From NEXT (Nigeria):
Service was brought to a halt yesterday at the St Paul Anglican Church, Sodubi, Abeokuta when thugs, armed with dangerous weapons, invaded the church because the priest was allegedly being too blunt in his preaching. Some of the words he used were said to have offended some highly placed individuals who attend the church. The offence of the cleric was traced to his sermon on the New Year eve, which a source said was not well received by some church elders. Mr. Ilekoya, at the service, warned political leaders to mend their ways or face the wrath of God. Shortly afterwards, a meeting was held where retaliatory measures were allegedly planned against the priest, to be executed in yesterday's service.
Some of the members of the church are saddened by the ugly development, and expressed their shock at the incident. Some accused the church authority of turning the church into a political theater because of their individual selfish interests. One of them said Mr. Ilekoya would be the fourth cleric of the church that the elders would fight because of the theme of his preaching.
When the ringleader of the thugs, former senator, Femi Okunrounmu, was approached by journalists at the church premises to react on the allegation that he sponsored thugs to disrupt the church service, he was furious.
"How did you get to know what's happening here, who told you and who told you to come," he said. "This is church affairs and not press affairs. I don't want to comment further."