Last night on Channel 4, Unreported World’s Seyi Rhodes investigated the proliferation of Pentecostal churches in Nigeria – organisations run by charismatic and wealthy pastors who offer the faithful material riches in addition to the banishement of demons and disease.
It was suggested that the more cash the worshippers throw at the feet at some of the spiritual leaders, the greater the likelihood of salvation for the donors – 10% of everbody’s income was regarded as standard for the collection.
The central figure in the programme was Sign Fireman who, after his 2,000-strong ‘Burial of Satan’ event, said: “In the church, we’ve had countless dead people raised back to life.” When questioned about his fleet of vehicals and all of his bling, he retorted: “Jesus was rich – and he had an accountant,” which is certainly an interesting statement to make.
Nigeria’s Millionaire Preachers, an interesting and intelligent documentary or just another instance of Naija bashing?
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