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Rising Stars: Meet Dr. Bullus Gago

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Bullus Gago.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
The context I was born into, among other factors, ensured that my experiences would lead to my current disposition to life. Born in Northern Nigeria, Yobe State, I experienced religious intolerance at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists; one could liken them to Boko Haram. As a Christian minority, my family was constantly hunted to be killed.

A moment that participated in writing and sealing my passions was in 1994. At age five, while at church, these extremists came with weapons drawn. They killed the pastor and wounded many. The church was set ablaze while cars burned to ashes. I stood under a tree watching religion play out at its worst. It was a war scene. A random man came to save me, but before picking me up, I remember telling the man, “God would do something about this.” It was moments as such that began my quest of searching for who God is. I wanted to understand the psychology behind religion and the factors guiding the religiously minded individual.

Today, my pursuits have led to a Ph.D. in Religion, where I work at the intersection of Liberation and Theology, Religion and Psychology, and Religion and Politics. I have become a pastor and a Christian apologist, which led me to found Revcon Movement, an organization whose main goal is ensuring Christians understand Christ beyond religious rituals. I have also become an activist and a founding member of The Naija Project. This organization seeks to liberate Nigerians from the internalized oppressions of its colonial past while strategically navigating the country through its present milieus.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Becoming excellent at anything is a struggle against one’s desire for pleasure, especially in a city where life is fast-paced. The fast-paced nature of Los Angeles relegates the utility of religion to the domain of motivation, a tool to reenergize a person for a weeklong struggle to amass more. My passion for teaching people the right and proper use of religion requires a slowdown, where the person thinks beyond their needs and wants; this proves difficult. At times it causes me to want to pursue my own selfish goals. Yet the desire to see a better world unleashed by the power of Christ does not allow me to think of myself but the sufferings of my neighbor and how Jesus could be the answer. So I keep going.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Honestly, there is no single way of describing or pinning a title on me. What determines what I am in the moment are the challenges faced by people within my reach. But to present a fixed identity, I am the senior pastor of Fggm Valley. Again, my goal is not to create some sensual Christian experience. It is to teach people who Christ is all about. I seek more than anything to make relevant scripture in our world. I believe that Jesus was an actual person, and He is the Love of God and has to be known in this context. If not, we fall prey to servicing a Jesus we conceptually create for our subjective truths; there is no love in this Jesus.

My apologetic’s organization, Revcon Movement, stages events all over Los Angeles at least twice a year. At these events, we have an awesome concert. Next, for about 2 hours, a microphone floats through the audience where anyone could ask a question about the Christian faith, any question that stops them from becoming a follower of Jesus Christ. A detailed answer is presented by myself or a panel member.

As the president of The Naija Project, I have gathered passionate, like-minded Nigerians intending to develop long-term solutions to the country’s problems strategically.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Courage is an indispensable quality. My gift from God seems to be the ability to run toward burning buildings while others run from them. More of like David towards Goliath. Courage has enabled me to speak for justice. It has helped me to speak against establishments and years of accepted religious concepts not established on the truth or God’s person. I do not enjoy being contrarian, but I often find myself on the other side of the table, fighting for what I think should be the truth.

One quality, though, that I advocate for the most is the fear of God. Because of it, I have kept my integrity and love for everyone, regardless of religion or race.

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