The Local And Global Franchising Of 419 Nigerian Churches

By Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu

To say that Nigeria is a 419 republic would be an understatement.  Practically everywhere you look there   is a scam. Whether in the government, the private  sector and nowadays even in the once hallowed churches,   there is an ongoing  scam every second of the day.  In the last few weeks alone, we have been regaled with a pension scam, the oil subsidy scam and the Farouk Lawan scam. To make matters worse, scamming has progressed to the trillion naira era.  But of all these heinous scams, the most sinister that should bother every right thinking person is the descent of the church and other religious organisations into barefaced fraud.  Scamming people in the name of God is the most vile, unconscionable and despicable crime that can ever be committed and serves as a pointer that the larger Nigerian society is fast becoming the biblical “Sodom and Gomorrah” which ended up in total destruction. 


Nigeria has more churches than any other country on the planet. In practically every street there is a church. They sing, they preach and most importantly they extort their church members who pay generously in the hope of getting a better life.  The first sign of the fraudulent nature of Nigeria’s churches is the corruption, deceit, greed, lack of charity, lack of humility, hatred, bigotry and vices that pervade a society in which you can find a church in every street.  Because the churches exist only for the purpose of extortion, none of the values of honesty, love, charity or modesty ordinarily associated with the church can be found in the larger society.


In other parts of the world, churches preach and practice love, charity and other general   values which are immediately noticeable in those societies from the leadership to the common man.  Churches also engage in extensive charity not only locally but internationally, using some of the donations they get from church members to feed  the poor, build free or subsidised hospitals and schools for the under-privileged, build feeding centres,  hostels and houses  for the poor and homeless, provide quick relief for disaster victims,  give grants to students amongst others.  Indeed, the church historically started the payment of social welfare benefits to the poor and unemployed in the United Kingdom sometime in the 19th century before the government took over that function in later years.  In other climes, churches also act as social critics, criticising the government and fighting for social justice. It is on record that the church led the struggle for the abolition of the slave trade; they also led the civil rights movement in America and campaigned vigorously for the cancellation of the debt of poor countries amongst others. 


Nigerian churches are exactly the opposite of churches elsewhere.  In Nigeria, churches become or aspire to become megabucks 419 businesses. The pastors are millionaires-billionaires and many of them ride on private jets, all from the money duped from vulnerable citizens.  Some pastors even have more fleets of jets than the presidency. They build the most expensive schools and hospitals and run them as elitist business institutions that most of their church members cannot afford. They build housing estates for the super-rich.  They wine, dine and collect contracts from monumentally corrupt, evil, wicked, unconscionable, sadistic, psychopathic and satanic Nigerian leaders who preside over the pauperization, oppression, dehumanization and genocide of their own citizens.


Unlike churches elsewhere that used social criticisms to free their suffering masses and bring change in their respective nations, Nigerian churches are in bed with the very destroyers   of the nation. They never criticise nor stand in opposition to the government, rather they play along and partake in the corruption that has crippled the nation and impoverished the masses.  In spite of Nigeria recording the highest levels of poverty in the world and in spite of the billions the churches make, they provide neither charity nor aid to the poor masses. They build neither hospitals nor schools for the poor. Like every fraud, the ultimate aim of these churches is not to help the poor, propagate love and charity, nor to practice what they preach but to use deceit to dupe the hapless citizenry and profit themselves at the expense of the poor masses and wretched of the earth.  Once they make the money, true to type they join the oppressors, wearing the most expensive robes, suits and jewellery, flaunting flashy cars, flying private jets when even the Pope owns no jet and living in vast opulent mansions reeking of luxury while their church members and the larger society throng the streets in abject poverty.


The 419 Pentecostal church businesses have now become so profitable that it has become a franchise locally and globally. All kinds of shady characters are given licenses to operate and extort the gullible public and pay remittances to the head office. Across every street in Nigeria and across the world, in the UK, USA, CANADA, Ireland amongst others, these franchises are popping up increasingly, manned by fraudsters.  They engage in the usual hullabaloo and make a handsome living from the proceeds of the scam while paying remittances to the head office.  It is now time to callout these fraudulent churches and serve them notice. Thankfully, the awareness is growing.  It is either they reform and practice religion the way it should be practiced or face attacks and be run out of town!


