The lawmaker representing Ado/Okpokwu/ Ogbadibo Federal Constituency of Benue State, Philip Agbese, has dismissed claims that First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu, closed the Aso Rock Chapel.
He described the allegations as “deleterious and despicable”, saying the First Lady is a “defender of Jesus Christ and his house”.
PUNCH Metro had reported that a Twitter user with the username @VeronicaaNaomi had alleged that the First Lady ordered the closure of the chapel.
She claimed that her directive was because some unnamed persons did not support her husband, President Bola Tinubu, during the presidential election in February 2023.
However, the First Lady has since refuted the claims as “fabrication and false representation of the true situation.”
But defending Mrs Tinubu in a statement on Tuesday, The PUNCH reported that Agbese said the First Lady has “sacrificed to the Body of Christ”.
According to the lawmaker, the First Lady is a strong woman of faith who is one of the leading and most vocal Christian voices in the nation.
He said, “She went through the preparatory stages of Baptismal and workers in training classes before becoming a Pastor in 2018. Tinubu’s boldness, courage, and spiritual insights are similar to Esther’s in the Bible.”
Agbese, therefore, urged Nigerians to disregard the allegations, adding that it is aimed at distracting the First Lady and her husband.
According to him, “the motive of the author is to plant a seed of hatred in the hearts of Christians against the current administration, which will not germinate”.
The Benue rep member further said the time for politics of ethnicity, religion, and bias was in the past, urging all Nigerians to support President Tinubu.