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(Compass) – Muslim fundamentalists in the city of Ilorin in the central state of Kwara, Nigeria, are threatening to break up a Christian evangelistic crusade planned by well-know German preacher the Rev. Reinhard Bonnke. On August 14, protesters took to the streets of the city vowing to never allow the crusade to be held. Riot police fired tear gas canisters to disperse a crowd of Muslim demonstrators opposed to the campaign, slated for August 18-22 at Budo-Efo. Bonnke, visiting the state for the second time in 14 years, paid a courtesy call when he arrived to Kwara governor Dr. Bukola Saraki, a Muslim. “I want to say to everyone that we are people of peace, we preach about the love of God, we are against religious strife, and animosity,” Bonnke told journalists after the visit. Law enforcement authorities have deployed security teams to the crusade grounds. “Anybody who is interested in attending the crusade is free to go. We have provided enough security,” Marcus Gideon of the Kwara state police command told Compass.