The Presidency on Sunday said the invitation of the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, by the Department of State Services over inciting comment was in order.
He said the DSS did not have to wait for a presidential directive as being alleged in the social media before carrying out its duties.
A Presidency official told journalists this on the condition of anonymity.
He said for openly calling for the killing of Fulani herdsmen, all religious leaders be it Christian, Islamic or traditional ought to condemn the call and bring the pastor back to order.
“The decision of the DSS to invite the said preacher for talks this week over the statements he is reported to have made is in clear demonstration of the agency’s duty that does not require any kind of presidential directive as is being speculated on the Social Media.
“Anyone, especially leaders, who engages in such questionable conduct, ought to at least be asked a few questions. We just hope religious leaders will also at least call on the said pastor to behave in a Christ-like manner,” he said.
The official said while the government understood the emotional reactions arising from a breakout of violence, the country does not need a religious leader calling for more violence.
“Is CAN aware of this kind of statement? Is it in line with Christian conduct? Why haven’t there been a condemnation of this kind of criminal conduct? There is some understandable outrage about cases of violence in Southern Kaduna, yet this coming from a religious leader is certainly even more outrageous,” he said.