In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 02nd, July, 2020

Daddy Freeze, Hushpuppi And The Future Of Nigeria

Daddy Freeze, Hushpuppi And The Future Of Nigeria

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The broadcaster, ‘Youtuber’ and self-proclaimed preacher, Ifedayo Olarinde, also called Daddy Freeze, is a topic whose pursuits virtually at all times invite consideration.  As an individual although, I’ve resisted the temptation to hitch debates about his views on some charismatic preachers.

Though I at all times felt his stand are generally excessive and borne out of a fragmentary understanding of the psychology of man in relation to the God he serves, my judgement is at all times tempered by the conviction that life is “dwell and let dwell.”

The Creator gave each man the flexibility to suppose and decipher points as we see them. Those that imagine in God sit up for a day of reckoning when accounts can be rendered to the Supreme Being. Extra so for individuals who declare to have been referred to as into the service of God. In their very own case, the truth is, the Christian holy e-book signifies that they are going to reply for themselves and each potential believer who’s misled by their teachings, motion or inaction. So, arguments for and towards views held by the favored broadcaster about religion and its follow in Nigeria are a waste of time, in my view.

Nonetheless, final week’s revelation of his seemingly informal relationship with Mr Raymond Igbalode in any other case often known as Hushpuppi, who was arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates for alleged fraud, raises a couple of points about Olarinde and the gospel he preaches.

For the avoidance of doubt, the broadcaster stands on strong floor when he insists on his proper to be pals with anybody, even when they had been convicted criminals. Nonetheless, in Hushpuppi’s case, he had no concept that the person had another technique of livelihood apart from being an “influencer”. It’s even attainable to miss the truth that not even the Mark Zuckerbergs of this world dwell within the affluence that social media influencing, and no matter different enterprise the Malaysia-based Igbalode was concerned in, have thrown on him. The purpose is, Daddy Freeze was oblivious of the alleged crooked methods of his pal. And the way would anybody suspect when within the few moments they spent collectively post-dinner, Hushpuppi acquired calls from Gucci, Versace and Louis Vuitton however not one single legal. We will additionally conveniently overlook the truth that all these corporations and the proprietor of the brand new restaurant, who grovelled to have Hushpuppi’s firm as revealed in a video on Daddy Freeze’s Youtube web page are capitalists who don’t care whether or not anybody with cash simply killed their mom. Crucial level right here is the media character had no thought in whose den he dined and wined.

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One other creditable level Daddy Freeze made is that the one who “referred to as” him, (Yeshua) wouldn’t discriminate towards anybody, even when they had been criminals. In different phrases, even when Husspuppi has simply come out of jail, neither of Daddy Freeze’s calling as a newshound or preacher permits him to discriminate.

The gentleman-preacher argued this level vehemently within the video. To drive his level dwelling, he quoted from Mark 2:15 and challenged his followers to elucidate the scripture with “5k up for grabs.” This passage of the Bible speaks about Jesus Christ eating in the home of Levi, a tax employee and that many different sinners sat along with Jesus and his disciples. It turned out that his followers had been extra serious about expressing their disappointments of their “hero,” one thing he didn’t have the grace to take kindly. And it was at this level that Daddy Freeze fell into the identical error he criticises about pastors.

Allow us to begin with the Bible passage; Jesus really sat with these sinners. He really actually ordered Levi to comply with him. On the finish of that verse, the Bible additionally says of those sinners: “For there have been many, and so they adopted Him.”

Now, “comply with Him” right here implies that they repented of their sins and have become followers of Jesus. The implication of what occurred on this passage and the continuation till verse 17, is that being half Divine and Omniscient, Jesus really knew that these ones had been referred to as to be His followers, simply as He knew from the outset that Judas was referred to as to betray Him!  So, the query is, was Daddy Freeze on a soul-winning mission to Hushpuppi?

