Christianity under Siege: DSS tried to arrest pastor for Speaking out against Fulani herdsmen
Apparently, Christianity is under siege. A pastor who got sick and tired of the assault on Christians by the so-called Fulani herdsmen and advised his congregation to prepare for self defense was to be arrested by the Department of State Services – DSS, if not for the prompt intervention of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
Rather than fishing out and arresting the blood-thirsty herdsmen responsible for the numerous killings in Southern Kaduna, Enugu and Benue States, the DSS wants, to lock up Christians who speak out.
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, in the early hours of Wednesday foiled an attempt by the DSS to arrest Apostle Johnson Suleiman of The Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide in Ado Ekiti. Johnson Suleiman was allegedly preaching against the Islamizing of Nigeria and asking members of his church to resist the killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen, targeting Christians for decimation.
The Pastor, who was in Ado Ekiti for a two-day crusade was trailed to his hotel by the DSS but his arrest was foiled by the governor who attended his crusade.
The Pastor had called Governor Fayose who personally led a rescue mission to prevent the abduction of the Pastor and took him to safety. Narrating his ordeal around 2am, the Pastor said: “I came to Ado Ekiti for a crusade. But I had a premonition that I was being trailed after I preached that Christians should retaliate any attack or killings by the Fulani herdsmen.
These Fulani herdsmen had turned many Christians to orphans and widowers but the time has come to protect ourselves. “I received several calls from hidden numbers trying to locate where I am and I had warned my security not to allow any Fulani man to come nearer me. So when the men of DSS came in the middle of the night I knew their mission and I had to call the Governor because if they arrest me, they will put this country on fire,”the preacher said.
Governor Fayose expressed surprise that a man of God was trailed to be arrested by the men of DSS. He said they should have invited him to their office if they had any issue with him, instead of arresting him in the dead of the night after a crusade.
“That’s why I went there to rescue him. Let them kill two of us together. But when they saw my vehicles and the crowd, they fled,” the Governor said.
“But we have information that instructions came from DSS in Abuja that the Pastor should be arrested. We are not in a fascist state, Federal Government must learn to respect the rights of Nigerians and freedom of expression… This is unacceptable. We are in a democracy and Nigerians should warn the Presidency against putting this country on fire because religion is an emotional thing”, the governor added, warning security operatives against intimidation.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ughelli, Delta State, Bishop Diamond Emuobor has also called on Christians to defend themselves against Fulani herdsmen. He said Christians needed to “own a sword and defend themselves” against further attacks by herdsmen.
He stated that the killings in the northern part of the country, especially in Southern Kaduna was an attempt to wipe out Christianity, stressing, however, that it was a war against God, which the perpetrators would not win.
“Christians should defend themselves and he who has no sword, should sell his coat and buy one to defend himself. We are all human beings, nobody should catch you like a snail and slaughter because you believe in Jesus Christ. We all would not die and those of us, who are alive, have the right to defend ourselves. Jesus says in the Book of Luke that those who have no sword should sell their coats and buy one for the defense of their lives,” Bishop Emuobor explained, while calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to double his efforts to end the killings.