Nigerians on social media have reacted to a statement by the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, on Sunday, advising Christians not to attack President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kumuyi, who gave the admonition during his sermon at the Deeper Life Bible Church, Headquarters, Gbagada, in Lagos, said that real Christians must obey constituted authorities and shun violence.
He was quoted saying: “Don’t attack the President of the country whether in words or in the newspapers or through internet.
“Honour kings; don’t disrespect or dishonour the governors. Don’t disrespect leaders of the community and leaders in the church.”
These remarks generated some comments on Twitter, and the reactions are presented below:
@margare39793611, “Kumuyi the most reliable pastor in Nigeria of today kudos.”
@UnclesolutionY, “Christians must attack Buhari cos Buhari is attacking Christians in Nigeria. Too obvious. Pastor Kumuyi doesn’t watch TV cos they are evil that’s why he didn’t know that Buhari is 100% anti-Christians.”
@Oluwashantel_1, “This one said Pastor Kumuyi is not materialistic but he lives in Ikoyi. Shey he should live under the bridge to prove it ni. Christians need to realize that a life of luxury is not against God’s will. Don’t let your mentality deter you. Bible you no read, sense, you no get.”
@JosephineAvid, “Pastor Kumuyi, there was no democratic government in the bible, quoting the bible in this instance makes no sense. Democracy requires that we hold our leaders accountable.”
@theboyisgreat, “Pastor Kumuyi said Christians should stop criticizing Buhari by quoting Peter 2: 11-25, but I think he skip or forget the below verses. Jesus, who came from heaven, criticised King Herod, a political leader (Luke 13:32).”
@adisa_flakky, “Pastor Kumuyi should mind his business and not look for our trouble. When did he even start watching news on TV self, thought it was a sin. Confused people.”
@Alwayzfaithful2, “Pastor Kumuyi claims to be a man of God, but his utterances that supports Buhari’s genocidal agenda has redefined his claim. Why would he say that no one should attack Buhari through any means? … @ShehuSani @MaziNnamdiKanu God can never breed a coward as servant.”
@edikandavid1, “Pastor Kumuyi has given Nigerians a good piece of advice, but @MBuhari’s attitude won’t allow them stop attacking him. That’s the bitter truth!”
@teejaybaba, “Have you ever seen pastor kumuyi acquiring luxury cars or jets? Getting involved in any sexual scandals? That is a kind of religious leader we should listen to. Forget your religious affiliations.”
@Ezeakolam4, “Are u trying to say, Pastor Kumuyi only Muslim Nigerians allowed to attack President Buhari? Many Nigerians must draw their attention to the fact, how easily fellow Christians capitulate to this government right from kumuyi to Femi Gbajabiamila just to become house speaker.”