The Senior Pastor Dunamis Gospel International, Dr Paul Enenche, has described reported arrest and detention of some youths in the church on Sunday, the 4th of July 2021 as fake news.
Reacting through Dr Adah Ochowechi of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Wednesday, Dr Eneche said “the narrative being peddled is that some youths wearing T-shirts branded with the inscription ‘BUHARI MUST GO’ came to church and walked up to the altar as first timers, and were arrested by the church and handed to the DSS.”
The statement said “Nothing can be further from the truth. The church holds three services every Sunday, and the Senior Pastor, Dr Paul Enenche preaches in all the services.
“After the sermon in the first service that Sunday, an altar call was made, to which many people came out, including the said youths, and nothing happened to them. No one questioned the legality or otherwise of the inscription on their T-shirts.
“However, soon after their departure from the altar, they swung into protest with blaring trumpets and saxophones right from the exit door of the church. At the same time, the event was being covered and live-streamed with the background shots of the church building and those of the thronging crowd, both exiting and entering the sanctuary for the next service.”
“The live streaming had the caption: ‘BUHARI MUST GO Campaign Hits Dunamis Church in Abuja’. This appears intriguing.”
According to the statement, no one knew who the protesters were or where they came from; and no one knew the organisation they represented as well as their ultimate agenda until the DSS apprehended them. It said no standard rule of engagement was followed as they merely sneaked into the church and swung into protest on a holy day of service.
“Moreover, the church is not an activism ground, but a centre for the projection of truth against all forms of evil. The church is non-political and non-partisan and thus, not an appropriate ground for political protests. It is not the seat of government where those being protested against reside.”