*I was accused of killing him – 90-yr-old
Rev S.T. Ola Akande
*On Bola Ige’s murder: My encounter with
Omisore in prison; Fryo was my student
*On 1993 presidential bid: What Sultan
Dasuki told me
SAMUEL Titilola Oladele Akande, the third
indigenous General Secretary of the Nigerian
Baptist Convention (NBC), fondly called
“the Archbishop of the Baptist Church of
Nigeria”, served the Convention in various
capacities for 40 years (from 1951 to 1991),
the last 12 of which he was the General
To his many admirers, Akande, born on
March 31, 1926 in Awe, in Afijio Local
Government Area of Oyo State, was a dutiful
minister, a courageous preacher, a talented
teacher, and the “best Baptist leader
Nigeria ever produced.” In this interview
conducted at his palatial residence in
Ibadan, the 90-year-old third republic
National Republican Convention, NRC,
presidential aspirant vowed to preach till he
How does it feel to be 90 years old?
I just do not feel it that I am 90 years. I still
feel like I am in my 70s or 60s because,
with the power of my brain to have been
able to produce 12 books since 1986, I still
feel like a young man. I wrote my first book
in 1986 which was published in Yugoslavia
and contained 69 sermons which I have
preached over a period of 40 years. If it
were not for the sore that developed on my
right foot, I do not feel that I am 90 years.
At the thanksgiving service where the
people were rejoicing with me at 90, I told
the congregation that I was giving them an
invitation to be prepared to attend my 100th
You believe you will get to 100 years?
Yes! I believe! My father died at the age of
112 and he told me before he died that I
must get to that age or go beyond it. That
is why I don’t feel sick, if not for this sore.
My father transferred this sore
to me. He had it when he was 85 years and
he died at the age of 112.
The only thing I cannot do now is to write
books. I think I have done enough writing
but I read newspapers.
You read with glasses?
I read newspapers and the Bible without
glasses. Occasionally when I write my
sermons, I can use glasses and I can also
decide not to use it.
You still preach?
I still get invitations to preach and I honour
such invites. I have a preaching engagement
at the 80th birthday of a lady who
requested that I should come and preach at
What do you do these days?
As soon as I finish my breakfast, I go to
sleep because doctors have told me that the
best thing I can do for my sore foot is to lie
down on the bed and raise my legs on the
pillow and the foot will not
swell. I do not have any sickness apart from
the sore foot, no headache, body pain, back
pain and no more sex: the urge will not even
What is the cause of the sore foot?
It’s arthritis which I inherited from my
father, and which developed to swollen foot
and, after four years, there was a little sore
that opened. I am treating it, and it is
But when you have sore on one foot, it
would affect the other; that is why I use
walking stick occasionally. The problem is
that if I sit down for a long time, getting up
will be a problem for me.
Are you diabetic?
No! I thank God for that! My father was not
diabetic before he died at the age of 112.
None of my four sisters was diabetic. Two
of them died, one at the age of 61 and the
other at the age of 80 and none of my five
children is diabetic. Medical doctors have
tested my blood here in Nigeria and
America, the result is negative. I am hopeful
that God will give me the grace to preach
until I clock 120.
What do you attribute that to?
It is a gift from God because I grew up in
Ghana. I still speak Ghanaian language,
Fante, very fluently. The way I speak English
is quite different from the Nigerian way of
speaking English. When I arrived from Ghana
in 1952, and people were speaking English, I
could not understand what they were
saying. I was laughing at them and when I
would say my own, they will also laugh at
me but gradually, they liked the way I
spoke my English. When I was in Orita-Mefa
Baptist Churh as pastor, for three years, the
place was almost packed full because
people wanted to hear the preacher’s
What do you eat?
My food is pounded yam with good soup
like gbegiri, ewedu or Okro with meat. I used
to like fish but the fish here in Ibadan is not
okay for me. Occasionally, I call on my
people in Lagos to buy sea fish for me from
there. I eat amala occasionally. I don’t like
garri. I tell mama (his wife) to cook for me.
