A conglomeration of 13 church groups within the Christian Association of Nigeria on Tuesday faulted the comments by the overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, on the retweet by a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.
The group also challenged Bakare to define “whether he is a Christian or Muslim.”
Bakare, in his state of the nation address in Lagos, said from its criticism of el-Rufai’s tweet on Jesus Christ, CAN was only diverting attention from grave issues affecting the country.
He also alleged that CAN was an extension of government.
But the Christian group, which operates under the aegis of Tarayar Ekklisiyar Kristi A Nijeriya (Hausa), said it was not surprised because Bakare was more of a politician than a pastor.
The President of TEKAN, Rev. Emmanuel Dzieggau, in an interview with journalists in Abuja, reminded Bakare that God would fight whoever makes derogatory remarks about Him.
Dzieggau described Bakare as a “confused mind,” adding that Nigerians should rather not take him serious because he had not recovered from the shock of losing an election.”
He said, “One day, he will wake up and speak as a politician and another day, he will speak as a pastor. But for him to say that CAN has no right to speak on somebody like el-Rufai, who derogates the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, is a very great offence.
“We want to tell Tunde Bakare to come out clearly and tell us where he belongs, either a Christian or a Muslim because he cannot be speaking from the two sides of his mouth. We are not surprised at the attitude of Bakare.”
Dzieggau said if it were to be the other way round — that a Christian made a derogatory remark against Prophet Mohammed — the country would have been on fire.
He said, “We are not going to fight for our God, we have left El-Rufai in the hands of God.”
According to him, anybody who speaks ill of Jesus Christ does not go scot-free, because “the God in Heaven knows how to deal with him.”
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