The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has restated its support for the founder of the Omega Fire Ministries, Johnson Suleman.
The statement of support came after he was invited by operatives of the State Security Service, SSS.
SSS had summoned Apostle Suleiman after a video surfaced showing him calling on his congregation to slay Fulani herdsmen so as to protect themselves.
“If they are busy slaying Christians and nothing is happening, we will slay them and nothing will happen,” he said.
Over 200 people have been slain in clashes between Fulani herdsmen and local farming communities in Southern Kaduna.
Similar violence in other states of Nigeria has also caused the death of hundreds of people.
The Southern Kaduna crisis has since taken a religious dimension despite warnings to the contrary by government officials and peace envoys.
CAN has reacted to rumors that the body would send an entourage to accompany Apostle Suleman to SSS’ office today.
However, the media aide to CAN’s President, Bayo Oladeji, said CAN would not go with the pastor but was solidly behind him.
“I spoke with him (Mr. Suleman) this morning. CAN is solidly behind him.
“He was invited to the office of the SSS; let him go.
“We are behind him, but as for whether or not we are going to the SSS office with him, my answer to that is no.
“He was invited alone. But we are solidly behind him,” Mr. Oladeji said.
In his reaction to the invitation, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, warned the SSS not to detain Mr. Suleman.
Fayose also warned against inviting or detaining the General Overseer of the Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo.