Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has dared Apostle Johnson Suleiman of the Omega Fire Ministry over his recent declaration that he (El-Rufai) will die if he fails to revoke the Religious Bill.
From the very first day the governor proposed a bill that would restrict ‘unlicensed religious activities’ in the state to the state house of assembly, he has been faced with outcry and criticism from individuals and church leaders.
Apostle Suleiman had while reacting to the proposed bill by El-Rufai pronounced death on the governor if he does not retract the bill.
Reacting to the death pronunciation, in a recent interview with selected journalists, El Rufai said if Suleiman was truly an apostle as he claimed, he should mention the actual date of his death.
“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 continued: “Are you telling me it is okay for someone to put up speakers in the night and start making a noise, be it Islam or Christianity, disturbing people? Is that okay? Which chapter in the two holy books says that Jesus or Muhammad (SAW) did that?
Are we not trying to copy them? Are they not the perfections of both our religions? Jesus said, ‘Give to God what is God’s and to Caesar what is Caesar’s.’ Government is the Caesar.”