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El-Rufai accuses Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, head of Christian Association of Nigeria, of “mixing his religious role with politics” in Private Jet $9.3 Million Seizure Debacle



oritsejafor - el-rufaiThis week it was discovered that Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor’s private jet was used to transport $9.3 million by two Nigerians and an Israeli from Abuja to South Africa.

This money was found seized by the South African government, and the Nigerian government is currently conducting diplomatic discussions with South Africa to release the money. Read more here and here.

Yesterday, the Senior Pastor Word of Life Bible Church responded to allegations he was involved in the deal. Read his statement below. In turn, former Minister of FCT, Abuja Nasir El-Rufai released a statement via his media advisor accusing the CAN head of “mixing his religious role with politics” and asking him to “look beyond the bling” to seek the truth.


El-Rufai’s Statement:

“When light unexpectedly shines on murkiness, those exposed by the stinging rays often berate the light rather than regret the muck. That is the plight of Ayo Oritsejafor whose private jet was identified as the vessel impounded by the South African authorities for ferrying $9.3m cash into their country. A statement from Eagle Air admitted Oritsejafor’s interests in the aircraft, but said it leased the plane to Green Coast which in turn acknowledged hiring the plane out for the trip to South Africa.

Unable to shake off his connection to the plane, Oritsejafor has resorted to abuse and vilification. Were he more reflective, he would be pondering how, of all the private jets available in Nigeria, it was his that came to be involved in a covert arms purchase scandal. Would he have managed any objectivity if the plane involved happened to belong to a prominent person of another faith or political persuasion?

Since abuse is not argument and is incapable of displacing fact, Oritsejafor may care to answer if the jet involved in the scandal is the same one that was “donated” to him in 2012? Did he register it as a commercial aircraft or is the plane illegally moonlighting as one? Has he ever reflected on the impropriety of mixing his religious role with politics? Having strayed into politics, and an irresponsible variant at that, can he expect the veneration enjoyed by his predecessors such as Cardinals Olubunmi Okogie and John Onaiyekan? Why is he the first CAN leader to provoke pitiful mirth and amusement when he is not being derided as a tragedy, a sort of Ichabod, desperate to separate glory from a revered body? Amidst his jitters, Oritsejafor must look beyond the bling to ask himself if it was any of the individuals he abused yesterday that asked him to make his aircraft available for monkey business, or get himself involved in the politics of division.

It is pertinent that we invite the Federal Government to reflect on its role in this episode. Our country needs to bolster its military and security forces with the material resources they need to defeat insurgency and restore security to every inch of its territory. This would require arms imports. But should Nigeria violate the arms export regulation of other countries in this endeavour? Should the FG recklessly impair and jeopardise diplomatic relations by conducting covert arms purchases in friendly countries without the consent of their governments? Such conduct invariably leads to suspicions that such covert arms procurement may not be for purposes of national security.

This instance of arms procurement outside official channels amidst an escalating insurgency must concern every patriot. In his House of Commons statement last week, Mallam El Rufai had alluded to the clear implications of the likely link between governmental murkiness and the escalation in the insurgency. The government has long tried to explain away its incompetence in upholding security by blaming insurgency on the major opposition party. But it is becoming increasingly clear to many that this insurgency is benefitting the ruling party and the incumbent president by providing them a pretext to postpone elections and, at the minimum, disenfranchise large swathes of the population that have never supported the PDP or voted for Jonathan.

Mallam Nasir El Rufai urges every Nigerian to vigilance in these troubled times. The tragedy of mindless terror should not be allowed to become an endless catastrophe because of narrow political calculations.”

Ayo Oritsejafor’s statement, via CAN, saying the private jet has been leased since August 2014:

“Our attention has been drawn to the desperation of some elements working for a particular political party within our society to tarnish the image of the President of Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. They are working for the All Progressives Congress and they are not unknown to us.

Let Nigerians have this background for them to judge themselves. These shameless characters including a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nasir El-Rufai and National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, Lai Mohammed, went to UK to embark on an image laundering for their political party, the APC. El-Rufai had once said there are three sets of Boko Haram in Nigeria: Islamic Boko Haram, Politicians’ Boko Haram and Christians’ Boko Haram which he said are being funded by President Goodluck Jonathan and coordinated by CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

He went further to claim that the CAN President has been given N50 billion by the President and a Jet. The same characters, went head to sponsor a negative report in Sahara Reporters. I had expected that by now no sane mind will take any report by Sahara Reporters serious because it is an online news medium which thrives on falsehood and survives on false propaganda and blackmail. The aircraft in question is owned by Eagle Air Company and the CAN President is an interested party in the company.

Since August 2 2014, this Aircraft has been leased to Green Coast Produce Limited. They lease this aircraft and people rent it from them. Anybody in this country will attest to the fact that Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor has been following chartered Airlines. All investigations about the plane should be directed to the management of Green Coast Produce Limited, a duly registered company. Further enquiries about this should be confirmed from Eagle Air Company which leased this Aircraft. El-Rufai has accused Jesus Christ severally in recent times. El-Rufai and his group met and decided to launch a blackmail against Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor because he is an ardent supporter of President Goodluck Jonathan.

This, he did, to elicit sentiment from the society. We want Nigerians to ponder over this: if Nigeria wants to buy arms, the government knows where to get their weapons. How did Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor come into this? The report is a well-organized orchestrated plan, all because of their desperation for the 2015 general elections. If not for the blindness and intellectual myopia of some Nigerians, people in the calibre of El-Rufai shouldn’t be taken seriously and should not be walking on the streets. This was the same El-Rufai abusing Gen. Muhammad’s Buhari (retd) and ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, calling them all sorts of names. El-Rufai is more of a Street Boy whose history and antecedents are very much known.

He has been the person defending Boko Haram and this is an opportunity for him to hide his misdeeds. We are waiting and we can assure you that at the appropriate time, he and his allies will pay dearly for it. The international community sees APC as an Islamic party; instead of El-Rufai to deny that, he was busy orchestrating spurious propaganda against Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. The public should also not forget that it was Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor who went to the United States’ Congress and suggested that Boko Haram Islamic sect should be domesticated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). It is the same El-Rufai who is accusing the CAN President as the person behind Boko Haram.

A word should be enough for the wise!”

Sunny Oibe Director of National Issues (CAN)


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  1. Miss Anonymous

    September 18, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Ladies and gentlemen please note this issue (like all preceding ones) will soon be swept under the carpet!

    • D

      September 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Totally agree…No investigation will be conducted everything will be swept under the carpet. SMH @ the state of events in Nigeria.

    • Bleed Blue

      September 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Miss Anonymous…you speak the unfortunate truth. Nigerians will move on, and we will move on quickly.

    • Bus

      September 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Jonathan is the main Boko Haram sponsor.

  2. Sailing down the pacific

    September 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    El Rufai is very right!
    or once its better to call a spade a spade!

    • Obinna Madu

      September 18, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      El rufai has stolen enough money from Nigeria,such that he can finance an independent investigation into this matter.If claims to be patriotic ,let him pay for an investigation and let’s see what comes up.Ayo cannot be held responsible for what they customers does.with a haired jet.

    • O.M.O

      September 20, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Indeed, some people in nigeria are blinded n intellectual myopia. What a common man would and later charge to court for disturbing country peace is now done by well know somebody “CAN president for dat matter”. Its shows dat they are sorcerer behind BH insurgents.

  3. gbemy

    September 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    But really , what is el rufai’s part in this case , did he hire the 3 guys that were on board put the money their ? and set them up to be caught in south africa ? Thank God our God is a patient God

    • RO2

      September 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Gbemy are you real?

    • NaWa

      September 18, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Gbemy is clearly not thinking. A typical example of what is wrong with Nigeria if you ask me….

