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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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Akpabio Lied, No State Received N30bn from FIRS – Makinde




Oyo State Governor and Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, declared that there was no truth in the claim by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, that states of the federation got an additional N30 billion each outside of their statutory revenue allocations, to address food insecurity in their states.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Suleiman Olarenwaju in Ibadan, the state capital, said the state has not received any N30 billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service or the Federal Government, and that his administration has been and will always be open and transparent to the people of the state.

The Governor, who added that he has been doing everything to cushion the effects of the economic hardship on the people, warned that leaders should instill confidence and hope in the citizenry in this trying time rather than playing the blame game.

Makinde stated this in Iseyin where he commissioned the newly-renovated multi-billion naira Iseyin Central Mosque facilitated by a legal icon, Ahmed Raji, SAN, hailing the religious harmony in the state as being exemplary.

The Governor decried Akpabio’s reliance on unverified reports, clarifying that states couldn’t get funds from the FIRS, since all revenues go into the Federation Account and belong to the FG, states and local governments.

“The only fund that Oyo State got from the Federal Government outside of statutory allocation was N2 billion out of the N5 billion promised to all states in the wake of the removal of fuel subsidy, adding that the Federal Government had even been asking for the refund of the N2 billion,” he stated.

Makinde added that his government has been doing its best to mitigate the hardship on residents of the state, having been the first to announce and implement measures to cushion the effect of the hardship through the Sustainable Action for Economic Recovery.

He said, “This is a very difficult period in our nation’s history because all of us are aware of what we are going through economically. But for us as an administration, I can say we are the first in Nigeria to announce and implement measures on the 9th of June 2023, to cushion the effect of this policy through SAFER.

“We have been doing our bit. And the reason I came here is for us to talk to ourselves and intensify prayers. So, this is one of the edifices through which we can reach God, though we have done our bit. We have health insurance for our own people, we give farm inputs to our farmers but, at this stage, we need to cry to God.

“For the workers, we have been paying a wage award; N25,000 for workers and N15,000 for pensioners, and we have paid for close to six months. Only last week, I announced an extension for another six months so that we can have the time to conclude the discussion on minimum wage. Well, we know there is much to be done and we will continue to do everything within our power to support our people through this hard time.”

Makinde cautioned that “this is not the time to play politics, as we have real issues that deserve real solutions. But yesterday, I saw the video and read in the news where the Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, made a statement, though he said it was an unverified report, stating that the state governments received an additional N30 billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, outside of our statutory allocation, in the last few months, to address food security.”

The Governor added, “Please, listen to me loud and clear. I can speak for Oyo State and can also speak for any of my colleagues. This is because, as the Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, I know when things are happening.

“If I want to play politics, I will keep quiet and let this slide, but I am not going to let this slide. FIRS cannot give money to any state. It is not possible. All revenues accruing to the country go into the federation account and it is distributed to all tiers of government.  The FG does not give states money. The money in the federation belongs to all of us; it does not only belong to the Federal Government.

“So, if the Senate President, who is the number three citizen in this country, could be quoting an unverified report, people are looking at us as leaders. This is the period that we are supposed to give confidence to our people. It is not the period to start playing politics or to start looking for scapegoats.”

“We need to engage with our people. If our policies are not working, we need to listen to the people and amend them. So, if the number three citizen had nothing but an unverified report, why did he need to say it? Does his statement give confidence to the people or solve the problem of hunger and anger in the land?” he queried.

“Let me say it clearly, as for Oyo State and for most of my colleagues, there is nothing like N30 billion being given to states for food security and I stand to be challenged.

“Yes, the Federal Government promised the states N5 billion and out of that, it only gave N2 billion and they are even asking that the N2 billion should be refunded right now.

“It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to manage the fiscal situation in Nigeria and manage the inflationary trend we have in the country right now.

“We have been transparent about everything we are doing here and this is the time for us to stay together as a nation to solve the problems we are facing. It is not the time to engage in blame games and propaganda. Hunger and anger are real and, as leaders, we must address them.”

Also speaking, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, appreciated Makinde for attending the event and for speaking passionately as expected of leaders, saying the state governor is on the right track.

Earlier, the facilitator of the Iseyin Central Mosque renovation project, Raji, appreciated the governor for his presence, urging citizens of the country to continue to pray for its leaders and to pray to God to lessen the burden of the people.

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Enough is Enough, PDP Governors Tell Tinubu




By Eric Elezuo

The government of President Bola Tinubu has continued to come under serious knocks across Nigeria’s geo-political zones, sectors, individuals and political parties. The latest of the knocks is coming from the main opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who is serving a red card the administration, saying enough is enough.

The knocks and barefaced condemnation are not unconnected with the economic hardship in the country, which is a direct consequence of very unpopular economic decisions the administration has taken so far, ranging from the removal of petroleum subsidy and floating of the naira to removal of tariffs on electricity and other essential services.

As at date, the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) is floating between N617 and N650 depending on the part of the country. In the same vein, the dollar is worth a whopping N1600 as at date. The ripple effect has resulted in the exorbitant rise in the prices of essential food items such as rice, garri, beans, flour, sugar, tomato and other household items, and families are groaning in excruciating agony.

