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My Encounter With RCCG Pastor Yemi Osinbajo At Olive Tree Parish Banana Island Ikoyi Lagos

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Dec 17, 2014 – My Encounter With RCCG Pastor Yemi Osinbajo At Olive Tree Parish Banana Island Ikoyi Lagos

I sat quietly, listening intently to the speaker (sorry, pastor). Soon a wave of distraction hit me. I know this face, I know this man, I thought. Oratory is a normal expectation from a person on the pulpit, so the point was not about the diction, and the smooth flow of the message. It was the face, and attempts to locate it.

Being in the presence of God is not a moment to waste attention on the devil’s antics of distraction so I quickly wrote the question on a piece of paper for a nearby usher.

I had returned to a church I was attending some four years before on Banana Island, Lagos, where I once lived. I felt at home and happy to see the church I had quietly contributed to grow so big. Obviously the pastor had been changed but who was that familiar face I couldn’t place. “Prof Osinbajo,” the usher wrote back. The response came with an overwhelming calmness that sharpened my attentiveness. It remained high throughout the sermon.

If a whole Yemi Osinbajo is serving God in that capacity, who are you to fool around in God’s presence? We haven’t met but Prof is known to many people by reputation.

The questions started pouring as I left the church home. This series is pegged on the fact that to every individual God gives a unique gift. Those who know God add that each “unique gift or talent” comes with responsibility, which include using the gift, nurtured with distinctive resources and opportunities, for the specific things we are called to do as individuals.
Of course, I know Prof’s reputation but I needed the full breadth of it to see him in the prism of gifts and responsibilities. I Googled him last Monday to find this ready-for-use profile used for The Platform forum.

“Professor Yemi Osinbajo is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Senior Partner in the Law firm of Simmons Cooper Partners. His tertiary education was at the University of Lagos and the London School of Economics and Political Science obtaining the LLB and LLM degrees respectively.

“He was appointed Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in 1999 and reappointed for a second term in 2003. During the period of his public service, he commenced the Lagos State justice reform project. A prominent feature of that project was the establishment of the Directorate for Citizens’ Rights (DCR) which provides free legal services and legal representation to indigent citizens of the state. This initiative gave a voice to many who would otherwise not have a way to access their rights.

“Prior to that appointment, Osinbajo, a Professor of Law, was the Head of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. Between 1988 and 1992, he was the Special Adviser to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“He also served as a staff member of the United Nations and Member of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN Peacekeeping personnel around the globe, including United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, the United National African Institute for Crime Prevention, the International Criminal Court for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the United Nations Peace Operations in Somalia (UNOSOM).

He is currently an Ethics Advisor to the Ethics Committee of the African Development Bank and is a non-executive Director of Citibank.

“Prof. Osinbajo is Co-founder and Board Member, Convention on Business Integrity and the Justice Research Institute Ltd. In 2007, Prof. and his wife Oludolapo founded “The Orderly Society Trust”, a non- governmental organization that is dedicated to the promotion of Christian ethics and orderliness”.

I also got this elsewhere. “Professor Osinbajo has authored, co-authored and edited several books and publications including The Unification and Reform of the Nigerian Criminal Law and Procedure Codes ; Law Development and Administration; The Annotated Civil Procedure rules of The Superior Courts in Nigeria and Cross Examination: A Trial Lawyer’s Most Potent Weapon.

Ha! Now who did God say Prof Osinbajo is? Until the question is put to him, let’s go with what people say: That he is one who has been blessed to be a legal luminary, and has been using those gifts and resultant skills to serve God. He spoke about winning souls even at the United Nations. I also Googled for the qualities of a legal achiever, which could be relevant to pastoral work. They include communication skills, persuasiveness, research and analytical skills, interpersonal skills, and wait for this, reading comprehension skills.

There is something else. There seems to be no shallow part in Nigerian politics; it looks all deep and murky. So for a man, who once lived in the corridors of Nigerian power to serve God this way, he must be committed to the true source of power.

Oh, I forgot to mention the church. It is the Olive Tree Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

[Written By John, NaijaGists Fan]



  1. Okoro JC

    December 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Writer, u hav jst made a political talk. Period

  2. Jacob Flow

    December 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Best of luck, That is all I wish him. I hope my dear country smiles again , regardless who the savior is . I just want my people to smile and the past lost glory restored. I will be a happy man

  3. R

    December 17, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    And ur point is what exactly? I am not Pro or anti the man but pls make a point if u say you had an encounter with the man the least you could ve done to qualify to talk abt this is a simple handshake once. So again what is ur point pls?

    You don’t qualify to speak on #my encounter with rccg pastor yemi osinbajo at olive tree parish banana island ikoyi lagos.

    You had better be write an honest tell all expose or hush up. Thank you.

  4. Olamilekan Ogunmilade

    December 18, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    Pastor osinbanjo was once mine pastor as well.At the olive three church branch of redeem Christian church at packView road near banana island ikoyi lagos. He always preach about up right and fear of God,sometimes he will flash back as a minister of justice in lagos and his experience.pastor osinbanjo will most time tell u to do the right things and nerver make a bad choice.he is such a practical man and a professional when it come to working out solution’s.

  5. Don

    December 18, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Doesnt make any sense to me

  6. Barr ike

    December 18, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    This way of campaigning BUHARISM. We’ll resist it. I believe Yoruba’s and Hausa’s are never the cusodians of NIGERIA. We’ve accomplished academicians cum men of God in the east. This is an improper fraction. Its below the belt please. Turn the page i beg u. GEJ all the way

  7. Yvonne

    December 18, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Naija gist I don’t want to loose respect for you,if you put goodluck and this pastor I will pick the pastor,the thing here is dat goodluck has ruled for 6yrs and nothing good has happen to the life of a common man,so our concern now is change

    • JustMercy

      December 18, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      And who do you think will bring the change? I have answer. The Youth who actually knows what it means. Tell me, what in the world would motivate Buhari at 72 to bring change to Nigeria. He’s been there before. Nigeria is too populated, talented and well educated to be recycling leaders. There are better choices.

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