Pastor David Oyedepo And That Hot Slap – Another Shame On Nigerian Pentecostalism

Screen grab of Oyedepo assaulting a church member
By Olusegun Claudius-Adeniyi

Wonders would never cease in our dear country but a melodrama bothering on criminality was recently introduced. I have never been befuddled about the Nigerian mess but the dramatic situation presented by the ever savvy, ambitious and suave businessman cum pastor, in the person of Pastor Oyedepo was another sore show.

Our ever vigilant and dynamic online press have remained the conscience of the nation so far, especially in these perilous times when Nigeria badly cries for a human representation of the same quality. The shame that Nigeria has become is ever manifested on daily basis and no arm of the decadent edifice has lived up to the broom in the ethical and conscience stake. Our political class remains our ever-abiding albatross whilst our religious leaders actively partake in the growing shame. As someone once said, the name Nigeria has become a shame to behold. No politician in Nigeria today is worth the salt, which is the sad truth. No political party is out to redeem the situation, which is another truth Nigerians have to learn. If there is any doubt about the latter, a trip to Lagos State where the might of the state is overbearing against the legitimate aspiration of the citizenry in the boiling issue of the Lekki Toll plaza would convince any doubting Thomas. I have the greatest respect for Pastor David Oyedepo. Not as a man of God but as a good specimen of the Nigerian breed. Here is a savvy and suave businessman who knows how to exploit what he has to achieve and consecrate what he desires. Pastor Oyedepo has built a business empire in the name of a religion. He has through good business sense and unparallel sagacity fed the gullible with the much-exploited opium to achieve his material success in life. He remains the first Nigerian man of the robe to purchase a private jet. He is also the first to start the business of private universities. He is sleek and very intelligent. His worldwide business has his children manning the most viable branches overseas. Of course, I am referring to his church branches. He has ensured that even when he is no longer on the stage, the family business would remain solidly within the family confinement.

With all the firsts this suave businessman has achieved, it was a surprise to watch a video detailing an unknown quality of this so-called man of God.

I watched with mouth aghast! Transparency for Nigeria, in its online edition of 18th December 2011, under the headline: Pastor Oyedepo turned violent on the pulpit, showed a video containing very disturbing contents

I had always felt that some pastors were too intelligent to be caught partaking in the shame of witch hunting. I had always felt that Helen Ukpabio remained the empress in this unholy game. Little did I know that even the so-called intelligent ones actively took part in this shameful debacle. It is now clear that the whole of Christendom in Nigeria is built on fallacies, extortion and hoodwinking. The Helen Ukpabio league actually applies to our so-called men of God, the agents of Mormon keeping the people in perpetual bondage and slavery.
The scene was a typical revival or crusade-like environment common amongst Nigerian Pentecostals. Few girls and boys were kneeling down on the stage in front of Pastor Oyedepo surrounded by his army of bodyguards and lieutenants. The video started with a girl who claimed to have come from Imo State. The video went as follows:

Pastor: You have been there for how long?  (Question apparently in reference to membership of witchcraft).

Girl: I am not a witch. I am a witch for Jesus. My own witch is for Jesus.

Pastor: (Dumbfounded) you are what?

Girl: I am not a witch. I am a witch for Jesus. My own witch is for Jesus.

Pastor: (Shaking with uncontrolled disbelief and anger) You are a foul devil. Do you know whom you are talking to? Foul devil (this was followed by a very hot slap!!!)

Pastor (continued): Where are you from?

Girl: I am from Imo State. I am not a witch. I am a witch for Jesus.

Pastor: Jesus has no witches. You are a devil. You are not set for deliverance and you are free to go to hell.

Pastor moved on to another girl:
Pastor: When did you get in?

Girl 2: I am not a witch but I used to dream that I was with them.

Pastor: Every one of you on this front that speaks a lie, you are cut down. Cut down...

Apart from the comical nature of the whole scenario, which in the words of the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, became a “rofo-rofo” argument – “I no be witch, you be witch!” the serious aspect calls for deep introspection. The definitive stance of Nigerian Pentecostalism in ensuring that the congregation admits to a label in order to facilitate the superiority and the power of the clergy calls for a deep review. The serious social implication of being labelled a witch is unimaginable. The stigma is one that pervades every aspect of the victim’s existence, leading to social and economic stigmatization and rejection, deteriorating quality of life, unimaginable vulnerabilities, including the possibility of being killed by a befuddled but outraged society. I was thinking that Pastor David Oyedepo was too suave and sophisticated to be caught in this age-old cheap Christianity stuff, albeit Helen Ukpabio style. Here again, I was proven wrong.

