The sudden death of the Spiritual Head of Christ Revival Victory Church, Oluwaga Bus Stop, Ipaja, Ayobo, Lagos, Pastor Ireti Ajanaku was perhaps the surprise of the year across the south-western states.
Ajanaku had been in the news lately over the strain relationship between him and his estranged spiritual daughter and popular gospel musician, Evangelist Tope Alabi, the duo had been together for almost 13 years before things fell apart between them. The matter had not fully died down, when news filtered again that the respected cleric and prophet had kicked the bucket.
According to reports, the late Prophet fell ill about three weeks ago in his country home in Gbongan, Osun State. A nurse was reportedly brought to treat him and she gave him sedative to help him sleep.
It was gathered that he had given up the ghost by the time his aides went to wake him up for Sunday service the following day.
Shortly after the death of Pastor Ajanku, news went round that the man of God was involved in fetish practices and that he must have been using mysterious powers to perform his numerous miracles. But, this was debunked by sources close to him.
According to one of our sources, who preferred anonymity, Prophet Ireti Ajanaku was one man of God, whose ways were difficult for people to know and that he had a very good relationship with God.
Our source maintained that he was a true man of God, which was why many miracles were performed through him.
He stated that Pastor Ajanaku used to condemn fetish practices and all kinds of sins including fornication and adultery and that there was no way he could be involved with idol worshippers or Oro Worshippers as he always condemned those who embraced such in his lifetime.
A source stated that the Oro Worshippers might have invaded his residence in protest against his condemnation for their activities, while he was alive, adding that if he was there member, then something would have exposed him before his death.
“Pastor Ajanaku was a man they did not understand, he was filled with the Holy Spirit and he was always ready to help anytime people came around him for spiritual help. Tope Alabi and her husband got to him as a childless couple and then they were so poor that they could hardly afford a car as they were being transported in ‘okada’ (motorcycle). But, today, the story has changed as Tope later became a mother and she is obviously a successful musician with local and international shows apart from his albums that sell like hotcakes,” he said.
Part of the unfulfilled dreams of Pastor Ajanaku, according to sources, is his plans to build the biggest church auditorium in Ado-Odo Ota Area of Ogun State.
We learnt that the man of God had acquired over 100 acres of land in Ota and had acquired land in other places like Kaduna, Adamawa and Ajah, Lagos, where he planned to build churches.
But, his death has since put paid to that as the projects are yet to materialize before his demise last month.
Sources also revealed that Pastor Ajanaku planned to expand his numerous philanthropist projects as he was one man, who used to give to the poor.
It was learnt that the man of God planned to extend his hands of fellowship to children in orphanages and make life more comfortable for them through financial donations and gifts of all kinds on a regular basis.
Pastor Ajanaku was also one man with taste for good things of life as he usually preached that a child of God should enjoy his/her father’s wealth since the earth and its fullness belong to God.
So, it was not surprising that Ajanaku usually adorned fitted and neat outfits with to match shoes and wrist watches. In his garage were choice wonders-on-wheels ranging from Escalade, Chrysler, Infinity, Q56 and other expensive mobiles, many of which we learnt were gifts from the numerous people he has prayed for in his lifetime.
“His clients included the high and mighty, successful politicians, businessmen, traders, entertainers and people of all kinds, who are alive to testify to what God has used him to do for them,” one of our sources disclosed.
Those close to the man of God stated that most of the negative stories told about him after his death were unfounded rumours that should be expected in such circumstances, but that only God could judge if Pastor Ajankau was involved in evil practices.
Sources added that Pastor Ajanaku even warned members of the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP) against idol worshipping, when they consulted him to pray for them at the time artistes were dying in droves.
“Pastor Ajanaku told them to stop worshipping idols and believe in Almighty God rather than being fetish. He told them to destroy all the altars of the devil in their houses and villages and embrace Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. But this did not go down well with them, which was why they stopped visiting him,” said our source.
It was also revealed last week that Pastor Ajanaku was living with people of other tribes and his immediate family in his private residence situated in Ajasa Command Area of Lagos State before his exit from the world and that plans are being made to release tapes of some of his church services, where people received miracles for the world to know the stuff he was made of before he was called home.
‘That Pastor Ajanaku died at a young age is only known to God, nobody knows when anyone would die and the enemies of the Kingdom should not rejoice now just because it is the turn of Ajanaku to go. God can call anyone home, whenever he wishes, it could be the turn of anybody tomorrow,” a source added.
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