Documentary: Nigeria’s Millionaire Pastors (Preachers)
A few months ago we brought you a controversial story on how Nigerian Pastors were making money from their congregations that seemed at odds with the poverty and helplessness that exists in the communities they operate in. A new documentary – Unreported World: Nigeria’s Millionaire Preachers, was aired recently which also touches on the same issues of fraud and exploitation.
The documentary makers reported on the case of Therese, a widow who was told her late husband was a member of a devil worshipping cult and persuaded Therese that God wanted her to sell everything her husband owned. The car (a Mercedes), carpets, a gas cooker, dining table and chairs, clothes, cutlery, crockery and even the curtains were all taken to the church. Therese was told that if anyone found out what had happened God would kill her and her children. Therese ended up sleeping on the streets with her 2 teenage children. Therese’s full story is here.
Seyi Rhodes the narrator of the documentary travelled to Lagos where he reports on the world of Nigeria’s millionaire preachers. Perhaps the most surreal part of this documentary occured when one of the millionaire Pastors, Pastor Dr Fireman (seen to your right in the photograph above posing with his personalised number plated American Hummer), was asked how he could square his wealth and celebrity status with the teachings and life of Jesus. Pastor Fireman responded by stating that he believes God wants him to be rich and denies that Jesus had a humble life. “Jesus was rich and had an accountant who followed him around.”
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