Pastor Johnson Suleman

The saga involving the DSS and the founder of the Omega Fire Ministries, Johnson Suleman has been waded into by The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) which has restated its support for the embattled clergyman.

The cleric, who narrowly escaped arrest while on a trip to Ekiti state, has been summoned by the security agency in connection to a video showing him calling for reprisal killings as protection against Fulani herdsmen.

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The pastor said “if they are busy killing Christians and nothing is happening, we will kill them and nothing will happen,” in the video which has gone viral on the internet.

CAN, in its reactions, debunked rumours that the body would be sending an entourage to accompany Suleiman. This was done by the media aide to the CAN president, Bayo Oladeji.

He said: “I spoke with him (Suleman) this morning. CAN is solidly behind him. He was invited to the office of the SSS; let him go. We are behind him, but as for whether or not we are going to the SSS office with him, my answer to that is no. He was invited alone. But we are solidly behind him,.”

Over 200 people have been killed in clashes between Fulani herdsmen and local farming communities in Nigeria.