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The controversial founder of one of Europe's largest Protestant churches is battling some in his church leadership over his reaction to multiple affairs.
Sunday Adelaja, a Nigerian pastor who leads the charismatic Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, has admitted to having affairs with parishioners. The confession came one month after he posted a video on his blog titled “Sexual Sin Is Not Enough to Take You to Hell.”
The female parishioners revealed the affairs to other area pastors, who then took the information public, according to the Council of Bishops of Christian Evangelical Churches of Ukraine. (English version here.) The leaders warned Ukrainian Christians about Adelaja, also noting previous allegations that he bilked investors of $100 million in a Ponzi scheme called King's Capital.
Earlier, a website called ZimEye claimed to have exposed Adelaja by having an undercover reporter pose as a “prophet” and secretly record a February phone call with the pastor. The elders of Embassy of God publicly dismissed the report as a prank.
“If you have listened to the audio recording which was fraudulently obtained, you will notice that Pastor Sunday never once admitted to any wrong doing as the caller was suggesting in his prophetic utterances,” stated the elders. “It was the prophet that was rather putting words into Pastor Sunday’s mouth. If Pastor Sunday had anything to hide he would not have taken the call with his wife present.”
The elders—which include Adelaja’s wife Bose and three others—noted that Adelaja has already acknowledged that he “has had several sexual challenges and has by God’s grace being able to overcome them.”
“Pastor Sunday has always shared with the world that he is in a position to help minister to the world only because he himself has had his own share of trials including sexual trials, problems and victories,” stated the elders.
Then last month, Adelaja confessed to the affairs at a meeting of more than 200 pastors. He was “defrocked” and removed from preaching (among other leadership duties) after confessing to “fornication,” according to the Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith (ROSHVE).
“Although we have had a long time to notice warning signs in the life and ministry of this man, what we talked about and to him personally and publicly in official statements of the Union, we did not want until the last moment to believe that there are such serious sins in his life,” the Spiritual Board of ROSHVE wrote. They questioned whether Adelaja's affairs might have been covered up by those close to him.
“We have serious questions to the ministers, who were and are members of the Council of the Apostles and the elders of the church ‘Embassy of God,’ to the closest aides and deputies [of Adelaja], about their actions (or rather—of the criminal inaction) in this situation,” the board wrote. “After all, the timely and rigorous exposure could prevent this tragedy!”
In a Russian-language press release on March 24, ROSHVE stated that Adelaja would enter a season of “recovery.”
An Embassy of God administrator told CT that the church has not issued a public statement because it is “regarded as an inside matter.” The administrator said Adelaja has voluntarily “decided to step down” for six months due to the recent accusations and the ongoing “strenuous lawsuit” over King’s Capital.
He was also planning to move from Ukraine to Nigeria. “He needs this time to recuperate and prepare,” said the administrator.
The six months would also be "enough time" for some critics within the church to “cool down and find answers.”
Several of those close to him have accused him of thwarting attempts to help or discipline.
“I am not a professional psychiatrist, nor profess to be one, but you never addressed the sins you committed against those innocent women, many of which are married,” wrote Ulysses Tuff, founder and pastor at The Way, The Truth, and The Life Christian Center in Georgia, to Adelaja in a letter obtained by CT. He has been Adelaja’s mentor since 1995.
“If I had to use words to describe and give a very general perspective about you, I would choose such words as hallucination of grandeur, narcissistic, or sociopathic behavior,” Tuff continued.
“Yet, you said that according to 1 Cor. 2:2-10, everything you are going through is connected to your Apostleship,” he wrote. “Not Paul, nor any of the apostles in preparation for apostleship were found to have defiled 20, 30, or more women (this number of women was what you said on my first night meeting with you, you also said there could be more, you don’t remember). It is damaging to the integrity and laws of scriptural interpretation, how you have twisted the scripture to paint a picture of your sainthood and my life as one that was so grievous.”
Cameroon police have stepped up their hunt for a fugitive, NINKAM NINKAM Armand,age 35, who has been on the run since the early months of this year 2016, after being released on bail from a jail in Yaounde-Cameroon .
The man accused of assaulting a female magistrate of the Court of appeal in Yaounde had been bailed by a friend named, KEMOGNE YVES BELMONDO while awaiting trial. The above Kemogne Yves guaranteed to pay the charges of 10.000.000 FCFA in any event that the accused never showed up for trial.
However, ever since his release from jail,the said fugitive has been out of sight to both the authorities and to his guarantor who is now in legal troubles .Apart from assaulting the judge, many other female workers of his guarantor have come forward with assault claims against the fugitive.
A search for the fugitive has proved fruitless and police have issued a “unique” appeal to the public for help in tracking him down, with a substantial reward of one million FCFA for information that could lead to his arrest.
Anyone having information , is asked to kindly inform the nearest police station , or call the numbers; 699 834 146 or 677 808 519 .
Ladies and Gentlemen,
First of all, I would like to express my profound gratitude to all the personalities from the world of politics, business and finance gathered here today. I wish to thank you for accepting our invitation.
Cameroon highly appreciates your presence at this conference. To us, this clearly marks your interest in the modernization of our economy and improvement of the living conditions of our people.
