Nigeria’s Richest Pastor Oyedepo Puts Private Jets Up For Sale- Forbes Blog

High-flying Bishop Oyedepo
By Mfonobong Nsehe

Nigeria’s wealthiest pastor, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reportedly put two of his four private planes up for sale.

According to a report in the Nigerian media, the venerable clergyman has become overwhelmed with the colossal costs of managing four planes, and is said to have taken the decision to sell two of them. It is not yet known which planes he’s looking to sell.

Earlier this year the bishop announced his latest acquisition- a $35 million Gulfstream V Jet. He also announced plans for a private aircraft hangar. Before he acquired the Gulfstream V, the man of God owned a Challenger 604 and a Gulfstream IV.

Oyedepo has accumulated a vast fortune through his extensive real estate holdings, a publishing empire, and interests in universities and high schools. In June, I estimated his fortune was roughly $150 million.

I called Oyedepo’s church earlier this morning to confirm the story. The phone rang, but no one answered.
 

SOURCE: http://blogs.forbes.com/mfonobongnsehe/2011/08/04/nigerias-richest-pasto...

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BRAINWASHED

I weep for you, Oluyemi. you have been so brainwashed that you cant see any wrongdoing in all these... You need a bigger salvation - first, your reasoning faculties must be restored to normal. when that is done, we can have a normal chat on this issue

pastor oyedepo is a hard

pastor oyedepo is a hard working man, working 18hrs a day.He has written many books which people have bought and are benefiting from today.If he has jets today, its due to his sweat and his hard work.Do you know that sunday service offering is collected just once and during weekly house fellowships offering is not collected and even transportation to church was made free for many years.Even in the covenant university many students that are less privileged don't pay school fees.Care of church members that are 60 years and above is solely the responsibility of the church. Those who dont have enough have the chance go to the closest housefellowship to them to collect their basic needs and even cash on monthly basis. Bishop oyedepo gave the people of koma hill all that they needed to come out of primitivity including building them schools, townhalls and even clothing them.These people even came to cannanland for thanksgiving.What abt the yearly scholarships Bishop and his wife give out?

OLUYEMI I HAVE SEEN TOO MANY

OLUYEMI I HAVE SEEN TOO MANY OF YOUR BRIBE TAKING AND GIVING (PROSPEROUS)MEMBERS AT ALAUSA AND ALLOVER LAGOS. IS BRIBE PART OF GOD'S BLESSING YOU PREACH?

THE TRUTH NEED TO BE TOLD - SO MANY CHRISTIANS ARE TOO IRRESPONSIBLE AND THE TRUTH MUST BE TOLD FOR NIGERIA TO BE LIBERATED.

WHO SAYS WE ARE WASHING OUR DIRTY LINEN IN PUBLIC? THE CHURCH OF GOD IS MEANT TO SAY THE TRUTH(CHRIST'S GOSPEL) WHEREVER WE GO. THAT WAY, WE WOULD BE RESPECTED BY UNBELIEVERS AND NOT WHEN WE COVER OUR SINS. AFTER ALL, SOME PASTORS DIVORCES THEIR WIVES AND MARY OTHERS AND NOTHING IS BAD ABOUT THAT?

HE WHO COVERS HIS SIN SHALL NOT PROSPER. WONDER WHY NIGERIA IS SO BACKWARD? WE COVER OUR POLITICIANS, TRADITIONAL RULERS AND MONARCHS WITH SENTIMENTS.

GOD IS PROSPERING ME AND IT IS NOT MY MAKING, SO DO NOT THINK THAT I BELONG TO THE CLASS YOU ARE CASTIGATING. I WORK VERY HARD AND EAT THE REWARD TOO.

be warned wrath of God might come over you!!

You said shame on Oyedepo simply because no member of ur family has ever tasted God's order of blessing...that's why you'll die in poverty if you don't have a change of mentality. God doesn't decide weather a man should be rich or poor,it's ur faith that determines the type of life u live....the bible says 'let the weak say I'm strong and let the poor say I'm rich'so the life you live is a function of what you say!!!!.

