Seun Kuti, a bold and unconventional musician, has recently made a controversial statement suggesting that “heaven” is only reserved for the poor.
In his viewpoint, Christianity and Islam both focus on the present and as a result, individuals who possess bank accounts and savings are unlikely to enter heaven. Kuti argues that by saving money for the future, they display a lack of belief that the return of Jesus is imminent.
Kuti, who personally identifies as a follower of the traditional Nigerian faith called “juju,” believes that the majority of Nigerians will find themselves in heaven due to their impoverished state.
He claims that out of Nigeria’s population of over 200 million, a mere 48 million individuals 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 that 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 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.”