The Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari has said churches and mosque should be partly blamed for the #EndSARS protest.
According to Femi Adesina, religious bodies like mosques and churches and a section of the media should be blamed for sharing and oromoting messages of hate.
He said this in an article he titled, ‘If Nigeria Dies, Hatred Killed Her’.
Adesina accused religious leaders of sending hateful messages from the pulpit.
He said, “From hateful messages from the pulpit, as if that was the message of love Jesus Christ handed over to his followers. From unduly critical messages during jumat services. From radio and television programs, in which bile is spewed. From talk shows which become a harangue of government, newspaper articles and columns tailored to instigate and generate dissent, and the like.
“Eventually, all cumulate in hatred, which finds expression in genuine causes like the EndSARS campaign. When things boil over, they leave sorrow, tears and blood in their wake, as we have seen. And who suffers? The whole country. Who bleeds? Nigeria.
“The EndSARS campaign began as an agitation against police brutality, in which there was unanimity of purpose. And suddenly, it became a vehicle of hate. Against leadership, against national cohesion, an opportunity to settle political scores, and equally prepare for power grab in 2023. Hatred came into the mix.”
It should be recalled that the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E.A Adeboye had urged the Federal Government to listen to the desires of the people and initiate restructuring of the country.
Pastor Adeboye and many other pastors also lend their voice at the peak of the #EndSARS protest.