God forbid that I would wish that an apostle of God or any other apostle from anywhere at all, call down fire from heaven, to consume Nigeria’s Department of State Security Services (DSS), our own version of secret police or any other Department of Nigeria’s security-block for merely being invited by such outfit for interrogations!
Never would I wish Nigeria such fate. Not in a dream, nor a joke. It is an ugly experience a friend would not wish his friend; neither would a citizen wish so to his country. But the holy book, the Bible had recorded prophet Elijah had upon being invited by King Ahaziah’s Security for same interrogations over prophecies the king will ‘surely die,’ called fire from heaven to devour King Ahaziah’s Security in their fifties. And the soldiers were consumed as declared.
For the purpose of this piece, let me do a rehearsal of what transpired between King Ahaziah of Samaria and Elijah, the prophet of God (as was recorded in 2kings 1: 1-12), as this will help us appreciate the widespread invitation of Apostle Johnson Suleiman of Omega Fire Ministry (OFM) by the DSS, over his prophesies of 2017 regarding Aisha Buhari’s poisoning, Buhari’s ouster, and then, ‘the kill any Fullani militia’ conundrum…Here we go.
Now King Ahaziah of Samaria had fallen from his upper room and got injured. So he sent his messengers and said to them. “Go, inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this injury.” And the messengers left as directed by the king.
But while they journeyed, the Angel of the Lord appeared to Elijah, the Tishbite and said to him: “Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say to them, is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Now therefore, thus says the Lord: you shall die,” and Elijah departed.
When they returned to king Ahaziah, they told him everything Elijah said to them. And the king was infuriated, and then, sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty men, to invite Elijah to come down to King’s palace for interrogations on his comments that the king will not live but die from his sick bed for consulting other gods.
But when they had come to the Hill where Elijah pitched his tent, they said to him: “man of God, the king has said, come down!” and Elijah answered the captain of fifty, “ if I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” And fire came down and did as commanded.
And when the king heard this terrible thing, he sent yet another captain of fifty with his fifty men, but they were again consumed in similar circumstance. And he sent yet another, but the captain this time, was smarter and pleaded for the prophet’s mercy, and begged him to spare him and his men but come down and answer the king. And Elijah hearkened to his voice and came down, went to the king himself, and delivered similar indictment on the king. And the king thereafter, died.
The above recorded incident brings us to Apostle Johnson Suleiman’s invitation by the DSS over his prophesies of 2017, regarding Aisha Buhari’s poisoning, Buhari’s ouster, and then, ‘the kill any Fullani militia’ conundrum. The Apostle could be grilled on the above content by the secret police, in what many have described as “a clamp down on men of God in the country.”
Recall that the man of God had recently, narrowly escaped been arrested by the DSS after a Crusade in Ado- Ekiti with the prompt intervention of Governor Fayose of Ekiti state, who upon being called for intercession by the man of God, stormed the venue of the arrest with a large number of his followers.
Remember too, that early this year, the prophet had among other things been said to have prophesied the ‘death of the present first lady, by food poisoning, removal of president Buhari by impeachment, the removal and reinstating of vice president Osinbajo by a few strong men.’
On whether these prophecies will come through as declared, only time will tell. On whether they will form part of the reasons the former Islamic faithful would be interrogated by the DSS, the answer is ‘yes.’ But on whether the Apostle, who is generally considered a hotbed in Christendom will call down fire from heaven to consume his traducers as evident in Elijah’s accounts, is totally out of it, as his distress call to Governor Fayose has shown, he is not ready for such magical exhibition.
Meanwhile, I am totally indifferent when stories of how our men of God cure HIV, transform genotypes, heal the lame, restore blindness and then, raise the dead in their churches but can only do much outside their environs. I am again, aghast as to how these our big prophets will seat in the comfort of their homes while Boko Haram maim us at will, without receiving damming courses from them? And I ask, “are there no prophets in gilead” (Nigeria), so, “why are my people dying” in the throews of Boko Haram, headsmen and all form of like this?
But as a matter of truth, how come they see calamities befalling far away countries and people in different other environments, yet they don’t see the ones that happen right under their beds? How come their buildings collapse, killing the Numbers it kills without them knowing?
While I accept men of God and other religious leaders must de-emphasize violence and preach more peace among their followers, it is equally pertinent to enjoin government at all levels to provide security for the teaming Nigerian populace as guarrantteed by the Nigerian law.
While i also accept no body has monopoly of bloodshed (as in the case of headsmen), I strongly believe “kill me I kill you mentality” will only breed anarchy and every particle associated with it. The security agencies must on this note, upp their ante and disarm every headsman who moves about with live ammunition.
In the end, Iet me state in clear terms I am an ardent follower of Christ and everything he embodies, both spiritual and physical, just as I love men of God of all ranks, prophets inclusive and Suleiman too.
Gwiyi Solomon writes from Abuja.
Contact Gwiyi @ : firstname.lastname@example.org