By Nwafor Sunday
The media adviser to Apostle Johnson Suleman, the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, has said that Apostle Suleman is known world wide for his philanthropic nature and does not know why Stephanie Otobo would lay false allegations against the man of God, thus challenges her to go to court and prove her allegations.
Shaibu, who made the remark on Saturday in an interview with newsmen (The Sun), equally said that there were lots of contradictions in Otobo’s claim. According to him, ” First, she claimed that the poison was given to her by Apostle in a hotel. Next she said it was in a dream. Perhaps, she would come up with another bizarre tale. Seriously, even my three -year- old daughter can do better.
However, when asked about the alleged Apostle’s Canada trip with Otobo he said ” How do you travel with someone you have never met? It is clearly an illusion and part of her romantic fantasy. But again, if she wants to prove her case before the media, are we the ones to help her do so? Can’t she go to the airline and get a manifest on how they travelled together? Tell the world her seat number and that of Apostle Suleman. Let her get those facts and give to the press.
Shaibu equally reiterated that what Otobo is doing and saying in media is an unnecessary media trial and it is deceitful, mendaciously knavish and full of falsehood.
Conversely, Mr. Shaibu said that there were people who have organised themselves to make sure that Apostle Sulieman is stripped off his credibility nationally and internationally, but it wont happen, he said.
Similarly when asked about the Bank statement showing payment made by Apostle Sulieman into Otobo’s account, he said, ” I am surprised that you are even referring to the purported bank statement as genuine. Anyone can type and print a statement and call it by any name. But it cannot be called a genuine bank statement, except such a statement has been so verified by a forensic expert under the direction of a court of competent jurisdiction to so do.
” What we had expected was evidence to buttress her initial claims of tons of dollars, Euros and the Pound Sterling being paid into her account, not the lodgment in a Naira account.
“Certainly, this is an afterthought, but it is not strange as Apostle Suleman engages in a lot of charity. On a daily basis, men and women come for help and he assists them. Was Apostle Johnson Suleman sleeping with Nollywood Actor, Leo Mezie, when he paid his entire medical bill of £30,000 for kidney transplant in UK? This is what they don’t tell you.
“Was Apostle Suleman sleeping with the nine poor Nigerians (male and female) he gave cars to on February 5th, 2016? Was he sleeping with the 30 widows and other indigent people that he gave out millions to start their own businesses? To Johnson Suleman, giving is a lifestyle. The fact is that, we have never denied extending help to this girl.
“What we actually said was that, help was extended to her based on her claimed need and her quest to stop functioning as a stripper in Canada. And there is nothing strange about that. If money was given to her to turn her life around and embrace God, it’s okay. But then, it must be noted that these so -called revelations are only an after-thought. The girl is just busy trying to manufacture weak and unsubstantiated evidence to justify her story.
“Fortunately, everything she says contradicts her initial claims, thereby exposing her as a serial liar, he said.
However, describing Otobo’s claim on the money that was paid into her account through the Apostle’s pastor in Canada, Mr. Shaibu said it is an emotional fantasy that demands the urgency of a psychologist and a psychiatrist to resolve her myriad issues.
Finally, Mr. Shaibu responding to the image damage of Apostle Suleman in the public and his church said “The church has reached a decision on this matter. And I don’t think there is any need expanding any debate on this. Her mother has come to beg for forgiveness and we have reached a decision on that. The church also knows that this is a lady that deliberately wants to distract Apostle Suleman from his good works and there is no point giving her attention because till date, she has not brought out any credible evidence that she has been able to hold on to. Everything she has said in the past, she contradicted in her subsequent videos. It’s so unfortunate that she has wasted everybody’s time,” he said.