Pastors are to lead people to salvation not preach politics —Keyamo tells PFN


Festus Keyamo, spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council, says pastors should stop dabbling into politics.


Keyamo said this in reaction to recent comments from the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).


In an interview with TheCable, David Bakare, deputy national secretary of the PFN, said the group has no affiliation with members of the Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria who met with Bola Tinubu, APC presidential candidate, on Friday.


The PFN also said its opposition to the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC remains unchanged.


Speaking during an interview with Channels Television on Sunday, Keyamo said the PFN has no right to criticise the decisions of the ruling party.


“The PFN are not members of our party. They should go and vote that day,” he said.


“They should not be coming to question the decision of our party publicly. The purpose of pastors or their duty is to lead people to heaven not to lead people to [presidential] villa.


 “If I go to church every Sunday, I want to hear the sermon of God and I don’t want to hear the sermon of politics or who should rule me.


“I want to hear the sermon of God and what will lead me to salvation and not what to lead me to the villa.”


Asides from the PFN, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has also condemned the selection of Kashim Shettima, a Muslim, as the running mate to Tinubu.




Commenting on the APC’s campaign strategy for the 2023 elections, Keyamo said the party will present to Nigerians the performance of Tinubu during his time as governor of Lagos.


The minister added that Nigerians are too hungry to be bothered about issues bordering on religion.


“Nigerians are hungry, they want to see how that hunger will be addressed, not how their Christian or Muslim faiths will be addressed,” he said.


“They want to see our policies on agriculture and what Asiwaju has done before as governor of Lagos state, how he improved Lagos and how he will bring that kind of posterity to Nigeria as a whole.”

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