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Have you not heard the recent news of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman who got himself a new gadget – he joined the league of African private jet-owners.

Despite the backlash from the Christian community, these pastors seem to get more money to buy themselves private jets because of the work to preach the “good news” or “gospel” according to the Christian teachings.

Nigeria as fact has become the poverty capital of the world according to The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

The poor are left to themselves, believing pastors have the answer to their plagues, they expect monetary gifts, surely the “god” will reward them for giving to the “man of God”, a popular jargon used to describe a pastor that God has ordained for the church.

It is interesting that owning a private jet is the emblem of prosperity for an African person, and it’s quite expensive to maintain those airplanes many refuse to admit.  

According to aircharter.co.uk, a small private jet for 9 passengers built in 1984 will cost you the amount of $295,000.


Cessna Citation II (photo by aircharter.co.uk)

The cost to maintain a private jet from ownership to maintenance will require at least a cabin crew, parking space, insurance, fuel, pilots, mechanical maintenance, staff training and much more.

According to quintessentially people site, depending on the plane model, age and more, it cost more to purchase and maintain a plane and the better if you buy a bigger jet.

A new Gulfstream G450 will cost approximately $40 million and pre-owned one for around $14 million. The cost to run yearly private jet maintenance costs of around $1.6 million per year as well as fixed costs of about $880,000 per year.

At the end of the day, it not so expensive, if a Nigeria pastor can dream to have one private jet at the expense of million starving children around the world – life is unfair.

A website refinery 29, published a report about US celebrities who despite their fortunes gained from their endorsements, PR, marketing, products and services who only board on commercial flights.

Kayne West & Kim Kardahsian-West
Paris Hilton, heiress of Hilton Hotel

For instance, the pastor of a mega-church of 50,000 followers who holds two church services per week, with a minimum of £10 donation per person will generate at least £48,000,000 per annum.

The investors of Nigeria’s pastor luxury and exotic lifestyles are the ‘faithful parshionners‘ who will never come near the church private jet, not in this life. Reason being, they can’t have access to the “pastor” because they made it to be that way.

At the end of the day, the Nigeria pastors who have private jets are kick-ass entrepreneurs who have found their niche in poor congregants are the ones living it – but ask yourself this simple question before cheering these “godly men” why is Africa still a shit-hole?

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