Popular Nigerian comedian, Okey Bakassi, has reacted to concerns raised by some pastors who criticise comedians for solely focusing their jokes on Christianity, without making jest of other religions.
Newsworth recalls that the General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman had queried Nigerian comedians who take delight in using Jesus Christ to crack jokes and not Mohamned of the Muslim faith, stressing that comedians will be killed if they cracked jokes about Mohammed.
Reacting in an interview with the Punch newspapers, Bakassi stated that pastors who question why comedians are quick to crack jokes about Christianity and say little or nothing about other religions, are speaking out of ignorance.
The comedian explained that he and his colleagues do not crack jokes about Muslims because they are not versed with the religion.
He said: “I think sometimes people talk out of ignorance. With due respect to what people believe in; when some of these pastors talk, you see a lot of ignorance. If you do not understand some aspects of a business, you either keep quiet or ask questions.
“You can also do your research. We do not talk so much about Islam simply because most comedians are Christians and we understand our own religion more than other religions, so we try to stay away from subjects we know nothing about.
“Do you want us to talk about a religion we know nothing about and stand the risk of misinforming the public as opposed to talking about what we know and understand? Even the pastors, do they talk about Islam on the pulpits? Is it not Christianity they talk about and don’t they make light of some things in the Bible just to get their message across?
“So why is it that some people just like to pick on comedians as if we are the only problem they have? I think it is ignorance.”