Stella Dimoko A Tale Of The ''Idiot'' Priest And Two Presidents..


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Saturday, February 06, 2021

A Tale Of The ''Idiot'' Priest And Two Presidents..

Let’s go back in time to May 2004, when the lands of Yelwa-Shendam, in Plateau State, had turned crimson. Primitive fury and hatred were unleashed, leading to internecine bloodbath. Hundreds and hundreds of people were killed along religious lines. It eventually led to Governor Joshua Dariye being removed, as a state of emergency was declared, and a retired Army General appointed sole administrator.

While the place was turned into killing fields, the then President Olusegun MATTHEW Obasanjo (emphasis on that middle name) visited, and met with the different stakeholders.

During the dialogue session, the then Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Plateau State asked a question the President found offensive. And the Owu man, a retired Army General, flew off the handle. He let out this fusillade:
“What role have you played to bring about peace as CAN Chairman in Plateau State? CAN, my foot! What kind of CAN Chairman are you? Did your own Christianity teach you about revenge? You are an idiot. A total idiot. And I have no apologies for that.”

Pin-drop silence. Strange things do happen in Nigeria. But it had never been seen like that. For a father of the country to publicly excoriate a religious leader? For a Matthew to call a preacher an idiot, “a total idiot?” It was sacrilege walking on two legs.

And again, for a President, who laid claim to being a born again Christian, to denigrate the association of his own faith? “CAN, my foot!” It was the height of it.
Of course, Obasanjo was President!

 Big shot. But many things were wrong with his conduct and the cavalier treatment he gave to a priest, a man of God.The Holy Bible makes certain things clear about our spiritual leaders:

‘Obey your leaders and submit to them. For they watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this will be unprofitable for you.” Hebrews 13:17.

Again, we are charged: “But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord, and give you instruction.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 12. In fact, the next verse directly tells us to “esteem them very highly in love because of their work.”
So, for a Matthew to call a priest an idiot, “a total idiot?” Not acceptable by any stretch of the imagination. It was a bad example for all believers.

Well, the saga ran for a while. The man in question, Rev Yakubu Pam, said security agencies summoned and asked him to apologize to the President for the public spat. Insult on injury! The two men continued with their public lives.

 Obasanjo finished in office, and went on to take a degree in Theology. I’m sure he now knows better about those the Holy Bible says “speak evil of dignities” (2 Peter 2:10), and the consequences. I believe he has privately repented.

Rev Pam finished his term as CAN Chairman in Plateau State. He went on to become Chairman of CAN in all North Central states from 2008 till 2015, and then, Chairman CAN in the 19 Northern states and Abuja, till July 4, last year, when he was named Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), the regulatory body for Christian pilgrimage in the country.

A tale of the priest and two Presidents. Publicly flagellated by one, a Matthew, and now, honored by the other, a Muhammadu.

 What Rev Pam didn’t get from a Christian, he got from a Fulani man from Daura, a Muslim. Is there any lesson we can learn from this? Think about it.

A couple of weeks back, precisely on January 14, 2021, Rev Pam was at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, leading an NCPC team on a courtesy visit to the President. An idiot, “a total idiot” was at the seat of power, being treated with the dignity he deserved, by a man of a different faith. Holy Moses!

Rev Pam delivered a speech at the event, under the title, In Peace We Blossom. He recounted how he had been campaigning on the need for peace round the country in places like Southern Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states, among others. He has met with church leaders also in Southeast and South-south zones, as well as youth groups. He submitted: “I humbly appreciate Mr President’s vision on peace building and deeply grateful for the confidence reposed on me in this respect.”

Rev Pam is obviously a man of peace. That was why “when he was reviled, he reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.” (1 Peter 2:23). How many of us would be called an idiot, “a total idiot” publicly, and would not talk back? How many of our modern day preachers, who arrogate all sorts of powers and authorities to themselves, would not have cursed Obasanjo publicly, asking him to apologize or be killed by God within seven days? (You know, some of these modern preachers speak as if God was their personal property, who they can command and order around).