    • o

      September 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      What? Gbemi? You are one of the reasons Nigeria is where it is. Are you for real? Even in the face of the glaring truth, you chose to go with darkness. My God save us from people who can decipher truth.

    • Like

      September 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      You are one of the reasons why Nigeria can never move forward.

      Even though we are all aware that El-Rufai is a politician and would reason like one, what he stated is fact and if you have nothing intelligent to say, please hussh… CAN is a big organization, Nigerians worship their religious leaders. Why is CAN president jet involved in weapon buying, is that the right way of buying weapon? GEJ should be probed… Why is a civilian involved in weapon buying for a country? 2015 election, the world is watching

  4. Dee

    September 18, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Let’s say the truth Elrufa is right, this whole business is shady and it pionts to the government buying arms illegally and why use the CAN President’s jet? What concerns him with arms buying? The real people behind Boko Haram are getting exposed

  5. D

    September 18, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Waiting for religious bigots that believe they are Christians that will say and I quote “Touch not my anointed” All this men that disguise as “men of God” or men of God that have forgotten what it means to be called of God and by God because they have now accepted man’s praise and worship and have been turned to demi gods. I for one believe they are just being revealed. And before any one jumps on my comment and tries to do the whole online bully deal let me say this; first even the Bible that you are all quick to quote says that “by their fruit yea shall know them” and secondly the same Bible says not everyone that shouts and cries lord lord will enter the kingdom of heaven. So you all shine your eyes, when something barks like a dog and looks like a dog then it is most likely a dog. This all looks shady!!!!

  6. Nahum

    September 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I just knew that a typical Nigerian with the ability to stand the truth on its head will show up here. I marvel at this skill that Nigerians display. When we hear an unsavory truth and it makes us uncomfortable, we twist and create stories so astounding as to shame Satan just to pervert the truth. You Gbemy, are one of these Nigerians. Well done!!!!!

  7. truth

    September 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I don’t beleive the so-called Green Coast Produce Limited is real, no information about it online, no address, no news about the founder, na wa ooooo. If u are seeing what I saw can this Ayo, Man of God lie tooo

    • Ada Nnewi

      September 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Ignorance is Nigeria’s major problem…..

    • adeniyi mahmud

      September 19, 2014 at 11:50 am

      FISRT you blindly denial Ihejirika because he is a christian Ibo man but believe Sherif case and now you still blind about Pastor Oritsajefor wait until CIA START THEIR NORMAL JOB . Then you shall knows they careless about religion

    • smh smh

      September 20, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Omg I never thought of it until you mentioned it. I had to google both companies mentioned.Eagle air has a registerted address in Hamilton New Zealand, while there’s nothing on green coast. Our investigative journalists be busy reporting same old news everyday.Get your lazy ass to work fellas

  8. Mspring

    September 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    We politicise everything in this nation and make issues go the way of religion and tribal divide. This will not help us move forward. Stop trading blames. Government should proactive and be truthful in all its dealings.

  9. Amen Victor

    September 18, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Anybody who takes El rufai by his word is as foolish as the liar and irresponsible as the EFCC wanted Rufai himself. The truth about the aircraft has been explainedby the federal govt of Nigeria which is enough to silence fools and idiots of Rufai’s calibre. Does he think Nigerians have fotgotten all the evil he wrote about Christ and Christians recently? Wash a pig in a swimming pool, it remains a pig. Rufai is a pathological liar.
    A man who speaks from two sides of themouth is unworthy. Pastor Ayo is a man of integrity worthy of his calling.
    After falling frm grace to shame, Rufai wants to go for governorship. He would fail again and again as his friend Buhari. I wont waste my time writing about a man who is unstable as water and very economical with the truth. God bless Nigeria

    • NaWa

      September 18, 2014 at 5:56 pm


  10. el patron

    September 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    My only problem..let them try all their best and collect our money back ooo..

