Funmilayo Adebayo, a Doomsday Nigerian preacher, claims that people behind the viral Mummy G.O hellfire cartoons sent gunmen after her because her words are drawing their church members to her own.
In an interview with BBC Pidgin, the preacher, who goes by the moniker Mummy G.O, said:
“The people behind the trend have been at it for over eight years. Sometimes they make use of magazines. When that didn’t work, they sent gunmen after me.
“I’ve been receiving some strange calls saying ‘Evangelist Funmilayo you are affecting us. Many of our members hear your message and they pull out of our church. If you don’t stop, we will kill you’.
“I thought it was just a threat until we started seeing gunmen chasing us while driving, coming to our church to threaten us and so on.
At times, when I’m inside a banking hall, they take my picture and forward it to me, saying if they wanted to have me killed, they would have done so.
They say they will disgrace me if I don’t stop. When they saw that I didn’t stop, they decided to make use of social media trends.”
On her sermons about women who wear makeup, she said, “On women wearing makeup, I did say so and that wasn’t the first time I said so.
I’ve travelled to many Islamic countries, you will never see their women wear anything that will open their bodies. Even their air hostesses, the way they dress shows they fear God.
My stance against indecency would have been supported if it was said 50 years ago. Then, no woman could enter a church without wearing a scarf.
The God that frowned against women not wearing scarves, has he travelled or changed? A Muslim lady dare not enter a mosque without her head covered.
But because I preached an old message, I’ve suddenly become a criminal. The truth remains the truth even if it’s just one person saying it.
“Thousands of callers have told me that God told them to stop using makeup if they want to make heaven. The Bible doesn’t support makeup.
Jezebel was the first woman to wear makeup in the Bible. If they say my preaching is too hard, are people expecting me to say the way they dress to a nightclub is allowed in the church?
“This is as she cited Deuteronomy 22:5, saying, ‘No woman shall wear what pertains to a man and no man shall wear what pertains to a woman’.”