Nigerian-born Evangelist, Pastor Victor Ajisafe has been arrested by the Sierra Leone Police force and he’s currently been questioned for allegedly using hate speech.
The famous preacher, founder and President of the Sanctuary Praise Church was arrested after blasting prominent Islamic scholar and Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe, Mufti Ismail Menk over alleged claims that Sierra Leone is an Islamic state.
Ajisafe defined Mufti as “a liar and an angel of Darkness who have come to deceive Sierra Leoneans”. He further added that Islam is a “religion of terrorism”.
Remember that Mufti was in Freetown on a two-days visit (Islamic lecture) mission on from 21-23 September. Menk landed at the Lungi International Airport on Thursday, 21 September on the invitation of the Foundation of Islamic Information Sierra Leone (FOISIL) and held an inspirational lecture at the Jam-packed National Stadium on Friday and at the Freetown Central Mosque at Rokupa.
It is worthy to note that over 50,000 people occupied the National stadium during Mufti’s lecture, a record which is the first of its kind in the history of Sierra Leone.
Mufti, during his visit to President Koroma at the state house lodge in Freetown has said that the main reason why he has visited the country was to sympathize with those who lost their lives as a result of the August 14th Mudslide and Flood disaster and also pray for them as well as for the country.
However, Pastor Ajisafe has countered his claim and his religion describing Islam as a “religion of terrorism”.
Pastor Victor Ajisafe said that Mufti’s preaching about Jesus is a lie. He also added that Sierra Leone does not have a trace of Islam. “The two religions you only have here are idol worshiping and Christianity”.
He further alleged that Ex Late Sierra Leone President, Alhaji Tejan Kabbah sold Sierra Leone out to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) through a back market.
Meanwhile, mixed reactions has trailed the speech of the famous Evangelist. While many has described it as a hate speech which could bring about hatred in a religious tolerant country like Sierra Leone, others have supported him claiming that Imams and other Islamic leaders are also known for using hate speeches against Christians in the country.
Some sects have called for his deportation back to Nigeria while others have threatened to set his churches across Sierra Leone ablaze.