  11. Obinna Madu

    September 18, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    This issue has been cleared,if there is any doubt from any quarter,I think the right thing should be an independent investigation into every issue of defense put is like mallam el rufai has a bone personally to pick with the pastor,and this incident supplier him a much awaited opportunity to display his hatred.based on his question,would it be right for anyone to ask el rufai,why of all the politicians in Nigeria,he is the one to lose his son to death?-frankly,that question would not be right.Good and bad things happen to all of us,the clergy is a fool that laughs when misfortune befalls another.El rufai you don’t have good record in this country,so shut up please.

    • NaWa

      September 18, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Please put on your thinking cap..Thanks!!!!

  12. Olu

    September 18, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    I’m a christian..but I will tell you guys that CAN( christian association of nigeria) is of the devil….CAN is been run by the devil,open ur eyes and run out of this fake churches under CAN..God’s true church dwells alone and it definitely doesn’t mingle with government

    • Mimee

      September 19, 2014 at 4:19 am

      OLU r you for real ??????? to say that CAN is an evil organisations, maybe you should read Abuja declaration 1989, and calculate events and how IBB donated 20Billion dollars of Nigerian money for the total islamisation of Nigeria, and how Christians are murdered everyday in parts of Nigeria worst than what is happening in Iraq, iran, Sudan and elsewhere combined together. you have the audacity to remain where you are and Vomit noncence from your mouth. I’m a christian and will not stand by abd watch bigots like you stand and insult the body of Christ (Christianity in Nigeria) . What ever 2 or 3 agree on earth in my Name is agreed in heaven. Don’t you ever try insulting christianity in this manner again

    • adeniyi mahmud

      September 19, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Pastor ORITSAJEFOR is a CIA member whose is intent was archieve through occupying the CAN president sit. Who ever allies with ISRAEL the greatest Genocidal as actually becomes them

  13. MIKE

    September 18, 2014 at 10:43 pm


  14. ask

    September 19, 2014 at 12:27 am

    El rufai keep on telling the truth don’t mine any abuse . May God will reward u

  15. adeniyi mahmud

    September 19, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Jesus said in the Bible'” many on that day (i.e Judgement day) shall come to me that i shall say ‘,by gone doer of iniquity”” . Can we see wonders shall never end first Ihejirika and Sherif next Pastor Oritsajefor , these are green snake under green grass. May continue to reveal them all. amin

  16. Paul

    September 20, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Those who build their conclusions on El rufai’s comments are just like him. El rufai is entitled to his own opinions but i think he is a disloyal person and he is confused. God help him ooooooooooooooooo.

  17. khaleesi

    September 21, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Nigeria…a God-forsaken country

    No politician can be trusted. Neither Christian, Muslim

  18. like

    September 21, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Like you no well. What has hell rufai done in this nation other than cause trouble and try to islamatize this nation. Cant you see that all he is trying to achieve by pointing is bring Christian and their voice in Nigeria to mud? Mumu like you

  19. David

    September 21, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Personally I have never believed in so called men of God whose very live styles reflect a love for everything worldly. Notting wrong in liking creature comforts, but I draw the line when people trade in the name of god to support their personnal ministry. Pastorship is calling, it is not a career . Most of these so called pastors have two things in mind PERSONNAL WEALTH AND POWER. What you see is what you get, your 10 percent is being used to prosper these men. Most Nigerians are greedy and suspicious. They think that by attending a WEALTHY church the wealth and will be attracted to them, that is why they are victims of this religious SCAM.

  20. toffee

    September 21, 2014 at 8:24 am

    This is not supposed 2 be an issue 2 be discussed i expect d humans on this blog i educated and enlightned and can read.if dat is d. Case i expect u guys 2 ave read d papers and kn d. Plane was leased out and d company has accepted d plane was givin 2 dem so wen u lease out somethn u dont keep track 2 wat is done with it it is off his hands so u cant go abt blamin this on him u

  21. AB

    September 22, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Christians…..let us be united and have one voice . whatever the case may be leave the judgement to God.

