Priest slams ex-SGF and backs Tinubu’s meeting with bishops

President and Founder of Living Stone Church Assembly, Bishop Jonas Katung, said on Friday that the Pentecostal bishops of northern Nigeria should be commended for their meeting with All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Bola Tinubu as it helped attract attention to the plight of Christians in the region.

Katung also said that a former Federation government secretary, Babachir Lawal, was not qualified to condemn the meeting because he was not from the Pentecostal fold.

The cleric, who spoke in Jos, said on Friday that the recent comment made by the former SGF where he described respected church leaders as bogus bishops was malicious.

He, however, questioned Lawal’s moral right to speak on behalf of Christians because, according to him, the former SGF was unceremoniously removed from his position for conduct that was not in accordance with Christian teachings.

He said Lawal’s actions showed how low he could go for his selfish ambition, even if it meant smearing God’s anointed servants.

“Of course, Babachir Lawal, who is not of the Pentecostal fold, is in no way qualified to assess who a bishop is or question his calling. As church leaders and concerned citizens, we, as a group of Pentecostal Bishops in Northern Nigeria, the region most aggrieved by the same APC decision on the religious ticket, have decided to engage Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the person who is at the center of the controversy, to voice the concerns and fears of the Christian community not only in northern Nigeria but across the country and to give them an opportunity to explain their decision” , did he declare.

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