The proprietary or otherwise of ensuring that witches on earth are eliminated for Jesus is beyond me as I am not and has never been a student of theology. Nevertheless, daily knowledge of the Bible and common sense indicates that the whole purpose of Jesus mission on earth was to preach the good news based on love and forgiveness. He did not say based on violence, especially assault. Also, I vividly remember a part of the Holy Bible that states thus: “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged” (Matthew 7:1 and Luke 6:37). What came out of the brief video was a case of criminal assault on the part of Pastor David Oyedepo. Here was a poor defenceless girl, who was obviously trying to pass a message that was lost in the ambiguities of semantics to a pastor who was either too impatient or too naive to understand what she was trying to say. What she got in return was an unprovoked assault.

The question is must everyone who kneels down in front of a pastor admits to being a witch even if he/she is convinced that she is not? What message was the poor girl trying to pass to the ignorant pastor? Would it have served a better purpose if the pastor had asked the girl for an explanation of what she meant by her unusual statement? Why did the pastor assault the poor girl? Is this case for the Nigerian Police to look into? Every human being has the fundamental right to freedom of religious practice and expression. If it must be stressed very hard here, witchcraft inclusive (if there was ever anything of such). The poor girl from Imo State defiantly stood her ground despite the intimidating presence of Pastor Oyedepo and his unprovoked assault. The story would perhaps have been different if she had admitted to being a witch who meets with colleagues at a defined coven.

Then Pastor Oyedepo would have been happy and the mesmerized congregation would have erupted with abundant shouts of Halleluyah. But the girl from Imo was determined to spoil the show for our garrulous pastor and she got what she did not bargained for, a very hot slap! Even a member of Pastor Oyedepo’s staff was aghast. Please watch the video and see the gentleman’s reaction. His jaw dropped open when the pastor was putting up the show of shame – slapping the poor little girl.

Instances as the type demonstrated by Pastor Oyedepo, would in other climes lead to a very urgent government regulation of the conduct and proceedings of so-called faith revivals or crusades. It would also have led to instant arrest and prosecution of this ignorant pastor. The essence of ensuring that no citizen is harassed or molested in the expression of faith or religious belief would be rigorously pursued and protected. This, unfortunately, is not the case with Nigeria. Nigerian pastors behave as if they are Gods or something very close. They behave as if they are above the law. They show contempt and disrespect to their congregation. The only affection is for the currency that rolls out of the congregation pockets.

The Nigerian populace, on its part, has shown an alarming tolerance and unbelievable stupidity in the face of this perfidy. We have continued to clap where we should have frowned at the frivolousness and debased behaviour of the impostors who have mortgaged our collective spirituality.

Pastor David Oyedepo needs to be told in clear terms that he went beyond the confines of civilized behaviour and the etiquettes required of someone occupying his type of office. If there was something he shamelessly committed in that barbaric piece, it was nothing but assault. The poor girl from Imo State deserves an unreserved apology from the powerful and rich Pastor David Oyedepo. Again, I anxiously await the response of the Nigerian community to this video of shame. I await, most especially, the response of our extensive Human Rights community and the legion of non-governmental organisations committed to protecting the rights of Nigerian females. Here is a poor and defenceless girl who was assaulted by a rich and powerful pastor. Her case calls for urgent support to pass home the message of civility even in the conduct of religious programmes. It is either Pastor Oyedepo apologises or is taken to court. There seems to be no other option.

The truth needs to be told that Nigerian Pastors are not Gods. They are mere mortals plainly benefitting from the stupidity of the mesmerized populace. They are charlatans and sycophants who are benefitting immensely from the ignorance of the masses. While we stupidly follow some smart crooks wearing the toga of pastors, the larger world has left us behind, making stupendous progress in the field of science and technology. We boast of the highest number of churches per streets in the world, our social and moral fabrics remain in tatters. Our crime record is monumental while social instability and insecurity remain our abiding bed fellows. The Nigerian socio-political terrace remains a mess, our political leadership tottering from unforgivable indecision to unbelievable corruption whilst promulgation of anti-people policies remains the order of the day. The name Nigerian is not an enamoured piece.

