Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide aka Winners’ Chapel, David Oyedepo clocked 66 years today and greetings have been pouring in from home and abroad.
Some prominent Nigerians that have taken to social media to felicitate with the renowned preacher are former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye; and Senator for Kaduna Central in the Eighth Senate, Senator Shehu Sani.
But the nation’s seat of power has been silent, despite maintaining a tradition of celebrating the birthdays and other important milestones of distinguished Nigerians.
Today, the presidency mourned the demise of President Muhammadu Buhari’s long-time acquaintance, the 95-year-old Pa Gabriel Igboanugo.
Just four days ago, the presidency congratulated Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Tony Elumelu on being named as one of 100 most influential persons in the world by Time Magazine.
On the same day, the presidency condoled with former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose on the loss of his immediate elder sister, Mrs Moji Ladeji.
Similarly on same day, the presidency greeted former Abia State Deputy Governor, Dr. Chris Akomas on clocking 60.
It is against this background that the silence on Bishop Oyedepo’s birthday speaks volumes.
Oyedepo is a well-known critic of the present administration, and openly backed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2019 general election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar against President Muhammadu Buhari.
He also recently clashed with the presidency over the contentious Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020.
The bishop slammed the Federal Government for plotting to regulate the activities of churches by empowering the supervising minister to appoint trustees of churches.
According to Oyedepo, the new law amounted to molesting the body of Christ.
However, the presidency through a social media aide, Lauretta Onochie urged the preacher to abide by government regulation or manufacture his own country.