Pastors Adeboye, Adeyemi Incited #EndSARS Until Violence Erupted – Femi Adesina Alleges
Femi Adesina, the presidential spokesman, has again accused some pastors of inciting the October 2020 #EndSARS protests until they erupted in violence.
Adesina, in his weekly publication which he posted on the Facebook page, especially fingered Pentecostal preachers, blaming some of them for the escalation of violence that erupted in the aftermath of the historic march against decades of injustice and police brutality.
The presidential aide had previously claimed that some Nigerian pastors preach hate and falsehood to incite their members against President Muhammadu Buhari.
The #EndSARS protest against police brutality jolted and embarrassed the Buhari administration and brought the nation on its knees as young citizens occupied streets across the country in an unprecedented manner, forcing the government to swiftly scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad notorious for extorting and extrajudicial killings.
The demonstrations also secured wide-ranging support from leaders, including influential clerics, who appreciated the frustrations of the youths.
One of the persons is Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. The revered pastor declared his support for the movement, while his wife, Foluke Adeboye provided refreshments for protesters on the streets of Lagos.
“Our daughters will not be able to prophesy and young men will not see visions if we don’t keep them alive,” Mr Adeboye said in a tweet. “I support the youths in this peaceful protest as they ‘speak up’ to #EndPoliceBrutality #EndSARS #ENDSWAT.”
Similarly, Sam Adeyemi of Daystar Christian Center, on Twitter told protesters to press on with their demand to end police brutality and all forms of oppression from Nigerians police.
“Please, stay focused on using your voice. Listen to one another with humility,” Pastor Adeyemi said, adding, “Many of us are praying really hard for you. Hold the vision of a developed Nigeria in your heart. Much love. #ENDSARS.”
The protests however turned awry when authorities first introduced non-state actors conducted by government officials to attack peaceful protesters. The demonstrations were eventually hijacked by hoodlums when the Nigerian military opened live rounds on protesters at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, to dislodge protesters who had gathered in defiance of an impromptu curfew invoked by the Lagos authorities. No fewer than 10 were fear killed in that episode which let all hell loose with wanton destruction witnessed across the country.
But Adesina in an apparent red herring sought to revise the account of events.
Using Pastor Williams Kumuyi as a good example of a cleric whose lifestyle and preaching should be emulated, Mr Adesina berated clerics who endorsed and supported the #EndSARS protest.