Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has warned the Department of State Services (DSS) against the planned detention and trial of Apostle Johnson Suleiman of The Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide and the General Overseer of Living Faith Church Worldwide International (Winners’ Chapel International), Bishop David Oyedepo.
He said the planned arrest of the two church leaders was an indirect invitation to religious crisis in the country.
“There is plan to charge Apostle Suleiman and Bishop Oyedepo for incitement and attempt to cause public disorder on Friday, and make sure that they are not granted bail so to get them remanded in Kuje Prison perpetually.”
He said the plan was to humiliate the two men and create fear in others who would speak out against the draconian style of governance of the Buhari administration and the mass killings of innocent people across the country.
Fayose , in a statement, asked the DSS to furnish Nigerians with information on the number of arrests recorded so far, of killer Fulani herdsmen, who have decimated thousands of Nigerians before going for those who merely expressed their views.
“Even though the DSS has allowed commonsense to prevail by properly inviting Apostle Suleiman as against the gestapo manner with which the service attempted to abduct him last week Wednesday, it is still questionable that the DSS is more interested in a man who threatened to defend himself against any attack by Fulani herdsmen rather than those herdsmen that murdered thousands of Nigerians.
“It is sad and worrisome that after muzzling opposition politicians, judiciary and the press, the APC led federal government has taking its desperation to suppress dissenting voices in the country to the House of God,” he said, maintaining that the planned arrests would precipitate religious crisis in Nigeria.
“If the DSS had acted swiftly like it is doing on Apostle Suleiman so-called inciting comments when people were being killed by herdsmen across the country, so many lives would have been saved”, Fayose said and vowed to continue to speak for the people.
“Nigeria is already being ravaged by war of hunger, economic recession, job loss and lack of leadership direction. It will be disastrous for the country to be plunged into religious crisis. Apart from during the civil war, Nigerians have not been badly divided as a nation as we are under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. Killings under this government in 18 months are more than what was witnessed in the last 20 years,” he said.