I watched the video of the meeting at Makoko. Four things came clearly to me. Some of these I have mentioned at some council meetings within the Nigeria Diocese and at some other fora when I had the opportunity.
1. Sycophansy, selfishness and ungodly politicking has allowed a lot of irresponsible, empty minded, fraudulent elders to occupy positions in CCC that they should have been 1000 miles away from. We were running CCC as if it’s a one shop maiguard kolanut and cigarettes shop. CCC has grown into an International organization requiring highly trained professionals to man the various departments. Shepherds/Elders who have no idea what ordinary Debit and Credit journal entry is all about, wants to be the Head of Finance. Their focus is to have access to the money. They will rubbish anyone or any professional who wants to do a good job. I have always advocated that Administration and Finance must be totally handled by professionals trained and experienced in those fields. Their appointment must be rigorous and after a strict selection process devoid of influence and should not be a one man (including the Pastor) appointment. These professional fields must be separated from the spiritual field. No reason a Shepherd should be in Finance or Administration. Enikan o gbodo je nkan meji ni aba Alade. Of course an educationally qualified Shepherd with the cognate experience can apply, but he has to remove his clergy toga. I remember the case of a Shepherd diverting CCC cheques to another account he opened, to which he is the only signatory. It was when he invited people to come and open his fully completed Parish, that the Pastor knew what hit him. Pastors and other elders have also used these people to siphon money from the church without records. The records kept by my brother Pious is what stood him in good stead in their briefing today. The result of the 5 year interregnum of Sup Ev Pious as Director of Finance compared to the first 13 years of Baba EMF becoming Pastor speak volumes.
2. As I looked at Baba Banjo in the video, I pitied him and at the same time, I was angry with him. Here’s an old man who had all the opportunity to carve his name in gold in CCC, he however used his position to superintend over the discord and factionalisation of CCC. PAPA SBJO left a good thing behind, but he and some other elders, because of greed, ambition and seeking relevance turned this beautiful church into a cesspit. They ‘danced’ and threw around their weight while CCC, the baby in their care, groaned and cried for attention. Influences were being peddled in the Pastoral court, Dukes and Lords were being made and unmade on the basis of who you know and who your father is. The hungry, uncared for Shepherds watched as Pastors and the gang around them cleaned house, quoting the ubiquitous article 108 of the constitution. The results of the Shepherds hard labour in the field was not used for CCC development but converted to personal use by the Pastor and his sychophantic acolytes. The uncared for Shepherds started their own stealing, printing fake receipts and becoming Olusos for Yahoo Boys and other shady characters. Even the Bible said a labourer deserves his reward. 1 Tim 5:8. Since the church doesn’t care, some of them decided to take care of themselves, by begging, stealing and getting involved in shady activities to keep body and soul together.
Furthermore, Baba Banjo will be lamenting, his and others actions, in installing EMF in 2002. Even Papa said CCC is not a family business. They wanted to use SBJO’s name for a purpose. Deny Jesse the position, they achieved that but the result is what we are battling till today. Yoruba proverb says ‘Ti ara ile eni ba nje kokoro buburu ti a ko ba so fun, huruhere ona ofun e o ni je ka sun loru’. They all sat down and ate the evil insect, now their wahala is giving CCC sleepless nights. It’s so painful when someone who should know better engage in unbecoming actions. He is now trying to stay above a fray that he started, dragging other innocent ones into it. It is annoying.
3. I am going to make a statement that I believe in my heart as true.
Papa SBJO was being spiritually diplomatic when he stated that the Holy Spirit will appoint his successor. Papa already noticed the infighting amongst his immediate followers to succeed him after his death. That was the reason for the heavy protest when he gave Pastor AABada the title of Supreme Evangelist. He was Papa’s second in command. Papa referred ti him as Ekeji mi, or Apa Otun mi. That generated envy particularly amongst the members of the Trustees. Papa SBJO’s response, Emi lo ma yan eniti o tele mi, was an attempt to douse tension amongst the immediate senior clergymen who were already scheming and jostling for position. He buttered it by saying the selection will not be by age, position or the time the person joined Celestial Church. The ambition of those around him both Trustee and Clergy prevented them from making the needed amendment to the CCC constitution. Even though the late Justice Sogbetun was there, with his legal background. Since no one can claim he was there when the Holy Spirit names the successor, any one selected as Pastor can be successfully challenged in a court of law. If you bring your Woli, I will bring mine. That is what has happened to date.
