Popular gospel singer, Tope Alabi, has come under heavy criticism for condemning a song by an upcoming gospel artiste, Yinka Alaseyori.
Alaseyori, in one of her songs, described God as her (spiritual) guarantor or advocate.
The song, ‘Oniduro mi e seun’, meaning ‘thank You my Guarantor’, had since then gained prominence in churches in the South-West.
But, in a video that has now gone viral, Tope Alabi was seen making a veiled reference to Alaseyori during an event, saying it will be wrong for anybody to tag God as his or her guarantor.
Tope Alabi, who spoke in Yoruba, said there was a day she wanted to sing the song, but the Holy Spirit told her to shut up. According to her, God is more than a guarantor or surety and it will not be good to describe him so.
She further warned gospel singers to digest songs very well before releasing them to the public.
She said, “Look at the enormous things God has done and somebody now came out to say Oniduromi e seun. God is not my own guarantor. God is more than a guarantor. I also loved that song, but the day I wanted to sing it, the Holy Spirit said ‘shut up your mouth.’ This is not like saying a song is not good.
“When you receive a song in the spirit, there are some deliberations you must have with the Holy Spirit before releasing it to the public, otherwise, if you release it the way it comes, individuals will just be singing rubbish. He has given us the brain to digest it very well, then bring it back.”
But, Alabi’s comment had since attracted the outrage of many Nigerians on social media, who opined that she was only envious of Yinka.
Some also stated that Alabi had also been guilty of using certain words in the lyrics of her songs, that were considered ‘worldly’.
The #Oniduromi challenge was started on Twitter so the song will gain more popularity as a way to spite Alabi’s comments.