The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, was last Thursday, conferred with a honourary citizenship of the state of South Carolina in the United States of America.
According to a statement, the conferment took place at the 'Faithful Centre Bible Church', Inglewood, California where Suleman held the region’s edition of his ministry’s life-changing crusade titled ‘Help From Above’.
The crusade which held on Tuesday and Wednesday had a lawmaker in the state John King say the award is the highest given to non-residents of South Carolina.
He said the award was as a result of the approval of the House of Representatives of the state in recognition of Suleiman’s contribution to humanity.
“Apostle Suleman won this highest honour not only because he is noted as a great social worker with outstanding performances in outreach programmes but also his passion for giving without borders,” a member of the award committee was quoted to have said.
“Apostle Suleman is so privileged because there are a lot of people out there who are equally blessed if not more but are not willing to do.”
Suleman was reported to have dedicated the award to God, his wife and members of the Omega Fire Ministries worldwide while his communications manager, Phrank Shaibu, thanked the government and people of the state of South Carolina for finding Suleiman worthy of such honour.
He described it as an indication of the acceptance of the message of salvation which Omega Fire Ministries had taken to the United States and other parts of the world.
However, Suleiman back home in Nigeria has been involved in one controversy or the other.
The Department of State Services (DSS) in January attempted to arrest him over a directive he gave to his aide to kill Fulani Herdsmen found around his church.
He was later invited to the DSS headquarters in Abuja and not much has been heard of the matter since then.
Three months after the attempted arrest, one Stephanie Otobo alleged that she had sexual affairs with him with the preacher denying all the allegations.