I tell you, this Rev Pam, from Gyel, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State is a reconciliator, a peace advocate, and that is why God has lifted him up today. And not through a Matthew, but a Muhammadu, one against whom all lies under the sun have been told: he’s a religious bigot. A herdsman. A nepotist.

 Jihadist. Everything. May God forgive those who condemn the person they don’t know, and have refused to know.

President Buhari personally congratulated Rev Pam on his appointment as NCPC boss. He encouraged him to continue with his peace building efforts across the country, stressing that no enduring development could be possible without peace.
It was a day one was very glad to witness. A pauper can become a king. An idiot, “a total idiot,” can become a man of honour. It is God that does it. Don’t you think?

*Adesina is Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity


  1. Stella wetin come happen? has Reuben Abati stopped writing?

  2. Replies
    1. I join you- Mtcheeeeeewwww
      As though the leadership of CAN is crucial to our development as a country! As though that is one of the most important things that concern us.
      Adesina should tell us why his principal is a snail when it comes to reprimanding and checking the nefarious activities of Fulani herdsmen. Let’s start from there, since you have a problem setting your priorities right.

    2. Mtcheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewest!.
      Rubbish and AdesinaπŸ˜πŸ™„πŸ˜πŸ™„πŸ˜πŸ™„πŸ˜πŸ™„πŸ˜πŸ™„πŸ˜

  3. Very nice piece!! Because it is not bad news they ll all look away,may God heal the souls of Nigerians!

  4. Stella be cashing out. How much euros for this???

  5. I'm sure by now the former president has apologizd to the man of God and both men have moved past that ugly incident that took place, like they say 'power intoxicate' and the former Pres. let anger to control his sense of reasoning and as men of God I'm sure they have forgotten that something like that actually happened, but trust Adesina to seize an given opportunity to write an epistle and remind Nigerians of how Pres. Buhari is the best thing to happen to Nigeria.

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  7. Poorer than previous unsuccessful whitewash of his employer.

    By the way why should a government elected on promises of frugality and equity increase taxes and utilities' fees, and still fund religious worship for just two groups of people in the country.

    1. #EndSWAT #Endpolicebrutality Phoenix6 February 2021 at 13:51

      Barman please give this man a carton of whatever he takes! πŸ•πŸ•πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚

    2. #EndSWAT #Endpolicebrutality Phoenix6 February 2021 at 13:53

      And they will say Nigeria is a secular state

  8. I will not annoy myself this morning.
    Imagine emphasis on the name MATHEW 😏

  9. Adeshina is very dumb!

    Those who can read between the lines of his twisted epistle can see that Obasanjo despite his religious affiliations with the Priest did not hide under the cloak of Christianity to condone the violence and counter-violence carried out by militants of christian faith.

    He tackled the issues head on and berated the priest for not giving practical solutions for using his capacity as leader of the Christian faith in the affected state to proffer peaceful solutions. Unlike his own bigoted paymaster that looks away and give silent support to his rampaging Fulani ethnic group, Obasanjo let reason prevailed and did what was right.

    1. Three gbosa for this your sensible comment.

      Is it Alfa Isiaka they will use for the secretary before? So bacause you put Rev Pam now, your President is better than Obasanjo?
      You just like consoling yourself Mr Adeshina.
      May God help you and may His grace be sufficient for you.

    2. #EndSWAT #Endpolicebrutality Phoenix6 February 2021 at 13:52

      It is sad how someone would use religion to make a baseless write up

    3. Anon 11.33 thank you for your observations.

  10. I'm pissed at myself for reading to this extent "A tale of the priest and two Presidents. Publicly flagellated by one, a Matthew, and now, honored by the other, a Muhammadu." This guy is something else.
    I'd rather read a thousand of Reuben's epistle than read this guy's.

  11. Can this Ade explain to us what happened at Lekki toll gate since he can write an epistle to buttress how good his master is?

  12. Reuben Abatis wannabe

  13. So because he came to see Buhari now Buhari loves Christians. I knew it just the Buhari apologist, who is paid to sing his masters praises.


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