I stopped attending a church because pastor always attacked Buhari —Femi Adesina

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Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, claims he quit attending a church in Abuja because the pastor was constantly criticizing the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

This was said by Adesina in a post published on Thursday titled, “This Kumuyi is Simply Different,” which was written in support of a remark made by Pastor William Kumuyi, the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry.

Despite the fact that Adesina did not specify which church he left, his online profile indicates that he is a member of the Foursquare Gospel Church, where he was ordained a pastor and has attended since 1988.

In the article, the President’s spokesman said it was unfortunate that some pastors had turned their pulpits to soapboxes upon which they spew hatred.

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 claimed after most of the Dapchi girls had been freed, the pastor did not think it acceptable to commend the President in subsequent service.

Kumuyi, on the other hand, was praised by the President’s aide for saying last week that Christians should not “disdain those in power because they appear not to be delivering on electoral promises.”

While Prof. Dapo Asaju, the former Vice-Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, was within his rights to be angry about the state of the country, he added that the Buhari administration was doing a lot to change the country’s fortunes.

According to Adesina, certain ministers of God predicted Buhari would lose the 2019 election, but it turned out to be a hoax.

“Irrespective of the titles they bear, I hear bishops, apostles, prophets, pastors, evangelists, cursing the government, and issuing doomsday notices. One even said publicly that the Buhari administration was over, before the 2019 elections. But the man won handsomely, and that preacher still struts and frets on the pulpit every week, not repenting in sackcloth and ashes,” said Adesina.

He noted that during the #EndSARS protests of 2020, some pastors came out to support the youths who were protesting but they quickly recoiled into their shells when the protests got out of hand.

“If you are a sincere believer in Christ, you would not go on the rampage, destroying government property,” Adesina continued. But that was not the case in October of last year when we visited the country. Under the guise of EndSARS, the country was on the verge of being burned down.

“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.”

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