The constitutional role of the Nigeria Police Force comes into play in this debased scenario. A moribund organization mired in endemic corruption and stagnated by lack of efficiency and good will.  Naturally, I expected the police to have swung into action unprompted. Video evidences are credible evidences as have been demonstrated in more civilized countries. No doubt, the Nigeria Police do not see anything wrong in the video under discourse.

Even if something had been wrong, the personality involved would have created a hindrance. The Nigeria Police Force needs to remove itself from its self-imposed shackles and be more responsive to its responsibilities. A Nigerian citizen has just been assaulted and urgent action is required.

While boiling with indignation on the injustices inherent in this video of shame, once again, from a member of the discredited Nigerian Pentecostal fold, I hasten to add that ultimate justice is in the hands of God, and of course, in that of the Nigerian people. We shall make of our country and of our society whatever we desired it to be. Over to fellow Nigerians!


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How does a man of God (who is

How does a man of God (who is human) demonstrating anger at what he considers to be blaphemic of God have to do with matters of faith? Even Jesus (who was both human and divine) at many instances (for example in the Temple) showed his fury at what he claimed to be unholy and unacceptable, which DID NOT affect the convictions of the disciples and his followers today (including my humble self)that he is the son of God, nor made his teachings, principles and ministry (of healing, deliverance, etc) of no effect.

the writer of that piece on

the writer of that piece on oyedepo is an anti-christ. his personal prejudices are obvious. be careful how you talk about an anointed man. Allow God to judge his anointed, please.

OK, We should only sweet-talk about "men of God"?

Sure We are to be careful not to malign a man of God. However when a deed of this degree of infamy is demonstrated, then it has to be corrected. It was a mistake of Paul to tell a High Priest "God will smite you". But he apologized. We are human, all of us, regardless of what some folks may think of themselves. It is only Jesus Christ that has ever been able to live completely true to His words. He was smitten and smacked and did not utter much as a word!

Even the powerful Elijah was a man of like passion. The point is, Is what is reported true? And if it is true, is it right? If it is right, well, God will judge soon. If it is wrong, then we shouldn't exaggerate it, A man of God is not God. A simple, sincere and widely published apology will settle the score. Pronto. After that we should be careful what we say.

However, if the report is false and engineered, the perpetrators should desist because, boy! you don't want to be there when God is angry.

thanks for writing this

thanks for writing this article,atlast there is still sanity in our country,this men are terrible,their actions put d whole country in shame and its like nobody cares,someone said let god judge but please shut your ignorant mouth,if he cheats in his marriage its his business with is wife,if he steals government money will a sane government leave him to god,oyedepos animal behaivour is an offence against all women,its inhuman,he should be brought to book,i thought he had more sense than that,ahhh,nigeria is in trouble!!!!!!!

when i read comments like be

when i read comments like be careful its a man of god i say to myself no wonder nigeria is so backward,oyedepo is a shame to manhood slapping a woman,in d west an unbeliever who does that would pay for it,not to talk of a man in his kind of office or position,i weep for nigeria,no rule of law,religion has been d cage and we dont think,his action is that of a beast,hot headed illitrate who certainly beats his wife as man has right to beat another human being,one day he would be brought to reckoning.all those talk about the anionted one look at your country nigerian one of the richest and most corrupt yet with many"anionted"pastors u are blind and decieved.

B careful

Pls b careful of wat u say about a Man of God

He might be the anointed one,

He might be the anointed one, no matter the circumstances; he does not have to slap the individual to be saved. Jesus did not slap anybody that appeared before Him before they were saved or healed. The Bishop has gone beyond the calling. Is it not these bishops that enrich themselves with the congregations' money? Give me a break!!!

i cant belive you make

i cant belive you make commets about God's annoited. i was previlledge to be present @shilh 2009 where the suposed incident happened. an alter call was called for those that knew they were witches and the girl came out herself only to slander God that she was a witch 4 jesus. does jesus have witches?

be carefull wih ur comments so u dont put a curse on urself. read matt chapter 7

You might as well be wrong!

@ Anonymous, no problems handing him over to God; we will, and hope your man can also learn from us in case another witch which we now see are always from the lowest class of humanity shows up tomorrow.

be careful

Judge not dat ye not be judge, you are not God to judge. When it comes to men of God dat have dedicated there lives in serving God it a serious thing to talk cos God is fighting for them always . Am serious.we need to fear God. Go check d prophets in d bible u can not question there act. God destroyed captains with fifthy men on 3 occasions for elijah. Find something better doing instead of turning ur self to God and bringing curses on ur self

You are fearful and

You are fearful and ignorant!!

