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Debunking the Lies of Bishop Stephen Adegbite of Ikeja Methodist Diocese

Nwankwo T. Nwaezeigwe, PhD, DD
Odogwu of Ibusa Clan
Fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka/Convener, Never Again Coalition against Genocide and Insecurity in Nigeria
Email: nwaezeigwe.genocideafrica@gmail.com

On October 16, 2022, The Chairman of Lagos State Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Methodist Bishop of Ikeja Rt. Reverend Stephen Adegbite stated during the presentation of the so called stewardship report of 12 years sojourn in Senate by the wife of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Senator Mrs. Pastor Oluremi Tinubu that, to quote him verbatim: “God will punish us if we don’t support Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”  
He further stated: “Nobody can tell us not to support Bola Ahmed Tinubu because he has done more than enough to support the Body of Christ in the Southwest.” The Methodist Bishop went further to mention such contributions as Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s sponsorship of Christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem with Lagos State money and the return of schools to their original Christian owners.
It should be recalled that on 31st May 2022, the same Bishop Stephen Adegbite stated in an interview recorded in a YouTube Channel that the Methodist Church of Nigeria paid a ransom of 100 million naira to the Muslim bandit kidnappers to release the Methodist Prelate of Nigeria His Eminence Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu-Uche in the company of the Methodist Bishop of Owerri Diocese Rt. Reverend Dennis Mark and the Prelate’s Chaplain Very Reverend Abidemi Jeremiah Shittu. 
Is it not therefore ridiculous and shameful that the same man should stand up to voice out his utter disgusting support for a Muslim Presidential candidate that has a fellow Muslim as his Vice Presidential candidate? 
As baby-Christians we were often intimidated with the biblical axiom “Touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm.” This has remained the weapon frequently employed by many carnal pastors and men of God as Bishop Stephen Adegbite to intimidate their congregations into submission in the face of their reckless abuse of their spiritual vocations as anointed men of God.  I want to state without equivocation that this axiom is outdated and does not fit into the realms of the present political circumstances of the Nigerian nation. If you as God’s anointed decide by your reckless actions to de-anoint yourself then prepare to be touched. In the same vein if you as a Prophet of God decide to de-prophet thyself then be prepared for harm unto thyself by the people.
Bishop Adegbite lied by saying that Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s tenure as the Governor of Lagos State was memorably profitable to the Christian population of Lagos State and Southwest Region. Why shouldn’t Bola Ahmed Tinubu use Lagos State money to sponsor Christian pilgrimages to Jerusalem the way he did for his fellow Muslims? Are Christians not more in population in Lagos State than his Muslim kinsmen? Are the resources of Lagos State not generated more by the Christians than Muslims? Are other Southern Governors whose States have even less than five percent Muslim population which constitute non-indigenes not using their State money to sponsor Muslim pilgrims to Mecca?
Bishop Adegbite either in his ignorance or his obvious despoiled and watered tongues pointed out the handing back of Christian Schools to their original Church owners as one of Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s contributions to Christians in Lagos State. Was Lagos under Bola Ahmed Tinubu the only State that handed over missionary schools to their Church owners? Did the same Bola Ahmed Tinubu not hand over the similar schools to their Muslim Ansar ud Deen and Ahmadiyya original owners? 
If the handing over schools to their Church owners was a monumental achievement of Bola Ahmed Tinubu to Bishop Stephen Adegbite, what about the management of the remaining State-owned schools as well as the political appointments under Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Raji Fashola? How far did Christians in Lagos State manifest their rights and privileges as full citizens of Lagos State? Or God did not show the likes of Bishop Stephen Adegbite the heinous discrimination against the Christians of Lagos State under Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Raji Fashola? Let me prove to Bishop Stephen Adegbite that he is an inveterate liar.
It is on record that under Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Raji Fashola, except for a very few circumstances, one must be a Muslim to either be a Principal of Lagos State Government Secondary Schools or Chairman of Local Government Council. 
Available statistical evidence during the tenures of the two men shows that seventy-five percent (75%) of government-owned secondary school Principals in Lagos State were Muslims while Christians constitute a paltry twenty-five percent (25%); whereas the Christians made up about eighty percent (80%) of the entire graduate-teachers of the State’s Secondary School system. The only reason was that one must be a Muslim in other to be appointed a Secondary School Principal in Lagos State under Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Raji Fashola? 
Further statistical evidence under Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Raji Fashola shows that while only about five percent (5%) of the Chairmen (Executive Secretaries) of the fifty-seven (57) Local Government Development Areas were Christians, the Muslims constituted about ninety-five percent (95%)? If the above facts are false, I challenge both Bishop Adegbite and the present Lagos State Government still under a Bola Ahmed Tinubu protégé to present the contrary to the public, otherwise people like Bishop Stephen Adegbite without apologies should shut up their mouths.
The following  were the satanic-disparity between Christians and Muslims in the appointment of Chairmen (Executive Secretaries) of the 57 LCDA of Lagos State inherited from Bola Ahmed Tinubu by Raji Fashola:  Christians = 14; Muslims = 43. If this was the religious face of Lagos State Government under the Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Raji Fashola administrations, what then do we expect if Bola Ahmed Tinubu becomes the President of Nigeria? This question goes to Bishop Stephen Adegbite. 

