Gov. Ayodele Fayose has said that he foiled an attempt by the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest Apostle Johnson Suleiman of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide in Ado Ekiti in the early hours of Wednesday.
The cleric was in Ekiti for a two-day crusade which the governor attended. He paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Fayose at the Government House afterwards, and was reportedly being followed by operatives of the DSS on his way back to his hotel room in the Adebayo Area of the state capital.
According to a statement by the media team of the governor, DSS operatives attempted to force their way into Suleiman’s room but were resisted by the hotel security men who insisted to know their mission.
Suleiman has featured prominently in the national discuss in recent times following a call he made on his church members to kill any Fulani herdsman who comes near him or his church.
“I have told them in the church here that any Fulani herdsman that just enters by mistake and want 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,” he said in a sermon which trended recently.
According to the statement released by Fayose’s team, Suleiman was alerted on the danger he was in and so he called Fayose who “led a rescue mission to prevent the abduction of the Pastor and took him to safety.”
The statement quoted Suleiman as saying he had a premonition that he was being trailed “after I preached that Christians should retaliate any attack or killings by the Fulani herdsmen. These Fulani headmen had turned many Christians to orphans and widowers but the time has come to protect ourselves.”
“I received several calls from hidden numbers trying to locate where I am and I had warned my security not to allow any Fulani man to come nearer me. So when the men of DSS came in the middle of the night I knew their mission and I had to call the Governor because if they arrest me, they will put this country in fire.”
Governor Fayose expressed surprise that the security agents tried to arrest the pastor when they could have invited him for questioning.
“I personally attended his crusade and I think it is wrong for a man of God who is harmless that could be invited if have any issue against him. Are Christians and Moslems under different dispensation of the rule of law? That’s why I went there to rescue him. Let them kill two of us together. But when they saw my vehicles and the crowd, they fled,” Fayose said.
The governor claimed without evidence that the instruction for Suleiman’s arrest came from the DSS in Abuja. He said it was unbecoming of the Federal Government to be harassing clergymen in the country. He falsely claimed that the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye was harassed and forced to resign shortly after he visited him in Ado Ekiti.
“This is unacceptable. We are in a democracy and Nigerians should warn the Presidency against putting this country on fire because religion is an emotional thing,” Fayose said.