CAN condemns attempt to arrest Apostle Suleiman

Johnson Suleiman

Johnson Suleiman

Vows To Resist Attempts To Turn Nigeria Into Refugee Camp For Christians
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the attempt by the operatives from the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest the Founder of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, in Ekiti State during the week, warning that treating ministers of God and members of CAN as common criminals was unacceptable to the association.

CAN, which called on the acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, to intervene in the clampdown on the church in Nigeria, argued that Vice President is in the office primarily to represent the interest of the Christians, adding that his studied silence was no longer golden.

In a statement signed by the Special Assistant (Media and Communication) to the CAN President, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, the association warned security agencies to know that Nigeria remains a secular state and any attempt to turn the country into a refugee camp for Christians would not be acceptable and resisted with every lawful means.

Part of the statement read: “The last time we checked, Sections 38-41 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) states clearly that every Nigerian is ‘entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others, and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.’

“The Constitution states unambiguously that ‘Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference.’

“Every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons. “Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereby or exit there …”

CAN wondered: “Why we are yet to recover from the genocide in Southern Kaduna by the murderous Fulani herdsmen and its attendant consequences, the Jigawa State government began the pulling down of our churches with impunity.

“As if that was not enough, some operatives from the Department of State Services (DSS) reportedly invaded a hotel in Ekiti State on Tuesday, where Apostle Johnson Suleiman and his team, who were in the state capital for a crusade, were lodging.”

The association alleged that Suleiman has become a refugee in Ekiti, as security operatives are said to be searching every nook and cranny of the state with a view to arresting him.

It argued that if there was an urgent need to interrogate Suleiman on any issue, it would only have been proper for the DSS to extend a formal or informal invitation to him, rather than the Gestapo approach used in the attempt to arrest him.

“It should be noted that under Nigerian laws, he is presumed innocent until a court of law proves otherwise.“Or have they extended the proposed obnoxious law that forbids religious preaching without the permission of the state governor down South too?

“Despite all the promises made by Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai, none of those responsible for the killings of our members in the Southern Kaduna has been brought to book.

“Instead, the Police have been releasing those arrested for the killing of our members in Kano and Kubwa (Abuja), while our leaders are being subjected to untold hardship for just no cause,” the statement added.

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  • Yunus Chiroman

    This CAN sef. Invite him for questioning? When it is glaring in that video what he said. If it were to be a street criminal, would they have said that?. Enough of this special treatment to law breakers.

    • Chukwuemeka Collins

      Please what did he say that some of your imams and clerics have not said worst. Even your president has said worst things was he arrested.
      The moment we start being impartial across tribal and religious lines that’s when it will be well for thi nation

  • Mr-LAW

    According to Esther ….
    Before you blame Apostle Suleman, you should know that, these same Fulani herdsmen have massacred over a thousand Christians in Enugu, Abia, Delta, Plateau, Ogun, Benue, Nasarawa, Ekiti, andSouthern Kaduna.Before you blame Apostle Suleman, don’t forget that, instead of condemning the barbaric activities of these herdsmen, Buhari said they are from Libya, Sultan of Sokoto said the same thing, even NorthernGovernors Forum just yesterday said, they are from Mali and Senegal. Yet they want us to cede our land for the so called foreigners to graze their cattle.Before you blame Apostle Suleman, try and consider the fact that, the governmentof the day is only interested in protecting Hausa-Fulanis and their cattle, nothing else matters. That’s why they massacred mercilessly in the South-East yet no word of condemnation from the government, but 5 of them were reportedly missing in Abia State, DSS released statement immediately, claiming they saw shallow graves that IPOB buried 50 Fulanis, they even knew their names. That’s why Muhammadu Buhari wore army uniform for the first time in 30 years just to inaugurate army task force to tackle cattle rustlers hindering his cattle business in Zamfara State. That’s why Nigerian Airforce sent fighter Jets to recover stolen cattle from rustlers the very day Boko Haram terrorists were massacring people in Borno. That’s why Nigerian Army sent soldiers to Argentina to learn cattle rearing.Before you blame Apostle Suleman, remember that, Christians are dying in droves in the hands of these merciless jihadists masquerading as herdsmen, the government is not doing anything to stop it and Christian leaders are quiet.I pity those of you from the South blaming Apostle Suleman simply because you are affiliated to APC either by support or by membership or because this devilish acts of the so-called herdsmen has not come directly at you and you seem to be enjoying in your comfort zones. Don’t forget that, majority of Christians that are being killed in the Middle Belt and Southern Kaduna today voted to bring thisIslamic government into power, today the same government they enthusiastically and wholeheartedly against all warning voted into power cannot even protect them, rather it is sponsoring and aiding Hausa-Fulani Muslim terrorists to massacre them and take over their communities. This is very evident as their words of security does not match with their actions. You should appreciate that aman whose mandate it is to “wipe away tears, restore men to their destines:….”,an Elijah of our time, the voice of the voiceless. Should we open our eyes and see this carnage come to us just like a ” hurricane”????Touch not our APOSTLE

    • Bako

      All you said is correct EXCEPT the portion that says Southern Kaduna voted to bring Islamic government to power…!! They did not do so as the voting pattern shows that Southern Kaduna has always voted GEJ and OBJ while they needed their votes as against this same Buhari who is in charge now. Next time do not spew ignorance. But as I said, all other things in your post are correct!

      • Mr-LAW

        Ok . I concur . I meant good . Not bad .
        But don’t blame me. We southerners at times get misinformed by this bloody Northern islams . They portray to us that the whole north are the same whereas it is not. This is the impetuousity they have to attacking you every now and then . At times we perceive northern crises as ” Na them them” we assume all ” Na aboki. ” we need more light be shared on states and regions which are Christian’s and which are Muslims .
        Still I wonder the evil spirit behind Northern violence whereas Muslims and Christians in SS , SE , SW eat together . And never engage in religious crises , Muslims in the north enjoys to kill, discriminates and forces sharia law on none Muslims .
        I’m not being religious fanatic; get idea from my comment, ” the south finds it very difficult to differentiate Christians and muslims in that northern region. This make some of us ignorant and misinformed.