Ibiyeomie hates Ogoni, says MOSOP, demands apology FeaturedWritten by EMMA OWHONDAH
Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, has accused General Overseer of Salvation Ministries, David Ibiyeomie, of harbouring “deep hatred for the Ogoni”. The group has therefore, has demanded an apology from the pastor over his alleged anti-Ogoni comments.
The leading apex organization for the Ogoni also said the comments alluded to Ibiyeomie is “an indication of deep rooted hatred against the Ogoni people.”
MOSOP, in a statement made available to The Neighbourhood signed by its Publicity Secretary, Fegalo Nsuke, claimed that Ibiyeomie had on Monday January 16, 2017 during his “5 Nights of Glory Crusade” described the Ogoni as the most wicked tribe in Nigeria. The statement quoted the cleric as saying that, “in the entire Ogoniland human lives meant nothing as people can make each other mad at will. The wickedness in that part of the country was much compared to other regions.” MOSOP also claimed that Ibiyeomie said, “In Khana, you can make someone mad with NGN500.”
Reacting to Ibiyeomie's comments, MOSOP Publicity Secretary, Fegalo Nsuke on Friday described Ibiyeomie as “an ugly representation of the Nigerian Christian community.” The MOSOP spokesperson wondered if expressing his deep hate for the Ogoni was Ibiyeomie's essence for organizing the crusade.
Nsuke said the Ogoni people were profoundly shocked by the comments of the senior pastor.
He said, “We are profoundly shocked that a supposed Christian leader who should be filled with love for other people will express such hate against the Ogoni people.
He further said it was regrettable that at a time when the country is making efforts to build national unity and integration, a supposed Christian leader could express such hate against an innocent population. “Ibiyeomie needs to be informed that hate speeches don't build, they destroy and he needs to be very mindful of his public conduct in order not to jeopardize public peace”, the statement added.
“The MOSOP spokesperson noted that the only thing that makes Ogoni exceptional is that as a people, we have decided to halt oil production on our land following years of neglect, environmental devastation and abuses and insist that production will not resume until it is properly negotiated. There is nothing that is happening in Ogoni that is exclusive and not replicated in other social settings within and outside Nigeria.
“It is our wish that Ibiyeomie will help himself by respecting other citizens in the conduct of his church business and not engage in acts that could jeopardize public peace.
“MOSOP therefore demands an apology from David Ibiyeomie and will again urge him to be very mindful of his public conduct.