Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, has said many Nigerian pastors are unhappy that his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, is their president because he is of Fulani extraction.
Adesina made the claim in an article entitled: ‘This Kumuyi is simply different’, published on Thursday and written in defence of a statement made by William Kumuyi, the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, over the cleric’s recent statement.
Kumuyi had earlier this week, while responding to a comment by a former Vice-Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Prof. Dapo Asaju, warned Christians not to hate those in government who fail to deliver on pre-election promises.
The presidential spokesperson lauded Kumuyi, saying that the cleric is not like some men of God who, he claims, are antagonistic towards the president.
According to him, some pastors rallied the youths to participate in the #EndSARS protests of October 2020 because of their dislike for President Buhari but they kept quiet when the protests spiralled and led to deaths and destruction of properties.
He wrote: “Pastor Kumuyi also says if you are a true believer in Christ, you wouldn’t go on the rampage, destroying government property… But that was not what we saw in the country in October last year. The country was almost burned down under the subterfuge of EndSARS.
“And sadly, they were encouraged by pastors and preachers, who simply hate the fact that a Fulani man is their President. Many of them are on record as having encouraged the protesters, till things went ugly, turned awry. And the pastors vanished into the thin air. Not a word of caution or restraint as the cities were burning, and policemen were being killed, and even eaten up.”
Adesina also revealed that he has stopped going to a particular church in Abuja, the nation’s capital, because the pastor is always critical of Buhari.
Although Adesina did not mention which church he stopped attending, he said it is a church that he had attended for over 30 years.
The presidential aide is, however, known to be a member of the Foursquare Gospel Church, where he was ordained a pastor and has attended since 1988.
He wrote: “I used to attend a church in Abuja from 2015 to 2018, till the pastor began to see himself as someone who must bring the Buhari government down. Sunday after Sunday, it was all sorts of criticism from the pulpit. But I endured, since it was a branch of a church I had attended for over 30 years. Till one day, he overdid it.
“The Dapchi girls were abducted and there was no name the pastor did not call President Buhari that Sunday. It was horrendous that such things could come from the pulpit. But I suffered long and sat through the sermon, or rather, what was supposed to be a sermon. I then went home, wondering what the church of God was turning to.”
Adesina noted that after most of the Dapchi girls had been rescued, the pastor did not deem it fit to commend the President in subsequent services.