  22. Atonuje Mike

    September 23, 2014 at 6:23 am

    All the unwarranted attacks on the President of the Christian Association. of Nigeria (CAN) Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor by the likes of El ruffian should. stop forthwith. The El ruffian we all know, is a political. bat and vector of the dreaded social -political. Ebola -virus (corruption ) in Nigeria..He had been a Liability. and an embarrassment to any government he had ever served. We have not forgotten his track record of the illegal demolition of other peoples property in. Abuja metropolis in the name of correcting the original masterplan which he shamelessly. appropriated to his numerous wives and cronies. El-rufai is a personification. of elite corruption in Nigeria.. Like his cohorts ,they have used their evil (political. economic and religious )connection. to reduce Institutions such as Economic and Financial. Crime. Commission (EFCC ) to a ghost of it’s former self. .He is now looking for any means available. to drag the names of Credible Others to the mud ,to give. false impression. that he is still. relevant to a system the system

  23. jake ro

    September 26, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    El-rufai is also a theif too who have stolen so much money in nigeria, and despite that , is that not what muslims and islam do.mixing religion and politics too.geeeeez, they are all ridiculous in that country

  24. africa

    October 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    We know Papa Ayo Oritsejafor can never be involved in any shady deals as some people are trying to make beleive

    wake up from sleep and know all these are set up to indict Papa Ayo.Ask yourself these questions;

    1. Why is it that of all the monies being stolen from cofers of Nigeria
    since 1960,none has been caught red handed as we are made to believe
    like this one. We all know how trickish and sleeky Nigerian politician
    are.You have never and will never catch them with cash of this magnitude
    in the manner we are made to believe

    But because some persons just want to blackmail Papa Ayo Oritsejafor.
    Hence they ensure his jet was used (there are other many private jets on hire also) and caught with the money. It is a
    set up and Nigerians are wiser than those conspirators.

    2.Why is it that whoever speak/work against Boko Haram is suddenly seen
    to be their sponsors. First was President Jonathan,then Gen.Ihejirika
    and now Papa Oritsejafor. Sheriff was indicted only after decamping from

    This is grand plot to cause disaffection among Christians.Don’t be deceived.


    October 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Man will always be man
    There is no new man
    We tried so had to create a society
    That was equal…where there’d be
    Nothing to envy your Neabour
    But there’s always something to envy
    A smile,a Friendship,a pastoral position, an Islamic position,
    A political position, something you don’t have
    And want to appropriate in this world
    Even a Soviet one there will always
    Be rich and poor,
    Rich in gift…poor in gift,
    Rich in love…poor in love,
    Pastor AYO is a true man of God
    Repositioned by God to take the Christians to another level,
    So if you are a Muslim,an idol worshiper or you don’t have Christ in you
    As your lord and savior, Jesus is available for you today
    Give your life to Jesus today as pastor AYO did 42 years ago and he will
    Turn your sorrows to joy..and join us to ride in this trend and level that God
    Is taking us through pastor Ayo oritsejafor.
    Pastor AYO is the number 1 christian in this whole wild world /TAKE MY WORD TO THE WORLD/
    So stop being envious of him
    Leave him alone he is a true man of God, he did not elect him
    Self to be the leader of PFN and CAN president..he has been tested that’s why he is in that position, because na God reposition pastor AYO in this time according to the timing of God for a great change.
    How do expect a man of such in 42 years of
    Ministry trow all this years to the dogs,
    he can’t do such we know him too well.
    The number 1 christain…we believe you pastor
    Our papa we love you…through you we fly so high like eagles.
    Leave him alone he’s the walking and breathing bible that we see.
    You that is out there respond to God and he will move through you mightily like he’s doing through pastor Ayo oritsejafor…

    OVIE OREWENs concept

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