So much has been said about last Saturday’s collapse of the Reigners Bible Church building in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State during Bishopric Enthronement of the church’s founder, Apostle Akan Weeks.
Bishop Emmah Isong, General Overseer of the Christian Central Chapel International, Calabar, Cross River State spoke with OFONIME UMANAH over the telephone on the possible cause. Excerpts:
You are a member of the college of Bishops, why do you think of the building collapse at Reigners Church, Uyo?
I am not a member of their college of bishops. There are many colleges of bishops, that’s what people don’t know; just like there are many universities in the world. It was their college of bishops that conducted that and unfortunately I was not invited. So I only heard that a good neighbour was involved and it’s a sad incident. May the souls of those who died rest in peace.
And a lot of people have castigated Akan Weeks over this incident. What do you think of all the things that have happened after this incident?
I am of the opinion that the president of the Reigners Bible Church was more in a hurry, either to meet up a deadline or whatever pressure was on him. So, that would have contributed to the structural collapse in that building. To me, that’s a major observation. I do not want to join issues with other things.
You have built something bigger than that. You have also been consecrated a bishop. You have assembled all kinds of people from across the world at Faith Mansion Center. Where did they get it wrong from your own experience?
You have a man like Bishop Emmah Isong that has built a 25,000 seater auditorium and you could not drive across to ask him questions. At least, information on contractors, experience and possibly get advice. I think that is where they got it wrong. When I was building, I went to Idahosa’s church, Papa Ayo’s church, about 10 churches. I interacted with, interviewed their leaders for counsel. I think that’s where they got it wrong. Secondly, Faith Mansion World Centre, to the glory of God, it is not engineering expertise that kept it; it is the angels of God that are keeping it.
We used 12 years to finish it from foundation to the dedication and you cannot do that in five minutes in this digital generation of our new preachers, as something is telling you to press the button and coffee will come out. Command the demon, it will come out. My brother! In structure, it needs time. Even if you have the money, you invest time. I think that’s what was wrong with the young man. He must have had the money and the money also blinded him from time and waiting upon the Lord.
Number three challenge of the incident is that he combined consecration with building construction. The two are supposed to be different. If you are doing consecration, you can stand outside your church, an open field or you can even use another building to do consecration. You do not need construction to go together with consecration because consecration is of the person of Akan Weeks and construction is of the building of the tabernacle and the two are huge.
If you look at my example, I was consecrated a bishop in 2009 in an empty hall there was nothing there and I waited and dedicated the building in 2012 and both ceremonies were heavily attended. I had 74 apostles and bishops and arch-bishops and at dedication, the government tarred the road to my church. The governor was there and many personalities. So those are the three areas of fault in this issue.
If you were to talk to Akan Weeks, what will you tell him and the church?
I will tell him condolence. To the church, they are at their worst moment, they need prayers. Even the blind knows that the church cannot be the same again.
What do you say to the contractors?
They were under pressure. They would have been the best contractors in the world. I keep talking about pressure; do not build under any pressure in construction. Do not, I repeat, not only to Weeks but to Nigerians, do not build under any pressure or deadline.
The problem with the Reigners Bible Church was that there was a deadline to meet on the 10th of December, we must impress the governor, we must impress the attendees, and we must show the world that we are ready to shake nations. This is good.
Zeal is good but knowledge is better than zeal.
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