Lawrence  Chinedu  Nwobu


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Makes sense to me!

Makes sense to me!

Estate agent franchise

"That is one of the truly

"That is one of the truly serious things that has happened to the multitude of so-called ordinary people. They have forgotten how to be indignant. This is not because they are overflowing with human kindness, but because they are morally soft and compliant. When they see evil and injustice, they are pained but not revolted. They mutter and mumble; they never cry out. They commit the sin of not being angry. Yet, their anger is the one thing above all others that would make them count. If they cannot lead crusades or initiate reforms, they can, at least, create the conditions in which crusades can be effectual and reforms successful. The wrath of the multitude could bring back decency and integrity into public life; it could frighten the corrupt demagogue into silence and blast the rumormonger into oblivion. It could give honest leaders a chance to win." A Powell Davies

corruption = "4" "1" "9ja" = nigeria

corruption = "4" "1" "9ja"
The total of englo-mathematical definition of patrotism in "4" "1" "9ja" -corruption- is equal to 90% igbo politicians patrotism for a must one nigeria or representation = by igbos' betrayers for money; 70% yoruba politicians patrotism for a must one nigerian or representation = by yorubas' double-faced hungry tigers for the yoruba nation; 90% hausa policians patrotism for a must one nigerian = by hausas' fraudsters/trickery as benefactors in the institution of corruption.


Whereas I agree there are problems both in practice and presentation of some of our local Churches just like anywhere else but I do not agree with you that all is exactly how you portray it in here. I think you just voiced out your grievances and rather sound like a biased backslider.

All you did was to voice out your feelings of anger in a very non-constructive manner; if you are a journalist, you must be one of those junk-journalists who flow on web rumours rather than investigate their cases.

Besides, you sound like a confused patriot. Read church cases in the USA ( ), UK and elsewhere you will be amazed to see real fraud.

419 (obtaining by false pretence OBT as part of Nigerian criminal code / section 419) is a world-wide issue and never originated from Nigeria. Have you read the book: The Spanish Prisoner by Yannis Tzioumak?

franchise Nigeria churches: balance your story

Let us learn to separate facts and fiction. RCCG just built Cancer centre in Lagos, Daystar had paid Millions of Naira hospital bill within and outside Nigeria, rehabilited schools,reconstructed roads,lives through SuccessPower and RealWoman, Freedom Hall and House on the Rock rehabilitated drug addicts, Funke Adejumo runs orphanage in Akure etc these may insignificants but commendable why do we only see the negatives without a balance with positive action?

Food for thought

Thank you my bro. This article is a real eyeopener and it would make those obsessed believers of our pastors to use their reason rather than their heart.

make inquiry b4 talking.

most Rccg churches like milk and honey in mary land, have a mini clinic where church members and the neighborhood go for check up and treatment. Scholarships where given to those that couldn't afford school fees. This particular parish i know wat they are doing when it comes to a programme held every november called (let somebody shout haleluya) food stuffs are packaged for thousands of ppl in that area and beyond. I tink some ppl still know what the church is all about.

@ Iyke, U said Rubbish?

U said rubbish! I can bet it ur brain is highly rubbished. I am a muslim, I came to Canada. The program I attended was for new immigrants, and it was the original idea of a church called Mennonite Church. The govt later took it from them, and satrt supporting it becos it is a lofty idea. They paid for $15000 for the Engineering Integration Program I did, and they were paying me $1750 per month. U can check it out, the Center's name is Edmonton Mennonite Center for Newcomers. Religious body shd be the champion of human cause against oppression, but Nigeria church is opposite, and dumb fool like u is there condemning a write up that stimulates intelligence. U must be foolish beyond remdemption.....

