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Fayose: I stand by Apostle Suleiman, others

By Lere Olayinka

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described the adultery

allegation against Apostle Johnson Suleiman of the Omega Power Ministry by

one Miss Stephanie Otobo as “high level conspiracy meant to destroy the

integrity of the pastor and silence his critical and principled voice of

truth and dissent in a nation fast becoming a one-party state."

He said; “This was the same way they tried to drag the General Overseer of

the Redeemed Christians Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye

in the mud. The whole world was aghast at how they insulted and ridiculed

the highly-revered RCCG General Overseer. But for the outcry from all over

the world, they almost bundled out Pastor Adeboye from his position as RCCG

General Overseer and could have even arrested the General Overseer of

Winners Chapel, David Oyedepo."
In a statement issued on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti by his Special Assistant on

Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor declared

unequivocally that; " I stand by Apostle Suleiman and other men of God

being directly or indirectly persecuted by the All Progressives Congress

(APC) cabal."
The governor said; "their evil plan is to destroy the Church so as to

silence every perceivable strong voice of opposition. And their mode of

operation is to take on every vocal, principled, and popular man of God one

after the other.
"Should it not interest Nigerians and the international community that up

till today, none of those herdsmen that killed thousands of Nigerians in

Benue, Enugu, Delta, Ogun, Plateau and Kaduna States have been arrested?

Even those arrested in connection with the murder n Abuja-based female

pastor, Eunice Elisha have been released."
Governor Fayose wondered why all the adultery allegations and blackmail

against Apostle Suleiman surfaced only after he spoke out against the

reckless and indiscriminate killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna and

his subsequent encounter with the Department of State Services (DSS).

“This, no doubt, is a continuation of the desperate but despicable and

condemnable attempts to destroy opposition and the voices of reason in this

country so as to subjugate every decent Nigerian and turn the country into

a banana republic.
“After politically subjugating many Nigerians, including a section of the

Judiciary that refused to do their bidding; they have now turned on men of

God, this is condemnable," the governor said.
Governor Fayose charged the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and

other Christian bodies not to stay aloof but to stand up resolutely and

speak out vociferously against what he called “orchestrated attempt to

destroy the Church and respected Church leaders in Nigeria.”

He berated those behind the travails of Apostle Suleiman as confirmed

polygamists, serial adulterers, and others whose holier-than-thou attitude

was sheer hypocrisy.
“Anyone who has a case against any man of God should swear an oath, proceed

to the law court and face the rigours, rather than engage in media trial

and character assassination, which have become the hallmark of this

Governor Fayose wondered why the perpetrators of the wicked scheme against

Apostle Suleiman were not relenting even after the father of the woman

making the wild allegations had punctured her loathsome and outrageous

“The family of Stephanie Otobo has disclaimed her and her claims. Rather

than own up and recant, those paying for the entire drama are making her to

keep changing and modifying her claims, with they all still collapsed like

a pack of cards. All other efforts to enlist other blackmailers against

this man of God have likewise collapsed irretrievably.

“I therefore make bold to say that I stand by Apostle Suleiman. I also call

on all those who believe in me to do likewise and carry the message abroad.

To me, this plot against Apostle Suleiman is madness carried too far.

"One wonders why this same resources and vigour with which Apostle Suleiman

is being blackmailed have not been deployed into confronting those

murderous herdsmen that are slaughtering Nigerians like animals across the

country,” Fayose concluded.

By: akoaso,Hamburg-Germa