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Politics of Thursday, 21 July 2022


Fake Bishops run away from journalists at Shettima's presentation

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The controversy surrounding the clergymen in attendance at the official presentation of Kashim Shettima as the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has diverted the attention of Nigerians from the main issues.

Recall, social media went into overdrive as Nigerians expressed shock after it emerged that the clergymen who were seen at the event on Wednesday, July 20 were allegedly hired by the campaign of the APC.

Clad in cassocks the unpopular Christian clergymen and women were the center of attention as videos and images trend on various online platforms. A viral video is one shielding himself from journalists who sought his attention even made mockery of their intentions.

The news which has dominated the news cycle in the country has drawn a response from the Tinubu Campaign Organisation, (TCO). It debunked reports that the clergymen were hired.

Speaking to the press in an attempt to clear the air, the TCO through its Director of Media and Communication, Mr. Bayo Onanuga said the bishops were not hired.

According to him, the clerics are patriotic Nigerians who believe in the unity of the country, stressing that they (bishops) are not big names in Christendom yet but coming up.

He said, “We want to say that those clergymen were not fake, not mechanics or yam sellers as the purveyors of hatred have made Nigerians to believe in the social media. They are not big names in Christendom yet, they are gradually building up their missions.

“They are church leaders who genuinely believe that Nigerians must eschew politics of hatred and religious bigotry and rather embrace politics of peace and nation building.

“We, therefore, deplore the hysterical twisting of the presence of these men and women in cassocks and the false accusation against our candidates, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Shettima”.

Meanwhile, one of the fake bishops who is identified as Joseph Odaudu by the Peoples Gazette said he negotiated an amount of 100,000 naira with representatives of the presidential candidate.

“They came to meet us at the car park behind Eagle Square and they promised to give me N100,000. They bought food for us and took us to another place where they gave us clothes to dress like Christian leaders and reverend fathers,” Mr Odaudu told The Gazette shortly after the event in Abuja on Wednesday. “But after we finished they only gave me N40,000 and another person said they got only N30,000. I don’t know why they changed our agreement because they said they had N100,000 for us.