By Emma Amaize
WARRI- THE Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade, FHRACC, Delta State, yesterday, urged the Department of State Services, DSS, to rescind the invitation order on the President and Founder of Omega Fire Ministries, Worldwide, Apostle Suleiman, to appear before it today (Monday), over his comment on the genocidal killings of Christians by Fulani herdsmen , saying, “it is an invitation to anarchy.”
FRHRACC in a statement by the national president, Alaowei Cleric Esq., urged the DSS not to stoke religious crisis in the country with its move to browbeat the fiery cleric.
It asserted: “The botched midnight arrest of Apostle Suleiman and his subsequent invitation by the Department of State Services (DSS) is a clear witch-hunt. The move by the DSS to arrest the man of God just because he expressed his feelings on the marauding invasions of the Fulani Herdsmen against Christians in the country is a clear attempt to murder freedom of speech, apparently to engender religious bigotry.”
“DSS should not stoop so low to venture into such dangerous journey, which end will only help to create religious crisis. Our Constitution forbids placing one religious practice above the other ones,” the group said.
“Despite the genocidal killings currently going on in some parts of the country, which has being perpetrated by the now sacred Fulani ethnic-religious warlords, the DSS has not invited any of the Muslim leaders in the country for interrogation. Nothing is more inciting than the DSS’ plans to suppress Christians from exercising their constitutional rights.”
“Handlers of government institutions should be careful of their actions in order not to plunge the country into an anarchic end. Nigeria is a secular country governed by a Constitution. The DSS should not turn itself to an arm of one religious body in the land to perpetrate religious crisis,” the group warned.
“ Nigeria belongs to both Christian and Muslim faithful in the country and so, no Christian leader should be made the scapegoat for expressing his ill feelings towards the Fulani herdsmen’ brigandage.
“We pray that the DSS should not by act or omission instigate religious crisis between Christians and Muslims in the country. We are calling on all well- meaning Nigerians to prevail on the DSS to rescind its decision on Apostle Suleiman,” the asserted.