Apostle Suleman has put the credibility of the Department of State Security Service to question after he asked why there was no swift action when Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai made hate tweets.
Apostle Suleiman had recently told members of his congregation to kill any Fulani herdsman they found around his church premises after he got a tip off about an impending attack on his church.
Following his comment, the DSS attempted to arrest him in the early hours of Wednesday but Governor of Ekiti State Ayo Fayose intervened to avert the arrest.
As the attempted arrest continues to spark up controversies across the country, Apostle Johnson Suleiman to Twitter to clarify his stand on the issue.
As is fondly said, “the internet never forgets” , The pastor also referenced a tweet by the current Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai threatening anyone who kills an ethnic Fulani.
On his Twitter handle @APOSTLESULEMAN, he shared a screen grab of the tweet by El-Rufai on July 15, 2012.
El-Rufai had tweeted: “We will write this for all to read. Anyone, soldier or not that kills the Fulani takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes.”
But the Apostle tweeted: “It’s not a religious issue but one against crime. I have Fulani friends and dey hate d killings by these herdsmen and support self defense.”
“You won’t open ur eyes and watch someone kill u. Don’t go for them but if dey come around u to kill u,defend urself..that’s my stand.”
It remains an open discussion in the public sphere as to why the Security apparatus of the Nigerian State chooses to swing swiftly to action on selected cases.
Religious leaders across board have questioned the slow response of the Security forces to the killings in Southern Kaduna and other frequent attacks by herdsmen across the country.