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Book Review: Pastor Kunle Oni’s Who Are You?



By Abiola Olubiyi
The book ‘Who are You’ written by Pastor Kunle Oni, is an extremely powerful book, which contains 10 chapters.
It’s a no-holds-barred book, with the author writing with heartfelt frankness and openness about who a believer truly is. With an unapologetically realistic delivery packed with emotion, this emotion can be felt pulsating throughout the 249 pages of the book.
Pastor Kunle, the author, like a boxer in a ring, literally delivers punch after punch of hard truths which hit below the belt.
Just when the reader is reeling from and tries to recover from one punch of hard truth, he is hit by another – there is no doubt that the author clearly has an urgent message to deliver and is in a hurry to do so!
The book opens with a powerful beginning in chapter 1 and talks about the different personality types – sanguine, choleric, melancholic and phlegmatic. Can these personality types define a believer? The author doesn’t think so. He debunks such well-established theories and he argues that who you truly are can only be defined from the spiritual angle – you are not what you look like physically; who you are in God is your true personality.
In the following chapters, the author warms to his subject, writing passionately, almost in anguish about things that have gone wrong in Christendom and the society at large.
He sounds the trumpet, saying that God tells believers to awake and exercise their God given rights. The discoveries you make out of God’s word will influence the kind of authority that you will have. The believer’s personality is predicted on sonship – matured sons who understand what He’s saying, and not babies still struggling with the elementary doctrines of the faith.
Expatiating this further in chapter 3, the author says that God’s dominion mandate is for all believers to be fruitful in every area of life and become a voice in their generation. Citing examples of people like Bill Gates and other rich people who are voices in their generation simply because of their huge wealth, he is of the opinion that this is a time to shy away from being poor – as a believer you can’t have a voice with the people or in the nations if you are poor. And God’s economics revolves around multiplication, which is His reward for believers who key into His mandate.
He describes believers as ambassadors who represent God’s kingdom here on earth. They live and work by this kingdom’s core values, and they have their basic needs met as they do so.
In chapter 4, he goes on to say that believers are peculiar people who have special assignments chosen by God for them to fulfil.  But he argues that the bedrock for this is character. He quotes Bishop David Oyedepo’s charge to new graduands of Winners Chapel Word of Faith Bible School (WOFBI), where he says ‘we have showed you all that pertains to this faith, you now need to get character.’ Character is needed to make foolproof of one’s ministry and the author bemoans the fact that this is sadly missing in many of today’s believers. Character flaws such as greed, anger, pride must be firmly dealt with, he insists.
Chapter 5 talks about relevant scriptures that capture the believer’s personality.
He continues his powerful thrust in chapter 6 by asking where the Elijahs are. He paints an awesome picture of Elijah. Elijah had no jet, yet he overtook Ahab with his chariots and horses as they raced to Jezreel. He fearlessly challenged idol worship and eliminated 450 prophets of Baal and turned the nation back to God. He displayed signs and wonders – axe head floating, miraculous cancellation of the prophet’s wife’s debt through the miraculous miracle of the ever-flowing cruse of oil. When it was time for him to die, he simply took a bow and was caught up to heaven. What a man! Now than ever before, we need such Elijahs who will demonstrate such signs and wonders
The author turns a microscopic eye on today’s church and is clearly displeased with what he sees. While there are generals of faith today who paid the price of diligence in their various secular careers before God called them, other pastors have what he describes ‘the ministry of the belly.’ They lack spiritual backing and because of this, they turn to counterfeit sources for spiritual power. They build a wall around them, are inaccessible to their sheep and see themselves above law.
He strings together terse adjectives in describing many of today’s believers. He describes them as ‘lying Christians, fornicating brethren, cheating pastors and people with eyes full of adultery, covenant breakers whose Christianity is of the face and not of the heart.’
In Chapter 7 he acknowledges the fact that a believer is the Lord’s vineyard, but even at that, He allows inclement weather to devastate us and observes our reaction. He says there are many false shepherds who are merely users of sheep. They are not interested in providing green nutritional pasture for their sheep – all they are interested in is unhindered tithe and offerings.
In Chapter 8, the author talks about Dr Fred Price’s prophecy which says that there would be a powerful forthcoming revival and encouraging the ‘faithful few’ to be prepared for this move of God that would will break even the most calloused hearts.
With a heartfelt cry, Pastor Kunle asks where are the mighty men of David? In these perilous times, David-like believers who would enrol into God’s army and bring deliverance to this generation are urgently required.
In Chapter 9, Pastor Kunle talks about how God raised Gideon to bring deliverance to Israel, who was being judged because it had fallen into sin. Sin is a bane of today’s society and only true repentance will turn away God’s wrath.
He concludes in chapter 10 that life is transitionary and it is but a pilgrimage for all men.
Throughout the book, the author punctuates his narrative with real life experience. From his being shot at close range, yet the bullets were impenetrable to his body, to in chapter 2, to chapter 4 where his dishonest staff, a believer and worker in the church defrauded him of a huge sum of money when he paid money meant for the business into his own personal account.
Still in the same chapter, his neighbour, a herbalist unfortunately had this to say: ‘many pastors have turned to me for help in the past…they have prophesied falsely in God’s Name using the powers I gave them.’  Further on in the book, there’s the story of a believer who collected money to purchase land for the church – not only did he fail to purchase the land, he also failed to return the money! What about the author’s miraculous delivery from a raid by armed robbers on his home, during which the robbers fled for their lives, scampering away to safety, and leaving behind a piece of loot – a bag containing gold jewellery!
There is a recurring theme throughout the book – we need believers in the true sense of the word, who would leave their comfort zone, rise up like the heroes of old, pull out their battle axe and contend in intercession against the decadence in the society – corruption, terrorism, fornication and all such vices.
The strength of the book ‘WHO ARE YOU?’ lies mainly in the heartfelt delivery of the author’s thoughts. He has a particular terse style and writes in an unpretentious manner, not caring whose ox is gored.
This book is a wakeup call and a must-have for all heaven-bound believers!