Engr. David Famuyiwa  (Gbado/ Oke Odo) Christian

Christy Otuyalo (Agboyi/Ketu) Christian

Barr. Omofunulea Adejombo (Agege) Muslim

Engr. Tajudeen Ojora (Ajeromi) Muslim

Jelili Suliamon (Alimosho) Muslim

Mrs. Modupe Ojodu (Amuwo-Odofin) Christian

Hon. Bolaji Dada (Apapa) Muslim

Hon. Funmilayo Muhammed (Apapa/Iganmu) Muslim

Dele Ayinde (Ayobo/Ipaja) Christian

Kappo Pedetin (Badagry Central) Muslim

Hon. Agoro J. A. (Badagry West) Muslim

Alabi David (Bariga) Christian

Bello Ismail (Coker/Aguda) Muslim

Kunle Sanyolu (Egbe/Idimu) Christian

Barr. Tajudeen (Ejigbo) Muslim

Alh. Hammed Ayinde (Epe) Muslim

Shuaibu Ajayi (Eti Osa) Muslim

Hon Adebanjo Adesanya (Eredo) Muslim

Princess Omolara Oyekan (Eti Osa West) Muslim

Isiaka Yaya (Iba) Muslim

Oladapo Salami (Ibeju Lekki) Muslim

Mr. Oluwarotimi Adeleye (Ifako/Ijaiye) Christian

Hon. Wahab Adigun (Ifelodun) Muslim

Wale Azeez (Igandu/Ikotun) Muslim

Hon. Taiwo Orenuga (Igbogbo/Bayeku) Muslim

Hon. Rasaq Ajetunmobi (Ijede) Muslim

Alh. Adekunle Daily-Adeokun (Ikeja) Muslim

Mr. Wasiu Adeshina (Ikorodu) Muslim

Hon. Banjo Adebisi (Ikorodu North) Muslim

Princess Adunni Oyefusi (Ikorodu West) Muslim 

Sulaimon Yusuf (Ikosi/Ejirin) Muslim

Afolabi Abk (Ikosi/Isheri) Muslim

Ms Toyin Xaxto – Martins (Ikoyi/Obalande) Christian

Hon Muyiwa Adesanya (Imota) Muslim

Hon. M.A. Daramola (Iru/Victoria Island) Muslim

Hon. Olusegun Jubiril (Isolo) Muslim

Alh. M. A. Ajala (Itire/kate) Muslim

Keletu Gbemisola (Kosofe) Muslim

Hon Toyosi Olusi (Lagos Island) Christian

Omotosho Lukman (Lagos Island East) Muslim

Hon. Esien Rasak kasali (Lagos Mainland) Christian 

Akindele Opeyemi (Lekki) Muslim

Akindele Opeyemi (Mosan Okuola) Christian 

Jide Bello (Mushin) Muslim

Rasak Ajala (Odi-Olowo) Muslim

Sikiru Lawal (Ojo) Muslim

Mallam Moyosore Jaji (Ojodu) Muslim

Mrs. Fausat Olajokin (Ojokoro) Muslim

Hon. Akin Ajayi (Olorunda) Christian

Moshood Abiola (Onigbongbo) Muslim

Hon Biola Badmus Olujobi (Oriade) Christian

Adeyinka Akeem (Orile/Agege) Muslim 

 Olajobi Daud (Oshodi) Muslim

Azeez Kazeem (Oto Awori) Muslim

Abiodun Orekoya (Shomolu) Christian)

Chief Mrs. Dele Hussein (Surulere) Muslim

Mrs. Bola Olumegbon (Yaba) Muslim

