David Oyedepo, the presiding Bishop and founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide, has backed the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country.
Oyedepo, who spoke during Sunday service at the church’s international headquarters in Ota, Ogun State, said youths have a right to express their displeasure and pains.
The cleric, who has been a critic of President Muhammadu Buhari, said he had been silent over the protests because he warned Nigerians in 2015 against voting the APC government into power.
The cleric noted that the last five years have been the most “gruesome season in the history” of Nigeria.
Oyedepo lamented killings in the country under the current administration, as well as human rights abuses, saying Nigerians have been pushed to the wall.
He condemned the use of force against the protesters, which has led to a number of fatalities.
“We have been having spades of protests across the nation, Every man has a right, legitimately so to express their displeasure and pain, everybody does. Amen,” Oyedepo said.
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“I kept quiet for a while because in 2015 I warned this nation vehemently consistently because I saw the danger ahead and you can tell. the most gruesome season in the history of this nation is the last 5 years, where lives have no value, quantum killing, now they have face the youth, and because they don’t know who is next, they have a right to say enough is enough.
“Any system that has no value for human-right is irrelevant, if they were killed when they were youths will they be where they are today? and now it would be a sacrilege to shoot the protesters who are not looting, who are not ravaging.
“When you push a goat to the wall then you will know that goats have teeth to bite.
“It is a sacrilege to kill youths during a protest, this protest is legitimate.
Enoch Adeboye, the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), had earlier last week, backed the ongoing protests in the country against police brutality and injustices.