The founder and overseer of the Living Faith Church, more popularly known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has joined the reactions against the controversial hate speech bill.
Oyedepo urged Nigerians not to give in to the hate speech bill as proposed and being legislated upon by the Senate.
Speaking at the 2019 Shiloh, an annual event of the church, Bishop Oyedepo accused the government of failing to meet the yearnings of the people and as such, wants to frustrate those it thinks are critical.
He wondered why the government wants to stop people from talking if its officials go wrong in the course of their actions and implementations of policies.
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“If the road is bad, they cannot say the road is bad? You cannot silence a prophet,” he declared asking if the country was progressing or retrogressing.
“Let’s join hands together and evil shall not prevail.” He mocked the government saying it fails to act against those he considered as killers, but wants to deal with those speaking out.
Describing the bill as dead on arrival, the bishop described it as one of the craziest ideas ever in Nigeria.
He told the congregation drawn from different parts of the world that a prophet relies on God to speak and that as a result, the former cannot be the loser.
“I don’t know if anyone loves Nigeria more than I do. Imagine they are not hanging killers, they want to hang ‘hate’ speakers? “Anyway, that is dead already if the wicked will not stop his wickedness, God will stop his wickedness,” Oyedepo said.
Meanwhile, Reports gathered that Jerry Howard, an official of the United States embassy, has reportedly asked the National Assembly to engage civil society groups and non-governmental organizations concerning the hate speech bill.
According to a statement by the media office of Senator Sabi Abdullahi, the sponsor of the bill, the US official described the legislation as impressive and that it would resolve challenges of discrimination, hostility, and violence.
The statement said Howard made the comment when he met with Abdullahi, who is deputy chief whip of the Senate.