He urged Christian leaders to not preach hate as a result of the evil acts being carried out by killers.
The vice president said this at the inauguration of the 30,000-seater church auditorium of the Deeper Life Bible Church in Gbagada, Lagos, on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.
He was reacting to the news of the killing of two Catholic priests and 17 other worshippers in an attack carried out by suspected herdsmen in St. Ignatius Quasi Parish Ukpor-Mbalom in Ayar-Mbalom community of Gwer East local government area of Benue state earlier on Tuesday.
The vice president urged Christian leaders to not preach hate as a result of the evil acts being carried out by such killers.
He said, "It is not only a heinous sacrilege, but high wickedness to kill persons in the place of worship. As I discussed these issues with the President (Muhammadu Buhari), it's evident the devil's bigger agenda is to stoke up a religious conflict in Nigeria, to make it impossible to preach the gospel or even for Muslims to worship in their mosques.
"While security agencies continue to work relentlessly to hunt down perpetrators of these evil acts, we as a body of Christ must not lose focus. The enemy wants us to stand on our pulpits & preach hate, we will not. We will obey Jesus who said that we must love our enemies."
For the inauguration on Tuesday, Osinbajo was hosted by Deeper Life Bible Church's General Superintendent, Pastor Williams Kumuyi.