Nigerians through so many media platforms are really angry that a Redeemed Christian of Church of God music minister, Michael Arowosaiye, was so materially deprived that he committed suicide.
And they are putting the blames at the doorsteps of the church and the overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
Facebook is particularly awash with the several statements of anger from high and low users.
And from his twitter handle, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, reacted to the news thus:
“For a church to sit by and do nothing when one if its young Ministers cannot pay his rent is sad
“For them to turn their backs on him and drive him into such a state of frustration, despair and desperation that he ends up committing suicide is damn right condemnable.
And from the Facebook someone posted this: “If it is true that a pastor killed himself for his inability to pay his rent, then I put the blame squarely on the leadership of his church.
“What have they been preaching? Money, money, money is all we hear! ‘If tithers don’t pay their tithe, they will not make heaven,’ ‘sow this and that seed,’ bla,bla,blah, bull crap!
“The reality remains that you do not have to be a pastor to do God’s work.
“The fact that you are a pastor does not mean you are immune against life’s many troubles. It is not bliss when you get born again!
“I wept when I heard of what pastors earn in Winners. Their bishop cruises around in jets while his pastors battle with poverty. Same goes to this case in view.
“All they do is gather money from their provinces and remit to their headquarters while encouraging the establishment of more parishes, nay business centres with the aim of getting more gullible followers who will in turn sow ‘stupid’ seeds to become prosperous doing nothing!
“We will not relent in telling most of our brainwashed Christian brethren the truth!
“Most of their executive ‘ministers’ are just crooks! Nothing less! Babylon!
RCCG minister, Michael Arowosaiye of Sunnyvale estate, Abuja branch committed suicide because he could not pay his house rent
I have been going through trauma for the past two years now my financial instability has cost me a lot of shame, I have written to the regional pastor here in Abuja and some pastors to help out in my financial situation, but everyone seems to be quiet about this matter; the best thing is to take my life and let me rest in heaven where I can find peace.
“This is really sad.
“May his soul rest in peace Amen
Michael Arowosaiye, of the Music Minister in a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Abuja, who committed suicide on Tuesday, May 14, over alleged accomodation issues, was also reported to be planning his wedding.
Arowosaiye’s depth of desperation was too obvious, but RCCG leadership chose to abandon him after his numerous pleas to his branch pastor and regional leadership.
As angrily spewed out by commentators, overseers of so many churches leave in shameless luxury, while church workers are dying in silence, being paid peanuts for their near full-time work in the church.
Investigations by www.e-nigeriang.com show that help scarcely flow out of well to do church members to the church paupers.
One of such members who goes to church every morning to fix things and must be available every evening for church service almost every day a week, told e-NIGERIA! that he was so poor he was not able to feed his family.
I met the branch pastor and other leaders in the church, all of them as if in concensus, disdainfully turned me down.
To them, it is unthinkable for a servant of God to be poor. They regard me and my ilk as accursed of God. Once I complained I could not get daily bread, they laughed at me for mentioning daily bread; they said instead of praying for daily bread, I should pray for prosperity.
They took my poverty as if I am demented and because of their hardness on poor people I left the church.