General Overseer of the Victory Life Ministries International, Ilesa in Osun State, Bishop Mike Bamidele, has cautioned Governor Rauf Aregbesola to tread softly on religious issues.
He spoke at a press conference heralding the activities lined up for the 24th anniversary of his ministry in Osogbo, the state capital.
He also made a case for the celebration of Pentecost Day in the state, saying that the day should be made a public holiday for all Christians to gather together to celebrate the Holy Spirit.
“Religious leaders like Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, Prophet S. K. Abiara, E.O. Fakeye and others who are from this state (Osun) must intervene and ensure that their birth place or anywhere in the country is allowed to promote the evil aspect of traditional religion.
“This state would go a century backward should the government continue to encourage aspects of traditional religion that promote evil. Though what the governor is doing is to be fair to all religion but he must be cautious the way he go about this,” the cleric said.
He also suggested that the second stanza of the National Anthem should be adopted as prayer by both private and public schools across the country, saying that the lyrics of the anthem have a significant spiritual implication.
Bishop Bamidele said that Nigerians would need to pray if crisis would be averted in the country during the 2015 general elections.
He stressed the need for all Christians in the country to pray fervently for peace ahead of the 2015 polls.
“Nigerians need to pray ahead of the 2015 elections to avert chaos which may occur in an attempt to hold on to power at all costs by some politicians,” he said.
The cleric, who urged Nigerians to seek the face of God to enjoy peace in all parts of the country, said that the current situation in the country needs the prayers.