dn't want him to have a jet. You want another plane crash to kill him? My father in the Lord, Bishop Mike Okonkwo will travel by road from Lagos to Benin Republic and he would be delayed only to enter one rickety plane at the end of the day. We don't want another person to die. If you want to buy Concord or space jet, buy it. It is the corruption in the system that allows people to get away with wrong doing", Pastor Odukoya said.

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