By Sam Eyoboka
THE spiritual head of Kingdom of Heaven on Earth Mission (KIHEM), King Olutanmole Agbaye, has blamed the ceaseless religious tensions and killings in the nation on ignorance.
Lamenting that many religious Nigerians treat themselves with suspicion and contempt because they don’t realise God is one, King Agbaye spoke at the Lagos international headquarters of the church during its annual God’s Throne with Men Propagation festival.
The festival with the theme; “And God shall wipe away all tears” attracted members and well-wishers of the church.
Ministering at the occasion, Agbaye said Nigeria will not know peace until religious prejudices and tensions are tackled.
According to him: “Lack of knowledge of the truth is why there are religious tensions and killings in the nation. People consider themselves as religious enemies. Until we change this, we will continue to have what obtains now.”
He called on religious leaders to preach tolerance and inclusiveness, instead of portraying their beliefs as the best among others.
Many of them, he pointed out, have been pitting their followers against others in a bid to maintain control, a development that will always breed animosity and hostility.
Agbaye urged Nigerians to bury their differences and collaborate for peace, saying God belongs to all and reveals Himself differently.
He called for collaborative efforts among Nigerians of different religious inclinations, as exemplified in the church which considers Muslims as friends.
“The senseless killings, looting and mass burial in Benue State with impunity are too atrocious and damnable. It is time we allowed God to rule us. It is time we returned this nation back unto God so that the nation may enjoy some measure of socio-economic and political stability and religious harmony,” he stated.
Speaking on the theme of the celebration, Agbaye said: “Where God’s throne is, there also God abides. Where the throne of God, there abides His power; there also abides His glory.”
He argued the throne of God has been established upon the soil of Nigeria to “give solace and comfort unto all, wipe away tears and weeping from the faces of countless believers.”