The Prelate of The Methodist Church of Nigeria, Archbishop Sunday Ola Makinde has just dropped a bombshell on the current controversy surrounding Apostle Suleiman and the DSS when he alleged that government is mad because Apostle Suleiman converted from lslam to Christianity.
The Department of State Service had recently invited the general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleiman for interrogation in connection with what he said about religious war and killings of Christians in the northern part of the country by the Fulani herdsmen.
The Prelate said:
“He should be law-abiding, let him go and face the DSS. Let us see if they will detain him and they will detain so many religious leaders in Abuja.
“Nigeria is greater than any religion and Nigeria is greater than anybody. The DSS should watch it. If they like, let me be the next victim. What is annoying them is that Suleiman converted from Islam to Christianity.
“Self-defence is permissible; they slapped our first cheek. They slapped the second cheek and we have no other cheek to turn for them. We may therefore resort to self-defence because this thing is becoming intolerable.”
Apostle Suleiman had earlier told his church members to kill any Fulani man who tried to attack them.
“Any Fulani herdsman that just enter [church] by mistake and wants to pretend, kill him. Kill him. Cut his head. If they are busy killing Christians and nothing is happening, we will kill them and nothing will happen…”
It seems the emergence of a Fulani President – Muhammadu Buhari – has given rise to herdsmen bandit in several corners of the nation. Hundreds – men, women and children have been brutally massacred since the beginning of 2016 and from all indications, it is perceived more as a religious war than a tribal battle.
Following his foiled arrest which sparked outrage from Nigerians; including from religious and political leaders at large, who defended him on the ground that his detention will trigger an uncontrollable religious crisis in Nigeria, Suleiman took to his Twitter page to elaborate his stance on the issue.
A video footage also showed the pastor preaching to his congregation about self-defence and peace. See video:
In the face of hardship and death toll marring the country under President Buhari’s led administration, many bold church leaders like Apostle Suleiman as well as governors have aired their concerns and dissatisfaction against the inertness of the federal government especially towards senseless killings of Christians in southern Kaduna State.
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State had personally charged the Christians in the affected areas to express their constitutional right to self-defence, rather than fold their arms and wait for the government to rescue them from their assailants.