The Slap and the concept of Deliverance

Some wrote about 'Holy Anger', Some wrote about '...suffering not the "Witch" to live and other 'violence' by men of God...etc. Pls NOTE ALL CHRISTIANS:

1. Christianity began with the Birth/death of Christ.

2. Christ came not to Change the law, but to amment it.

3. Christ preached about love, peace, turning the other cheek, preaching the Word, dusting your sandals and walking away when not welcome, how to pray to God for deliverance from evil in 'Our Lord's Prayer', etc.

4. Christ Never preached violence, actively preached against 'an eye for an eye...', Never inflicted violence during any 'delivery'

... to be con't

RE:If i was Bishop David Oyedepo i wld v strangled her.

Can i just ask you a question. Are you not a man of God as well. these pastors are men just like me and you. We live in a free society and evryone has freedom of sppech. the girl didnt attack the pastor. what i find really annoying also is the statement: you are free to go to hell. who is Oyedepo to condemn someone to heaven or hell. For all you know the girl may go to heavn and he may not. Nobody knows.
we are all sinners including him and he is not holier than you. Nigerians need to wake up and stop being deceived by all these men that are just interested in tithes and offerings.

Re: Oyedepo

There are certain sincere and probing questions we need to ask.
When did this event took place? 2010, I guess!
Why is it coming to the open now?
Of a truth, I will never be a party to any form of inhuman treatment.
This man- Oyedepo- is the servant of God. If indeed you people are angry that he overstepped his bounds as a servant of God, hand him over to God for judgement.
I might be wrong, but most of our comments are too destructively sentimental.
if the man is your father and he is caught pants down, will you disown him?
let God judge him.
Sahara Reporters, you seem to have a knack in blowing issues out of proportion. What do you derive in this?

Now what can you say about

Now what can you say about the reaction of Jesus in the temple:

“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
And said unto them, it is written, my house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. Mathew 21:12-13”

Sahara reporters, why didn’t you guys broadcast to the world that Jesus Christ scattered merchandise and goods that cost money in the temple? Definitely you have no work and your brains dwell in the desert. Please shot down if you have no news to broadcast.

I pray God opens your eyes

I pray God opens your eyes with these comments
God does not need anyone's help to defend himself. HE IS GOD, REMEMBER? Look at Peter in the garden. What did Jesus say to him when he drew his sword/knife?)
All of you who seem to be talking like she attacked him, what did she do TO him? What she said needed further assessment and guidance, not a physical assault.
The God I know in flesh was a friend of sinners. He hated sin but not the sinner. Even in the temple, he threw down chairs tables and stuff that was sold. He never once touched THE SELLERS, AKA THE PEOPLE
We all make mistakes. what mr oyedepo did was definitely out of order but it does not invalidate him as an authentic Christian. However, if no apologies or remorse is shown towards her (preferably publicly), I will be very worried for him.

Oyedepos show of shame

The man is a pychopath convinced in monumental crusade to heal the world of witchcraft. Reminds one of the dark ages in europe....shit stinks to the heavens.

To all agents of darkness

All your comments are indication of aggrieved parties based on the distabilisation bishop oyedepo caused you in your operations in the kingdom of darkness repent or else the wrath of the lord will visit you the mission you ppl sent that little girl failed there is nothing you can do about crying on the net cant help you

If i was Bishop David Oyedepo i wld v strangled her.

i wonder if some people think with there head or nose, if i was bishop david oyedepo i wld v strangled her for mocking my God. Who on earth is she to say SHE'S A WITCH FOR CHRIST? WHICH OF THE CHRIST? THE ONE SENT TO CLEANSE OUR SINS OR ANOTHER? God is indeed a merciful God cos if i wr God i wld v long destroyed all this fools not knowing wht to say at the right time. i feel for you all. Remember miran in the bible was baptized with leprosy for judging Moses. PLS PIPS SHLD BE WEAR OF WHT THEY SAY CONCERNING MEN OF GOD BEFORE PERSON GO CATCH AUTOMATIC GENERATIONAL LEPROSY.

Daniel and his defense for his 'god'

Daniel, why are you such a dumb ass?....ask yourself this english the mother tongue of that girl....what if she was implying something different from what that your so call 'man of God' was thinking. i'm a small boy but i always consult my thinking faculty before making comments on any issue, so i advise you to do the same.. Mscheew

Daniel, one very simple

Daniel, one very simple question for your response.

