Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani Kayode has confirmed to Elombah.com that he is wading in to defuse the tension brewing between two popular Nigerian pastors, Chris Okotie and Prophet TB Joshua.
Pastor Okotie reportedly attacked the General Overseer of the Lagos-based Synagogue Church Of All Nations [SCOAN], Pastor Joshua over his announcement to relocate to Israel, hence Fani Kayode’s intervention.
Fani Kayode is uncomfortable with Okotie for throwing bricks at TB Joshua over his intention to relocate while the latter has not uttered a word.
It could be recalled that the popular Prophet had declared during his address on Sunday, 30th April 2017, that he had just returned from the ‘Holy Land’ after holding meetings with three prominent Israeli mayors of Jerusalem, Tiberias and the Jordan Valley.
According to the cleric, the mayors have offered both land and facilities in an area around the biblical site of the Sea of Galilee for the Nigerian Pastor to organise meetings for international pilgrims.
Following the announcement, Pastor Okotie had lashed out on him, considering the decision unbecoming.
To stem the widening tide, though, Chief Fani Kayode has reached out to Pastor Okotie to sheath his swords as this is not the time for bickering.
Taking to his Twitter handle, he said: “Someone please tell Kris Okotie to stop attacking TB Joshua.
“We need unity in the Church and not division. Our clerics MUST come together as one.”
In a telephone conversation with Elombah.com on Friday, the former Minister affirmed his stance that Okotie should stop the attack and let Joshua be.
He said that it is indecorous for the two pastors to engage each other in a public brawl when their followers are looking up to them for guidance and direction.
On Thursday, also, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank appealed to Prophet Joshua to reconsider his decision and drop the idea of relocating from the country to Israel.
Comrade Frank also called on governments at all levels, agencies of government and other peace loving religious leaders across board to prevail on Prophet Joshua no to abandon the Nigeria.
Frank said Joshua’s presence in Nigeria goes beyond religious rituals but also “has positive economic impact” on the lives Nigerians and the country at large.
Frank said statistics from the Nigerian Immigration Services had made it clear that six out of every ten travelers to Nigeria visit the country because of Prophet TB Joshua’s ministry.
He added that such religious tourism into the country impact positively on the local businesses.
“I am making this appeal bearing in mind millions of people who daily benefit from welfare programmes of this man of God, not only in Nigeria but in Africa as a whole,” he had said.