We cannot be ‘cowed’ into fear – Apostle Suleman
Apostle Johnson Suleman of the Omega Fire Ministry, OFM, has declared that Christians are not cowards and cannot be “cowed by fear.”
Suleman made the declaration while appreciating those who showed him support during his encounter with the Department of State Services, DSS.
Recall that the Edo-born preacher was recently invited by the DSS for questioning over his recent alleged inciting messages.
The fiery preacher had directed his members to kill any Fulani herdsman found around him or the church.
Against this backdrop, operatives of the secret police in the early hours of Jaunary 25, 2017, attempted to arrest the fiery preacher in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital but were prevented by the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
Following his encounter with the DSS, Christians from all over the world threw their weight behind the fiery preacher.
In a thank you message to those who showed him support during during the saga, Suleman urged Nigerians to keep hearing the voce of clergymen, saying one day things will turn around.
Delivering the message at the kick-off of the church’s annual “Ebenezer” programme, Suleman said, “I’m grateful to all. I never knew I was so loved. For the first time ever, fellow Nigerians behaved like Americans.
“Nigerians naturally have business-like mentality but I was shocked that on this particular issue, 90 percent of Nigerians spoke with one voice, saying enough is enough.
“We were not fighting any government, we just declared our stand that we are not cowards and we cannot be cowed by fear. I was so shocked at the level of strength and courage that I had throughout the period. And the courage I surmounted was aided by the love and exceptional concern shown me from all over the world. From over 70 nations, I received a lot of phone calls and text messages from people showing their love and compassion.
“I got messages of love from different people that I have never even met. I got up to 18,000 different text messages. I read and read. The solidarity was overwhelming. I was moved to tears,” stated the man of God.
“One thing that first moved me was when I got to Abuja to see the DSS, the crowd I saw almost made me to go into hiding. The crowd was so massive that they were ready to take bullets on my behalf.
“It moved me. The love shown was not just about me but for what they believe in and it gave me so much courage and made me to realize that I was not alone. I’m not taking it for granted, that’s why I’m saying thank you to all.
“I have to confess that I’m yet to recover from that show of affection. I therefore want to enjoin Nigerians that in whatever situation that we find ourselves, they should keep hearing our voice and I want them to know that one day, things would be fine”, he added.