Apostle Suleman slams Festus Keyamo, calls him author of fake news

Apostle Suleman slams Festus Keyamo, calls him author of fake news

Controversial preacher and the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries (OFM), Apostle Suleman Johnson, has slammed the Minister of State for Labour

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Controversial preacher and the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries (OFM), Apostle Suleman Johnson, has slammed the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, for allowing himself to be used to destroy his reputation.

Suleman had in 2017, traded words with Keyamo over his involvement with Canadian based Nigerian singer, Stephanie Otobo, who revealed that she was in a relationship with the preacher and accused him of forceful abortion of pregnancy.

Otobo, at the news briefing in Keyamo’s chambers, among other things, accused the pastor of impregnating and dumping her. She later made a U-turn saying very strong and powerful politicians and pastors paid her to defame him.

Years later, Otobo surfaced again. This time, she released a diss track, Apostle, dedicated to the preacher. She also released a photo that she claimed was the pastor’s genitals on a Twitter thread and said he planned to kill her. She also challenged him to come forward and debunk her claims while threatening to release a video.

Suleman denied all the allegations and threatened legal action against Keyamo while demanding N1 billion from the lawyer for all the injuries inflicted on him, as well as a retraction of all the allegations within seven days.

His spokesperson, Phrank Shaibu, claimed the pastor never met Otobo in person nor promised to marry her. Her mother also visited Suleman’s church in Auchi, Edo State, where she apologised on her daughter’s behalf.

The preacher said the accusations stemmed from his recent stand against issues bordering on national security, adding that some powerful forces are after him.

Keyamo described Suleman’s claims as ridiculous and laughable, adding that the threat was a mere ploy by the cleric to deceive the public.

Although it has been five years, the wounds remain open for Suleman who recently threw a subtle shade at Keyamo.

In a recent Twitter post, Suleman described Keyamo as an author of fake news who now wants social media to be regulated due to the constant bashing he gets.

Keyamo while speaking at a media workshop on Balancing Ethics and Patriotism: the Obligations of Journalists to their Country organised by the Coalition for Good Governance and Economic Justice in Africa said that laws must be enacted to criminalise fake news.

Keyamo pointed out that although social media has come to stay in the country, laws must be established to regulate and sanitise the system. He said to kill fake news, which, according to him, can destroy the country’s fabric, fake social media accounts must first be killed.

Although he didn’t mention any name, Suleman described Keyamo as an author of fake news. According to him, Keyamo conspired with Otobo, a lady he never met.

‘‘One of the Authors of Fake News, who poses to be a lawyer, now wants social media regulated cos of the constant bashing he gets.(Gal 6.7). In 2017 he conspired with a Canadian base lady whom I had NEVER met. He dropped a senseless legal suit online and copied over 200 bloggers. I woke up to meet a suit supposedly meant for me online.

“Mr lawyer, what do you call that news you were peddling to destroy a man’s reputation? You know all you did. You were then made a SAN for a job well done. What you did to me, and others will haunt you for life down to your generation. Leave social media; it’s very okay and needs no regulation,” he wrote.