Bishop David Oyedepo, the Founder and Overseer of the Living Faith Church, one of the biggest church in Africa, best known as Winners Chapel, has lent his voice to the controversial hate speech bill.
He believes Nigerians have the right to critic the government if they fail to rule the nation accordingly. He thus instructed Nigerians not to support the hate speech bill as proposed and being legislated upon by the Senate.
He wondered why bandits and herdsmen who are deemed 'killers' are not the main focus of those behind the bill. Instead, innocent Nigerians speaking their mind are the ones receiving the sticks from the Federal Government.
The renowned man of God urges Nigerians to stand united against the bill and make sure it does not suffice in the Nigerian Constitution.
He aired his opinion at the 2019 Shiloh, an annual event held in his church. Bishop Oyedepo went on to accuse the government of failing to meet up to the expectations of the people. He expressed his bewilderment as to why the federal government wants to stop people from lamenting if its elected officials go wrong in the course of their actions and implementations of policies.
"If the road is bad, they cannot say the road is bad? You cannot silence a prophet. Is Nigeria progressing or retrogressing?
"Let's join hands together, and evil shall not prevail."
He questioned the presidency saying they have failed to act against those he considered as killers but want to deal with citizens for speaking out. He added that the bill was already dead upon arrival, and described it as one of the "craziest idea" ever proposed by the senate in Nigeria.
While preaching to his congregation who had gathered from different parts of the world, he said:
“I don’t know if anyone loves Nigeria more than I do. Imagine they are not hanging killers; they want to hang ‘hate' speakers?
"Anyways that is dead already if the wicked will not stop his wickedness God will stop his wickedness,” Oyedepo said.