NIGERIAN CONSULATE IN JOBURG PUTS A DISCLAIMER ON PROPHET BUSHIRI

NIGERIAN CONSULATE IN JOBURG PUTS A DISCLAIMER ON PROPHET BUSHIRI

The office of the Consulate General of Nigeria in South Africa has put up an official disclaimer on the claim that Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) is a Nigerian.

The controversial claim was made by Abram Mashishi of the South African National Civic Organisation recently.

In the wake of a protest against ECG in Pretoria, Abram erroneously said: “We cannot have a situation whereby Nigerian Prophet doesn’t make money in his own country and decide to come here (South Africa). If they are prophets, they must go back to Nigeria and make money there. Enough is enough; we cannot lose our loved ones, people who die like they are animals. He even can’t apologize to South Africa”.

This statement drew ire aplenty amongst the Nigerian communities in South Africa and beyond. Tempers grew wings on the social media, flying with accusations and counter-accusations.

In an official press release that hit the street today, the Consulate General of Nigeria unequivocally declared: “The Consulate General of Nigeria in Johannesburg wishes to express its dismay over the interview on SABC of 29th December 2018, concerning the stampede in the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG) of Pastor Shepherd Bushiri in Pretoria on the 28th December, leading to the death of some church members

In the telecast, the SABC correspondent interview a certain Mr. Abarm Mashihi, Chairperson of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in the area, who maliciously referred to pastor Bushiri as a “Nigerian Prophet.

The Consulate wishes to state that Prophet Bushiri is a well-known individual in South Africa and his country of origin is not in doubt. The seeming ignorant and malicious misrepresentation of Bushiri as a Nigerian pastor points to the unfortunate stereotyping of Nigerians in South Africa that has led to many negative consequences. The Consulate rejects in the strongest terms the portrayal of Nigerians as criminals even when the reality points to the contrary…”.

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