On Tuesday, BN brought you the story about a pastor of the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Lawrence Okechukwu Amuruche who claimed that the General Overseer Pastor D.K. Olukoya refused to give him money to treat the cataracts growing in one of his eyes.
The 61-year-old father of two told The Sun that he was given anointing oil and water instead of the amount needed to treat his eye problem.
His aim for sharing the story was for the G.O and other good willing Nigerians to help him out financially from going blind. N900,000 was the amount he said he needed for both eyes.
Amuruche was ordered to retract the statement, and in the company of his Regional overseer and two other leaders, he visited the headquarters of the publication.
He didn’t speak throughout, but the Regional Overseer said;
“He lied against the church. His children who are based abroad, called to express their dissatisfaction over the publication. He did not only embarrass himself but his family, the church and some of us who are his friends in the church.
It is embarrassing because MFM has come to the point that if it comes to the area of assisting or helping people, we are really very good at that and the testimonies are all over the world on the kind of miracles, signs and wonders that happen in MFM.
We are a church that believes in the power of the Holy Ghost. We are a deliverance ministry and we don’t believe that there is no problem that God cannot solve but we still believe that some illness could be organic. There could still be some illness that could result to somebody still going to the hospital and going through surgical operation.
The man in question is under full employment of the church. Common sense will tell you that anyone who is under the full employment of the church, if you want to go to the hospital, can ask for salary advance or loan from the people that you are working for.
The organization that you are working for has a provision for loan and assisting people who make request for assistance. Amuruche did not make any request from his Regional Overseer neither did he make any request from the General Overseer. It is a very big insult to the church. He did not tell anybody in the church that he needs money to go to hospital. He lied against the church.
He is an assistant pastor in the church and he earns money form the church. It was from the newspaper publication that I got to know that he has an eye problem. Before the publication, he came for our regional meeting and he never mentioned to me that he has any eye problem. I do not doubt that he has not mentioned to anybody.
He told you people that he went to our General Overseer for counseling who gave him anointing oil instead of money. He did not in anyway visit him for that purpose. If you want to go to any hospital for operation and the hospital has diagnosed that you need to go for operation, you don’t need to go for counseling or means of getting your healing.
You just go straight away and apply to the church that you want to go for operation. He did not follow the normal proceeding of getting medical help from the church. There is one of our members in Festac, a security man, they just discharged him recently. It was the church that paid for his operation.
There are several instances that the church has given money even to those that are not our members. He has to tell people his problem before they can find ways to solve it. If he claims that he has written an application, let him quote the date he wrote the application and where it was submitted, we are in a modern society.
The issue is not whether he is blind or not but the fact that he never asked the church for assistance. We have very good welfare package for people. Daddy Olukoya gives scholarships and honors first class students, this is one out of many things that he has extended to members of the church.”
It is still unclear why the pastor made these allegations.