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Stop Disrupting Sunday Church Service With Ibadan Marathon―Pastor Femi Emmanuel Warns


The Presiding Pastor, Livingspring Chapel International, Femi Emmanuel, has condemned organizers of the annual Ibadan marathon race for choosing Sundays for the event.

This year edition was held on Sunday April 14 which was a Palm Sunday, a special day Christians celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry to Jerusalem.

In a statement, Pastor Emmanuel described the choice of Sundays for the event as insensitive to the plight of Christians as major roads in Ibadan are usually temporarily closed for the race thereby disrupting movements of Christians to church. He said hundreds of thousands of Christians are prevented from moving freely to church on such Sundays which amounts to needless pain.

The cleric emphasized that he bears no personal grudge against the race and its organizers. He described it as a race that has transformed to a huge economic event and which gives room for youths to channel their energy appropriately.

The statement read in part: “Christans in the city of Ibadan on Sunday April  14, 2019 woke up to witness another violation of their freedom of movement to worship their God in the name of Ibadan Annual Marathon Race. This has become an annual occurrence but this year’s event was done with so much reckless insensitivity to the feelings of Christians and the christian faith.

The organizers neglected and failed  to take into consideration the significance of Palm Sunday to the Christian faith and many worshippers were unnecessarily either delayed or prevented from going to church for service.

“The Presiding Pastor of Livingspring Chapel Int’l, Pastor Femi Emmanuel hereby calls on the organizers of the  Ibadan Annual Marathon  Race to stop holding the event on Sundays. Christians are vehemently opposed to the distruptions of people going to their places of worship on Sundays as major routes are temporarily closed for runners. This is grossly unfair to the Christians. It is also a show of disrespect for the Christian faith. Christians will no longer tolerate such affront to their faith and freedom of movement.”

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