It is no longer news that some youths sent by human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, entered the Dunamis International Gospel Center last Sunday service, wearing a customized T- shirt with the inscription, “Buhuri Must Go”, with a suspicion that they were there to lure the Church of God into the sponsorship of his agenda.
When the news first broke on the social media, many Nigerians were not surprised, because they are aware of Sowore’s long history of seizing every opportunity to attack politically elected leaders, mostly President Muhammad Buhari.
However, the Holy Bible, in Romans 13: 1, started that let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established, that the authorities that exist have been established by God. Also, in James 1:20, it stated that for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
It can be recalled that on 3 August 2019, Sowore was arrested by the Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) for alleged treason, after calling for a protest tagged RevolutionNow and was arrested again during a protest in Abuja on January 1, 2021, when he led a protest calling for revolution on the believe that the 2019 Nigeria’s elections that followed the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari were not credible.
His word, “All that is needed for a #Revolution is for the oppressed to choose a date they desire for liberty, not subjected to the approval of the oppressor,” he tweeted on 2 August.
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One day later, on 3 August, he sent another tweet: “DSS invades Sowore’s.”
He has since been charged to court for treason, money laundering and “cyber stalking” for allegedly sharing false and insulting information about President Buhari. He denies all the charges.
Despite the granting of bail, Sowore had recruited youths followers, sponsors them on a continuous protest against the State at any slight opportunity and fed them lies coloured to favor his agenda.
For those who may stick to supporting him may not forsee the consequences of his actions now or how his continues stage managed protest against a constituted authorities, may encourage his frenzied followers to toe a violence way against state officials and institutions, and also against other ethnic groups, that lead to loss of lives and properties.
The failed attempt to rope God’s servant Dr Paul Enenche into a political set up by activist Omoleye Sowore at Dunamis International Gospel Center, headquarters, Abuja, Sunday in an event that almost turned rowdy with the security team of the church, will always be seen as a bad day for secessionists. But honestly, I was clearly bowled over. I did not know that this Church of God is capable of this kind of a can-do action were about ten boys had attended the church service on a customized T shirt bearing #Buharimustgo and marched out for altar call with a few video clip allegedly taken during the service ostensibly to portray the congregation as a protest ground with Dr Paul Enenche as the patron.
Sowore was desperate to hijack a whole church meeting for cheap political score against the government and conscript Dunamis church into political theatre. However, upon discovering, they were intercepted by the security men around the gate area of the church attempting to flee church with the incriminating clips for Sowore depicting Dunamis as a protest ground. The guys were detained by the security team and later handed to the DSS for further interrogation.
It is on record and widely reported that Sowore had taken to the Twitter handle earlier accusing the pastor of highhandedness and insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians, just for refusing to be used.
Nevertheless, I guessed many Nigerians could still recall that during the End SARS, SWAT saga: Dunamis Pastor, Paul Enenche in a strong term attributed the protest by Nigerian youths to the loud impunity, nepotism, tribalism, oppression and subjugation across Nigeria.
”The Way of Peace,” Enenche said: “There is no peace where there is massive injustice, unfairness and lack of equity. There can be no peace in the face of oppression, suppression and subjugation of one people by another. There can be no peace in the face of nepotism, tribalism, regionalism, religionism and every form of such prejudice. There can be no peace in the midst of deprivation, poverty and hunger.”
The clergyman also pointed out that equity, fairness and justice remained the panacea to the crisis.
He added, “People have clamoured for restructuring. It is the devolution of power; otherwise, there may be dissolution of union. It happened in other places and we pray and trust God it doesn’t happen in our nation.
“It is not time to play the ostrich and hide the under. What is not confronted cannot be conquered. In medicine we called something the debridement of wound, you expose wounds in order to repair them.
“It is time to tell the truth because people have been suppressed, subdued, subjugated and treated as if they don’t reason.
“Nigeria is one of the most intelligent nations in the world. Our doctors and our professionals are the most intelligent in the world. It is time for us to sit up and say these things must be corrected.”
“As for every protest going on, two wrongs cannot make a right. Protests are encouraged to be peaceful and calm. No destruction of lives and properties in any form. Let lives not flow because of abnormalities in the land.”
Meanwhile, Even when services were not on, Sowore was able to lead his zealous followers in a compulsory march with same T-shirt on Monday at the premises of the Dunamis International Gospel to address journalists, over the arrest of five of his followers who were rebuffed for wearing #BuhariMustGo T-shirts on Sunday.
Kingsley Madaki, a public affairs analyst, writes from Abuja