There are about 163,000 millionaires in Africa according to report. Notable among them however, are Nigerian Church pastors.
Nigerian prosperity pastors have emerged among the wealthiest pastors in the world, but their luxury lifestyles are at wide variance with the level of poverty of most of their church members who struggle each day to find food to eat. Notwithstanding their level of poverty, they faithfully make donations to the churches hoping to receive blessings also called anointing from their millionaire pastors.
Here are some Nigerian millionaire church pastors and their private Jets purchased with millions of dollars:
Pastor David O. Oyedepo
Pastor Oyedepo is the founder and presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church World Wide, also known as Winners‘ Chapel.
He is the senior pastor of Faith Tabernacle, a 50,000 seat church auditorium, reported to be the largest church auditorium in the world by the Guinness Book of Records until 2018 when Dunamis International Gospel Center built a 100,000 seater capacity church auditorium – currently the largest in the world.
Pastor Oyedepo’s jet
According to source, the controversial prosperity preacher and millionaire is the first operator of a private airline among Nigerian church pastors. He owns two aircrafts in his Dominion Air Company. One of Pastor Oyedepo’s jets is a Bombardier Challenger 604 with registration number N664D while the other is a Beechcraft 19000D with registration number (5N-WCI). One of his aircrafts was said to be acquired in March 2011 for US$30 million.
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye
Pastor Adeboye is the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God. He emerged as the second Nigerian pastor to start a private airline in the country.According to source, the pastor just purchased a $65 million private jet – . Gulfstream aircraft. Prior to this, the pastor already has a luxury jet company, Emmanuel Aviation which has been in existence since 2009 according to source. In 2009, he spent $30 million on a Gulfstream jet amidst widespread criticism
Pastor Oyedepo’s jet
Pastor Adeboye’s latest Gulfstream G550 luxury jet was manufactured in Savannah, Georgia State in the US. The jet, which was made in 2013 is said to be ‘far newer’ than the one bought by Pastor TB Joshua, and was delivered in May 2015.
Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly referred to as T. B. Joshua, is the founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations.
According to source, the pastor bought Gulfstream G550 aircraft worth about $60million in April 2015 using the Bank of Utah trusteefor the transaction. The jet with the US registration number N131LK was built in 2010.
T.B. Joshua’s private jet.
Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor is the founder and Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, located in Warri, southern Nigeria.
The pastor owns a $40 million private which he claims to be a gift from one of his church members in 2012. Months after the controversial ‘$40m Private Jet gift, Oritsejafor’s wife was allegedly spotted coming out of a luxurious white limousine, which resulted in fresh criticism by numerous Nigerians.
Pastor Ayo’s private jet
Ayo Oritsejafor’s wife walking out of the limo
In 2014, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor’s private jetwas used to transport $9.3 million by two Nigerians and an Israeli from Abuja to South Africa. The money was later confiscated by South African government. According to Vanguardngr, the confiscated amount was said to be meant for the purchase of arms for the Nigerian Intelligence Services. This led to a lot of controversies in 2014.
Pastor Sam Adeyemi
According to Forbes, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, another cleric and founder of the Daystar Christian center, a flourishing Pentecostal congregation which
preaches financial prosperity, is also a jet owner. The pastor however, denied owning a jet
One thing in common among these pastors’ private Jets is that they are all registered in the US. According to source, they prefer US registration of their jets because such registration grants them generous landing rights worldwide.
It’s not cheap to own a private jet. On average, it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to maintain a personal plane. The majority of Nigerians frown at such flagrant displays of opulence, particularly on the path of their clergymen, given that 60% of Nigerians still live below the poverty line.
Paradoxically, the same people who complain about the extravagant lifestyles of their spiritual leaders are the same ones who finance it. Every Sunday, swarms of worshipers rush to the church to give away their hard-earned money to the pastors’ coffers in the form of tithes, offerings and special gifts with the deluded hope of multiplied financial blessings in return. For many, this is but a pipe dream. Deep down, the pastors smile; they’ve got just the perfect suckers according to Forbes
In November 2018, Pastor Paul Idoko Enenche of Dunamis International Gospel Center opened a multi-million dollar,100,000 seater Church capacity building, currently the largest church auditorium in the world. Details and photos through this link