Bishop's Aircrafts

You cannot please critics. No amount of explanations can satisfy critics. If the Bishop has 4 planes and decides to reduce his planes to 2, why is that your problem? Even if he owns just one aircrft, you will still criticise him. You guys will only be satisfied (I hope so) if the men of God are wretched and probably without even shoes on their feet. Do you know what some of these men and women of God had gone through (over so many years) to get to where they are now? I advise you critics to go and get a life.

who is this Anaruagu?

No matter what, no man is allowed to speak evil of another in this way. What you don't know should not destroy you. If it is 419(scammers) that is using a jet, you will hail him. Please be careful in matters like this especially as it relates to "Men of God" Hebrews 4:13. Have you ever had that he manipulated his followers or he forced them to contribute to buy the jet? Can "evil man" as you said so revolutionalise the educational sector of a nation. Many of our schools which include the one anaruagu attended(if all he did) were in comatose b4 Covenant University came to being. I am not a member of his church but I know he is contributing his own qouta.

Pastor Oyedepo,Money, Jets etc,etc...

A good reason to realize that Nigeria is a failed banana republic is the example displayed here by this hustler & Charlattan "Bishop" Oyedepo.This is a country where wealth (no matter how acquired)is worshipped. All a fraudster has to do to assume some respectability is to give himself a religious title:"Rev";"Pastor"Imam""prophetess"etc...The Oyedepos of this world, are,. at its mildest,religious businessmen.They are not different from other business hustlers(419-ners) on Nigerias environment. They are selling a product no one has ever seen or felt or received.It is called :Salvation!...We can then feel sorry for the ignorant millions who pay for this bubble!..It is true that religion is the opium of the masses...

I PITY THIS WRITER OF THIS ARTICLE

Please my advice to you Mr. writer is to stop this thing and get busy with something else. Just stop writing on what u do not have facts about>

FELA had said it all before many of you were born!

Many Nigerians have lost their entire senses to religion! Haba, why would you all curse another man here for saying his mind? Every man has the right to his/her opinion. Why don't you people leave everyone for God to judge as you always say in defense of your rogue Pastors? Some even curse others here using the name of their lord jesus or God just to show us their holiness or hypocrisy!
FELA had said it all, even before many of you here defending the rogue Pastors were born. I cry for your future

Shame on Oyedepo

Everything Oyedepo has today is all vanity.. This is a clear difference between a white and black race. While a white man will invest more in his legacy, the blacks are focused on materialistic/earthly possession. Oyedepo has so much brainwashed his congregation that they cant see clearly again. However, if you are destined to be big, you'll surely achieve all that belongs to you. The significant aspect of wealth is how you've successfully impact lives with these wealth rather than buying unneccessary private jets. God has made this world so unique that though Oyedepo might have a million private jets, he is only allowed to enter one at a time.
So its time for the christian leaders to learn from our Muslim brothers and initiate non-interest banking to favour the less previleged xhristans rather than oppressing them with your fleets of jets, cars and body guards. God Bless Naija..

Why curse other people in defense of your Pastor?

Many Nigerians have lost their entire senses to religion! Haba, why would you all curse another man here for saying his mind? Why don't you people leave everyone for God to judge as you always say in defense of your rogue Pastors?
FELA had said it all, even before many of you here defending the rogue Pastors were born. I cry for your future!

islam is real

then do not call ISLAM a satanic religion. no mosque is owned by any body or association or have you heard that an imam owns a private jet? Islam has never recorded any of these for its inception.we all have our faults. evil is evil every where no matter how you defend it. helping the needy is all Jesus preached, not accumulating wealth.

God bless my Bishop more and more!

"When a sympathizer decides to cry more than the victim then there is suspicion" I am a full blown member in this ministry, I wonder why some people have decided to cry on our behalf. No member has ever cried he/she was coaxed to drop anything, so what could have been these people's head ache? What we members enjoy in blessing from God through this man's liberation teachings am sure many of these criers are not and may not touch it!! Am sure what you want is a picture of Christianity misrepresented in poverty and hopelessness! So that you can give credit to the devil that it's only working with him that can make one comfortable and wealthy! If you don't Christianity is most relevant to living a triumphant life! How are we going to know that the bible is true if the blessing that belongs to God does not show in the life of God's people?