My wife at 85 years is still strong and I
wonder what the secret is; she remembers
more things than I do. I told her that maybe
when she gets to 90 years, her brain would
Your brain is still sharp and you recollect
data, events easily...
A man of God from Owerri recently sent a
message to me that he had heard about my
books and that I also taught him in the
seminary in 1974. He asked for some copies
of my books which I sent to him and he
later called to say I should tell him how I
got all the ideas, that I remember so many
stories and I replied that I do not
understand myself. The moment I sit to
write, I remember many things. Like one of
my books in Miracles, Mysteries and After
Life, all I do is to just sit, sometimes at
night, and the inspiration will come. When
the idea comes, I will jot it down. The man
of God requested that he would love to use
one of my sermons in his church and I gave
him the permission. He was also amazed
that I typed the book myself.
Is there anything you have done before that
you think you could have done differently?
I cry any time I remember the boys and girls
whom I went with to school. Only two of
us are still alive. I ask God why He has
preserved my life; why has He not allowed
these people to live. I also think of the
years I spent in seminaries, in America and I
did not have many friends any more to
contact, it is very painful, very painful. I also
remember those who allowed themselves to
be misled; who were leaving a life of
falsehood, lies, they did not tell the truth
and they were punished by God. Some of
those people have gone and it pains me. I
cry when people tell lies around me. I warn
them not to put me in ‘wahala’ (trouble),
they should not let God turn His back
against me and I believe that one of the
reasons God has given me long life is
because I stand for the truth all the time.
In 1992, I ran for presidency. While they
were electing Chief MKO Abiola as the SDP
presidential nominee in Jos, my own people
from Oyo State, who had elected me to
represent them as presidential aspirant of
the NRC, said unless I arranged hotel for
them, they would not vote for me and I said
the only thing I could give them was hotel
room and that they will have to buy mat
and pillow and they gave me a name ‘Mat
president’. They knew I will not steal to get
money and they concluded that I will not
allow them to ‘chop’ (embezzle public fund).
Some people even campaigned against me,
saying the masses should not vote for me
because I was too tough and I will not allow
them to embezzle and that is the reason
that I quit the presidential race. But I am
happy that I always stand for the truth. I am
very happy that Buhari’s government is
going to revisit the case of Chief Bola Ige
who was murdered in 2001. A number of
people were arrested then and brought to
Agodi Prisons here in Ibadan where I had
established a school of evangelism. All of
them, with the exception of Omisore, were
students of the school. The monitor of the
class then (Fryo) and Omisore’s driver got
certificates from the school of evangelism.
You suffered intense opposition when you
were NBC General Secretary...
Oh, the opposition was too much for 12
years. I was almost accused of being a
murderer. I was accused of killing a fellow
reverend whom I arranged to go to America
to do doctorate degree; but the man liked
sex too much and he refused to listen to
warning. Shortly after he arrived from
America, he began to have amorous affair
with his landlord’s wife. The landlord went
to Molete Baptist Church to complain
about his affair with his wife and asked the
church to warn him to leave his wife but
the reverend did not listen. The day he was
caught was a Monday. I had travelled to
Lagos. The reverend sent all his children
on errand—asked one to give a letter to me
and encouraged his wife to go and study in
a school and he had sex with the landlord’s
wife. The landlord knew that would happen
and had set what we call magun ‘don’t
climb’ on the wife. As soon as he finished,
he dressed and walked down to the stream
and the kind of ‘don’t climb’ that the
husband of the woman used on his wife was
the type which one should not cross the
stream. As soon as the reverend crossed
the stream, he fell down at the other side
How could you have killed him?
Before he left for the United States, he
was a top official of the Baptist
Convention. He had misappropriated some
money and I kept on pressing him to refund
the money and his family thought it was
because of my constant problem that
caused him to have heart attack.
Even a medical doctor supported the claim
that the reverend died of heart attack and
that I must have been responsible for the
death because of the way I was writing to
him to refund the money.
It was later that a senior member of the
Baptist Church came out in the open and
said they should leave me alone as the
reverend died of ‘don’t climb’. As soon as
that news spread, the reverend’s wife, who
was teaching in Ibadan became so
ashamed that she ran to Saki but she is
now back in Ibadan. That was the second
person they accused me of killing.
