Presiding Bishop of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries also known as Christ Life Church, Francis Wale Oke, has described the proposed bill stopping religious sermon in Churches and Mosques in Kaduna State as a dangerous one that could set the country on fire.
Hence, the clergy has asked the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai to stop the bill, saying; “that bill should be stopped, I know he has proposed that bill to counter the el-Zak-Zakky and others like that, but, it would do more harm than good for Nigeria, it may set the whole country on fire”.
Oke spoke with journalists after paying a visit to the recently installed Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji in his Popoyemoja palace in Ibadan where he, alongside his wife, Victoria and top members of the Church came to pray for the monarch. According to Oke, ”I want to advise His Excellency, Nasir el-Rufai, when he was in Abuja in former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s cabinet, he earned my respect and as somebody who is working for the unity of Nigeria, I want to directly ask His Excellency to stop the bill and kill the fire.
This is because the fire it would set on Nigeria, nobody can predict its extent. “So in the name of God Almighty, let him stop that bill so that Nigeria can maintain its peace. You shouldn’t stoke the fire of religious crisis.
Religious crisis is emotional. When it comes to religion, people don’t think, they don’t reason, they just go wild. “We don’t need it at this time. Let’s join our hands and see how we can move Nigeria forward in its economic recovery, fighting corruption, bringing all of us together in unity without the division of religion, tribe or race. “That is what everybody should do now.
I make a very strong appeal to His Excellency, el Rufai, he is a passionate Nigerian, but he should drop that bill for the sake of unity,” he added. The clergy said he came to the palace for three reasons; as an indigene of Ibadan land among the servants of God in the country, to pray for the monarch and to honour the promise made on the day of coronation.
He remarked that Oba Adetunji got to the throne by the grace of God and fervently prayed for his long and peaceful reign in Ibadan.