A United States-based Nigerian critic, Farooq Kperogi, has continued to attack vice president Yemi Osinbajo over his presidential ambition.
Kperogi, who has, since the VP declared his intention to contest under the All Progressives Congress, used his Facebook account to paint Osinbajo as a bigot has continued to build large followership who also share in his belief.
Reacting to a video by the office of the Vice President debunking claims that Osinbajo is a bigot, Kperogi through a post on his Facebook account on Thursday, claimed that the VP is “indeed a religious bigot”.
He stated that members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God where the VP is a pastor, are disappointed in the segregation against Muslims by the VP.
“Let me start by making it clear that most of the liberal RCCG members I’ve interacted with over the last few weeks don’t support Osinbajo’s overt bigotry in favour of the church.
“Several of them are embarrassed by it—the same way that I’ve been embarrassed by Buhari’s favouritism toward northern Muslims. So, please don’t understand me as demonizing the RCCG, which I believe is a great spiritual sanctuary and source of hope for many.”
He faulted the video alleging that some of the people in the video no longer work for the VP while also stating that the number of people who appeared in the video is a little fraction of the VP’s staff.
He also claimed that two of Osinbajo’s predecessors at his former church where he pastored are presently serving as government appointees.
He said, “Here’s a list of the 80 people who work in his office. Most of them, I have confirmed, are members of the RCCG. Of the 80 people who work in his office, including those appointed by the Presidency, take a look and tell me what you see.
“Osinbajo was the pastor of the Olive Tree Parish of the RCCG in Lagos. In May 2015 when he became VP, Okechukwu Enelamah succeeded him as the pastor of the parish. Months later, when Osinbajo was given a chance to nominate a minister, he chose Enelamah.
“In the aftermath of Enelamah’s appointment as a minister, Alex Ayoola Okoh became the pastor of the Olive Tree Parish. In 2017, a vacancy emerged for the position of the DG of BPE. Osinbajo again chose Alex Ayoola Okoh, Enelemah’s successor. That’s three successive pastors of the Olive Tree Parish in government at the same time.”