The first person was the man that I
succeeded, Dr. Ajayi Dahunsi. Two of us
were in the same level
educationally, we both had Ph.D in New
Testament. (I got B.A. In English from
America, I got Ph.D in Theology in America,
Masters from New York and Ph.D. in 1973
Dr. Dahunsi was killed in a motor accident
and the wife accused me that I killed him so
that I could succeed him. I was pastor at
Orita-Mefa Baptist Church and had no
interest in becoming the General Secretary
but you know this God is wonderful. Twelve
years after I retired as Baptist Convention
General Secretary, I met Dr. Dahunsi’s niece
at University of Ife bookshop and she knelt
down begging me to forgive their family.
She said their family from Eruwa and those
related to Mrs. Dahunsi accused me of
killing Dr. Dahunsi. She then confessed that
it was found out that Dr. Dahunsi was killed
through diabolic means by one of those who
were close to him. Most of the people who
accused me then, saying I will die soon if
truly I killed Dr. Dahunsi are no longer alive.
That is why people say I am powerful but I
did not know the power they are talking
about. I usually advise people not to bring
problem to me because eventually they will
carry their load.
Is it that you are powerful?
I do not have any power but I believe that if
you get in my way or tell lies against me,
eventually, you will suffer for it. That is why
I don’t talk much or curse people because I
know my God will fight for me. And that is
one of the reasons I do not have friends
because we have few people who have
reached 90 years. When I read obituaries of
young people in newspapers, I feel bad and
wonder what they have done to die like that.
Some have offended those they should not
How does Nigeria of today make you feel?
Nigeria of today is no longer what it was
Before independence people were afraid to
tell lies, to steal money. Ientered the gospel
ministry in 1952 at the age of 26 and was
taught by Americans. Whenever we went for
Christian meetings, the lessons of morality
they taught us did not leave us. We were
very careful with promiscuity. You will not
impregnate your girlfriend ahead of
marriage. If you are a teacher and you
impregnated your girlfriend, you will lose
your job. Or as a teacher you get married
and your wife gave birth six months after
your marriage, you will lose your job. You
hardly heard of bankers stealing money;
assassination, murder were not common.
Armed robbery was not common. One will
think twice before joining a group of armed
robbers. Then people had mercy, they were
kind towards one another but today that
milk of kindness is gone. The Nigeria of
today, you cannot tell the truth and be
respected. That is why I do not accept too
many invitation to preach.
Where did we get it wrong as a nation?
I think there is an answer to that! When
they began to organize political parties and
using money to vie for positions and
canvass for vote, stealing government
money to give people who will vote for
them. I had that experience in 1992, when I
contested for presidency in Oyo State. We
were three that contested in an election
here in Oyo to determine who will be the
flag-bearer to represent the state at the
presidential primary. The two other persons
are dead. It was Option A4 where you had
to line up behind your candidate. Most
people lined behind me not caring if I was a
Baptist or not, Methodists, Anglicans,
Muslims and traditional worshippers. When
they announced that I was the winner, they
lifted me up. I held to my lower pocket
because I had N250 there. The man who
was contesting presidency have just N250. I
held to it so that they will not steal it.
After that it was money galore, and that is
why my supporters asked me to secure
hotel for them in Port Harcourt and pay for
their meals. Politics has spoilt things; look
at what ex-NSA Dasuki is being accused of.
When I was contesting election, I met
Dasuki’s father who was the then Sultan of
Sokoto in Lagos and he said that I should
give him an undertaking that if I won the
election I would be good to the North but I
was unable to contest the election.
What is the way out?
I must confess, I do not see the way out
because these small girls and boys that we
hope will be the future leaders tell lies;
some of them are witches. It seems to me
that each family should take responsibility
of how to train its children to be honest.
When my five children were growing up, I did
not spare the rod. I made sure they went to
church, listen to sermons and would I ask
them what they learnt in church made sure
that I closely monitored them during their
first year in America in 1979. Myself and my
wife would visit them to ensure that they
imbibed the moral lessons we gave them.
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