Reason why Nigerian Church Invited Singer Portable, Pasuma Revealed



THE founder of a branch of Celestial Church of Christ in Lagos State, Aderemi Dabiri, who invited Fuji singer, Alabi Pasuma, and street-hop artiste, Portable, has revealed his reason for inviting them to perform at the church.





It would be recalled that the white garment church came under heavy criticism recently for inviting secular artistes to its praise night event.





According to the Pastor, the quest to gain new converts was the reason the duo was invited to perform at the church.





This was made known in a video where the cleric was seen addressing a delegation of the church’s task force who visited his parish to have an audience with him.





While explaining the rationale behind the decision, Dabiri revealed that the choice of the two artists was to attract deviants in the society.





According to him, the pattern of evangelism had worked for him over the years and also resulted in the growth of his church membership.





He said, “It is not our first time inviting guest artistes. We have been doing it without a problem and I can give you a series of instances. We cannot go where they sell palm wine or alcoholic drinks and ask them to accept Jesus Christ. If I don’t apply wisdom, they will hit a bottle on my head. That was why I thought of a way to bring them into the church.





“I also noticed that there are some notorious boys who cause trouble in the community, disturbing the authorities and engaging in cultism. I wondered how can we draw their attention so that they would have a change of heart. We have gone to places where they are and they ended up beating us. Most of the members of my church are new converts and it was through that pattern that I converted them.”





Dabiri, while criticising some gospel ministers for being disrespectful, added that he preferred to invite secular musicians.





“Some gospel ministers are rude. If you talk to some of them, they respond rudely, but the day I called Pasuma, he sounded respectful on the phone and also agreed with my stance,” he said.





Dabiri while responding to the concerns raised by the task force team about the raging controversy caused by the development, indicated that he had no plans to cancel the invitation.





However, he explained that he would reduce the excesses of the artistes at the event, especially Portable.





He said, “We will tell Portable not to dye his hair and he should not sing vulgar songs but to sing gospel music. We will also caution him not to dress inappropriately or climb the speakers.





“We will also warn him not to allow his boys to smoke here. We have invited close to 30 military personnel to man the event.”



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