PORT-HARCOURT, NIGERIA – Religion is the opium of the masses, as the saying goes. However, the question can be asked: what is the opium of the cleric?
This question was brought to the fore in hilarious fashion after a popular Port-Harcourt based Pastor was caught on Sunday inside a Bet9ja shop, placing bets on English premier League and Spanish La Liga games.The problem? That same Sunday morning, he had led a vitriolic sermon in church condemning Sports Betting and bettors, saving the most bile specifically for Bet9ja, claiming the business and all its users were “all sinners bound for hell”.
He was spotted by a congregant passing by the shop, who recognised him and yelled “PASTOR, YOU SEF DEY DO LIKE DIS?!”
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He quickly replied the congregant saying he was there “by the Spirit” to look at score predictions to inspire the Bible verses for his next sermon. In the middle of his explanation, a Bet9ja attendant came out and handed him a betslip saying “Oga see am o, we don play your game”
Eye witnesses report that the pastor immediately took to his heels, mumbling “The riches of the gentiles shall be ours! You cannot see me In Jesus name! You did not see me in Jesus name!”
In his bid to escape he tripped on a stone and fell into a gutter, where he was quickly rescued by some Ushers who had also accompanied him.
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They were visibly disappointed that they did not get to place their own bets, as according to one of the ushers, “We had good odds”.
The pastor has been unable to be reached for comments since the incident.