Youths of Kassim Ibrahim Street in Jos joined pastors and members of the Evangelical Outreach Ministries International, EBOMI, to stop operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, from arresting the General Overseer of the church, Isa El-Buba.
The senior pastor was said to have called on church members to obtain voters cards and vote out “wickedness” in government in 2019. He was also reported to have accused President Muhammadu Buhari of incompetence.
According to reports, the security agents laid siege at the church till 11:30pm on Monday, but were prevented from whisking away the pastor by the valiant youths, after which the operatives retreated.
While speaking with journalists on what transpired, El-Buba narrated on Tuesday “that the DSS invaded my house and my church premises and wanted to have me (arrested) on Monday night.
“They came in their numbers, including a Deputy Director to have me in connection with the Cross Over national broadcast I made to Nigerians” on the New Year eve.
Stressing that he was neither scared nor intimidated by the invasion, the cleric said, “Why should I be scared when I am saying the truth? Righteousness exalt a nation, but sin brings reproach. I said in my broadcast that the unrighteousness that Nigeria will not do anyone of us any good. And I stand by it.
“This is because our generation and generation 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.”
El-Buba, who was flanked by senior pastors from other churches in Jos who had come on solidarity visit, insisted that the killings going on across Nigeria must stop, and all Nigerians must rise up together and ensure that it stops.