4. MY TAKE: CELESTIAL CHURCH NEEDS URGENT UNIFICATION AND REFORM TO BE CARRIED OUT BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. IF NOT, THIS CHURCH WILL BREAT INTO PIECES AND WILL BE LIKE C&S, AND OTHER PENTECOSTAL CENTER.
CALL ALL FACTIONS TOGETHER AND JOINTLY AMEND THE CONSTITUTION;
ESTABLISH A JOINT COMMITTEE TO SUPERVISE THE AFFAIRS OF THE CHURCH
DISSOLVE ALL EXISTING STRUCTURES INCLUDING ALL CLAIMS TO HEADSHIP OF CCC;
REDRAW AND REDESIGN ALL UMITS FROM AREA TO ARCHDIOCESE, PROVINCES, ETC. WHOEVER HAS HAD CASES OF FRAUD OR SERIOUS ACTS UNBECOMING OF A SHEPHERD SHOULD NOT BE APPOINTED TO HEAD UNITS REGARDLESS OF THE NUMBER OF YEARS OF SERVICE AND THE POSITION CURRENTLY HELD;
STREAMLINE ALL MALE AND FEMALE RANKS;
REGISTER ALL SHEPHERDS AND CHURCHES;
ESTABLISH PROFESSIONALLY RUN ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE, AUDIT AND WELFARE DEPARTMENTS (WITH EDUCATED, PROFESSIONALLY QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED PEOPLE, MALE AND FEMALE HEADING THE DEPARTMENTS). IF YOU CANT FIND IN CCC, HIRE FROM OUTSIDE AND PAY GOOD SALARY. ALL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MUST BE APPROVED AND FIRMLY IN PLACE;
REBUILD THE (BOT AND MPIC) WHICH MUST BE SEPARATED FROM THE COUNCIL OF SHEPHERDS;
ESTABLISH CRITERIA FOR BECOMING A SHEPHERD AND ESTABLISH GOOD RENUMERATION FOR THE SHEPHERDS INCLUDING LIFE AND HEALTH INSURANCE;
HAVE EACH PARISH REGISTER ALL THEIR MEMBERS FROM AGED ZERO YEAR AND ABOVE AND SUBMIT LIST WITH PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPHS TO HQ FOR INPUT INTO A CENTRAL COMPUTER.; THAT MEANS WE NEED COMPUTER SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS TO RUN A PART OF THE INFORMATION AND MEDIA OF CCC IN EVERY PARISHES.
WHEN ALL STRUCTURES ARE IN PLACE, LET ALL CELESTIALS ALLOVER THE WORLD VOTE FOR THE FIRST PASTOR OF THE NEW CCC. THE NEW PERSON COULD BE FROM THE EXISTING ONES OR OTHERS NOMINATED BY MEMBERS. ALL OTHER FACTIONAL PASTORS WHO WERE NOT NOMINATED FOR PASTOR, SHOULD BECOME DEPUTY PASTORS AND WILL BE ASSIGNED PORTFOLIOS.
REMEMBER THAT ONE SHEPHERD ONE FOLD, ONE PASTOR ONE CHURCH.
AFTER NOMINATIONS AND VOTING ARE DONE WITH PATIENCE AND TIME, FAIR AND SQUARE WITHOUT POLITICS OR BIAS;
THEREAFTER THE NEXT PASTOR WILL BE DECIDED BY A JOINT MEETING OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, BOT, MPIC AND COUNCIL OF SHEPHERDS. WHOM WILL HEAR FROM GOD TO MAKE DIVINE DECLARATION OF THE NEXT PASTOR. FULL UPDATES AND FOLLOW UPS MUST BE TRANSPARENT WITH FAIRNESS.
AND EVERYONE, INCLUDING MEMBERS AND ELDERS OF CCC MUST AGREE TO THE FINAL DECISION. JUST AS SECTION 111 OF THE CONSTITUTION 1980 EDITION PROCLAIMS.
Those are my humble thoughts.
I, Full Elder Brother Falade Solomon Oluseyi
agrees with Adéyemí Cole on this matter.