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“Why We Are Praying For Buhari And Nigeria” …Apostle Suleman, Primate Ayodele

IMG-20160505-WA0003Respected prophets of God, Apostle Johnson Suleman of the Auchi, Edo State based Omega Fire Ministries, and Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Lagos, are currently spearheading a national peace prayer aiming to seek God’s face for the Muhammadu Buhari led federal government and to ask for divine intervention for Nigeria as she swims in various challenges at present. It is not only that. The prophets noted in their joint statement that the event would also serve as an opportunity to encourage leaders of governments to lead with fear of God, promote peace rather than use their God-given positions to promote disunity among Nigerians. The event, they stated, will converge other prophets of God from far and near. Excerpts of the press statement.

Primate Ayodele
Primate Ayodele
Your stand against the anti preaching bill initiated by the Kaduna State governor, is it in defense of Christianity or what because the other side is making it look like it is a personal issue with the governor?
Of course, it is in defense of Christianity. If it is not, there is no need for me to go into the issue because we don’t have any personal issue with the governor. We don’t even know him. We hear about him only in the news. What you should understand is that, in the Nigerian Constitution, 1999 Constitution, there is provision for freedom of worship, freedom of association and freedom of movement. So, the Constitution stands against the governor’s decision to give permit to pastors to move and preach in certain places. We understand that a state has the power to generate its own laws. But it becomes an impunity when a state law starts to conflict with an existing federal law. So, it is not a personal issue with the governor. It could have been anybody, anybody who tries to make the Church a target. If you have been following events, you will know that We have not mentioned anybody’s name, We have only talked about the office. We have nothing against him as a person but we have everything against the person occupying that office and is trying to come up with a law that we know will never work. It is not right for anybody to say he or she is giving pastors permit to preach anywhere. 

Apostle Suleman
Apostle Suleman
It seems not all pastors are in support of your stand, why are they not talking?
Yes, some pastors are not talking because we have sycophants everywhere. They are among us pastors too. We have heard some of our colleagues saying the move is meant to regulate things. And we ask, regulate what. You can not regulate the Word of God. It is not possible. You cannot teach how to go about preaching the words of God. If you bring the kind of regulation that is happening in Lagos where the government is saying, please there should not be noise to disturb others, that is fine. We are in support of that because it covers both the Christians and Muslims and other areas. But in Kaduna State, the governor is saying any pastor who wants to preach the words of God must take license and there should also be a particular time that you must preach. This is simply competing with God! The governor of that state is fighting God. Nobody has said anybody would die. The message was just a warning that, you cannot fight with God and live. Reverse the move to bring that draconian law if you love to live. It is that simple. We are prophets and the prophets can never be caged because we are speaking the mind of God.
Nobody can fight God. No government can fight God. So we support what Apostle Suleman has said that the governor should reverseor his moves on the proposed anti-preaching Bill. We should try and avoid religious crisis. The issues on ground are too many for someone to want tackto add more. There are enough issues on ground like the Boko Haram issue, the thtNiger Delta militant issue, the herdsmen issue and all that. Yet someone is coming up with issues that are capable of causing me problems.

There is also the issue of the herdsmen attacks across the country. Would you like to say something on this?
Let’s start from here. In the beginning, we had the Fulani herdsmen rearing their cattle holding sticks. Today, we see the Fulani herdsmen carrying AK-47 rifles, pump-action rifles, we see them carrying machine guns. Who arms them? Who gave them guns? Who trained them how to shoot? So, it is an agenda. These men carry pistols about. For these people to be able to hold a whole state to ransom with sophisticated weapons, that is telling you that it is an agenda. So, somebody is not saying something. And someone is telling us that everything will be taken care of before 18 months. So, people should continue to be dying before 18 months? It certainly is an agenda. In Nigeria, if something happens and nobody raises a voice, it becomes a norm. Since the beginning of the Fulani herdsmen madness, has anyone of them involved been prosecuted? 
The question we should be asking is, why is the Fulanii herdsmen attack happening at this time. When we were asking for change, did we tell God the kind of change we wanted? We certainly did not ask. The honest truth is that the herdsmen attack is an agenda. This is one of the reasons we are running from pillar to post now. Our leaders have committed a lot of sins. And that is why we are pastors are coming together now for this peace project. It is time men of God who truly love this nation came together for peace to reign. Buhari needs help. This country needs divine help. So, prophets are coming together now and standing firm to save the nation. And if any government decides to move against this positive move, then God is ready to take away such government.