Don't be stupid. Although the

Don't be stupid. Although the bible said you should touch not the anointed of God, it doesn't mean they should do whatever they want. I for one think there is something wrong with owning 4 jets in this particular world, its obscene.

Brainwashed fools..what does

Brainwashed fools..what does he need 4 private jets for?

It is so bad when people are

It is so bad when people are held hostage by their own faith. Questioning the doctrins is part of our faith, remember penticostalism came out of questioning the catholic faith and doctrins. So why are we now suggesting that it is a sin punished by eternal damnation to question the teachings of Oyedepo and his likings? Any man in Oyedepo standing who has in his fleet 4 aircrafts in the midst of what is happening in todays nigeria has a moral question to answer. We are in our state today in NIgeria because of what I term the "corrupting influence of unaccountable wealth".

LOTS OF NIGERIANS LACK

LOTS OF NIGERIANS LACK KNOWLEDGE LANRE INCLUSIVE. STEPHEN COVEY COMES OUT STRAIGHT TO SELL MOTIVATIONAL TALKS AND WE ALL KNOW.

IF SOMEONE PREACHES GODS WORD AND PEOPLE BENEFIT, MUST HE BECOME GREEDY? THIS IS ABSOLUTE GREED.

I WILL ONLY ASK GOD FOR FORGIVENESS IF WHAT I AM SAYING IS A SIN.

BUT I OWE NO MAN APOLOGY FOR IT.

THE COST OF ONE JET AND ITS 4 YEARS MAINTAINANCE COST WOULD TRAIN 5,000 UNDERGRADUATES FOR FREE IN NIGERIA TODAY.

LANRE WILL DIE POOR.

THOUGH KING DAVID REFUSED TO DO SAUL HARM, BUT THERE WERE OTHER PROPHETS WHO HEEDED GODS WORD AND DEALT WITH ERRING PROPHETS TOO.

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IDEALS HERE AND SOME PEOPLE ARE COVERING UP WITH RELIGION.

PART OF THE REASON FOR OUR BACKWARDNESS IN NIGERIA

SR?

If that pastor is from Igbland, SR will doctor his report in a way that people should criticize the man of God

I DECIDED LONG AGO TO SERVE

I DECIDED LONG AGO TO SERVE GOD, HIS KINGDOM WORK WITH INCLUDES HUMANITARIAN WITH MY RESOURCES AND NOT SERVE BUSINESS MEN.

FOUR AIRCRAFT WITH TAX FREE MONIES - MEMBERS SELL BOOKS WITHOUT OFFICE RENT, TAX OR ANY INCIDENTAL COSTS AND THESE MEN JUST ACCUMULATE EVERYTHING AND CONTINUE TO MILK POOR CHURCH MEMBERS.

WHY WOULD PEOPLE CRITICIZE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FOR LOOTING. IS THIS NOT CLEPTOMANIA(GREED)?

MIND YOU, MY FATHER IS A FULFILLED 73 YEARS OLD PASTOR WHO HAS TOUCHED SEVERAL LIVES AND HE IS MY ONLY ROLE MODEL.

DO MY PROPHET NO HARM IS WHAT NIGERIANS QUOTE, BUT REFUSE TO TRY EVERY SPIRIT IF THEY ARE OF GOD OR IF THE SPIRIT OF GOD HAS DEPARTED? BUT RECALL THAT IN EARLY ISRAEL, SOME PROPHETS WHO SERVED THEIR BELLIES WERE SLAUGHTERED AT A TIME!

The truth is they are

The truth is they are leaders. If you are a leader from a country where the bulk of the population is poor, it is most insensitive to live a very flamboyant lifestyle. Just like we ask from our political leaders, we must also ask our religious leaders to live modestly. It is not compelling but an ethical decision to make.

