The respected founder and president, Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, has come under severe media attack over some of his recent comments on national issues.
The THISDAY Newspaper, in a three-paragraph article titled: ‘Bishop Oyedepo, Please, Slow Down,’ published on Sunday, November 4, 2014 called the pastor to caution.
The media commentary on the Living Faith founder reads: “Bishop David Oyedepo, Founder and President of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, days ago came out to allege plans to Islamise the country and warned that no such plans would work in Nigeria, no matter under what guise it is conceived.
“Whatever might have informed the fears of the revered bishop, it is only fair to credit him with a bit of seriousness, which suggests he wasn’t just ranting but probably acting on intelligence gathering or at the very least, the leading of the spirit. But then, the bishop should apply some degree of wisdom in the delivery of his messages.
“In fact, his manner of delivery could do a lot more damage to the fragile unity of the country than the actual threat he is harping on. Leadership is expected to boast a lot of maturity, both in conceiving and delivering assignments. But Bishop Oyedepo hasn’t done well here and that is the more reason he should slow down and see the danger in his approach, whether or not it is in national interest.”
Recall that earlier in June, Oyedepo, who was critical of the inclusion of Arabic test in the recruitment of police officers, had alleged that there is an agenda to Islamise Nigeria.
Though he quickly added that the move will be thwarted, Oyedepo in one of his sermons at his church noted that Christians will not take lightly to any form of jihadist agenda.
In his assertion back then, the Man of God said: “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 will be averted. The Islamists are bent on Islamising 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. CAN has spoken, PFN, NCEF has spoken. Anyone that won’t give this country rest God will send him to silence,” he reportedly said.
However, THISDAY editors are of the opinion that the pastor ought to have been more decorous in his assertions.