Christians Warn Nsima Ekere Against Attack On God
The Christian Community has frowned at the sponsored media attacks on the Fathers of Faith who recently spearheaded the gathering of Christians to unanimously endorse Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State for a second term, saying it is a fight against God.
Mr Nsima Ekere’s aide, during Team Nigeria, a radio programme sponsored by Senator Ita Enang on Planet 101.1 FM, said the Fathers of Faith were mere businessmen with pecuniary interest, adding that the endorsement of Governor Udom Emmanuel for second term was baseless.
Mr Ekere, speaking through the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Nsima Ekere’s Campaign Organisation, ONE for Change Initiative, Prof. Chris Ekong, had held that it was madness for the Fathers of Faith to rally support for the re-election of the Governor.
Refuting the claims made by Obong Ekere, the Director Youth, Women and Education, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South South zone, Mr Uduak Okokon noted that the Church was in order and the move to endorse Gov Udom was based on the antecedents of Deacon Udom Emmanuel.
“The church serves as a model for the society, if the church does her civic responsibility in choosing who their leader is, I do not think anybody should hide under any guise to insult the leadership of the church.
“The church was not being paid for it, the church just sat on her own and noticed that it was needful, so anyone that is attacking the church for such a move is indirectly insulting God and should await judgment in appropriate measure.”
“I am not seeing anything wrong in the church taking a stand on whom to support. The church took a stand to support Udom because of his antecedents and record of achievements so far,” he further stated.
He also warned critics to desist from saying things that are damaging to the personality of God’s ministers, adding that the Christian community was not paid by anybody to embark on the exercise as posited by the critics. He also expressed hope that the exercise will do away with all form of electoral apathy experienced in the past years among the Christian community.
“Anybody that is insulting Prelate Sunday Mbang and other fathers of faith are indirectly insulting God, because they are like God’s representatives on Earth as far as Christianity is concerned. That event was not a show of shame as purported by the APC, but it was a way of the Church taking his rightful place in the governance of the now.
“The church only invited her members across board that they should come out for a programme and the members responded, the critics should be able to show us the video clips of payment and all of that. So if they can show an evidence of payment or receipt of payment; but to my own knowledge nobody was paid at that place it was a voluntary gathering of all Christians.”
In the same vein, Pastor Joe Linus who serves with the Uma Ukpai Evangelistic Association, noted that all the church did was to provide sound guidance to her members and people’s opinion cannot move the position of the church.
“People will always criticize, they even criticized Jesus Christ. The Church has the primary obligation of providing leadership, spiritually, politically, financially, economically and otherwise for its members. So if one of its functions was carried out and somebody has to react to it, it is a normal way of life, it means we are a living organism.
“So they are free to react, every man is entitled to his own opinion, whatever was done that day was done, and the opinion of people are personal. They don’t have to hold back what they are saying, whatever they are saying, they are just saying it.”
An aide to Archbishop Cletus Bassey, Mr Akan Emah, who lent his voice on the matter, added that the Fathers of Faith came together to put up an event that is in hope of uniting the church and has no monetary gain motive whatsoever.
It would be recalled that Mr Ekere had previously allegedly mobilized his aides against the building of a worship center for God in the state.