Saturday 27th May, 2017
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DSS under attack over invitation of Apostle Suleiman

DSS under attack over invitation of Apostle Suleiman

Prominent Nigerians and organisations have kicked against the Department of State Service (DSS’) invitation of the Senior Pastor of The Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleiman over his or­der to his security men to go af­ter any Fulani herdsman who attempts to kill him.
Apostle Suleiman had last week revealed that he was inun­dated with information that some Fulani herdsmen were planning to kill him and directed his security personnel to watch out for them.
After the order, operatives of the DSS attempted to arrest the fiery clergyman in a hotel in Eki­ti State but their plan was aborted.
Consequently, the DSS invited him to appear before its operatives today at its headquarters in Abuja.
In a reaction to the DSS’ ac­tion, the Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples’ Dem­ocratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, cau­tioned the DSS against provoking religious crisis in the country.
Fayose alleged that there is a plan to charge Apostle Suleiman for incitement and attempt to cause public disorder on Friday and make sure that he is not grant­ed bail so as to get him remanded in Kuje Prison perpetually.”
He said that the plan was to humiliate the clergyman as well as create fear in other people that may want to speak against the heinous crimes against humanity being committed daily while the perpe­trators are shielded by the Federal Government.
In a statement issued on Sun­day by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, Gov­ernor Fayose said that the DSS should tell Nigerians how many of the Fulani herdsmen that killed thousands of Nigerians across the country had been arrested before going after Nigerians who merely expressed their frustration over the failure of the government to pro­tect them.
The governor said that “even though the DSS has allowed com­mon sense to prevail by proper­ly inviting Apostle Suleiman as against the Gestapo manner with which the Service attempted to ab­duct him last 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 than the herdsmen who murdered thousands of Nigerians.”
Meanwhile, Apostle Sulei­man, who is at the centre of the storm, has asked the Federal Gov­ernment to compel Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to produce the Fulani herdsmen to whom money was paid to dis­abuse the minds of Nigerians that Christians are not the target of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The cleric, in a statement is­sued by his Communications Ad­viser in Abuja on Sunday, said that the government’s failure to compel el-Rufai to produce the herdsmen who purportedly collected mon­ey from the state government is an indication of the insincerity of the present administration.
Similarly, the Indigenous Peo­ples of Biafra (IPOB) has fault­ed the DSS’ invitation of Apostle Suleiman for questioning.
IPOB in a statement issued on Sunday by its spokespersons, Emma Nmezu and Clifford Iroan­ya, described the invitation as “hy­pocrisy and disdainful”.
The pro-Biafra group argued that DSS should have first invited President Buhari’s daughter, Zah­ra Indimi (nee Buhari); the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III; and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State for allegedly mak­ing hate speeches in the past.
According to IPOB, persecut­ing Suleiman for merely asking Christians to defend themselves against barbaric attacks by Islam­ic terrorists while overlooking in­citing comments by Muslims, por­tend danger to the peace and unity of Nigeria, especially in view of the volatile nature of issues bordering on religion.
Also at the weekend, the Pres­ident of Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), Prof. Uzod­inma Nwala, described the DSS’ action as a diversion of issues.
He asked: “Is the DSS saying that preachers should allow their adherents to be slaughtered by the herdsmen? They should not de­fend themselves? They should not divert issues. The killers should be exposed and prosecuted.”
The Federal Capital Territo­ry (FCT) Chairman of the La­bour Party, Rev. (Comrade) Jo­seph Ndirang, said that the state should not deny Nigerians their freedom of speech.
Ndirang said: “It is uncalled for, under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; there is freedom of speech. If there is an­ybody to be arrested, it is the Ka­duna State Governor; he was the one who started the hate speech. He made us to know that he used the hard-earned resources of Ni­gerians to pay the Fulani people. Second, he was soliciting on their behalf, saying they were reacting to an earlier crisis. He gave them money to buy arms to kill people”, he said.

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