A renowned Christian cleric, Bishop David Abioye has urged Nigerians to be vigilant as there is deliberate hatred for the Church as well as marginalization of some geopolitical zones in the country under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Bishop, who spoke while leading the congregation in prayers for Nigeria on Sunday at the Living Faith Church, Goshen City, along Abuja-Keffi Expressway, decried the replacement of some southern Christian appointees in the Buhari administration with northern Muslems, describing the action as “hate treatment”.
The Street Reporters Newspaper recalls that last week, President Muhammadu Buhari replaced two key Southern Christian appointees with Northern Muslims.
The acting Director General (DG) of Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Matthew Seiyefa, a Christian from the South and most senior operative was removed and replaced by a Northern Muslim, Mr. Yusuf Bichi.
In the same vein, following the resignation of the former Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, another Southern Christian, she was replaced with a Northern Muslim, Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed.
President Buhari has, since assumption of office on May 29, 2015, been accused of nepotism particularly by individuals and groups from Southern Nigeria following the appointment of largely northerners into his kitchen cabinet.
The President has also been accused of making appointment in line with his vow, in an interview before his swearing in as President, not to run an inclusive government, arguing that it would be unfair to treat constituency that gave him “97 percent” votes equally with constituency that gave him “5 percent”.
However, leading the congregational prayer session, Bishop David Abioye declared, “You remove performance and replace it with nonperformance. We need the help of God”, praying “Father, send help to this nation”, even as he entreated God to rescue the country.
Continuing, he said “We shall not destroy ourselves; God will show mercy. We shall not destroy our resources; God will show us mercy”, he prayed.
Admonishing the people after the prayers, Bishop David Abioye counselled, “Please, let’s be conscious of what is going on and refuse to be enslaved.
“It is very clear and we must not pretend; there is fight and hatred against the Church.
“Don’t call it politics. It is hatred against the Church; open war against the wellbeing the church, attempting to tear down the Church but it will not survive.
“You remove Christians, put Muslims, (and) you remove people from other geopolitical zones and put others from the same zone (you came from), exhorting yourself (and) turning other people into slaves.
“We will not stop talking the truth because these are issues with facts. You can’t confuse us.
“You can’t deal with this entire nation as if we never went to school. And there are many analytical brains in this country (but) we turn them into nothing, push them into the gutters. Something must be done”, Bishop Abioye noted.
Speaking on continued clash between herdsmen and farmers, leading to several deaths, the Bishop said, “You can’t deceive us that there is a simple fight between herdsmen and farmers, no!
“Otherwise, why would you take their land from them? Why will you take their land from them and refuse to return it?
“About 60 communities have been taken in Plateau State (and) nobody is talking about returning their land to them. Is that one nation? Let us open our eyes and get wiser; this is nothing but hatred for the Church”, he noted.
Describing the actions of the Federal Government of Nigeria as hate treatment, Bishop David Abioye said, “You can call it (his position) hate speech; we call yours (government actions) hate treatment against the Church and against other ethnic groups in the nation.
“That is what is happening to all the other geopolitical zones in the country – oppression, push them under. When they are about to climb up, you cut them down.
“We must open our eyes and do what is right. Come 2019, in Jesus Name, we shall rise up”, he charged Nigerians.