By Concise News Correspondents
Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) is believed to have cautioned the general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, against making ‘inciting’ sermon.
Sources close to the secret service are reported to have said that he (Suleman) was asked to guard his utterance as he commands large followership across the country.
Why Suleman was cautioned
The DSS invited Suleman for interrogation following the cleric’s alleged sermon asking his followers to kill herdsmen found within his church premises.
The message, it was learned, caught the attention of the security agency who, it was gathered, attempted to arrest him in Ekiti state on 25 January, before its operatives were prevented by Governor Ayo Fayose.
Subsequently, the DSS invited the cleric to its office in Abuja for interrogation on Monday January 31, over the issue.
And it was gathered from the meeting that it told Suleman to stop granting interviews.
A security source told The Punch that Suleman was also told to put in mind that his followership cuts across Christianity and Islam, meaning he should be wary about his utterances.
“We asked him why he made such a provocative statement and he defended himself.
“He [Suleman] said he made the statement based on available information that some herdsmen were planning to attack him and that he merely asked his church members to defend him and the church property.
“While we didn’t argue with him, we asked him to note that his followership cuts across the two dominant religions, which are Christianity and Islam.
“We also asked him to note that the Federal Government was doing its best to curtail the activities of the herdsmen and also fight crime generally.
“He said he knew, but added that the government needed to do much more and that he was not out to cause religious crisis but was merely expressing his anger at the refusal of government to take actions that he said could reasonably convince Nigerians that it [the government] is not partial,” the source was quoted by The Punch as saying.