By Anthony Ogbonna with Agency report
The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleman has said that Kaduna state Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai knows the Fulani herdsmen doing the killings in Kaduna state. The cleric said since the Governor had also confessed that he paid the herdsmen to stop killing Christians in the state, he must therefore be made to produce them to answer to crimes of murder and other crimes.
Suleman had also asked the Federal Government to compel Governor El-Rufai to produce the Fulani herdsmen so as to disabuse the minds of Nigerians that Christians are not the target of President Muhammadu’s administration.
He said that failure to compel El-Rufai to produce the herdsmen who purportedly collected money from the Kaduna State Government is an indication of the insincerity of the Buhari administration.
“The Governor of Kaduna State confessed that he paid money to some Fulani herdsmen as compensation to stop the killings in Southern Kaduna.
“That means he knows those who have committed atrocities against Christians. He must be made to produce them to answer to charges of murder and other crimes,” the Apostle said.
Recall that following the reported utterances of the apostle wherein he told his members to defend themselves should any herdsmen come to attack them in the church, the Department of States Services, DSS invited Suleman to report at its office in Abuja on Monday. as at the time of filing this report, Apostle Suleman has reported at the DSS office in Abuja for interrogation.
However, Some Christian youths under the aegis of Christian Youths Project have condemned the invitation to the Apostle by the Department of State Services(DSS). The Christian youths said that the utterance of the Pastor on the pulpit should not warrant any arrest, adding that there was no need to misconstrue the statement of the Apostle.
The National President of the Project, Mr Pepple Ibiwari-Junior, made the call in a press briefing on Monday in Port Harcourt .
He noted that the utterance of the man of God was a wakeup call on Christians to be on the alert in case of any possible attack.
He advised the relevant authorities not to ridicule or cause any public embarrassment to the clergy held in high esteem by members of the public.
“ We strongly and unequivocally condemn in totality the ridicule and public embarrassment of Apostle Suleman Johnson by the DSS,” he added.
Ibiwari-Junior urged the DSS not to treat the Apostle as a common criminal but to accord him some respect.
He said that religious matters were of delicate nature and as such should be treated with caution to avoid misrepresentation of facts.
The president stressed that his members condemned the continued killing of Christians .
Ibiwari-Junior called on Christians to be vigilant and to be security conscious always to avoid being victims of religious killings and other forms of attack.
“The gospel of Jesus Christ advocates love and peace and not violence, Christian youths do not subscribe to violence or killings under any guise.
“ While we appreciate the DSS and other security agencies in ensuring peace and security in Nigeria, we call for an intensified effort to put a final stop to the killings of innocent Christians by Fulani herdsmen, ‘’ he said.
The president urged the authorities to arrest and prosecute those responsible for the killing of innocent Christians in the north and in other parts of the nation.