Most Reverend Michael Akinyemi, who recently retired from the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, has revealed that some members of the denomination belong to Ogboni confraternity.
Akinyemi, who retired after serving the church for more than 30 years, told CHURCHTIMESNIGERIA in an interview, that members of the church who belonged to Ogboni many years ago, did not hide their activities.
He noted that a lot has now been done to purge the church, but there are still members holding on to the practice.
The retired cleric also disclosed that some Anglican priests and bishop in the 60s were members of the cult group.
“Then we were few evangelicals in the Anglican Church but God helped us greatly. It was quite unfortunate that many priests joined the Ogboni cult. They felt there was nothing bad in it. The missionaries came with Freemason. But in Nigeria they do Ogboni fraternity. But I used to tell them that both Freemason and Ogboni are not right. I warned them against using the psalm as occult materials.
“I can say confidently that the Anglican Church has been stripped of the mess caused by the Ogboni Fraternity. But there are still some in the church that are still holding to it. It was really bad then. Priests and bishops did not hide their involvement in Ogboni. But today things have changed greatly”, he said.
He further stated that he left the Anglian Church for the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), while growing up because of the activities of Ogboni confraternity.
According to him, he returned to the church after he received the conviction that God had an assignment for him.
“But then I was working in Moore Plantation and I was posted to Ikenne. So whenever I was in Ikenne I would attend the C and S. But I never liked the idea of worshiping in the Anglican Church because then Ogboni fraternity people were in the Anglican Church and they did not hide their activities. So I never liked going to the Anglican Church.
“Well I had the grace of attending a few churches before I finally settled for the Anglican Church. I was originally in the Anglican Church and was a choir and was also a Sunday school teacher. At a point during my secondary days I got interested in the catholic way of worship. But my father did not want me to be a Catholic.
“But when I was out of home and was independent I lived in Ibadan. That was where I picked interest in the Redeemed Christian Church of God. I was one of the pioneer members of the Ibadan branch of the church. It was in RCCG I became born again in 1965.
“But then I was working in Moore Plantation and I was posted to Ikenne. So whenever I was in Ikenne I would attend the C and S. But I never liked the idea of worshiping in the Anglican Church because then Ogboni fraternity people were in the Anglican Church and they did not hide their activities.
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“So I never liked going to the Anglican Church. So rather than go to the Anglican Church in Ikenne I would go to the C and S to worship. That was where there was a prophecy that I would be used of God in the Anglican Church. But I did not take it serious. I was just content with serving God because by then I had become born again”, he also stated.
He added: “I was hard on them. I had open confrontation with them. I remember when the father of the late Olu Onagoruwa died. He was the head of the Cooperative Bank then. He was very popular just like his son was popular. But he belonged to the Ogboni. So when he died, he was to be buried by the church. So at the service the Ogboni people came and wanted to enter the church with their regalia.
“When I saw them I was furious and I told them they should leave the place if they don’t want the fire of God to consume them. I shouted at them. And they were just wondering and looking at me because I was young and zealous for God. They did not hesitate. They left the place.
“I did not spare them anywhere I saw them and did not care the repercussion. I was a curate then but I had boldness and believed that there was no way they could harm me. I also had confrontations with the witches and wizards when I was holding revival programmes across the churches.”