The governors of the 19 northern states have come up in support of the anti-preaching bill, what is your reaction to this?
What they are doing is to gang up to fight God. We are prophets, mouthpiece of God. They are not fighting us, they are fighting God. But we want to ask them to respect God if truly they believe that it is God who put them in their positions. But if they think they can fight God, then they should go ahead and lets see who wins. If these 19 governors now decide that they want to extend the madness and the insanity into their own states, then we are ready for them. We are not trying to spark religious crisis but we are saying there are certain steps being taken by a state governor that is capable of setting the country on fire. And we are trying to guard against it. If they should go ahead with their plan, we are warning them that it is an extension of the same judgment that would come upon them. During the last General elections, when politicians were campaigning, God had shown it to prophets that the incoming government would attempt to fight the Church. And it is happening now. That is why we are sounding it out now that you cannot fight God and win. That is why prophets are going to ask God to help the Buhari government to succeed by listening to words of wisdom. Let no government, however powerful, comes up to tempt God. Christianity should not be the target of any government’s satanic agenda, and there should not be an agenda against Islam too. Islam, as we know, is a religion of peace, the meaning itself is peace. So, we are not trying to whip up religious sentiments but to help the government and encourage the nation to prosperity. Numbers don’t determine victory, if some governors are insisting they are going to support the anti-preaching bill. If you want to join a man who already has a warning signal on his head, then it means you are carrying a portion of the problem, you are sharing in the curse that man is carrying on his head.

How many other pastors are you bringing into this plan?
Like I have said, we are prophets of God. And we will only share the agenda with genuine and serious prophets who share in this vision. We are going to share the vision with pastors that are seen to be incorruptible. It is happening in Christendom too. You find corrupt persons everywhere. So, we are being careful with the plan. Already, we have been meeting, starting from Edo State at Apostle Suleman’s place. We are continuing the meeting this week in Lagos where others who share the vision would be joining us.  peace prayer aiming to seek God’s face for the Muhammadu Buhari led federal government and to ask for divine intervention for Nigeria as she swims in various challenges at present. It is not only that. The prophets noted in their joint statement that the event would also serve as an opportunity to encourage leaders of governments to lead with fear of God, promote peace rather than use their God-given positions to promote disunity among Nigerians. The event, they stated, will converge other prophets of God from far and near. Excerpts of the press statement.

Your stand against the anti preaching bill initiated by the Kaduna State governor, is it in defense of Christianity or what because the other side is making it look like it is a personal issue with the governor?
Of course, it is in defense of Christianity. If it is not, there is no need for me to go into the issue because we don’t have any personal issue with the governor. We don’t even know him. We hear about him only in the news. What you should understand is that, in the Nigerian Constitution, 1999 Constitution, there is provision for freedom of worship, freedom of association and freedom of movement. So, the Constitution stands against the governor’s decision to give permit to pastors to move and preach in certain places. We understand that a state has the power to generate its own laws. But it becomes an impunity when a state law starts to conflict with an existing federal law. So, it is not a personal issue with the governor. It could have been anybody, anybody who tries to make the Church a target. If you have been following events, you will know that We have not mentioned anybody’s name, We have only talked about the office. We have nothing against him as a person but we have everything against the person occupying that office and is trying to come up with a law that we know will never work. It is not right for anybody to say he or she is giving pastors permit to preach anywhere. 

