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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi has described as ‘most unacceptable’ the social media attacks on the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
The former governor of Anambra State said some people are masquerading as his followers to rain insults on the 81-year-old cleric.
Obi condemned the use of what he described as ‘subterfuge’, stressing that he eschews name-calling, insults, and abuses.
‘The use of subterfuge by people masquerading as Obidients to abuse and insult eminent personalities like Most Reverend Pastor Enoch Adeboye or anyone else is most unacceptable. Obidients are by and large, law-abiding citizens,” he tweeted on Wednesday.
‘While differences of opinion are normal, calculated efforts to create ethnic or religious chasm all in the name of politics should not in any way be tolerated. As a person, I eschew name-calling, insults, and abuses, likewise most of my supporters.
‘The suggestion that some in the fringes engage in such conduct casually overlooks the fact that the political opposition deploys such methods to gain undue advantage and create confusion and bad blood.’
The Eastern Updates recalls that Obi had earlier in the week explained why he paid a courtesy visit to the Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka weeks after his supporters clashed on social media with the respected statesman.
The visit is coming one month after the playwright had a major clash with the Obidients movement, a nickname adopted by Obi’s supporters on social media.
Soyinka, who faulted voter suppression witnessed in some polling units in Lagos, had also accused Obidients of fascism who don’t ‘entertain corrective criticism’.
The controversial wordsmith made the statement when he featured as a guest on Channels Television and later on Arise TV on April 8.
Hours after his scathing remark, Soyinka was serially trolled and abused online by angry youths who identified with the former governor of Anambra State.
Two weeks ago, Obi revealed on a television program that he was sad about the exchange, maintaining that he revered Soyinka as a father.
He also defended his Obidient movement when he reiterated that they were angry youths who had been deprived by a system that is meant to care for them.