President and founder of Living Stone Church Assembly, Bishop Jonas Katung, has backed northern Pentecostal bishops for taking the concerns of northern Christians before the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, on his choice of a Muslim running mate from the North, rather than being condemned.
Bishop Katung who spoke with newsmen in Jos at the weekend said the recent comments made by former secretary to the federal government, Babachir Lawal, on their meeting with Tinubu was done out of mischief.
According to him, Lawal’s description of the church leaders as fake bishops is simply because they gave Tinubu a chance to be heard.
He said Lawal’s action depicts how he could go, even if it means smearing God’s anointed servants.
“Of course, Babachir Lawal who does not belong to the Pentecostal fold is in no way qualified to access who a bishop is or question their call,” Katung said.
He said Lawal may have the right to disagree with the steps taken by the northern Pentecostal bishops but he has no right to impugn their integrity or use uncouth language against them.
He added that the choice of Shettima as running mate has brought about divergent voices across the polity, especially within the Christian community which expressed disapproval of same.
Katung said the efforts of the church leaders to bring to the attention of the APC flagbearer the plight and fears of Christians in northern Nigeria ought to be commended by all people of good will, especially Christians.