Oyakhilome says FG wrong to regulate hours of church services

Oyakhilome says FG wrong to regulate hours of church services

Founder and President of Believers Love World, a.k.a Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, on Friday, July 31, criticised the Federal Government for the restriction placed on church services due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The reduction in the number of worshippers and period of services were some of the measures put in place by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 as churches reopen.

However, Oyakhilome in one of his regular live broadcasts condemned the government for attempting to regulate churches and determine how long services take.

He said Christians should be allowed to serve God the way they want.

The cleric said that Christians in Nigeria cannot wait for President Muhammadu Buhari or anyone else’s instruction to serve their God.

“I am appalled that some people have the audacity to tell us how many hours we can spend in church. How dare you?” he said.

“What in the world do you think you are? Your time is short. You cannot tell God’s people how long they can spend in church,” he added.

Oyakhilome went on to say that the President can only stop Christians from entering their worship centres; only if he erected the building for them.

“But if you didn’t, you have no right to tell God’s people you’re going to spend one hour or two hours in church.

“I tell you, the number of hours you tell them they have in the church is the number of hours you have left,” he warned.

Meanwhile, a magistrate court in Zuba, Abuja, on Friday, July 31; dismissed the assault case filed by the Nigerian Police against the Adamawa senator, Elisha Abbo.

This is despite a viral video showing Elisha Abbo assaulting a woman, Osimibibra Warmate; as well as a televised press conference in which the lawmaker apologised to the victim.

According to the court’s mandate, the case was dismissed due to a lack of diligent prosecution by the police.

The magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah, who upheld a no-case submission filed by Elisha Abbo; said the police failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the lawmaker assaulted Ms Warmate on May 11, 2019.

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1st News in 2019 had reported how the young senator was caught on camera assaulting a woman in Abuja.

The May 11 incident occurred barely three months after Mr Abbo became a senator-elect; and a month before he was sworn in on June 11.

Footage of the video seen by this newspaper showed the 41-year-old senator physically assaulting the woman; whom he accused of insulting him by calling him “a drunk”.

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Mayowa Oladeji

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