Until equity is guaranteed, Nigeria may not prosper —Olubo
Prophet Bayode Olubo is the visioner of the House Favour Church, Lagos State. In this interview with SEYI SOKOYA, he speaks on the need for church leaders to be united and the church to get government’s attention.
How will you react to the recent call for revolution over the situation in the country?
A lot of developed and developing countries got it right through revolution, so it is not a strange thing. We should not continue to deceive ourselves that all is well with Nigeria. We need to revolt against the injustice, bad governance, poverty and sufferings of Nigerians. Poverty in the country is becoming unbearable. The church leaders are not ready to confront the government of some issues. Until recently, Pastor Enoch Adeboye reacted to the kidnap of one of his pastors. Bishop Oyedepo also rained curses on the perpetrators of the attack on his pastor. Any nation that celebrates culture above system will not prosper. All these things will not allow the government of the day to grow, because people will not be able to talk. I want to charge the church leaders that we should be ready to speak the truth and defend the people. We must not be subservient to politicians because of wealth and power. God is supreme and that should be our main focus.
How do you think Nigeria as a whole can get it right?
It is until we set our priorities right and understand what democracy is all about. We cannot continue to deceive ourselves. We cannot continue to allow sin and expect grace to abound. Our leaders need to realise that nobody should be superior to the other. We must all show love to everyone, especially the underprivileged. The leadership should always have the interest of all; equity must be the order of the day. This is how we can excel as a country.
As a cleric, what do you think the church can do to find solutions to these problems?
All the church leaders should come together under one voice to state their positions on the state of the country and make it known to the government. They have the population to drive movement. The church has the capacity to achieve the goal.
What is your greatest challenge in life as a pastor and how was the turning point?
I am the first born of my mum. I faced a lot of challenges. I would walk for hours in the streets of Lagos with empty stomach. I even begged for food and my immediate younger sister was doing well. I was not born poor, but I came to Lagos with the determination to make it in life. It was really tough, to eat was a problem. I also lived in an abandoned house for years and at the same time, I was trying to figure out how to survive. One day, someone parked to ask for an address on Opebi road. I told the man: ‘I know where you are going, but promise me you will buy me food.’ That was how tough it was. At some point, I had to go back to God for a way out. I went to a prayer mountain in Ibadan, Oyo State. I was there for many days and I had the revelation to pray against the curse placed on first borns. This was how my story changed for good. I got employment opportunities at some companies. Though, I knew that I had a calling, but the challenges affected me so much that I could not see myself. The calling kept coming to the extent that I had to dump other things for the work of God. Since I came into the vineyard, I have made is a point to duty to pray for every first born in my ministry and beyond about this great challenge. It has become an annual thing and we just held a programme for this year’s prayer session.