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Alleged blasphemy: Baptist Church may sanction Obasanjo, says NBC scribe

…expresses shock over Yar’Adua’s death

By Kenneth Ehigiator
The Baptist Church in Nigeria may investigate former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the derogatory remarks allegedly made by the former president that Christian clerics in the country needed deliverance.

Some Christian leaders had criticised Obasanjo for saying that even Jesus Christ could hardly conduct a free and fair election in Nigeria, and concluded that he needed deliverance, but the former president fired back, saying it was the religious leaders who needed deliverance.

Reacting to the former president’s outburst yesterday, General Secretary of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, NBC, Rev. Ademola Ishola, said the church had, since Obasanjo made the remark, been under serious pressures to sanction him, being its member, for his utterances.

He, however, said the church would not be stampeded into taking action against the former president without first sitting with him to know the context under which he made the statement.

“I will sit with him to know the context under which he made the statement.  I have not sat with him, but after sitting with him, we would know whether to investigate him or not,” said Rev. Ishola.

Rev. Ishola, who expressed the shock of the Baptist Church over the death of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, described the late president as a man who was an epitome of peace, and extended the church’s condolence.

He said: “President Yar’Adua was a very gentleman and a man of peace. There was no single religious riot when he was governor of Katsina State for eight years, despite the fact that the state is dominated by die-hard Muslims. We of the Nigerian Baptist Convention want to appreciate him for his dedication to duty for this nation.”


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