Why didnt Oyedepo do as all those prophets did? If he was truly God's anointed son, he could have done either of what those prophets did.

Secondly, all those examples u gave were in the Old Testament in which the law of an eye for an eye still obtained. When Christ came, his preaching was that of love and forgiveness so except you can tell me of any example in the new testament where such huge revenge was taken by any man upon the perceived insult of Christ, then u better be objective in ur reasoning.

Finally, recall when christ was being captured and Peter in anger cut off the ears of one of the guards, i'm pretty sure you know what Christ did. That sums is up for u, U can not find God's battle for him. This is wby eve though i'm not a fan of the RCCG, I do hold some respect for its leader until otherwise proven to just as irrational as this human being in question.

bad follower,bad leadership

its not the girl's fault,nor that of the powerdrunk pastor.its the fault of the mumu followere,the gullible and moronic parents present and the bastardised nigerians. let him come to canadian and as much as lay his fithy hand on the hair of a member.and as a muslim, Islam always preach peaceful coexistence.

Pastor oyedepo slaps a girl

~I don't blame pastor oyedepo for what he did or why he did so cause, clowns like him in our lawless society carries on with reckless abandon and nothing happened. It was Fidel Çastro that said "In a state of Illegality it is illegal to be legal." hence you see beastiles like Pastor Oyedepo could slap a defenseless girl, just for mare misinterpretation, and feel that makes him a Soldier of the Cross; Shame on him.
Where ignorance is pleased, it is wrong to be wise. Can Oyedepo do that in a sane society? The authorities must arise from its slumber and do justice, so that nonentities like Pastor Oyedepo will know that the state exist- VALADIVER said "In relations to the state citizens should be good citizens not alone for moral edict; cause if they are not, they strike at the image of the country which they depend on for a greater individual expression."
lastly people should look inside them for answers for their problem.

Agbero Oyedapo And The Jesus Witch

The failed magician Oyedapo is a fraud whose time in jail was long overdue. A criminal who steals from the poorest to fly to hell, now only a 2-min. video clip has sent him crashing hard to mother earth. A shrewd con man who carefully positioned his children to inherit his evil empire attracts pity only from his cohorts and brainwashed sycophants. Let him apologise to that girl if there's any decency in him whatsoever. But I'm sure he will not because he's an arrogant sadist.

And that brings me to the other con man, T.B. Joshua! Why did that man (Ndubisi) attack him in pulpit? These criminals promise what they don't have and when people get tired of their tricks, God steps in to make a point. God is using deprived, poor people to expose the scammers.

Agbero Oyedapo is "fair game", anyone who catches him outside Nigeria should slap the living lights out of his ewedu eyes !!!

'judge not n u shall not be

'judge not n u shall not be judged' guess u r a member. There r some things which r very obvious, if we r not outrightly stupid that is.The bible was laid down to put us on d right path, so as not ro b led astray.No doubt,Paators coukd have been called but d thirst n quest for money overrides d calling n then cunningness to d blieve dat d 'servant applied wisdom' comes in.There r sone things that r unbiblical,ungodly. Overzealousness sonetimes is a sin.Read the bible n apply wisdom.Christianity is not rocket science.Very easy to apply.If u see something not biblical, admit to it but do not bear false witness!


hey, you are just carried away by emotions and sentiments for your pastor. i am not judging your pastor but if actually he did slap that girl has committed not only a sin but a crime.

u be mumu

ubah, ure just as ignorant and stupid as oyedepo. slapping a girl does not drive away evil spirits. ODE!

oyedepo is an idiot of the

oyedepo is an idiot of the highest order. this video has shown the kind of person he is; proud(do u know who you are talking to?), ignorant and just a money-hungry scumbag. until Nigerians realize that this pastors r only taking them for a ride, that's the day they'll turn their lives around.

Judge not, and you shall not be judged.

You rightly said it in your write up, 'Judge not, and you shall not be judged' and yet you go all out to attempt to defame the man of God. You call him a number of ridiculous names AND 'judge him to be a 'charlatan and sycophant' and an 'impostor'. Careful now least you be judged. You claim to read the Bible. Don't forget 'touch not my anointed and do my phophers no harm'. You can not judge a man called by God so refrain from trying. Also, as a reported did you even attempt to get a comment from the pastor concerned? Or do you just imagine things and write them up.
A word is enough for the wise.