OFM condemns attempted arrest of Suleiman, alerts global network for protest
By Kingsley Abavo, Benin
A Pentecostal new generation church, Omega Fire Ministry, has raised the alarm over the alleged attempted arrest of its leader, Apostle Johnson Suleiman by operatives of the Directorate of State Security (DSS).
Raising the alarm in Benin, Edo State capital, the Church in a statement signed by Head, of its Edo Chapter, Pastor Azemhe Azena, and coordinator, its Legal team Worldwide, Samuel Amune Esq, condemned the act which it termed; ‘senseless attack and unacceptable.’
According to the statement made available to journalists by Pastor Azena who was accompanied by a motley crowd of OFM faithful, operatives of the DSS attempted arresting Apostle Suleiman at about 1 a. m. in the early hours on the 25 January, 2017 at Ado-Ekiti but for the swift intervention of the State Governor, Ayo Fayose.
Apostle Suleiman was in Ekiti for a crusade when the DSS operatives struck, it was said.
His suspected offence was said could be in connection with his recent vocal condemnation of killings of Christians in Southern Kaduna, and the seeming non action of the Federal Government.
“Apostle Johnson Suleiman has refused to keep quiet about all these immoral happenings, and he has continued to speak truth to people in position of authority, calling on the Government to do the needful, and protect the citizens.”
Following rise in spate of the killings, Suleiman had called on Christians across the country to be cautious and defend themselves where and when necessary.
The church raised the alarm that Suleiman is being unjustly persecuted for his hard stand against the indifferent posture of the President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government, about the unpleasant t happenings in Southern Kaduna.
It stressed, that it was unconstitutional, morally wrong and procedurally defective that its leader be treated like a common criminal.
Suleiman in his prophecies for year 2017 had first informed members of the public how God showed him about the imminent persecution by the Federal Government because of his continued critic of its policies.
The Church warned that history is replete with unpalatable consequences when God anointed religious leaders’ were made object of attack.
The statement informed that OFM has numerous branches in over 51 nations of the world, with over 500,000 memberships in Nigeria alone.
All branches in foreign countries have been mandated to take its protest letter to the Nigerian Embassy where they are domiciled to further spread the news of the unpleasant happenings at home.
This is as it threatens it may have no option than resort to taking all means whatsoever legally permissible, to seek redress and defend itself and leader against unjust attack by Government and its agents.
However, it should be clear that Apostle Suleiman believes in the progress and unity of Nigeria, and this will remain the core of his messages as he continuously speak truth to government, and stand in defence of the defenceless, it was asserted.
The Church appealed to the Nigerian Government to stop the attack on Christian leaders. “These are leaders and beacons of hope whose integrity and teachings have kept this country in unity and consistently given hope to millions of Nigerians faced with hunger, neglect, abuse and ill treatment from the government they optimistically voted into power.”
It further urged the President Buhari’s led Federal Government to heed the call of Nigerians, and step up his leadership, especially as it affects mindless killings across the nation.
“Stop the unwarranted persecution against the church, the Christian community and the wanton destruction of churches. As father of the nation, let your body language and your voice be visibly heard as leader of a united Nigeria.” The statement said.