By Omezia Ajayi

ABUJA—Apparently jolted by the wave of backlash that followed his alleged indictment of Christians with regards to the health condition of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir David Lawal, has denied making disparaging comments about Nigerian Christians.

Some national dailies had quoted the SGF as accusing Christians of praying for the death of President Buhari, a development that has attracted serious backlash from the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN.

President Buhari

In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja and signed by his Director of Press, Bolaji Adebiyi, the SGF said he only “frowned on the growing hatred among citizens and in particular, the imputation of politics and partisanship into all actions and achievements of our leaders.

Babachir David Lawal

“He only called on Christians and, in particular, prophets not to prophesy calamities on our leaders nor threaten retaliations on criminals in the name of Christianity.’’

However, speaking last Sunday at the Prayer Convocation on Mount Zion, Jerusalem, which had as its theme, Building A Covenant Nation, Lawal was copiously quoted as accusing Christians of praying against the return of the President.”

“Churches have gone into overdrive praying for a Christian president to take over, glad that the President never returns so that our vice president and acting President continues because, according to them, the economy is doing better under him.

“So while in church, I know what the church is saying. I have sat through a sermon where the pastor sought to attack me for supporting Buhari as a candidate.”

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