Kumuyi cancels Aba crusade over IPOB warning

General superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church Pastor William Kumuyi has cancelled his crusade in Aba, Abia State following warning from the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The crusade was scheduled to hold in Aba from May 24 to May 29, 2022.

IPOB told the clergyman on Thursday not to hold the crusade over security concerns.

Chairman of the organising team for the crusade, Pastor James Akpofure, confirmed the cancellation in a statement on Saturday,

“As there are currently some security challenges at the intended alpha location (Aba, Abia State, Nigeria), the Global Crusade Convener, Pastor (Dr) W.F. Kumuyi commiserates with our people in Abia State and will be praying along for God’s Divine Intervention,” Akpofure said.

On May 19, IPOB’s spokesman Emma Powerful in a statement asked Kumuyi to consider the insecurity in the south-east and not proceed with the crusade.

The spokesman added on Saturday that Kumuyi and the Christian Association of Nigeria should not ignore its advice, alleging plans by political thugs to attack attendees at the crusade.

He said, “It is unbelievable that CAN would not summon the courage to fight for their members when Muslims and security men attack and murder their members.

“They should understand that IPOB will not fold its arms and watch our people deliberately put in harm’s way to be slaughtered because of crusade, when they know that politicians will employ their local thugs to slaughter people and tag it that IPOB was responsible for such attack.”

Emma Powerful noted that both Kumuyi and CAN should publicly declare that they should be held responsible if any attack by those allegedly recruited by politicians and the security agencies should happen during the crusade.