A prominent civil rights activist, Philip Agbese has thrown his weight behind the highly controversial religious bill by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, saying it is biblical and should by given all the backing it needs.
The activist who is based in the United Kingdom, spoke with Daily Trust on Sunday, saying that the bill proposed by Kaduna State to regulate Religious Activities was a concept that was introduced by Apostle Paul in the Bible. Hear him:
“Governor Nasir el-Rufai is more of a prophet of God than those who have predicted his death, anyone that wants El-Rufai to die does not have a copy of the new testament or lacks basic knowledge of simple comprehension or both.”
Philip Agbese, further described as a joke, the prophecy by Apostle Johnson Suleiman declaring that the Governor of Kaduna State would die if he fails to revoke the bill.
Mr. Philip Agbese said the prophet was not only playing with the brain cards of prosperity of his followers but also guilty of offences that were written in the letters of the bill already sent to the Kaduna state House of Assembly. Acording to him:
“These very persons were the same goons who collected our hard earned money in foreign currency from former President Goodluck Jonathan that he would win the presidential election.
“Unfortunately, when the results turned upside down they still shamelessly attempted to deceive their congregants that it was God who changed his mind.
“How do we explain the flip flops in their prophetic narrative when those calling for el-Rufai’s head had predicted that he will never become governor that Okorocha will lose his second term and that Goodluck Jonathan was going to win again?”
Backing his support for the anti-religious state bill, Philip Agbese said that Apostle Paul in the Bible encouraged Christians that all men and women should learn to conduct themselves in an orderly manner. He added that the bill when passed will restrict preachers from misleading Nigerians and bring sanity in the country especially with the increasing number of churches and mosques in Nigeria.He said:
“Whoever doesn’t respect this admonishment cannot in the first instance address him/herself as a Christian anywhere in the world?
“Nigeria has the highest number of churches and mosques in the world yet we still find it difficult to live together in peace and harmony due to hate preaching and sermons that have become a part and parcel of us.”
On Sunday, March 20, Apostle Suleiman of Omega Fire Ministry (OFM) while responding to the bill proposed by Governor El-Rufai, asked the Governor to either revoke the bill or die! The pastor stated that the bill is potentially anti-christian and warned that Governor El-Rufai was only being used to test run something that would later become a bigger plan to islamize Nigeria.
However, El-Rufai in his response said he knows he will surely die and adding that “If that apostle is truly an apostle, he should mention the day I will die. There is nothing in that law that prevents or infringes the practice of religion. It seeks to ensure that those that preach religion are qualified, trained and certified by their peers to do it”.