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El-Rufai Reply Apostle Suleiman


Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna State Governor) says Apostle Johnson Suleiman of the Omega ‎Fire Ministries who has repeatedly said he will die for introducing the proposed Kaduna Religious Regulating bill, should tell him when the death will happen. El-Rufai said this while speaking to reporters in Kaduna state recently.

Apostle Johnson Suleiman has on Sunday, March 13, 2016 issued a cease or die order to the Governor over his controversial bill which seeks to restrict preaching activities in Kaduna State.


In the video above, obtained by The REPORTS AFRIQUE, Suleman is seen speaking on the pulpit of his mega-church in Auchi, Edo State. The cleric stood his ground against the bill which was proposed by El -Rufai which he believe is against the constitution of Nigeria and it breaks the law on religious freedom in Nigeria.

Apostle Johnson Suleman

“Many times I have read in the papers how the Governor abused Jesus and Christians came after him and he said that they are joking, ‘Nothing can happen’,” Suleman told an elated congregation. “I am talking to you, Kaduna Governor.”

“Listen, I am not against sanitizing a state. But you say people should get a licence for preaching; it is not applicable in Nigeria.

“Even a herbalist does not get a license for practicing herbalism. When you say license for preaching, then you are standing against the constitution that says freedom of worship.

“I have no problem, we can test powers now,” he declared as his congregation erupted in emotion.

“There are certain laws that cannot happen in this country. Not when Nigeria is under God. If need be, over this matter, heaven will intervene.

“I am saying this specifically to the Kaduna governor, revoke this law or die!,” he said towards the end of the video

Read El-Rufai’s Response Below:


His response goes thus:

“Most of the people that say I would die, as if I would not die, are people who call themselves Christian clergy. Of course, I will die. If that apostle is truly an apostle, he should mention the day I will die.

There is nothing in that law that prevents or infringes the practice of religion. It seeks to ensure that those that preach religion are qualified, trained and certified by their peers to do it. And some sections of the media have made it as if the law was drafted against Christianity. It is most irresponsible and I have nothing to say except to leave the matter to God”he said

He maintained that the bill is not intentionally concealed to deceive;

“Honestly, we do not have any ulterior motive other than to put a framework that will ensure Kaduna State citizens live in peace with every one practising his religion, but disallowing every Tom, Dick and Harry coming to say he can preach.”‎he said!

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