Don’t heat up the polity, Sultan-led JNI tells Bishop Oyedepo

The Jamaatul Nasril Islam, JNI, under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, has warned the Bishop of the Living Faith Assembly, David Oyedepo, and Niger-Delta ex-miltants,Tompolo and Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, to desist from heating up the polity ahead of the February 14 election.

The Islamic body said Mr. Oyedepo and his likes should be preaching peace, not war since election seasons in all democratic societies are usually fraught with anxieties, uncertainties and even tension.

The Secretary General of the JNI, Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, said this at a press conference in Kaduna on Sunday as he noted that the political atmosphere in the country is charged.

“While all these situations keep growing by each day that comes to pass, the political atmosphere increasingly gets charged. With clashes between rival political supporters and thugs occurring at one place or the other, a state of fear of drifting to wide-spread violence as witnessed in 2011 is already setting in. For instance, Bishop Oyedepo of Winners Chapel at Ota, was reported to have made a lot of inciting hate speech recently, Tompolo and Asari Dokubo are not left out, this is just to mention but a few,” Mr. Aliyu said.

He said that it was apparent the elections in the next two weeks would be the most keenly contested in the history of Nigeria.

“The JNI, therefore, finds it necessary to discharge what it believes is an obligation upon itself; that is, to call on all Nigerians to shun violence in any way, in any form and at all phases of the elections and its aftermath,” Mr. Aliyu said.

“It is obvious that these activities and events seem to be so overwhelming, just as the pace at which they occur is as rapid as the passage of time itself. From the PVC distribution exercise and other preparations towards the elections to the political rallies and campaigns at different levels, there always emerged issues and incidents that generated excitements, concerns and even anxieties.

“Against the backdrop of these happenings, the JNI feels obliged to comment at the present time with a view to calling on not only Muslims but the entire citizens of our great country to demonstrate real and genuine sense of patriotism, responsibility, tolerance and commitment to peace and stability in Nigeria, before, during and after the forthcoming elections.”

“As an important stakeholder in the elections, in the governance of the country and indeed because of its firm commitment to the country’s unity, stability and progress, the JNI believes that this call on the citizens for peace is essentially and genuinely both a religious and civic obligation,” Mr. Aliyu said.

The JNI called on the INEC, the presidential candidates and contestants at all levels, as well as the political party leaders and officials, to avoid utterances and actions that will precipitate violence.

The JNI recommended two antidotes to violence including organising free, fair and credible elections and acceptance of the outcome of elections by all.

” In any election, there must be winners and losers, and we would only get it right when the elections are obviously and manifestly seen to be transparent and credible in conduct, and consequently the losers accept defeat in good faith,” Mr. Aliyu said at the press conference.

The JNI also asked candidates at the elections to respect the Abuja Peace accord and guard against all actions or speeches that may trigger violence.

The organisation prayed to Allah to grant Nigeria violencefree elections and God-fearing leaders at all levels.


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  • Muyiwa

    Hear JNI:

    “He said that it was apparent the elections in the next two weeks would be the most keenly contested in the history of Nigeria.”

    Is it the elections that will be keenly contested or the Resources of the Niger Delta & The Eastern Nigeria? By the way, the so called JNI should point to any useless warning they gave to the following people when they made the following comments:

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    “If what happened in 2011 should again happen in 2015, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood…Revolution is inevitable in 2015 if I lose.” – M.BUHARI

    “The next election is likely to be violent and many people are likely going to die…”- Nasiru El-RUFIA

    “I am putting Jonathan on notice that he must leave office come 2015.”- Mr Ango ABDULAHI

    “If Jonathan insists on running, there will be bloodshed…His running will amount to taking northerners for a ride. So, there will be bloodshed.” – Junaid MUHAMMED

    “You ‘rig & roast’…” – Malam Bola TINUBU

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    Oritsejafor asked Sultan of Sokoto to write a letter to Boko haram the way he wrote to ISIS, has that letter been written? …instead you come here to say rubbbbbbbbbish.

    • emmanuel

      They are still deluded, thinking that Nigeria belongs to them only

      Na now we go know who get Nigeria. I am sure the Odua people already have their plan B

      • Edward

        If you need a private jet for your ministry like Ayo Oritsejafor, we will get you one through our lucrative sweet smelling Oil. Dont over heat the polity. Just let us know what you need. We have a lot of oil money. David Oyedepo has got his through other means. Dont worry. All that thing David is saying, we mad ehim say them through our sweet smelling oyele. So if you need a jet, we will get it. What is in a jet when we have sweet smelling oil in our backyard and bed rooms!!!

  • Taster

    Like the said moslem body has forgotten what bishop Oyedepo really said that got them pissing.

  • Emmy

    Lo ba tan! Since our Bishop has refused to respect himself, they are now lumping him with killers and rogues. Asari, Tompolo and Bishop’s name in the same advisory article. Na wah!

    • Olusola

      unmh!

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Why don’t we just boil the polity once and for all? All this talk about heating up the polity is becoming irritating.

  • Maitama Tambari

    Bishop, D Oyelepo is looking for his private jet – not sure of reward in heaven. It is better on earth NOW, whether blood is shed or not it is not his priority. JET! JET!! JET!!! GEJ closed door meeting must have been fruitful to him. So Your Eminence, let us pray for a peaceful transition, come 29th May, 2015. CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

  • emmanuel

    The JNI is absolutely right. May be Tompolo and co should just begin to blow up pipelines or attack Buhari campaign without press staetement like the Fulani North is doing then the polity will be calm.

    Useless people who think they are wiser than us.

    We are very close to the bridge which we will all cross in thirteen days

    If not for crooks like Tinubu who are pursuing their agenda to scam you, we should have known by now where we are

    • Edward

      do you need a private jet too like Ayo Oritsejafor to carry out your ministry!!!!

  • Ibraheem Aruna

    At this juncture in Nigeria`s history JNI ought and should concern itself more with sorting, solving, influencing the activities of Boko Haram which is decimating the Muslim Umma in the local areas of North Eastern Nigeria. The Sultan should be seen less with politicians and should act apolitically. It is embarrassing when the Sultan brings himself to the level of Oyedepo. When the politicians leave the stage the Sultan and JNI will still be there and history might ask what roles they played when the insurgence lasted.

  • Tayelolu

    David Oyedepo and Ayo Oritsejafor are no Pastors. These are business men first and last. Was it not David Oyedepo who slapped one of his parishioners? David calls himself “Bishop”-I do not know where he got that from. This is one Pastor who swims in one scandal or the other both locally and abroad. When you bring politics and business into Christian Faith as David and Ayo have done then you get what you get. Our God is not a God of merchandise, oil money and corruption as David and Ayo have turned them into. Too bad for these two gentlemen. But the good thing is that our Christian Faith and belief in Jesus is bigger than these two business men masquerading as Priests.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    The one eyed JNI did not warn the imams/mallams/emirs who preach hatetrade in their sermons, did not warn the armourers in their mosque, did not warn the angulu abdulahis, did not warn those who want to make the north ungovernable, did not warn the irrendist in their midst,n did not warn the thrower of stones and pure water at the president, did not warn Jega for trying to create 22,000 poll units for them to kick start rigging, and above all did not condemn boko haram, because they are all together in the hate trade. Arrant nonsense

  • chukwu smart

    Whether a pastor or imam we should be careful d way we handle issues of national policies, GEJ all d way.