A security source at the DSS was quoted by the Newspaper as saying that Suleiman was equally told by security operatives to know that his followership cut across Christianity and Islam and should therefore mind the way he speaks.
The pastor was quizzed by the DSS on Monday in Abuja over his alleged sermon asking his followers to kill any herdsmen found within his church premises.
He had claimed that he was warned that unknown herdsmen were planning to either ambush him on the road or invade his church to cause havoc.
A few days after the alleged directive, he was said to have told members of his congregation at a religious crusade in Ekiti State recently to defend themselves if they were attacked by herdsmen.
The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, was alleged to have stopped the DSS operatives from arresting the cleric on January 25, thus provoking controversy on the issue.
During his interrogation by the DSS, on Monday night, however, Suleiman, who was accompanied by a former governor, was said to have been told that some unsuspecting Nigerians could cash in on his messages to cause havoc in the country.
According To A Top Source, Read What He Was Told Specifically:
“We asked him why he made such a provocative statement and he defended himself.
“He (Suleiman) said he made the statement based on available information that some herdsmen were planning to attack him and that he merely asked his church members to defend him and the church property.
“While we didn’t argue with him, we asked him to note that his followership cuts across the two dominant religions, which are Christianity and Islam.
“We also asked him to note that the Federal Government was doing its best to curtail the activities of the herdsmen and also fight crime generally.
“He said he knew, but added that the government needed to do much more and that he was not out to cause religious crisis but was merely expressing his anger at the refusal of government to take actions that he said could reasonably convince Nigerians that it (the government) is not partial.”
The source, who spoke on “strict confidence”, said both parties also agreed not to speak with the media on the outcome of the interrogation.
“None of us would speak on the issue. We need to douse tension in the country. That’s our agreement.”