Poju Oyemade, senior pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, is currently under fire from supporters of Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), over his social media post.
Oyemade is the host of The Platform which brings together resource persons to discuss matters affecting the nation. Obi was a frequent feature on The Platform.
On Thursday, Oyemade in now deleted tweets, said youths must not waste their enthusiasm on a “poorly planned project”.
“Faith is not just blind belief or hoping for a miracle. Faith sees. Faith has her eyes opened and possesses the evidence upon which it builds its belief. Faith prepares long, sometimes for years just as Joseph did for the years of famine. Faith counts the cost before embarking,” he wrote.
“Without having real evidence upon which you are acting nor preparation for the task, recognising real obstacles that lie ahead and making concrete plans, one is just being delusional about the outcome. The enthusiasm of the youth must not be wasted on poorly planned projects.
“Noah spent months/years planning for the flood & he was operating in faith. Jesus said no man goes to battle without taking stock first nor lays the foundation of a tower without counting the cost first lest he will be mocked. Our faith is intelligent it doesn’t live in denial.”
Although the clergyman did not mention any name, the tweets were seen as an attack on the youth movement of Obi, sparking a backlash and fierce criticism.
A Twitter user, @spotlight_abby wrote: “Pastor Poju Oyemade thought that by throwing in FAITH, WORKS & PLAN into that tweet, he could bamboozle us? Apart from tweaking the meaning of FAITH to suit his narrative, he scored an own goal when he equated the massive support for Peter Obi to a “waste of youthful enthusiasm.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “It’s either Pastor Poju Oyemade can’t read the room or he was sent on a fool’s ERRAND. Whichever one, he’s exposed himself.
Deleting tweets like Kabir won’t save his reputation.
The big masquerade has been unmasked by children.”
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