A Nigerian broadcaster, Daddy Freeze, has responded to death threats made by David Ibiyeomie, a Nigerian televangelist and founder of Salvation Ministries.
Mr Ibiyeomie threatened to kill the broadcaster if he ever insults the founder of Living Faith Church, David Oyedepo, again.
The cleric made the threat and rained curses on the broadcaster while delivering a sermon at his church headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Sunday.
Daddy Freeze responded to the threats in a video which he posted on his YouTube channel in the early hours of Tuesday.
In his response, he accused the pastor of racism, discrimination, and threat to life. He also said he was “devastated” by the pastor’s video because of the “content” and he went on to reveal why his remarks bothered him a lot.
Defending himself, Daddy Freeze said contrary to Mr Ibiyeomie’s claims, he didn’t insult Mr Oyedepo but simply drew the religious leader’s attention to a portion of the bible.
“Correcting the scripture is not an insult. Christ was criticized, Peter was criticized, Paul was criticized, even the Pharisees were criticized, so there’s no way you’re going to preach a message from the scriptures that you’ll not get criticisms,” he noted.
In his sermon, Mr Ibiyeomie described Daddy Freeze as a non-Nigerian & a Somalian, a statement that has been condemned by many.
Daddy Freeze said the term “half-caste” is “racist” and asked the cleric to apologise to victims of racism.
Daddy Freeze said he found it “devastating that just to get to me, Pastor Ibiyeomie will drag the whole Somalia nation. I’m very proud to associate myself with Somalians because they’re a beautiful people. It is hate speech to undermine them with derogatory words, like there’s anything wrong with the Somalians.”
He also drew the attention of the public and the law enforcement agencies to the threat to his life.
“Pastor Ibiyeomie, I don’t know if you realize that a threat to life is a criminal offence…. If anything happens to me, I hope you know who to hold responsible,”.
In his viral sermon, Mr Ibiyeomie appeared to undermine the broadcasting profession in a bid to justify that Daddy Freeze was being paid pittance as a radio host. This statement also attracted criticisms especially on Twitter.
“You went on again to undermine the noble profession of broadcasting. I’m a proud broadcaster for the last 25 years. I’ve dedicated my life to this beautiful, noble profession. I think you should apologize to every journalist, every broadcaster, for undermining our work,” he noted.
Reacting to being called a “bastard” by Mr Ibiyeomie, Freeze said: “You say I’m not my father’s son. I put it to you to prove who my real father is.”
Mr Ibiyeomie’s remarks have continued to attract mixed reactions from the public on social media.
The likes of Charly Boy, Reno Omokri and Femi Aribisala have all eased into the debate.
See their reactions below
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Look at these Con Men Of God. So pastor Ibiyeome is saying that The Chief Racketeer, Pastor, Cardinal, Pope, Bishop Oyedepo can’t make mistakes because he’s all knowing? Even in the house of worship he is calling our anointed Daddy Freeez a Bastard? Pastor Ibiyeome, Who is your father? Where you not born on the express road bcos dats where most accidents happen. Is Oyedepo man or God? I know you have your head far up Oyedepo’s Ass dat u can’t see or hear clearly any more. If you decide to make Daddy Freeeez a topic I will make you my Assignment. God punish useless Fake Pastors😡
Pastor Ibiyeomie's diatribe against Daddy Freeze just rubbished Ibiyeomie's ministry. It shows this so-called pastor knows Oyedepo but does not know Christ. Ibiyeomie spoke out of the abundance of his evil heart. What a disgrace to his church!
— Femi Aribisala (@femiaribisala) September 8, 2020
My takeaway from that @DavidIbiyeomie video is that he is
1. A racist
2. Murderer in waiting
3. A classless thug hiding under the guise of a preacher
We may not all agree with @DaddyFRZ (I don't all the time) but more, way more is expected from someone standing behind the pulpit
— Colin NOT Collins (@ColinUdoh) September 8, 2020
Dear Pastor Ibiyeomie,
Christ was insulted, but He did not retaliate. “When they hurled insults at him, he did not retaliate”-1 Peter 2:23.@DaddyFRZ was wrong on Oyedepo. But I know his mother and father. By calling him bastard, you not only insult him. You insult his mother.
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) September 7, 2020