Olusegun Mimiko, E. A. Adeboye and The Treatable “Madness” At Their Doorsteps
I do not have many things against the persons of the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, or Pastor E. A. Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. They are respectable men in almost every respect. However, I would like to draw their attentions, or the attention of the people that work with them, to a pathetic situation lying between their doorsteps, which is being ignored.
For about two weeks now, I have been passing by the Breakthrough Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God on Oda Road, in Akure, the Ondo State Capital. Just about 30 to 40 meters from the main auditorium of that church there is a young woman, who is obviously suffering from some form of psychosis. That parish is an Area Headquarters within the Ondo Province 1 of the church, and it has a nursery and primary school within its campus. So, it is in fact a major branch. A lot of well-to-do people worship there every Sunday and during the week. Moreover, a lot of other people who are not members of the church bring their children and wards to that school every weekday. Some of these people are highly placed government officials. I have observed, amongst others, a Toyota Prado Jeep with a State Judiciary plate number and noticed a police orderly and a “big man” whom I presume to be a judge in the vehicle.
Why am I going into all these details? Very simple. I want either the church or the state government to do something urgently about the situation of that poor woman. In previous times, I would have written a letter directly to the Office of the Governor and attached a photograph or video of the woman or may have also written to the office of Pastor E. A. Adeboye, but I note that my last letters [about different issues that are very dissimilar to this] to these offices were not replied. For Pastor E. A. Adeboye in particular, I think my last letter to him was sometimes in November 2012 – sent by DHL to his office at Ebute Metta in Lagos, and tracked and confirmed delivered. But till date, there has not been a single acknowledgement of that letter – so I won’t bother sending one more. I guess the only kinds of letters Nigerian leaders respond to are Open Letters.
Here in Africa, especially in Nigeria and Yoruba land, psychosis is still believed to be a spiritual problem. I cannot debate that perception. It may as well be true as not. But what I can say with evidential fact is that psychosis is also a medical condition that can be treated. Our Governor, Olusegin Mimiko is a medical doctor and would understand what I mean. Treating psychosis may involve hospitalization – but in fact less than 5 minutes’ drive from where this woman is, there is a specialist hospital where the woman may be treated. Anti-psychotics are not too expensive. Probably, with less than 50,000 Naira the woman can be treated and restored to health. Why is she left out there suffering? Abandoned. Why are the parishioners passing her by every Sunday and during the week days – and she still remains there not helped? Why are highly-placed government officials passing her by daily and taking no action? After all, the offices of both the State Governor and the State Commissioner for Health are yet another 5 minutes drive away in the other direction. Both Mimiko and Adeboye are managing corporate budgets in excess of several billions of Naira every year, yet someone is here suffering from a sickness that can be treated with less than N50,000. Should I say it is unfair?
In fact, I will be unfair to the persons of Mimiko and Adeboye if I should depict them as personally responsible for the well-being of this individual. For the Governor, well, maybe – after all, he is the final man of responsibility as far as the State is concerned and he owes a duty to see that every citizen of the state is protected and in peace. On the other hand, churches are charities. I cannot hold the church, responsible for ignoring the plight of the poor woman. However, many years ago, I read Charles Sheldon’s book, In His Steps, in which the author told a story highlighting the question “what would Jesus do?”
So, what would Jesus do for this poor psychotic woman? Leave her out there to keep suffering in her sickness until some morbid rapists impregnate her? Abandon here there until some fetish people murder her for the so-called money-making rituals? Exactly what would Jesus do?
In December, I had an argument with one friend who is a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. He was trying to convince me to be part of the 100 days fasting and Prayer which the Church planned to commence from the 2nd of January this year. I told him I am not interested. He tried to persuade me, telling me there is anointing in the church. When I asked him to explain to me what “anointing” means, he declined and I still waiting for his answer to date.
You know what, I want to see that anointing in action at this time. I want to see how that anointing would motivate the church to help this suffering woman at this time that the church is focused on her one hundred days of fasting and prayers. I want to see that anointing touch the hearts of members of that church who are also highly placed-officials of the Ondo State Government and let’s see if the Government would do something about the situation. I want to see that anointing at work in the hearts of members of that church – at the Parish, Area, or Provincial level – who are medical doctors.
I will check again on that spot within another one week and see if the woman is still left there – between the doorsteps of Mimiko and Adeboye – suffering from a treatable illness.
RESCUE THE PERISHING, CARE FOR THE DYING . . . Rescue the perishing, DUTY DEMANDS IT. . . Jesus is MERCIFUL, Jesus will save.