The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, has thumbed down clerics for preaching hate and dishing out negative prophecies.
Adesina stated this in his weekly article entitled, Nigeria will fly again: We can believe Kumuyi on Friday.
“Nigeria can fly again. There will be a turnaround. But that’s not what we hear from most preachers today. They talk of doomsday, encourage their members to hate the country and its leadership, give negative prophecies that keep falling flat on their faces,” he said.
Adesina, however, hailed the general superintendent, Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, for “his comforting words especially with the nation’s current woes,” even as he berated other preachers for becoming parts of the problems.
“You rarely hear his voice in public when it comes to secular or controversial issues. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench. He just faces the work he is doing, and how very well he does it.
“Do those other preachers read copies of the Holy Bible different from the one Kumuyi reads? I wonder. Why are they then full of bile and ill will against their country and the leadership?
“Was it because the sluice gate got closed? Did money stop flowing to them unlike in the recent past? Why do they exhibit such hatred, and make outlandish claims in the name of God?
“Why don’t they preach hope, but rather provoke their members to hate? There are questions to answer on the Last Day. Judgement will truly begin from the household of God.”
The president’s spokesman also thumbed down prominent clerics who gave support to protesters during the EndSARS protests.
“During the last EndSARS campaign, many preachers were seen egging the protesters on, and giving them tacit support. And when anarchy flared, those preachers went underground. Not a word did you hear from them, suing for peace and end to bloodshed and destruction.”