Olubiyi, a HR Consultant/Script Writer writes from Lagos

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A’Ibom 2023: Umo Eno, Deputy To Receive Certificates of Return Today




Pastor Umo Bassey Eno, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) who won the March 18, 2023 will today, Thursday, March 18, 2023 receive his Certificate of Return as the Akwa Ibom State Governor-elect.

Pastor Eno will be presented with the certificate at the office of the Independen National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Uyo, the State capital, along with his deputy, Senator Akon Eyakenyi.

The ceremony where his victory at the polls where he garnered an overwhelming 354, 348 votes to defeat his closest opponents, Senator Bassey Albert, 136, 262 ( YPP) and Obong Akanimo Udofia, 129, 262 ( APC) would be affirmed is certain to be attended by his family, friends and supporters.

Pastor Eno who had since extended an olive branch to all his co-contestants has pledged to deliver democracy dividends to Akwa Ibomites through the ARISE Agenda while running an all- inclusive administration.

The electoral umpire had on Saturday March 25 in a statement signed by the Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye informed Nigerians of its decision to present the certificates to the victorious candidates in accordance with the law.

The statement read in part thus:

“By the provisions of Section 72(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, the Commission is mandated to issue a certificate of return within 14 days to every candidate who has been returned elected under the law.”

“Pursuant to the above provision, the Commission has fixed Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th, and Friday 31st March 2023 for the issuance of certificates of return to Governors and Deputy Governors-elect as well as State Assembly members-elect.”

He further explained that the presentation will take place in INEC offices in each state of the Federation as Resident Electoral Commissioners and Administrative Secretaries of each state are mandated to inform the recipients of specific dates for the presentation”.


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ICC Confirms Receiving Ethnic Hate Petition Against Bayo Onanuga




The International Criminal Court (ICC) has acknowledged a petition by Professor Gideon Christian accusing Bayo Onanuga, Media Director to the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, of inciting ethnic hatred.

The ICC, however, said the acknowledgement does not mean that an investigation has been opened or that any action has been taken, but that the Court will consider the communication as appropriate.

The ICC’s acknowledgement letter, dated March 27, 2023, with reference number OTP-CR-109/23, was signed by the Head of Information & Evidence Unit, Office of The Prosecutor, Mark P. Dillon.

The acknowledgement letter reads: “The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court acknowledges receipt of your documents/letter.

“This communication has been duly entered in the Communications Register of the Office. We will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

“Please note this acknowledgement letter does not mean an investigation has been opened, or that an investigation will be opened by the Office of the Prosecutor. As soon as a decision is reached, we will inform you, in writing, and provide you with reasons for this decision.”

Prof. Gideon Christian’s petition wants the ICC to investigate election and post-election violence in Nigeria, as well as the alleged incitement to ethnic hate against Onanuga and others before, during and after the governorship election in Lagos.

