LAGOS – Seun Kuti, a Grammy-nominated artist, has stated that, in his belief, only the poor will attain heaven.
He argued that adherents of present religions like Christianity and Islam who have bank accounts and savings may not make it to heaven because they don’t embrace the idea of Jesus coming “now” by saving for the future.
As a self-proclaimed “juju” worshipper, Kuti expressed the view that most Nigerians, being poor, would be eligible for heaven, highlighting that only a fraction of the country’s population, around 48 million out of over 200 million, have bank accounts.
Speaking in the latest episode of the Spill With Phyna podcast, the singer said: “When people tried to preach to me, ‘Oh Seun, you’ve to give your life to Christ.’ I always ask them this particular question: ‘Do you have a bank account? If you do, you’re just like me. Anywhere I dey go when I die, is where you’re going.’
“Because to believe in Jesus Christ is not to believe in a man or a personality. There are doctrines behind it. You must believe in the death and resurrection. Christianity and Islam are religions of now, the immediate. Everything is based on the premise that everything will end now: Jesus Christ is coming now. If you don’t believe that Jesus Christ is coming now then you’re not a real Christian. But all of you who believe Jesus Christ is coming now, you now have bank accounts for tomorrow? You’re saving for tomorrow. That means you don’t believe Jesus Christ is coming now.
“Poor people are the ones that will go to heaven. That’s what it means. In Nigeria, it’s only 48 million Nigerians that have bank accounts. The government revealed this during COVID-19 when Nigerians were agitating for a stipend to be paid to their accounts as palliatives. The government said that won’t work because only 48 million out of 200 million Nigerians have bank accounts. So, hopefully, many of those that will go to heaven will be Nigerians because they have passed the first criteria.”