What a great write up

Thank you so much Lawrence , I have had this belief for over the last 5years. I have been in the UK for over 25years, I tried in vain to paint Nigerians in good light especially when people accuse of of being 419. What amazes me is that most Nigerians are well read and highly educated yet these so call scam pastor keep scamming them left right and centre. If their beliefs is so perfect how come Nigeria has now become one of the most poor countries in the world? Before the advent of these so call scammers calling themselves pastor Nigeria was never looked upon as a poor Nation.Every Sunday when I see these lambs being led to the slaughter by these evil scammers my heart weeps. Please let someone stop this evil act, let the government make laws banning them and offenders should all be prosecuted.


e get as e be o,my people!

What is destroying our society today as summed up by Mahatma Ghandi are the 7 dangers of human existence:
1)Wealth without work.
2)Pleasure without conscience.
3)Knowledge without character.
4)Busines without ethics.
5)Science without humanity.
6)Religion without sacrifice.
7)Politics without principles.
The early missionaries were known to help the needy and good at charity works.But today,reverse is the case.Those of u who can remember the track(FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY) by O'JAYS,go to YOUTUBE access it and play it,listen and u'll understand why.May God give us WISDOM.U feed another man fat and u can not feed ur self in the name of heaven?

This article makes no sense

This article makes no sense to you b'cos u're obviously retarded.

Do we really have the HOUSE of GOD in Nigeria???????

Go we really have the HOUSE of GOD in Nigeria??????? For me the only place where u can really feel the presence of God is Where TWO or THREE PEOPLE are gathered together as one... fellowshipping and attending to each others needs, that’s where you can feel real GODS LOVE Flowing.

When Jesus was on earth preaching he only collected offering of Bread and Fish, which he blessed and feed the hungry followers, and He did not take any back home even when they have left over it was given to the Lad who gave the 2 fishes and 5 loaves of Bread.

But today’s worship centers and so called churches is full of burdened, greed and selfishness... They will never get me because I know the truth!!!


Believe u m,dis article is d best hav com to see
On sahara reporters!!I attend d RCCG,but hav not
Heard it anywhere where d Rccg or d so called oder
Pentecostal churches,build a school 4d poor,give
Out food to d poor,build houses 4d homeless etc.
But dats to even say d least o,d missionary of
Old,dis was what dey we're doing dat mak dem
Propagate christianity,n d single greatest commandment
OUR SONG THEME IN D PRIMARY SCHOOL!!SO IT WIL B A thing of joy if all d churches in Nigeria,can turn a good turn,n
It wil even b gud if Baba adeboye,oyedepo,kumuyi,Oyakhilome,
Are reading dis

Gullible people

oya, lets the followers react to this... start ..'touch not my annointed', do my prophets no harm...' dont judge, pastors are Gods people..etc... bunch of retarded people! Thats why the Country is in a sorry state. Everyone is a criminal from Pastor to Church members..Criminals incorporated. With the amount of Churches we have in Nigeria preaching and 'Healing' EVERYDAY Nigeria should be the best Country in the world. Useless lots.

Re. Church and 419

Man thanks for the time to observe and write your heart for all here to read. This is what is happening in Nigeria... everybody wants to be a pastor because of money. We have churches everywhere, street, chalets, toilets, schools etc, but yet our minds are not connected to GOD but MONEY!!!

I believe that truly the awareness is spreading, one day God will intervened for the cry of the poor as where ever they run to they end up being scammed.

God said that the Judment will start from the Church...



Rubbish write up!
Makes no sense at all. The writer simply lack ideas

lazy talk

This is a really bland, silly and lazy write-up.

lazy talk

This is a really bland, silly and lazy write-up.

You said it all brother, but

You said it all brother, but beware some semi-illiterate Nigerians would soon be backing like dogs for you dear degrade their man of DOG(GOD) retarded bunch of fools all over that monkey enclave.

What a conspiracy theory!

All terrorists are tagged as muslims. Now, pastors as 419.
For me, churches in Nigeria are simply shrines and I hold the view that "all cultists are christians".