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GOVERNOR Ayodele Fayose has alleged that Department of State Services, DSS, had perfected plans to detain and prosecute Johnson Suleiman, an apostle and general overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide and David Oyedepo, a bishop and general overseer of the Living Faith Church Worldwide International aka Winners' Chapel International.
Fayose, who is the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, warned that the alleged plan could throw the country into an unprecedented religious crisis.
The DSS had already asked Suleiman to appear in its office on Monday, January 30, in Abuja over alleged inciting preaching.
Fayose said: "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."
He said the plan was meant to humiliate the two men of God as well as silence them and create fear in other people that may want to speak against the heinous crime against humanity being committed daily while perpetrators are being shielded by the federal government.
Fayose, who spoke in a statement issued on Sunday, January 29, by Lere Olayinka, his special assistant on Public Communications and New Media, said 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 alleged failure of the federal government to protect them.
"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 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,” the statement said.
The governor said it was "sad and worrisome" that after muzzling opposition politicians, judiciary and the press, the APC led - federal government had taken its desperation to suppress dissenting voices in the country to the House of God.
Fayose said: “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.”
He advised the government and the DSS not to go ahead with these plans as it will heat up the polity and threaten the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians, calling on well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the federal government to desist from acts capable of throwing the country into further crisis.
While reiterating his call for the release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, head of Nigeria's Islamic Movement, IMN, who has been in detention since late 2015 despite that the court ruled that he should be released, affirmed 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.”
The governor urged the APC-led federal government to pay attention to the economy it allegedly destroyed, with the aim to revamping it and saving 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."
— Jan 30, 2017 @ 14:45 GMT
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