Over 100 Jos youths on Tuesday foiled a move by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to use the Department of State Services, DSS, to silence opposition and muffle free speech when they resisted the attempt by DSS operatives to arrest a fiery pastor and the General Overseer of the Evangelical Outreach Ministries international, Prophet Isa El-Buba, who is an outspoken critic of the president.
The DSS allegedly accused the preacher of delivering an inciting sermon in which he challenged Christians to use their voter cards to vote out “wickedness in government,” Northen City News reported.
The showdown, which happened on Kassim Ibrahim Street in Jos city centre, caused panic in the neighbourhood.
The incident was being discussed in hushed tones by the Assistant Pastors when journalists visited the church later. Other clerics from other churches also visited to to show solidarity with El-Buba over the incident.
Large number of security agents in two trucks , were said to have laid siege to the church till 11.30pm on Monday in their “illegal” bid to arrest the cleric but were stopped by the viligant youths, the report said.
El-Buba, in an interview with journalists, confirmed the aborted arrest.
He again made it clear that the killings going on in Nigeria must stop; and that all Nigerians must rise up to ensure that it stops.
He said, “What transpired was that the DSS (operatives) invaded my house and my church premises and wanted to have me on Monday night. They came in their number, including a Deputy Director to arrest me in connection with the cross-over night (New Year Eve) broadcast I made to Nigerians.
“I stand by my words. I am neither scared nor intimidated by their invasion. Why should I be scared when I am saying the truth? Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin brings reproach. I said in my broadcast that the unrighteousness in Nigeria will not do any one of us any good and I stand by it.
“This is because our generation and generations yet unborn will suffer if we refuse to do the right thing. Nigeria is a great nation, but we must uphold righteousness to be able to stand among great nations. So, I have just said that the right thing should be done in our nation, and I do not have anything against anyone.”