It seems not all pastors are in support of your stand, why are they not talking?
Yes, some pastors are not talking because we have sycophants everywhere. They are among us pastors too. We have heard some of our colleagues saying the move is meant to regulate things. And we ask, regulate what. You can not regulate the Word of God. It is not possible. You cannot teach how to go about preaching the words of God. If you bring the kind of regulation that is happening in Lagos where the government is saying, please there should not be noise to disturb others, that is fine. We are in support of that because it covers both the Christians and Muslims and other areas. But in Kaduna State, the governor is saying any pastor who wants to preach the words of God must take license and there should also be a particular time that you must preach. This is simply competing with God! The governor of that state is fighting God. Nobody has said anybody would die. The message was just a warning that, you cannot fight with God and live. Reverse the move to bring that draconian law if you love to live. It is that simple. We are prophets and the prophets can never be caged because we are speaking the mind of God.
Nobody can fight God. No government can fight God. So we support what Apostle Suleman has said that the governor should reverseor his moves on the proposed anti-preaching Bill. We should try and avoid religious crisis. The issues on ground are too many for someone to want tackto add more. There are enough issues on ground like the Boko Haram issue, the thtNiger Delta militant issue, the herdsmen issue and all that. Yet someone is coming up with issues that are capable of causing me problems.

There is also the issue of the herdsmen attacks across the country. Would you like to say something on this?
Let’s start from here. In the beginning, we had the Fulani herdsmen rearing their cattle holding sticks. Today, we see the Fulani herdsmen carrying AK-47 rifles, pump-action rifles, we see them carrying machine guns. Who arms them? Who gave them guns? Who trained them how to shoot? So, it is an agenda. These men carry pistols about. For these people to be able to hold a whole state to ransom with sophisticated weapons, that is telling you that it is an agenda. So, somebody is not saying something. And someone is telling us that everything will be taken care of before 18 months. So, people should continue to be dying before 18 months? It certainly is an agenda. In Nigeria, if something happens and nobody raises a voice, it becomes a norm. Since the beginning of the Fulani herdsmen madness, has anyone of them involved been prosecuted? 
The question we should be asking is, why is the Fulanii herdsmen attack happening at this time. When we were asking for change, did we tell God the kind of change we wanted? We certainly did not ask. The honest truth is that the herdsmen attack is an agenda. This is one of the reasons we are running from pillar to post now. Our leaders have committed a lot of sins. And that is why we are pastors are coming together now for this peace project. It is time men of God who truly love this nation came together for peace to reign. Buhari needs help. This country needs divine help. So, prophets are coming together now and standing firm to save the nation. And if any government decides to move against this positive move, then God is ready to take away such government.

The governors of the 19 northern states have come up in support of the anti-preaching bill, what is your reaction to this?
What they are doing is to gang up to fight God. We are prophets, mouthpiece of God. They are not fighting us, they are fighting God. But we want to ask them to respect God if truly they believe that it is God who put them in their positions. But if they think they can fight God, then they should go ahead and lets see who wins. If these 19 governors now decide that they want to extend the madness and the insanity into their own states, then we are ready for them. We are not trying to spark religious crisis but we are saying there are certain steps being taken by a state governor that is capable of setting the country on fire. And we are trying to guard against it. If they should go ahead with their plan, we are warning them that it is an extension of the same judgment that would come upon them. During the last General elections, when politicians were campaigning, God had shown it to prophets that the incoming government would attempt to fight the Church. And it is happening now. That is why we are sounding it out now that you cannot fight God and win. That is why prophets are going to ask God to help the Buhari government to succeed by listening to words of wisdom. Let no government, however powerful, comes up to tempt God. Christianity should not be the target of any government’s satanic agenda, and there should not be an agenda against Islam too. Islam, as we know, is a religion of peace, the meaning itself is peace. So, we are not trying to whip up religious sentiments but to help the government and encourage the nation to prosperity. Numbers don’t determine victory, if some governors are insisting they are going to support the anti-preaching bill. If you want to join a man who already has a warning signal on his head, then it means you are carrying a portion of the problem, you are sharing in the curse that man is carrying on his head.

How many other pastors are you bringing into this plan?
IMG-20160505-WA0002Like I have said, we are prophets of God. And we will only share the agenda with genuine and serious prophets who share in this vision. We are going to share the vision with pastors that are seen to be incorruptible. It is happening in Christendom too. You find corrupt persons everywhere. So, we are being careful with the plan. Already, we have been meeting, starting from Edo State at Apostle Suleman’s place. We are continuing the meeting this week in Lagos where others who share the vision would be joining us. 

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