The following is a list of Principals of Lagos State Government-owned Secondary Schools under Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Raji Fashola and their religious affiliations with their personal telephone contacts for further enquiries if on the degree of humiliation and discrimination the Christian Teachers of Lagos State-owned Secondary and Primary Schools suffered just for being Christians in their State of origin under Muslim State Governors. For want of space I have decided to sample with only Ikorodu and part of Mushin Zones. 

Junior High School Ikorodu Zone

Mr. Saliu J. A. —Aud Grammar School, Imota—MUSLIM—08080316595 

Mrs. Gbolade T. M. —Ayangbuen Senior High School—CHRISTIAN—08033078781  

Mrs. Adelegan M. S.—Lagos State Civil Service Model College, Igbogbo—CHRISTIAN—08033315940 

Mrs. Balogun O.—Community Grammar School, Bayeku—MUSLIM—08066359661 

Mr. Pasoku A. M.—Community Grammar School, Gberigbe—CHRISTIAN—08054762095 

Mr. Thomas A. A. —Elepe Community Secondary School—CHRISTIAN—08023537174 

Alhaji Saheed N. O.—Government College, Ikorodu—MUSLIM—08023078777 

Mrs. Olopade —Ifelodun High School, Okeagbo—CHRISTIAN

Mr. Giwa F. A. —Ikorodu Grammar School, Ikorodu—MUSLIM—08069388858 

Mrs. Feyide —Ikorodu High School. Ikorodu—CHRISTIAN—08034730334 

Mrs. Oduntan —Imota Community Grammar School, Imota—CHRISTIAN—08033010400

Mrs. Onyegbile —Ipakodu Grammar School—CHRISTIAN—08034545587 

Adetimilehin M. A. —Isawo Community Grammar School. Isawo—CHRISTIAN—08028707604  

Mrs. Aderinmola B. P.—Isiu Grammar School, Isiu—CHRISTIAN—08023206055 

Afuwape —Keme Balogun Grammar School, Ibese—MUSLIM—08029003259 

Alhaji Anibaba W. O.—Lagos State Model college, Igbokuta—MUSLIM

Mr. Owolabi  D. K.—Luwasa High School, Ijebu—MUSLIM

Mr. Kaka —Majidun Grammar School, Ikorodu—MUSLIM

Mr. Oladipo—Maya Grammar School, Ikorodu—CHRISTIAN—08036700799 

Mr. Awoyemi I. S. Odogunyan Grammar School, Ikorodu—MUSLIM—08028193507 

Mrs. Kolawole F. A. Oreyo Grammar School, Igbogbo—MUSLIM—08181514999

Mr. Bisiru M. O. —Oriwu Model College, Ikorodu—MUSLIM—08033789031

Mrs. Obsisesan O. J. Reri Community Secondary School. Oreta—CHRISTIAN—08027196580

Mrs. Ogundipe M. K. O. Shama el Deen Grammar School, Ikorodu—CHRISTIAN—08029415632

