Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, renowned 82-year-old international evangelist, founder of Deeper Life Bible Church, and convener of large-scale crusades stirred a storm on social media platforms after making a political statement that garnered both criticism and support from various quarters.
During a recent event, Pastor Kumuyi reportedly stated, “Support the ministers to succeed, many good things will come under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.” This seemingly unexpected political statement from the spiritual leader sparked a heated debate on Twitter and other social media platforms, considering Nigeria’s prevailing public sentiment toward political leadership.
Nigeria, like many other countries, has faced its fair share of skepticism and disillusionment when it comes to trusting political leaders. The country has experienced political instability, corruption scandals, and economic challenges, which have collectively contributed to a lack of faith in politicians. Therefore, Pastor Kumuyi’s endorsement of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s potential for positive change was met with a mix of astonishment and skepticism.
The statement not only caught the attention of the public but also ignited reactions from prominent figures across various sectors. Notable among them was comedian Seyilaw, who questioned the backlash against Pastor Kumuyi’s statement. Seyilaw’s post read, “I have been asking myself what Pastor Kumuyi said that was wrong. Maybe there’s something that I am missing. May Nigeria succeed.”
I have been asking myself what Pastor Kumuyi said that was wrong. Maybe there's something that I am missing.
May Nigeria succeed. pic.twitter.com/6rQbD4xLeA
— SEYILAW (@seyilaw1) August 23, 2023
Many individuals echoed similar sentiments, arguing that there could be more to Pastor Kumuyi’s statement than met the eye. Some suggested that Nigerians’ distrust in political leaders shouldn’t necessarily preclude the possibility of positive change. Furthermore, the statement seemed to be viewed through a non-partisan lens by supporters, who emphasized the need for unity and collective efforts toward a prosperous nation.
However, critics of Pastor Kumuyi’s statement highlighted the disconnection between religious figures and political matters. Some argued that spiritual leaders should refrain from publicly endorsing political figures, as it could potentially sway the opinion of their followers and blur the line between faith and politics. This sentiment was voiced by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and Bishop Oyedepo, two prominent Nigerian religious leaders, who were indirectly referenced by Davis Offo in his post: “I hope Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and Bishop Oyedepo will learn from this sha. Nigeria will succeed!!”
"Support the ministers to succeed, many good things will come under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu" – Pastor Kumuyi
I hope Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and Bishop Oyedepo will learn from this sha.
Nigeria will succeed!! pic.twitter.com/O5irbQDs4P
— David Offor (@DavidsOffor) August 22, 2023
Political analysts also weighed in on the controversy, suggesting that Pastor Kumuyi’s statement could be seen from a strategic standpoint. Some speculated that his endorsement might be an attempt to bridge the gap between religious circles and the political landscape, possibly with the intention of influencing positive change from within the system.
Meanwhile, Pastor Kumuyi remains focused on his ongoing crusade in Osun state, Nigeria, with the theme “Jesus the Miracle Worker.” The event, which began on August 24th and is set to conclude on August 29th, has drawn thousands of attendees seeking spiritual solace and guidance.
Starting today, Embarking on the Global Crusade with a heart full of believe.
Join me as we spread the Gospel across 219 countries, sharing the message of Salvation, love, healing, and deliverance.
— Pastor William F. Kumuyi (@pastorwf_kumuyi) August 24, 2023
As social media continues to buzz with reactions, it is clear that Pastor Kumuyi’s statement has ignited a broader conversation about the role of religious leaders in political matters and the potential for positive change in Nigeria’s political landscape.