Nigerian pastor beaten by thugs for preaching in public

Pastor Emenogo of the Evangelical Christian Assembly of South Africa has been spreading the word of God in public for about 10 years

Pastor Zander Emenogo from The Evangelical Christian Assembly of South Africa says he was beaten by thugs for spreading the word of God

A 48-yr-old pastor, Zander Emenogo was brutally beaten and head bashed in for preaching on the streets of johannesburg, South Africa.

Pastor Emenogo of the Evangelical Christian Assembly of South Africa is originally from Lagos, Nigeria and has been spreading the word of God in public for about 10 years.

It was not unusual of him to think he was safe on the streets he was used to preaching in.

Speaking to Daily Sun, he said, “I go where the Lord leads me. On Saturday I was standing on the corner of Delvers and Claim streets in the CBD,” adding that the message the Lord had given him was about drugs, crime and violence.

“While I was preaching, there were rough guys looking at me. I was scared but I had no choice. I passed on the word of God,” he said.

“I didn’t know I was pushing the wrong buttons as I preached. I only realised that when I was done and preparing to go home.”

He said two young men stopped him and told him that he had a big mouth.

“Before I could respond I felt a heavy blow on my head and I fell down. I only woke up four hours later in a hospital bed,” he said.

The pastor said he now fears for his life.

“When I went back to preach on Monday on other streets I was threatened.”

“A man told me what the guys did on Saturday was nothing compared to what was to come if I didn’t stop what I’m doing.”

The pastor, a father of two, is originally from Lagos in Nigeria and now lives in Berea. He said he has to pass on the message whether it offended someone or not.

“I preach what the Lord tells me,” he said.

The People’s Paper went with the pastor to Joubert Park.

Many people came closer as he started preaching.

Sam Nkomo, who was listening to the pastor, said: “I condemn what those guys did to the pastor.

“He is a good man indeed. He doesn’t deserve to be treated like that for helping us change our wrongdoings.”

Police spokesman Warrant Officer De Bruyn Jerbes confirmed that a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm was opened at the Joburg Central Police Station.

“No arrests have been made and the police are investigating,” he said.

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