In his complaint titled: “Request to Investigate the Election and Post-Election Violence in Nigeria, as well as incitement to Ethnic Hate by Mr. Bayo Onanuga”, the petitioner asked the ICC and the Office of the prosecutor to conduct an investigation into a series of ethnically motivated violence which resulted in injuries and death during the elections.

According to Professor Christian, Onanuga had issued a threat on Twitter, which warned individuals from Nigeria’s Igbo ethnic group that 2023 should be the last time they would be interfering in Lagos politics.

He said that promoting attacks against individuals from a particular ethnic group residing in a particular area violated international law. Professor Christian said that the international community must, therefore, take action to prevent a repeat of such acts and as well hold to account individuals involved in such international wrongdoing.

Professor Christian noted that the petition was brought Pursuant to Article 15 of the Rome Statute.

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Akwa Ibom 2023: Umo Eno Advocates Unity, Continuous Peace





… as 7 Guber Candidates Vow to Work with Governor-Elect
































































Akwa Ibom State Governor-elect, Pastor Umo Eno has advocated for greater bonding amongst the citizens and continuous peace across the state, especially as it sets to transit to a new administration
































































Speaking at a meeting with 2023 gubernatorial candidates of seven different political parties and some state party chairmen, he noted with dismay that the state has been polarised along party, ethnic, religious and other lines which has hampered progress.































































He noted that elections were over and the healing process must commence immediately, adding, “Akwa Ibom remains our common patrimony.”
































































The Governor – elect who reaffirmed that he has extended an olive branch to all his opponents said he was ready to lead the unity charge.
































































Pastor Eno who enjoyed overwhelming support at the last election, noted that political parties are just platforms for election of leaders, adding that only one winner can emerge through the process.
































































He noted that by the grace of God and support of the people, he has been elected, adding that as a man under such grace, he will always pursue peace for the good of al
































































Pastor Eno who has asserted that he is gifted in the ministry of reconciliation, appreciated candidates of the seven political parties who have accepted to share their ideas with him and work towards achieving a better Akwa Ibom State.
































































He urged them to reach out to other candidates who were yet to accept the reality to sheath their swords and join hands with him to build a greater Akwa Ibom.
































































He assured them that none of them would be left behind by his administration
































































According to him, “This is the way to go for us all,I see this gesture as the beginning of the healing process and I thank you for your felicitation, like I said shortly after my declaration, we will run an inclusive government. It is important that after this kind of election, we begin to work out ways to deliver service to our people. It will not be a winner takes all affair because no one will be left behind.”
































































Pastor Eno likened the governorship candidates’ forum as a class which must have a captain, adding that by God’s grace, he has been elected to be the captain who is prepared to serve for the overall good of other members of the class.
































In his remarks, the Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council , IPAC, Hon. Ubong Emmanuel expressed delight over the meeting, which he said was the beginning of greater days for the state.
































Speaking with newsmen shortly after the event, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Barr. Ita Ekpo said they were moved by the peaceful disposition of Pastor Umo Eno, stressing that anyone who genuinely aspires to serve the state cannot resist such hand of fellowship.
































































He noted that elections were over and the continuous peace, development, and unity of the state must not be sacrificed on the altar of individual ambition.
































































Barr. Ita said they were prepared to share their ideas and to support the governor-elect in any way possible to further on the development trajectory of the state.
































































It would be recalled that the group under IPAC had earlier congratulated Pastor Umo Eno on his success at the polls describing his victory as the will of God.
































































The message which was addressed to the governor-elect read in part, “Dear Governor-Elect, your resounding victory at the polls, is a further affirmation of the divine will of God at ensuring that not only the best candidate was elected and given the mandate by the people, but one who best understands where we are coming from as a people, where we are presently and who knows the best route towards attaining and achieving our target destination.”
































































The opposition parties expressed optimism that Pastor Umo Eno’s ARISE Agenda would serve as a vehicle to promote both economic growth and social cohesion throughout his term as governor of the state.































Aside from Ita, governorship candidates of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Social Democratic Party, (SDP), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Action Alliance, (AA), Boot Party( BP), Peoples Redemption Party ( PRP), Mr. Nsikak Hogan, Mrs Emem Udoh, Mr. Eyo Ekong, Abasiekeme Ekanem, Akan Epenyong, Sunday Ekanem respectively, as well as the leadership of IPAC in the state, were in attendance at the lively gathering.




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