Ayodele Fayose, the Governor of Ekiti State and the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum, has warned the Department of State Services (DSS) against the planned detention and probing of Apostle Johnson Suleiman of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide and Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church Worldwide International.
The Governor described their alleged planned detention as an indirect invitation to religious crisis in Nigeria.
“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 so to get them remanded in Kuje Prison perpetually.” Fayose said
Fayose stated that the plan of the DSS was to humiliate these men of God and create fear in others who would want to speak against similar incidents.
In the statement which was issued by Mr. Lere Olayinka, the Governor’s Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Fayose asked the DSS to tell Nigerians how many of the armed Fulani herdsmen who killed thousands across the country have been arrested?
“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.”
“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 urged the DSS not to go on with their plans because it will threaten the peaceful coexistence of the nation.
He also noted that “he will continue to stand for Nigeria and its people, not for any religion and it is my position that rights of all Nigerians must be respected and protected.”
He urged the APC led federal government to focus on the economy it destroyed and save Nigerians from the hunger ravaging the land.
“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,” the governor said.