Stories Of Pastors Buying Private Jets Is An Embarrassment – Bishop Kukah

The craze by some Christian leaders in the acquisition of private jets has been lampooned by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah. The highly respected Bishop who said this yesterday declared that the development diminishes the moral voice of the church in the fight against corruption.

Mr. Kukah spoke in wake of the presentation of a private jet to the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, by members of his church during the celebrations marking his 40th anniversary in the ministry last Saturday.

Bishop Kukah, who was guest speaker at the annual Founder’s Day Anniversary lecture of Providence Baptist Church in Lagos, described such exhibition of opulence by church leaders as embarrassing.

The cleric who frequently addresses burning national issues in no uncertain terms spoke on the topic, ‘Church and the state in the pursuit of the common good’, said: “The stories of corrupt men and women being given recognition by their churches or mosques as gallant sons and daughters and the embarrassing stories of pastors displaying conspicuous wealth as we hear from the purchases of private jets and so on clearly diminish our moral voice.”

Mr. Kukah, who was represented by the Administrator of Holy Cross Cathedral Lagos, Rev. Monsignor Pascal Nwaezeapu, also expressed displeasure with the perceived closeness of the CAN leadership to the corridors of powers.

He said such alliance will weaken the ability of the church to speak the truth to elected public office holders.

According to him: “CAN has become more visible in relation to national prayer sessions, pilgrimages, alliances with state power and so on.

“Unless we distance ourselves, we cannot speak the truth to power. We cannot hear the wails of the poor and the weak. We should not be seen as playing the praying wing of the party in power.”

He therefore challenged the church to speak against corruption in low and high places, saying such responsibility must never be abandoned for any reason.


  1. My grouse,really,with the BokoHaram™ sect! Wish they learned how to bomb ‘responsibly’ and bomb the hell out of these so-called ‘pastors’ & their private jets! Afterall they’re obviously the real thieves instigating&encouraging the foot-soldiers(read:politicians,banks CEOs,oil subsidy merchants etc) to steal more so as to pay more tithes and sow more&more ‘seeds’! Only God will judge them.

  2. I do not dispute the fact of pastors buying private jets but the motive of buying the jet is what to be considered. I think if a pastor buys it just for the sake of easy transportation for evangelism or for God’s work to be easier for him, its not wrong, but if he just buy it to showcase what he’s got or to be counted among the richest pastors, well God is there to reward.


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