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I Was Deceived Into Visiting Buhari In Aso Rock – Abuja Pastor


Pastor speaks out on how he was lured into joining the visit to Aso Rock
Pastor speaks out on how he was lured into joining the visit to Aso Rock

President Buhari in a group photograph with the Arewa pastors

 I did not know the full details of our visit to Aso Rock – Pastor

Henry Sado, who was part of the delegation that visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja last week, has come out to declare that says he was deceived into joining the team that made the visit.

Recall that as earlier reported by Naija News, some Christian clergy men, under the aegis of Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace in Nigeria (APPIN), visited the president in Abuja and assured him of their continuous support and that of those they represent.

However, their failure to speak out on the case of Leah Sharibu, the Christain girl from the Dapchi girls, still been held by the Boko Haram insurgents, and some other national issues, sparked anger and condemnation from the general populace.

The said pastor, Sado, who is a pastor at the Abuja branch of Church of Eternal Life, has however in a report published by The Cable, attempted to clear his name, stating that he was tricked into joining the entourage.

“Bishop JRA (John Richard Abu) called me on Wednesday, April 5, 2018, to be part of his team to Aso Rock on Thursday, April 6. He told me about his closeness to a former president of CAN. He also said he had spoken with the chairman of Pentecostal Bishops in the 19 northern states and FCT who is also the founder of Dominion Chapel International Churches, Archbishop Daniels John Praise; hence I should please follow him,” he said.

“I asked him the purpose of the visit to the Villa and he said like other Christian groups that have been visiting the villa, he wants to go and present burning issues to President Buhari, including the case of Leah Sharibu, the female student of Government Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state, who is still being held captive by Boko Haram insurgents and a prayer conference. I am not privy to the speech he presented.

“I met him for the first time on Thursday, April 5, 2019, in fact, I had to call him to identify him in the midst of others. On getting to the villa, the Chaplain of Aso Villa (Seyi Malomo) was surprised to see him and he asked of Archbishop Daniels John Praise and Rev. Yakubu Pam (chairman of CAN in 19 northern states and FCT), two very prominent northern Christian leaders, and he (Abu) said they were not on his team. There and then, I suspected there are issues, I had been conscripted through deception.

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“I was asked to stand in for FCT since the Arewa pastors are supposed to come from the 19 northern states and FCT. I Pastor and have lived in Abuja for the past 17 years, by God’s grace. Some Christian leaders have been to our church before. I was former national chairman of YOWICAN (Youth Wing of CAN). I have never turned my back against the Christian community before, my records with the fathers and God speaks for me.”