Benson Andrew Idahosa was born on 11th September 1938 and died on 12th March 1998. He was a Charismatic Pentecostal preacher. He founded the Church of God Mission International and is famously known as the father of Pentecostalism in Nigeria. He is also the founder of Benson Idahosa University in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

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Sani Abacha is a former president of Nigeria. He became president through a military coup in November 1993. His government was accused of being filled with a lot of human rights abuses. He mysteriously died on 8th June 1998.

When Abacha took over in 1993, Pastor Idahosa and some other bishops went to see him. He then said, “Abacha I did not come to pay homage, I have come to advise you. You cannot stay here without my prayer.”. He told Abacha that he should not treat Nigerians with impunity, and warned him to toy with Nigerians.

However, the general perception was that he had gone to pay homage to the former president.