President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, advised religious leaders in the country to eschew partisan politics ahead of the 2019 general elections else such clerics risked losing their public respect.
Buhari said this at the Interfaith Initiative For Peace Conference tagged, ‘Religious harmony in Nigeria: Towards the 2019 general election’ in Abuja.
Pundits believe that Buhari was pointing his finger at Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel and Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Catholic Church Nigeria. Both men have never hidden their hatred for Buhari, preference for ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 and now Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for 2019.
Some students of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State where Oyedepo is Chancellor and Founder are very angry at his obvious partisanship and open fraternity with Atiku Abubakar.
One of such students who has access to HAMILTONSTYLE on social media recently posted, “I think Papa (as most CU staff and students call Oyedepo) is two-faced or why should he openly support Atiku?
“It is common knowledge that the whole world has brandished Atiku as extremely corrupt. The US Senate has corruption files on him. Papa who only wears suits in Canaanland when we see him and preaches hot sermons against Muslims now wears kaftan and cap like a Muslim in the pictures taken of him with Atiku and Obasanjo.”
In 2015, Oyedepo was accused of canvassing tens of thousands of his church members to vote for Jonathan. He even prophesied that Jonathan was God’s chosen and cursed anyone who voted for Buhari who he claimed was bent on Islamizing Nigeria.
Outcome of the 2015 presidential election, which Buhari won, poo-poohed Oyedepo’s fake prophecy. But he is at it again as these photos show.
Only Oyedepo knows why he supports Atiku who is as northern and Muslim as Buhari is. Oyedepo is probably the richest cleric in Nigeria. On the other hand, Kukah is supposed to have no need of material wealth because as a Catholic Bishop, he is assumed to have no wife or children, save for a sibling Yohanna Kukah.
It beats my imagination why both men have openly supported only politicians that many people see as inept and extremely corrupt.