There are reports that the Department of State Services(DSS) has asked the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, to stop granting interviews because of the importance attached to his messages by his followers. A security source at the DSS told The PUNCH that Suleiman was equally told by security operatives to know that his followership cut across Christianity and Islam and should therefore mind the way he speaks.
The pastor was quizzed by the DSS on Monday in Abuja over his alleged sermon asking his followers to kill any herdsmen found within his church premises. The source further said, “We asked him why he made such a provocative statement and he defended himself. He (Suleiman) said he made the statement based on available information that some herdsmen were planning to attack him and that he merely asked his church members to defend him and the church property. While we didn’t argue with him, we asked him to note that his followership cuts across the two dominant religions, which are Christianity and Islam.
“We also asked him to note that the Federal Government was doing its best to curtail the activities of the herdsmen and also fight crime generally. He said he knew, but added that the government needed to do much more and that he was not out to cause religious crisis but was merely expressing his anger at the refusal of government to take actions that he said could reasonably convince Nigerians that it (the government) is not partial.” The source, who spoke on “strict confidence”, said both parties also agreed not to speak with the media on the outcome of the interrogation.