Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that he is only sure that one pastor in Nigeria will make heaven.
Obasanjo made the remark at the funeral service of the late Prelate Emeritus of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Dr Sunday Mbang, in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, on Friday.
The former president said that he thinks Mbang is the only Christian leader in Nigeria who is sure to make heaven because he was not only forthright but also a man of great wisdom.
Obasanjo said that he consulted with Mbang shortly after his release from prison in 1998, when he was considering running for president of Nigeria. He said that Mbang’s advice was invaluable to him, and that he gained enormously from it.
Obasanjo also said that Mbang was a man who was always sought out for his advice because of his forthrightness.
He added that when Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State wanted to seek Mbang’s opinion on any burning issue, he would visit Akwa Ibom State under the pretext of wanting to see the governor, but the person he was really going to see was Mbang.
Mbang, who was once President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the first black President of the World Methodist Council, died in Uyo on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. He was 86 years old.