About two weeks ago, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Malam Lamido Sanusi, was reported to have called for the ban of ethno-religious groups in the country as a way of curbing insecurity. And just when we thought the dust had settled on the matter, the senior pastor of Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel, Gideon Oyedepo, has declared that he had no right to make such a call.
Sanusi, while speaking at an inter-faith dinner organized by the Northern Reawakening Forum (NRF) in Abuja, was quoted to have said among others: “…I am opposed to regional, ethnic and religious groupings in this country. Infact, I would like the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Jamatul Nasril Islam (JNI), Afenifere and all such other groups to be banned.”
Oyedepo, who is the head pastor of Winners Chapel Life Camp branch in Abuja, during the thanksgiving service to commemorate the second year anniversary of the branch, faulted Sanusi’s statement yesterday.
He said: “Sanusi is not God. He can’t call for the scrapping of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
“Nobody can scrap CAN. The government is an institution established by God, therefore, they can’t scatter God’s agenda for Nigeria. CAN is a forum where Christians meet to deliberate on how the work of God must move forward. So, I can’t see an ordinary man asking for the scrapping of the body of Christ. CAN will get back on its feet.
“There’s no way humans don’t have disagreement,” he added.