Permit me now to recall the objective, or rather, objectives of today’s conference.
Its purpose is firstly, to review the key components of Cameroon’s economy; to determine the private sector’s potential contribution to its expansion; and thereafter, assess the country’s real opportunities that would ensure its integration into the global economy, in a more judicious and helpful manner.
The findings of this review will be highly instrumental in implementing our economic policy. They could, perhaps, be useful to other African countries facing a situation similar to ours.
Secondly, and this will certainly mark the highpoint of our conference, we will facilitate meetings between public and private project initiators alike, and foreign as well as local investors. To borrow from economic lingo, this conference affords an excellent opportunity to create a veritable “investment market” right here.
It is not my place here to give you an overview of Cameroon’s economy. Certainly, that will be done during the roundtable devoted to the macro-economic situation and growth prospects.
For my part, I would rather highlight some salient facts of a general nature in a way that would reveal our innermost views as well as our genuine aspirations for lasting prosperity in the current geostrategic context.
I will start off with a few words about our continent:
The continent that in the sixties was considered “doomed” has become, according to some observers, a “continent of the future”...
Of course, I am sincerely delighted, but at the same time, I must admit that I remain rather cautious about the overly optimistic and unqualified forecasts made by some people.
They highlight the growth rates ranging across countries from 5% to 10% over the years.
However, we must recall that growth is not an end in itself. Moreover, it has been acknowledged, even by the most prominent international economic institutions, that we must go beyond the quantitative measurement of growth rate, to seek a tangible improvement in people’s living conditions.
What matters here is, first of all, our ability to actually put people at the centre of our economic endeavours.
Serving the human person and his overall well-being should constitute the be-all and end-all of our investment choices, and our priorities for wealth creation.
Similarly, it is only through sustainable management of global resources that we can ensure true prosperity.
This is a global obligation, but it particularly concerns Africa, considering that it has to catch up and also the numerous inequities of the global context often affecting the continent, which lacks the real wherewithal to defend itself.
Obviously, its marginal position spared it from the full impact of the shocks of the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008. Nonetheless, the continent has suffered its delayed effects such as the collapse of oil and other commodity prices, the slowdown in investment, etc.
Admittedly, Africa is gradually entering globalization. One could even envisage that the continent’s role would be increasingly prominent in the global economy as the years go by.
Its high population growth and expanding middle class create conditions conducive to market attractiveness in terms of mass consumption and infrastructure development.
The youthfulness and dynamism of its population are reasons for optimism. The African youth, in particular, are a major asset for the continent. They should be at the forefront of technology to ensure that Africa hooks up to an economy where innovation is, now more than ever before, a decisive factor of competitiveness.
To this should be added the abundant and diverse natural resources, which progressively should be processed locally in order to be more beneficial to our economies.
Undoubtedly, all these features will make Africa a partner that is constantly coveted by the most advanced countries in their quest for resources to reboot their economies.
In a world marked by ever-growing economic and social interdependence, the challenge is to develop genuine areas of shared prosperity. This involves forging new types of economic and socio-political relations based on the idea of mutual benefit between partners.
In this type of relationship, some contribute their financing capability and their technology, while others offer unique opportunities to be seized, and rare resources to be tapped, all in a fair and equitable exchange.
Such is the new type of relationship that we should seek in economic partnership agreements with the European Union, for instance, and also with any other partners…
The private sector should play a key role in such a set up. Africa, where the State often occupies a prominent position in the economy, will need to foster business development.
Such is what Cameroon is seeking. It will pursue efforts in that direction to lend the best possible support to domestic and foreign investments.
Here too, it is important to promote the establishment of true win-win partnerships between local businesses and major international firms.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
As you are aware, Cameroon’s objective is to become an emerging country by 2035. This ambition, I believe, is largely shared by our people who have transformed it into a national cause. All our public policies and, particularly our public finance management are geared towards achieving this objective.
Our expansionary budget is based on a fiscal policy which prioritizes expenditure quality. Our public debt, contained at around 25 % of GDP, is closely monitored. It must remain constantly at a sustainable level, while providing us with productive financing resources.
We are optimistic that the consolidation of these conditions will endear us even more to investors.
Moreover, I am fond of saying that Cameroon, Africa in miniature, is not coming empty-handed to this give-and-take forum. Indeed, it has abundant assets, hence its attractiveness:
The most populated country in the CEMAC zone sharing a more than 1 500 km-long border with Nigeria, Africa’s leading economy, Cameroon stands out thanks to its strategic position at the crossroads between West and Central Africa and at the intersection between the ECOWAS and CEMAC zones.
Its Atlantic coastline, its rail network, its three international airports and 50 000 km of road all of which are constantly developing foster its integration into regional and global trade.
It abounds with natural resources and its varied soils, climates and natural environments are suitable for agriculture.
With Africa’s second hydro-electric potential and huge natural gas reserves, Cameroon has embarked on varied and large-scale energy infrastructure construction. The phased commissioning of such infrastructure is opening up bright prospects for the availability of sustainable, adequate and permanent energy.