Of extra concern is the revelation that the preacher reveals himself vulnerable to the identical feelings he accuses different preachers of. Like some males of God who’ve turned themselves into gods of males, Daddy Freeze waxed a lot on this video that he got here out as completely infallible and unaccountable to anybody. He really stated as a lot. After flaunting the N5,000 giveaway, he stated: “…And you understand, my drawback with you is… Nigerians are the funniest of individuals. I’m glad I’m not accountable to you individuals, una dey pay my invoice? Why am I accountable to you individuals?” However no sir, you might be flawed!

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You can’t declare you might be solely accountable to God when you will have a mess believing in your teachings. And this sense of superiority results in satisfaction and so many different vices! The Apostles within the Bible submitted to 1 one other and had respect for the wants and wishes of the Church who didn’t should pay their payments. The Bible which Daddy Freeze quotes really speaks in regards to the futility of claiming to like God (whom you can’t see) when you don’t love the person you see!

That takes us to the way in which this man humiliated a few of his followers. When one in all his followers stated he didn’t want his N5,000, Daddy Freeze responded: “Simply take a look at his face, you don’t want N5,000 bro, you want N1.5k to revolutionise your life. Comot for there jo, na your kind I dey discover….wetin I am going inform you, if you happen to no drink sniper, na small e go stay…” Actually, preacher?

One other follower cautioned him towards cursing the fathers and grandfathers of his critics as he repeatedly did, Daddy Freeze quoted from Matthew 23:13 and 17 the place Jesus speaks to Pharisees and scribes calling them “blind fools”. He justifies his place by saying Jesus was in his 30s right here and abusing individuals who had been of their 70s, 80s and 90s. “Have been they not sufficiently old to be his father…? I learnt from my Grasp…” And when one in all his followers identified that the context of Christ’s insult was completely different, “he was addressing fools, I’m addressing fools too,” he fired again. It’s pointless recalling the unprintable issues he stated after.

A degree of correction must be made right here although. Jesus was speaking to non secular leaders who had been hypocrites and cons, on this passage. His consideration was on getting individuals into heaven, he addressed these individuals as fools as a result of they knew the reality however had been deceptive a variety of candidates of heaven. Daddy Freeze was clearly not talking about heaven.

Assuming with out conceding that Jesus was chatting with fools nevertheless, there’s a specific factor Jesus by no means did that Daddy Freeze exhibited on this video and his Dubai dinner with Hushpuppi. It’s the derision of the poor attended by the salacious worship of the obscene show of lucre! From the individuals whose fathers ought to beg to turn into Hushpuppi’s drivers, to the individuals who earn N35,000 and all, it’s disappointing that he selected to not exhibit the compassion and humility of his Grasp right here. Simply because the rain of curses on those that maintain opposite views is not like Jesus who prayed for His enemies, even on the level of demise!

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And regarding Hushpuppi, it’s tragedy foretold. One which ought to fear and encourage Nigerian leaders to have a fast rethink in regards to the path the nation goes.

Let me conclude with a quote from “We kill militants, however in useless,” article printed on this column on August four, 2016. “Though Nigeria is alleged to have a complete of 430 larger establishments with 520,000 admission areas, as of 2013, 1,735,729 sought admission in that 12 months alone. The implication is that about 1.2 million youths had been unable to achieve admission, a scenario that has not improved in any important measure until date. Nigeria is neither in a position to get most aspiring younger ones into larger training postings nor present employment for lots of of 1000’s of those that graduate from establishments yearly. We subsequently have a crowd of agile, stressed however idle and offended youths on our fingers. My suggestion is that the nation work in the direction of offering extra alternatives for its younger ones to get educated. If youngsters don’t get formal placements, a critical nation should present options for them. Severe consideration additionally must be paid to offering gainful employment for the youths… What about exploiting the large alternatives in agriculture, leisure and sports activities? Nigeria should additionally intentionally re-orientate its youths discouraging the get-rich-quick-by-all-means mentality that has possessed the soul of our nation.”

He who sows the wind will reap the whirlwind, a saying goes. Hushpuppi (if he’s really discovered responsible) and his ilk together with the bandits, rapists and insurgents throughout, are indicators that Nigeria is on the sting of the precipice. Certain, this could fear everybody!

Written by Niran Adedokun

Adedokun tweets @niranadedokun

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