Ayo Fayose, Ekiti State governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, has cautioned the FG on how religious issues are handled in the country to avoid a religious crisis.
Fayose condemned the planned arrest of Apostle Johnson Suleiman of The Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide in Ado Ekiti, early today, tagging it uncalled for.
In his words:
“Nigerians, either Muslim or Christian deserve to be protected by the federal government, which controls all security apparatus in the country and the moment the federal government can no longer protect Nigerians from being killed by rampaging herdsmen, citizens of the country will have no option than to defend themselves.”
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose,stated that the FG, was indirectly supporting attack on Christians and other Muslim sects, especially the Shi’ites, by doing nothing while several attacks are taking place. He however called on international community to intervene before Nigeria is thrown into major religious crisis.
Continuing on the planned arrest of Apostle Suleimon, Fayose said:
“If the federal government had acted swiftly like it acted on Apostle Suleiman so-called inciting comments when people were being killed by herdsmen across the country, so many lives would have been saved.”
“Apostle Johnson Suleiman openly condemned the killing of Nigerians across the country and went on to say that Christians should rise and defend themselves if the federal government, which controls all security apparatus will not defend them and the next thing that happened was the DSS moving swiftly to arrest him.
“Isn’t it ridiculous that instead of running after those herdsmen that have killed over 3,000 Nigerians in just one year, the DSS opted to arrest a man of God, who merely expressed his frustration on the inability of Nigeria to protect its citizens?
“Or who should be arrested between those killer herdsmen and Apostle Suleiman who merely expressed his readiness for self-defence and called on Christians to defend themselves if they are attacked by the herdsmen?
“We were all in this country when cattle breeders openly said over 1,000 Agatu people of Benue State were killed because over 10,000 cows were killed. We were also told that the Southern Kaduna genocide wasas a result of killing of cows. Up till today, none of those cattle breeders have been arrested.”
The governor, who made mention that it was possible the FG was already planning on arresting David Oyedepo, advised security operatives against intimidation and arrest of men of God in the interest of peace and religious harmony in the country.
On the head of Nigeria’s Islamic Movement (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention since late 2015 despite that the court ruled that he should be released, Fayose called for his rrelease saying;
“I 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.”
“I personally attended his crusade and I think it is wrong for a man of God who is harmless that could be invited if they have any issue against him. Are Christians and Moslems under different dispensation of the rule of law? 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.
He finalized his statement saying:
“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.”