Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, claims he quit attending a church in Abuja because the pastor was constantly criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari.
This was said by Adesina in a post published on his Facebook page titled ‘This Kumuyi is Simply Different’ published on Thursday in support of a remark made by the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi.
Although Adesina did not specify which church he left, according to his online profile, he is a member of the Foursquare Gospel Church, where he was ordained a pastor and has been a member since 1988.
The President’s spokesman remarked in the story that it was terrible that certain pastors had turned their pulpits into soapboxes from which they spew vitriol.
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 stated that when the majority of the Dapchi girls were recovered, the pastor did not think it was appropriate to commend the President for his following service.
However, the President’s adviser applauded Kumuyi for declaring last week that Christians should not “disdain those in authority because they appear to be failing to deliver on campaign promises.”
While a former Vice-Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Prof. Dapo Asaju, was within his rights to be upset about the situation of the country, he added that the Buhari administration was doing a lot to improve the country’s prospects.