The General Overseer of Living Faith Worldwide International, Bishop David Oyedepo, has said that there is a plot to Islamise Nigeria, but vowed that the move will be thwarted.
The man of God whose church is popularly known as Winners’ Chapel, made the disclosure while preaching a sermon during a Sunday service at the church headquarters in Ota, Ogun state.
He noted that the National Christian Elders Forum said the country is engaged in a war with jihadist but said Christians will not take it lightly.
Bishop David Oyedepo in a video made it clear that he was not referring to Islam as a religion but those infiltrating it to cause harm to other people.
“God sent me to this generation as a prophet not to Nigeria. And i have very clean idea as to where Nigeria is heading….
“The National Christian Elders Forum last week in their meeting cited that Nigeria has launched a Jihad. But as we pray as a church evil shall be averted. The Islamists are bent on Islamizing this country but this is not Nigeria of 1964.
“I vow under God as a prophet it will not see the light of day….The attempt to scrap Christian Religious Knowledge from the syllabus of secondary schools is an aberration of the constitution, it will never stand….CAN has spoken, PFN, NCEF, made up of men like elder Solomon Asemota, etc has spoken …
“Anyone that won’t give this country rest God will send him to silence… anyone planning towards bloodshed it will only happen to them and their family, in the name of Jesus Christ.
“By Islamist I mean the Islam politics it’s not Islam as a religion. We’ve been living together forever… It’s not the Fulanis shooting those guns… no, there are people that have infiltrated them by a deliberate plan to launch a nationwide Jihad, but I tell you that’s why some of us are alive today to say to the devil you’ve got no room in this country, enough is enough..
Meanwhile, the lawmaker, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, and a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, have disagreed on the claim by the National Christian Elders’ Forum that there is an underground move by Islamic leaders to Islamise Nigeria.
Sani in a Facebook post on Friday, said it was not fair to accuse the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of nursing such an agendawhile Fani-Kayode, in his Facebook post, on Sunday, July 16, endorsed the position of the group.
Senator Sani warned that the position of the Christian group could make the ethno-religious crisis in the country worse, but Fani-Kayode argued that it was those who killed Christians and practise “stealth jihad” who wanted to set the country ablaze.
Retired generals and eminent Christian elders, under the aegis of the NCEF, had, at a meeting on Thursday, observed that Nigeria was drifting towards a needless conflict that could culminate in another war, if not well managed.
Those in attendance at the meeting included Solomon Asemota (SAN), Lt. Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro (retd.), Lt. Gen. Zamani Lekwot (retd.), Moses Ihonde, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), Shyngle Wigwe and Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife.
The elder statesmen, in a communiqué issued after the meeting, stated that Jihad or holy Islamic war had been launched in the country to eradicate democracy and supplant the constitution.
Sani, however, stated, “It is unfair to President Buhari for any individual or group to accuse him or his administration of having any theocratic agenda. Other issues raised about his administration may or may not be true but, certainly, he is not a religious bigot.
“If there exists credible evidence of a religious agenda, I will be one of the first to raise a voice.
“Elder statesmen should champion the cause of peace and national unity and not aggravate the crisis. In this inflammable or combustible state of our country, we don’t need more bellows of ethnic smokes or religious flames.”
But Fani-Kayode disagreed with Sani.
His post read, “I commend the Elder Solomon Asemota (SAN) and Lt. Gen. T. Y. Danjuma-led Christian elders’ forum for warning the Buhari government to stop attempting to Islamise Nigeria, and I wholeheartedly endorse their position.
“It is those that kill Christians and practise stealth jihad that will set this country on fire and not Asemota, T.Y. Danjuma and the Christian elders. Their concerns are legitimate, their observations are pertinent and their counsel is wise. They have spoken the minds of the over 90 million Nigerian Christians.
‘‘Anything short of that will be unacceptable, will lead to greater division and will have devastating and long-term consequences for the future of our country.”