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A few wealthy Nigerians spent at least $225 million acquiring private jets between March 2010 and March 2011, a Nigerian newspaper reported on Monday.

According to the report published by the Punch Newspaper, a couple of the acquisitions were made by billionaires Aliko Dangote and Mike Adenuga. Last year, Dangote acquired a US$45 million Bombardier jet as a gift to himself on his 53rd birthday, while Mike Adenuga purchased a Bombardier Global Express XRS. Both Dangote and Adenuga own at least two private planes each.

Apart from wealthy business tycoons, Nigerian clergymen and spiritual leaders are also joining the very elite league of jet owners.

In March this year, David Oyedepo, a Nigerian cleric generally believed to be Africa’s wealthiest gospel preacher, acquired a Gulfstream V jet for US$30 million. Oyedepo, who presides over the Winners Chapel, one of Africa’s largest churches, now owns a private collection of four aircraft. In addition to his latest acquisition, he previously owned two Gulfstream planes and a Bombardier Challenger Aircraft. He is also reportedly creating a private hanger to accommodate his flying toys.

Oyedepo is not the only Nigerian clergyman to own a jet. Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the revered overseer of Nigeria’s largest congregation, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, is also a proud jet owner. In March 2009, the great man of God spent $30 million on a Gulfstream jet amidst widespread criticism. Pastor Sam Adeyemi, another cleric and founder of the Daystar Christian center, a flourishing Pentecostal congregation which repeatedly preaches financial prosperity, is also a jet owner.

It’s not cheap to own a private jet. On average, it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to maintain a personal plane. The majority of Nigerians frown at such flagrant displays of opulence, particularly on the path of their clergymen, given that 60% of Nigerians still live below the poverty line.

Paradoxically, the same people who complain about the extravagant lifestyles of their spiritual leaders are the same ones who finance it. Every Sunday, swarms of worshipers rush to the church to give away their hard-earned money to the pastors’ coffers in the form of tithes, offerings and special gifts with the deluded hope of multiplied financial blessings in return. For many, this is but a pipe dream. Deep down, the pastors smile; they’ve got just the perfect suckers.

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sh*t like this is why I don't go church no more, corruption is rife in the evangelist world still it's like they didn't even read the manual.

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Guest M12 Part 2

Nigerians. Had this argument bare times with them. Why is your pastor driving a range sport. "he deserves it fir what he does. Where does it say in the bible pastors have to be poor." ok then how does he afford it *silence*

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Perfect hustle tbh actually it's not even a hustle these guys don't care and do it blatantly.

People need to kick these charlatans to the kerb. But the mindset of some of the people who go to these places is sickening, it's like their a rap crew and have to therefore front at all times in regards to how much they spend and give to their pastor.

How can i trust the word of a so called "man of god" who would spend that much on a private Jet what does that give to his congregation?

See these super churches and just imagine the money swilling around them most of course taken by the pastor for his 'work'

Living devishlly.

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But the mindset of some of the people who go to these places is sickening, it's like their a rap crew and have to therefore front at all times in regards to how much they spend and give to their pastor.

cs

how can you see ur pastor own jets then he'll gas u sayin it also happen to you if you have faith

and theres never change in the local communities, money goes to a 'new building' or certain pockets

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would never happen in a catholic church

Jus sayin'

So stupid it needs quoting but nothing needs to be explained.

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How can you be a Catholic student though?

Some people have no shame

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But the mindset of some of the people who go to these places is sickening, it's like their a rap crew and have to therefore front at all times in regards to how much they spend and give to their pastor.

cs

how can you see ur pastor own jets then he'll gas u sayin it also happen to you if you have faith

and theres never change in the local communities, money goes to a 'new building' or certain pockets

Creflo

Eddie Long

T.D. Jakes (think his name is)

to name a few all own a few jets, luxury cars, etc

and they cost P to run annually

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would never happen in a catholic church

Jus sayin'

So stupid it needs quoting but nothing needs to be explained.

I'm taking the piss mate

lighten up FFS

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lmao @ jubez pos

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Nigerian girl I know has strong family ties with these pastors.

The paper is so long. So long that she's quitting the UK and bouncing to Lagos to splash with them.

Cant blame her.

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C/S Trilliam.

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would never happen in a catholic church

Jus sayin'

yea they just play hide the sausage with the altar servers

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Nigerian girl I know has strong family ties with these pastors.

The paper is so long. So long that she's quitting the UK and bouncing to Lagos to splash with them.Cant blame her.

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C/S Trilliam.

Know nuff of my mates doing/done this still. These are people I thought could never even survive a day over there.

There is better job prospects/opportunities and generally a happier way of life in comparison to here. According to them ..

penticostal churches are big business over there and it seems to be successful over here. Africans seem to be the big followers. Because they think the most basic problems that just require common sense can only be resolved in the church.

Some of the things these guys pray for is embarrassing to listen to.

I remember a pastor giving a testimonial that he prayed for car and some random man blessed him with a brand new Bentley .

He says praise the lord!

and the whole church cheeers ' hallelujah' after him.

Am looking at the ushers of the church. cheeks all sucked in. Baggy chooped-out suit,s, loafers tilting to the left. looking brass.

These man are there thinknig there devoted dedication will one day result to these sort of testimonies.

LOL comical stuff..

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