10 popular Nigerian pastors who refrain from political statements (photos)


Nigerian pastors are perhaps the most influential in the world. 

Many of them areas of influence are mostly beyond the shores of Nigeria and indeed the continent of Africa.

Presidents, captains of industries, business moguls, boardroom gurus, traditional rulers, opinion leaders and their likes consult with many of these pastors for spiritual and religious guidance.

They are wealthy, command a large following, have intimidating media presence, diversified into businesses that contribute to societal growth and are like tin-gods in the eyes of their admirers.

While some of them are very active in the Nigeria’s political discourse, some others have restrained themselves to their pulpits and never remark about the political situation in the country despite their influence.

Below is a lists 10 popular and influential Nigerian pastors who refrain from political statements.

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1. Temitope Joshua (Synagogue): Popularly referred to as Prophet TB Joshua, the 52-year old Ondo state born preacher, leads an international ministry that attract thousands of people from all over the globe. His influence in Nigeria and beyond is unrivaled. Yet, Prophet Joshua is known to refrain from making any political statement or even giving his own opinion on any issue in the polity. But to his credit, he has been a source of hope and succour to many poor homes in Nigeria and beyond. He has concentrated mainly in reaching out to the poor and downtrodden in the society.

Pastor TB JoshuaPastor TB Joshua

2. Chris Oyakhilome (Christ Embassy): He is the founder of Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated, popularly known as Christ Embassy. Known for his strong following especially among youths, Pastor Chris is the host of ”Atmosphere for Miracles”, a programme which has millions of viewers watching in major television networks in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Asia, Europe and around the world. He is the author of the popular bible-study guide, Rhapsody of Realities. Millions of copies of the book have been distributed in over 242 countries and over 402 languages of the world. Oyakhilome always keeps mum about the political situation in the country.

Pastor Chris OyakhilomePastor Chris Oyakhilome

3. Paul Enenche (Dunamis International): He is the founder of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, one of the biggest churches in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Enenche is a well sought-after speaker by government and various organizations. He is known for ruggedness in the delivery of raw, undiluted word of truth, but even with all that, he has refrained from commenting on political issues in Nigeria.

Reverend Paul Enenche
Reverend Paul Enenche

4. Sam Adeyemi (Daystar): Popularly called Pastor Sam, he is one of the few preachers championing the course for a new Nigeria and the reformation of the African continent as a whole. He is also the president of Daystar Leadership Academy, a leadership school for business owners and ministers of the gospel. Adeyemi is very influential among many Nigerian youths and young business leaders. Although he speaks on issues of governance, Adeyemi does not comment on political issues, instead he makes general advisory statements which many respect him for.

Pastor Sam AdeyemiPastor Sam Adeyemi

5. William Kumuyi (Deeper Life): Popularly referred to as WF Kumuyi, he is the founder of Deeper Life Bible Church, a ministry with over 5,000 branches in Nigeria with an estimate of more than 800,000 members. At 74, Kumuyi has seen it all. He is well respected by Nigerian political leaders and he has stayed above board in all his comments and conducts. Despite his influence, he has stayed away from making political comments.

Rev WF Kumuyi
Rev WF Kumuyi

6. Biodun Fatoyinbo (COZA): Pastor Fatoyinbo is sought after as a conference speaker worldwide. Based in Abuja, his church Sunday service attracts 9, 000 members and 3, 000 viewers join the live stream from all over the World. Fatoyinbo has endeared himself to many because of his fine blend of excellence and spirituality. He is one pastor who keeps his opinion on politics to himself.

Pastor Biodun FatoyinboPastor Biodun Fatoyinbo

7. David Ibiyeomie (Salvation Ministries): Pastor Ibiyeomie is one of the most influential religious leaders in the South south region of Nigeria. An evangelist par excellence. Ibiyeomie’s church is easily the biggest in Nigeria’s oil city, Port Harcourt, Rivers state. A protege of Bishop David Oyedepo, the pastor has the ears and eyes of political leaders, but publicly refrains from airing his opinion on political matters.

Pastor David IbiyeomiePastor David Ibiyeomie

8. Paul Adefarasin (House on the Rock):Frequently referred to as Pastor Paul by his admirers, the architect turned pastor is one man that has earned his respect in the Nigerian society. From his mentor-ship to young Nigerians, to his record-breaking gospel music event – The Experience and his charity organisation; Rock Foundation, Pastor Paul is widely regarded as a visionary leader and bridge-builder. He has dedicated his entire life to service of humanity, but he has been somewhat quiet when it comes to contributing to national discourse, especially in the area of politics.

Pastor Paul AdefarasinPastor Paul Adefarasin

9. Archbishop Sam Amaga (Salem International Ministries): Archbishop Amaga is well-respected in Nigeria. He has been running his ministry for over 30 years and has become very influential in the society. He is a member of the national executive council of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), member of International Communion of Charismatic Churches and one of the founding member of Trans-Atlantic and Pacific Alliance of Churches. He is also the international president of the International Covenant Ministerial Council, which has membership of over 1,000 churches/ministries and individual ministers. Despite his achievements and influence, Archbishop Amaga has stayed away from political statements.

sam amaga

10. Archbishop Margaret Idahosa (Church of God Mission International): She is the first female Pentecostal Bishop of a ministry of in Africa. In 2009, she cemented her place in history when she was consecrated as Archbishop. She pastors the 5,000 capacity Faith Miracle Center Church, where multiple services are held weekly. Her late husband, Archbishop Benson Idahosa was the first president of PFN. Despite her larger than life personality in the society, and the respect she commands from virtually all and sundry, Archbishop Idahosa can never be caught making a political statement.

Archbishop Margaret IdahosaArchbishop Margaret Idahosa