The truth is they are

The truth is they are leaders. If you are a leader from a country where the bulk of the population is poor, it is most insensitive to live a very flamboyant lifestyle. Just like we ask from our political leaders, we must also ask our religious leaders to live modestly. It is not compelling but an ethical decision to make.

God's money God's children...Their children will even enjoy more

I will rather pay money to buy jet than to pay to kill my fellow human.

When Idahosa was alive he was criticised.....The blessings of the father will cover ......even their children will be richer than their fathers.

My People they suffer and die for lack of knowledge.

Nigerians love human worship. They will roll on the ground and promise to die for you if you throw them a piece of meat. These human worshipers will kill for their pastors who right thinking people know to be nothing but con-men.

The secret of prosperity

The teachings of Oyedepo are grouped under a range of topics called '12 pillars of faith', which include: Faith, The Word, Prosperity, the Holy Spirit, Praise, Consecration, the Supernatural, Wisdom, Prayer, Success, Vision and Healing. The Overall focus of His teachings centre around Faith in God's, Prosperity and Miracles.He teaches that faith in the word of God is the key to a life of God's blessings and security of the works of the devil.His teachings on prosperity are aimed at empowering people to live free from poverty, particularly the African continent. He describes his own teaching on prosperity as “covenant software for programming yourself into victories and triumphs.

It will all depend on which

It will all depend on which god your baba oyedepo is serving and if that permits causing someone in the name of defending your baba oyedepo, try to read meaning into write ups and learn not to cause or you shall be the receiver of that cause

Right or Wrong - Not Judging

My dear people no one is trying to be a judge here or not a judge. where is our sense of reasoning?for a Pastor to have 4 planes or jets whatever it's called and you don't see a problem with that in a country were more than half it's population are living in anguish?we might as well say the same for our politicians who stack up their wealth.well some of you might say it's stolen money from politician but be it stolen or not i think there are people that need those money.don't get me wrong.I'm not saying having planes isn't good but I think if every1 in the country...(let's even forget about the country) every1 in Pastor Oyedepo's congregation could afford 3square meals a day, have a good shelter, then we might start considering having a plane.
My dear friends, when Jesus Christ said Judge not that you may not be judged, he NEVER meant you shouldn't be able to say when something is right or wrong.
Peace be with you.

Lies and half truth

This writer Mfonobong Nsehe has proven severally to be liar all round. He once wrote about Nigerian pastors and their estimated wealth by sitting down around his computer typing whatever figure came to his mind.
If he is knows his information well, he would have known that:
i)winners chapel of Bishop Oyedepo already have a private hanger since last year. A common knowledge to anybody around the airport
ii)the church only has TWO jets and not FOUR.The first one bought in 1996 was later traded in for another one some years after, while the second jet was bought last year.

Please young man write on things that will add value to your readers and not trash.

NO WONDER

Jesus christ came into this sinful world a poor man, though He is the owner and giver of wealth but He did not go on flaunting His affluence, thats the greatest sign of humility, modern day pastors are so devilishly possessed with the spirit acquiring all the good things money can buy at the expense of their innocently blindfolded and brain washed converts, the pastors especially in Nigeria are more like celebrities, wearing most expensive markers, finest architectural master pieces of houses, fleet of cars and blin bling aircrafts, body guards and even mistresses at their beck and calls to service their devilish sexuality, now tell me how can one honestly serve God with all these goodies, money they say is the root of all evils yet our pastors opts for the evil rather than the good, they have abandoned the sacred call to win souls for God and has resorted to winning souls for their pockets. GOD WILL JUDGE YOU ALL ACCORDING TO YOUR DIDS ON EARTH

at your own risk

If you criticize him, you will die poor.
i dont think he ever told us to pay money in any way. what i gain from his ministry , i hope your generations to come will percieve it, not touch.

not hard to imagin

Yet they will be shouting that no islamic banking, thats how the islamic nation spreed there wealth. while the christians CES's are busy buying jets, estates and builing schools an average Nigerian cant afford or even its church members. What are they doing with all this wealth while its members die.

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