Ifedayo Olarinde popularly known as ‘Daddy Freeze”, has reacted to threats by David Ibiyeomie, the founder and senior pastor of Salvation Ministries, saying that if anything happens to him, Ibiyeomie should be held responsible
In a recent video that has since gone viral, Ibiyeomie was seen threatening to arrest and kill the broadcaster over what he termed as insults to his “father” David Oyedepo, the Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church.
Ibiyeomie’s threats had sparked off comments on social media to the extent that his threats were largely condemned.
Freeze, however, in a move that looked more like daring Ibiyeomie, had released the pictures of his parents and consequently released a now viral video to address some of the comments of Ibiyeomie.
In the video Daddy Freeze had said: “Is this how Nigeria is going to accept this? if anything happens to me, I hope you know who to hold responsible? This has been on social media space for the past 24 hours now, I am yet to hear anything from the police, what happened to our laws on hate speech, racism, discriminatory statements, threat to life which is actually criminal? ”
“I was very devastated by that video because of the contents thereof. I didn’t insult Bishop David Oyedepo. He quoted from the book of Ephesians 5:22 and I drew his attention to verse 21,” he said.
“Correcting scripturally is not an insult. There’s no way you’re going to preach and not get criticism. Even my friends who agree doctrinally still disagree with scriptures and ideologies here and there.”
He further said, “just to get to me, Pastor Ibiyeomie, would drag the whole of Somalia. I’m very proud to associate myself with Somalians because they’re beautiful Africans like you and me”.
“It’s hate speech to undermine them with derogatory words. Is there’s anything wrong in being one of them, even though by birth, I’m not Somalian. My mum is European and my dad is Yoruba.”
He also declared that he is proud of his profession as a broadcaster.
“I’m broadcaster for the last 25 years and dedicated my life to this profession, taken my children the radio to familiarize themselves with it, hoping that one or two of them would fall in love with it,” he said.
“But you demean it. Are we going to make broadcasters feel bad for making broadcasting their career choice because of how little the money there is?”
“Maybe broadcasters should collect tithe too so you at least get the feeling someone of his caliber is talking to you. You should apologise to journalists and broadcasters for undermining our work”.
He consequently called on all security agencies and the public to be on red alert in the event of anything happening to him.