The General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, has cancelled his planned crusade in Aba, Abia State after he was warned against hold the spiritual exercise.
The crusade was scheduled to hold in Aba from May 24 to May 29, 2022 but the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) told the popular preacher to cancel it.
Chairman of the crusade’s organising team, Pastor James Akpofure, in a statement on Saturday explained that the crusade have been cancelled.
“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.
Celebrating One year of Global Evangelization. pic.twitter.com/CSLLBUZ4h5
— Pastor William F. Kumuyi (@pastorwf_kumuyi) May 21, 2022
Similarly, an official of the Global Crusade With Kumuyi confirmed the cancellation on Saturday, noting that, a new venue would be announced for the crusade.
IPOB had on Thursday through its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, asked Kumuyi to consider the insecurity in the South East and not proceed with the crusade.
“Let him and the organisers of the crusade make sure that nothing happens. The security of this region is not good because of political and criminal activities. We, therefore, advise him to stop this crusade for security reasons.
“IPOB will not allow anyone to die because of this crusade scheduled to hold in Aba. The probability of criminals operating as unknown gunmen infiltrating the crusade is high and they will blame it on IPOB,” the IPOB statement read.
The Christian Association of Nigeria had backed Kumuyi and urged IPOB to allow the holiness preacher proceed with his crusade.
In his statement titled, ‘Celebrating One Year of Global Evangelisation (Global Crusade with Kumuyi)’, Akpofure said he would keep praying for God’s divine intervention for the insecurity bedevilling the South-East geopolitical zone.
Kumuyi’s crusade was not the first to be cancelled in recent times. Last week, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, also cancelled his crusades in Sokoto and Bauchi states following the brutal murder of a Christian student, Deborah Yakubu, for alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammed.