West & Central Africa

Pastor calls for reprisals against Fulani Herdsmen

Apostle Johnson Suleiman, a controversial evangelical preacher, in Eastern Nigeria, has called on his congregation to kill any Fulani cattle herdsman who cross the street or enters the Church.Telling the congregation about a plot to kill him, Johnson revealed he had received a phone call warning him to be careful. Johnson recalled: “He [the caller]  said they are going to run into the road like herdsmen and cause some confusion and when your security men are trying to clear them, clear them, they will come out and the will open fire.” Apostle Johnson  said  to an auditorium packed full of hundreds of people. The controversial preacher said: “I have told them in the church here that any Fulani herdsman that just enter by mistake and want to pretend, kill him. Kill him. Cut his head. If they are busy killing Christians and nothing is happening, we will kill them and nothing will happen?”

Apostle Johnson Suleiman also created a controversy last year when he said the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, will die over a plan to pass a law restricting public preaching.

Governor Fayose of Ekiti Stare, Nigeria

After the release of his comments on killing Fulani herdsmen, Johnson has been targeted by security operatives for arrest. The governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose intervened this week. According to reports Johnson was alerted about the impending arrest and called the governor who personal intervened and prevented the Directorate of Security Services from arresting the cleric.
Governor Favose said: “Are Christians and Muslims under different dispensation of the rule of law? That’s why I went there to rescue him. Let them kill two of us together. But when they saw my vehicles and the crowd, they fled… But we have information that instructions came from DSS in Abuja that the Pastor should be arrested. We are not in a fascist state, federal Government must learn to respect the rights of Nigerians and freedom of expression.”