Some Christian youths under the aegis of Christian Youths Project have called on the Department of State Services(DSS) to withdraw the invitation extended to the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleman.
The National President of the Project, Mr Pepple Ibiwari-Junior , made the call in a press briefing on Monday in Port Harcourt .
Earlier, Suleman had asked the Federal Government to compel Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai to produce Fulani herdsmen to whom money was paid so as to disabuse the minds of Nigerians that Christians are not the target of President Muhammadu’s administration.
He said that failure to compel El-Rufai to produce the herdsmen who purportedly collected money from the Kaduna State Government is an indication of the insincerity of the Buhari administration.
“The Governor of Kaduna State confessed that he paid money to some Fulani herdsmen as compensation to stop the killings in Southern Kaduna.
“That means he knows those who have committed atrocities against Christians. He must be made to produce them to answer to charges of murder and other crimes,” the Apostle said.
Following the reported utterances, the DSS invited Suleman to report at its office in Abuja on Monday, for reportedly asking members of his church to defend themselves if the Fulani herdsmen attacked them.
But the Christian youths said that the utterance of the Pastor on the pulpit should not warrant any arrest, adding that there was no need to misconstrue the statement of the Apostle .
The president noted that the utterance of the man of God was a wakeup call on Christians to be on the alert in case of any possible attack.
He advised the relevant authorities not to ridicule or cause any public embarrassment to the clergy held in high esteem by members of the public.
“ We strongly and unequivocally condemn in totality the ridicule and public embarrassment of Apostle Suleman Johnson by the DSS,” he added.
Ibiwari-Junior urged the DSS not to treat the Apostle as a common criminal but to accord him some respect.
He said that religious matters were of delicate nature and as such should be treated with caution to avoid misrepresentation of facts.
The president stressed that his members condemned the continued killing of Christians .
Ibiwari-Junior called on Christians to be vigilant and to be security conscious always to avoid being victims of religious killings and other forms of attack.
“The gospel of Jesus Christ advocates love and peace and not violence, Christian youths do not subscribe to violence or killings under any guise.
“ While we appreciate the DSS and other security agencies in ensuring peace and security in Nigeria, we call for an intensified effort to put a final stop to the killings of innocent Christians by Fulani herdsmen, ‘’ he said.
The president urged the authorities to arrest and prosecute those responsible for the killing of innocent Christians in the north and in other parts of the nation.