Living Faith Church’s presiding Bishop David Oyedepo has joined a former Nigerian Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in backing youths protesting against police brutality, extrajudicial killings, and extortion in the country.
Oyedepo who spoke during a church service on Sunday October 18, he warned against the shooting at protesters, explaining that the youth have good justifications to protest and adding that killing them during the protest “is a sacrilege.”
He described the regime of the President Muhammadu Buhari as the most “gruesome” in the history of the country. According to Punch, he said, “Every man has a right, legitimately so, to express his displeasure and pains. Everybody has it.
“I kept quiet for a while because in 2015 I warned this nation, vehemently, consistently…because I saw the dangers ahead and you can tell. The most gruesome season in the life of this nation is in the last five years, where lives have no value, wanton killings here and there.
Oyedepo added, “Now, they have faced the youths; and because they don’t know who is next, they have a right to say enough is enough. Any system that has no value for human lives is irrelevant. If they were killed when they were youths, will they be here today? Now, it will be a sacrilege to shoot the protesters who are not looting, who are not ravaging.”
Meanwhile, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who is presently vying for the Director-General position of the World Trade Organization, also urged the protesting youths to be peaceful.
While she commended the youths for being courageous, Okonjo-Iweala advised them to be united. “I applaud the resourcefulness and courage of Nigerian youth in the #EndSARS. Powerful to let your voices be heard peacefully. Let’s join hands for a positive outcome through a One Nigeria approach,” she wrote on Twitter.
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