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BREAKING! MURIC orders the arrest of Apostle Suleiman
But MURIC, in a statement by its
Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola,
condemned the hate speech by
Sulieman, urging security agencies to do
the needful.
Describing Suleiman’s speech as
“provocative, irresponsible and
unpatriotic,” MURIC urged Nigerians
not to allow “some misguided spiritual
leaders who have hidden agenda to
becloud their sense of assessment.”
The statement sent to Daily Post, on
Wednesday reads: “The founder of
Omega Fire Ministries, Johnson Suleman,
recently instructed members of his
church to kill Fulanis. An attempt by
operatives of the Department of State
Security (DSS) to arrest him in Ado Ekiti
yesterday was foiled by Governor
Ayodele Fayose.
“The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
strongly condemns Pastor Johnson
Suleman’s vituperations. It is
provocative, irresponsible and
unpatriotic. In the same vein, we are
nonplussed by Governor Fayose’s
penchant for preventing security agents
from performing their lawful duties. By
shielding such a high profile suspect,
Fayose has manifested blatant disregard
for the rule of law, encouraged
lawlessness and exhibited executive
“Pastor Johnson Suleman wants to make
the country unsafe for Muslims and law
abiding Fulanis. It is not in our
character to issue threats. We are
mature enough to control our emotions.
Yet it is not out of cowardice that we
prefer to tow the path of peaceful
coexistence. Muslims have never been
known to fear death or to compromise
their faith. But we do not want to join
issues with belligerent people who are
always bullying Muslims and Fulanis by
telling lies and issuing threats. Neither
do we want to heat up the polity.
“What will ordinary Muslims do when
we exchange banters with firebrand
Christian extremists like Johnson? Why
should religious leaders speak as if they
have stocked heaps of weapons in
hiding? Why should spiritual guides
incite their followers to kill and maim?
What do religious leaders gain from
goading their followers to shed blood?
“The victims are usually the poor masses
who are hypnotized by the rhetoric and
mesmerized by the oratorical skills of
their fanatical leaders. This is why
leaders must weigh every word they
utter. Leaders are models. They must live
by example and teach their followers to
learn how to love, to tolerate, to forgive
and to peacefully coexist.
“MURIC charges Nigerians to objectively
and critically examine the Fulani
herdsmen phenomenon. They should not
allow some misguided spiritual leaders
who have hidden agenda to becloud their
sense of assessment. Fulanis have been
coming to Nigeria before the 1914
amalgamation. Their nomadic and
pastoral flow has never waned since the
first Fulanis came from Futa Toro in
Senegal in the 11th century. We should
therefore not be surprised that the
criminal elements among the herdsmen
are not even Nigerians. They are
Senegalese and Malians.
“It is therefore unwise of us as Nigerians
to allow a few lawless foreigners to
cause religious or ethnic war in our
land. Let us separate criminals from
their tribe or religion. We should resist
the temptation to stigmatise Fulanis or
Muslims because a few herdsmen take
the law into their hands. For the
avoidance of doubts, we denounce the
criminal activities of these herdsmen but
we should mind where we point accusing
“Are Nigerians unaware that the same
Fulani herdsmen have are also been
attacking and killing Muslims in
Zamfara, Niger, Kano, Bauchi and other
Northern states? Why have we been
ignoring this angle if we are sincere?
Has the status of a herdsman changed
when he attacks a Northern farmer or a
Muslim and steals his cattle? Let us be
objective. Let us stop criminalizing
Fulanis and demonizing Muslims. It is
the height of hypocrisy and absolute lack
of patriotism to give the criminal
activities a religious or ethnic
“We therefore call on the Nigerian
security agencies to do the needful.
Nobody is above the law. Fayose or no
Fayose, Pastor Johnson Suleman must
still be questioned and cautioned for his
vituperations and provocative
statements. He cannot remain tied to
Fayose’s apron string forever.”
Condemning Fayose’s action, the
organisation said, “ Even Fayose should
be told point blank that his days as a free
man are numbered. He must answer for
his executive rascality and lawlessness.
No governor in the history of Nigeria
has abused his office like Fayose has
done. His cup of executive recklessness
has been filled to the brim. The people of
Ekiti State have indeed entered a ‘one
chance’ bus. Or what do we say about a
state governor who is seldom sober? We
do not need a micro-biologist to tell us
whether or not Fayose has the ‘area boy’
syndrome virus.
“We charge the Nigerian security
agencies to spare no effort in dealing
decisively with the notorious herdsmen
who have brought untold hardship to
Nigerian farmers. The full wrath of the
law must be unleashed on them for
killing innocent farmers and destroying
their farms. We appeal to Muslims to go
about their lawful duties and to remain
calm and law abiding. We invite religious
leaders to douse tension in their areas of
influence in order to allow peace to
“As we round up, we remind the United
Nations Organisation, the European
Union and the African Union to take note
of the hate speeches emanating from
Nigeria and their authors for the day
when the come will come to become.”

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