Additionally, the country is endowed with an expanding and diversified industrial fabric with many small and medium size enterprises and industries (SMEs/SMIs) ready to enter into subcontracting and co-contracting agreements.
There is abundant, young and qualified labour force for a country with one of the highest school enrolment rates in sub-Saharan Africa.
Above all, Cameroon is determined to encourage private investment. An appropriate legal framework has been put in place to that end.
Based on the law on investment incentives, the framework will enable the development of priority high-impact sectors which are:
- transport infrastructure;
- low-cost housing and urban development;
- the extractive industry; and
All these measures bear sufficient testimony to Cameroon’s strong determination to attract more and more productive investments on its soil so as to accelerate economic growth and prosperity for its people.
Cameroon is a haven of peace, respecting the rule of law and a country of liberty. Its institutions are stable, functional and harmonious. They are capable of adapting to societal trends to ensure social peace, the security of persons and property and the country’s political stability at all times.
In today’s world, and particularly in Africa, this, we believe, is a major asset for investors.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Your presence here expresses your determination to contribute towards fulfilling our country’s legitimate aspirations.
Cameroon will bear that in mind.
I wish everyone fruitful discussions for mutually beneficial partnerships, and of course, I wish our numerous visitors, a pleasant stay in Cameroon.
One of the missing Chibok girls has been found in Nigeria, activists say, the first to be rescued since their capture two years ago.
The 276 girls were taken from their secondary school in north-east Nigeria by Boko Haram militants in April 2014.
Activists confirmed to the BBC that Amina Ali Nkek was found by a vigilante group on Tuesday in the Sambisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroon.
She was reportedly identified by a civilian fighter who recognised her.
The fighter belonged to the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), a vigilante group set up to help fight Boko Haram.
Sources told the BBC she came from the town of Mbalala, south of Chibok, from where 25 of the kidnapped girls came. It is understood she was found with a baby.
The gunmen arrived in Chibok late at night, then raided the school dormitories and loaded 276 girls on to trucks.
Some managed to escape within hours of their kidnapping, mostly by jumping off the lorries and running off into the bushes.
In total, 219 girls were taken away. Nigeria’s military has not yet commented on the rescue.
A video broadcast by CNN in April 2016 appeared to show some of the kidnapped schoolgirls alive.
Fifteen girls in black robes were pictured. They said they were being treated well but wanted to be with their families.
The video was allegedly shot on Christmas Day 2015 and some of the girls were identified by their parents. (BBC)
Candidates for the 2016 General Certificate of Education, GCE Advanced Level practicals are still busy in various examination centres in Buea and the rest of the South West Region. On Monday, May 16, 2016, Cameroon Tribune observed that the examinations were going on hitch-free in the various centres visited. At the Bilingual Grammar School Molyko, Buea, where some 508 students were undergoing their practicals in Biology, Nathanie Okenyi, one of the supervisors, told reporters that all was going on well.
He said the examination started at 8 am and ended at 11 am for the first session. He added that all the candidates were present and all the equipment ready. Nathanie Okenyi further explained that the students started the examination apparently without pressure and followed instructions strictly. At 8 am, Cameroon Tribune noticed that Paper 3 Biology 710 was going on. The supervisor explained that there has been an innovation this year.
"Form ABA25 that we usually write on has a different presentation. It does not have flap to cut. It is a full paper itself that students write on and it is well designed. The spaces are appropriate and clearer that drawing can be done on them because it is a clean white sheet," the supervisor explained. Nathanie Okenyi noted that there were no hitches at the Molyko centre for now.
At the end of the practicals yesterday, one candidate, Ananga Cordine Mbah, told Cameroon Tribune that the examination was within reach. "I had little time to carry on with the required activities. However, the examination was within reach as I did my best." Another candidate, Che Tambong Sei Ntsu, said the practicals were challenging, but was optimistic about making it.
These well-known personalities took to the rostrum to face hundreds of local and foreign participants, after a welcome address from the President of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya.
The first speaker, Jose Manuel Barroso former President of the European Commission (2004-2014) said Cameroon like Africa is an economic reserve that needs to be effectively exploited for the economic interest of her citizens.
He insisted that a favourable investment zone in which Cameroon is battling for, should have good investment policies that favours investors.
Jose Manuel Barroso also called on the Cameroon government to ensure good governance, security and open their doors to local investors which will in turn attract foreigners.
On his heels was Dr. Chung Un-Chung, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea who won hearts of many investors with Korean successful story, a story that help transited Korea from a very poor cycle to the seventh biggest economic power in the world.
He said Cameroon should encourage shared growth and prosperity in a bid stop the vicious cycle where the rich get richer and the poor poorer.
Adding to what the Korean PM said, the Chairman of the United Bank for Africa, Tony Elumelu expressed the need of expanding UBA banks engagement in Cameroon.
The philanthropist encouraged the Cameroon government to ensure capital investments in domains like telecommunications, agriculture, and commerce.
He has pledged to partner with the Cameroon government in his Tony Elumelu foundation that encourages 10000 young African business start-ups.
Many speakers in the timetable are schedule to showcase Cameroon’s investment opportunities during working sessions.