As a result, angry and hungry Nigerians have denounced the emilokun (meaning it’s my turn) slogan, and chose ebi mpawa (meaning we are hungry) in exchange.

Consequently, rising from a one day retreat on the state of the nation, the PDP Governors Forum, also found faults and looming loopholes in the nine months old administration of Tinubu, thereby asking the president to step aside as the challenges confronting the nation seems to have overwhelmed him and his team. The Forum advised the APC-administration headed by Tinubu to as a matter to ‘Throw in the towel if you can’t govern Nigeria anymore’.

The governors, who were elected on the platform of the PDP, noted that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, under the leadership of President Bola Tinubu, has failed woefully, and should graciously throw in the towel if it cannot mobilise Nigerians as well as all organs and tiers of government for sustainable solutions to the various problems plaguing the nation.

The governors specifically noted that the hardship and suffering being faced by Nigerians have no tribal, religious or party colouration, stressing that “a hungry man is an angry man”.

They further reminded the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government of the need to be guided by the fact that it is (APC) that sought power to solve the problems of Nigeria, not to compound them or shift blame and use propaganda to confuse issues.

The PDP Governors Forum’s advice is contained in a statement signed by its Director-General, Hon CID Maduabum in Abuja.

The PDP Governors expressly pointed out that the buck ultimately stops at the President’s table as the Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria, the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation, the Chief Salesman and leader of Nigeria.

The PDP-GF, nonetheless, assured that as stakeholders in governance, it would continue to work collaboratively with the President in finding lasting solutions to “a very difficult situation created or exacerbated by the APC since 2015”.

The PDP Governors frowned at the Minister of Information, APC Governors’ Forum and other officials of the APC-led Federal Government who criticised the the PDP-GF for their suggestions, advice and patriotic intervention on the way forward for the country in a communique issued at the end of their recent meeting in Abuja.

The Forum categorically declared, “It must be noted that though Nigeria is a Federation, there is indeed only one economy.

Accordingly, the governors said while all tiers of government have a role to play, the APC led Federal Government has a disproportionate role to mobilise Nigerians and all organs and tiers of government for sustainable solutions, adding that “If it cannot do so or is unable to do so, it should graciously throw in the towel.”

The statement reads in details:

“Hardship and suffering being faced by Nigerians have no tribal, religious or party colouration. A hungry man is an angry man.

“While all tiers of government have a role to play, the APC led Federal Government has a disproportionate role to play in mobilising Nigerians and all organs and tiers of government for sustainable solutions.

“If it can not do so or is unable to do so, it should graciously throw in the towel.

“Attempts by the Honourable Minister of Information, APC Governors’ Forum and other officials of the Federal Government who criticised the PDP Governors’ Forum for their patriotic intervention should be guided by the fact that the APC sought power to solve the problems of Nigeria not to compound them or shift blame, or grandstand or use propaganda to obfuscate or confuse issues.

“PDP governed States are comparatively the best in Nigeria in terms of developmental policies, programmes, and projects that benefit their States positively, regular payment of salaries, pensions, gratuities, and minimum wage to their workforce.
“State governments that are delinquent on these issues are not of PDP extraction. It is false to say so.

“Even the food crises are exacerbated by insecurity and high exchange rate issues, among others, which are largely federal subjects.

“The PDP Governors as stakeholders in governance would continue to work collaboratively with Mr. President to find lasting solutions to a very difficult situation created or exacerbated by the APC since 2015. We believe in co-operative Federalism.

“The buck ultimately stops at Mr. Presidents table as the Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria, the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation, the Chief Salesman and leader of Nigeria.

“We are not in doubt that he is trying his best. We only hope and pray that his best is good enough to take Nigeria out of the woods in the shortest possible time.”

The PDP, like every other Nigerian, has continued to lend its voice to what a major cross section of the nation has termed ‘total mismanagement’ of the economic fabric of the nation.

“Nigerians have not had a day of peace since Tinubu was sworn in on May 29, 2023,” a respondent told The Boss, echoing the lord complaints of majority of the citizens.

It would be recalled that Tinubu, on inauguration day, on inauguration ground, waved away petroleum subsidy, thereby throwing the nation into the darkness of hardship that has refused to ease nine months after.

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‘Bwala, Not Ex-Aide to Atiku Abubakar’




The Atiku Abubakar Media Organisation has said that Mr Daniel Bwala, who worked for the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organisation during the 2023 elections, was never an aide of the former Vice President, warning that the media and members of the public should desist from addressing him as such.

A statement from the Atiku media office clarified that Bwala offered his services as a spokesperson for the campaign organization, and never an aide to the former VP, adding that he moved on with his career after the elections.

The statement reads:

Bwala is a former spokesperson of Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organisation and not a former aide to the former Vice President

It is important that the media and the general public take corrective note of defining Mr. Daniel Bwala as an aide to His Excellency Atiku Abubakar.

Bwala offered his services and support to the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organization as a spokesperson – and it was a position he held during the last presidential campaign.

Subsequently, and after the election, the need for a campaign spokesperson has terminated, and Bwala has moved on with his career.

This, therefore, serves as notice to the media and the interested public to desist from defining Bwala as an ex-aide of Atiku Abubakar.

We duly urge the public to henceforth recognize, introduce, and define Daniel Bwala by his current vocation and alliance.

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