Mrs. Abiodun—United High School, Ikorodu—MUSLIM—08023223165

Mr. Adegoke R. A. Yewa Grammar School, Ikorodu—MUSLIM—08037264780

Mrs. Babarinsa —Zumazatul Islamiyya Grammar School, Igbogbo—MUSLIM—08129749184

Senior High School Ikorodu Zone

Mrs. Lawal Agbede—Community Senior Grammar School, Ikorodu—MUSLIM—08091215358

Mrs. Akintajuwa S. O.—Aud Grammar School, Imota—MUSLIM—08024658900

Obansa A. A.—Anyagburen Senior High School—MUSLIM—07055084770

Mr. Ajose A.—Lagos State Civil Service Model College, Igbogbo—MUSLIM—08023140860

Mrs. Oshokoya M. O.—Community Grammar School, Bayeku—CHRISTIAN—0802321130

Mr. Dinna F. A.—Community Grammar School, Gberigbe—CHRISTIAN—08023868862

Alhaji Sulaimon B. B. —Elepe Community Secondary School—MUSLIM—08023423461

Mr. Amodu E. O. Government College, Ikorodu—MUSLIM—08159794027

Mr. Atanda M. O. —Ifelodun High School, Okeagbo—MUSLIM—08051262124 

Senior High School Mushin Zone

Mrs. Olaniyan R. O. —Ajuoni Senior Secondary School, Mushin—CHRISTIAN—0803378484

Mrs. Ogunyemi Y. —Batunrase Senior High School, Mushin—CHRISTIAN—08033078484

Mrs. Ibrahim M. A. —Birch Freeman Senior High School, Mushin—MUSLIM—08023047395

Mrs. Amosu L. R.—Community Senior Secondary School, Work Yard, Mushin—MUSLIM—08060487033

Mrs. Amosa E. O. —Eko Boys Senior School, Mushin—CHRISTIAN—08034123423

Mrs. Adams M. O.—Estate Senior Grammar School, Ilupeju Mushin—MUSLIM–08033303904

Mrs. Ayoola O. B. —Ebuba Senior Secondary School, Mushin—MUSLIM—08033344363

Mrs. Ejindu A. C.—Idiaraba Senior High School, Idiaraba—Mushin—CHRISTIAN—08035022664

Mrs. Onigbile G. A.—Igbo Owu Senior Secondary School, Mushin—MUSLIM—08067449999

 Mrs. Akinnola E. A.—Ilupeju Grammar School, Ilupeju, Mushin—MUSLIM—08023166348

Mrs. Ogunsina—Ilupeju Senior Secondary School, Ilupeju, Mushin—CHRISTIAN—08023276217

Mrs. Akinmulero K. O.—Itire Community Senior Secondary School, Itire, Mushin—MUSLIM—08023353676

Mrs. Sanusi A. T.—Mushin Community Senior High School, Idiaraba, Mushin—MUSLIM—08028296861

Mrs. Akintoye E. B. Oduduwa Senior Secondary School, Mushin—CHRISTIAN—08137016762

Mrs. Anifowoshe A. A. —Ransome Kuti Memorial Grammar School—MUSLIM—08033746204

Mrs. Inu Ojulawo B. A.—St Joseph Senior School, Mushin—MUSLIM–08055196058

This pattern of religious discrimination extended right down to the appointment and posting of Primary School Headmasters and Headmistresses. It is important to note that it was Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s attempt to rebalance this imbalance that enraged his mentor Bola Ahmed Tinubu and subsequently cost him his second term.
It is therefore ridiculous that when the Nigerian Muslim leaders are busy gathering their flocks North and South to vote for their co-Muslim Presidential candidates as in the old, the Christian leaders like Bishop Stephen Adegbite are busy swimming in ignominious monetary inducements from their Muslim adversaries to betray their Christian Presidential candidate in the manner of Judas Iscariot. 

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