A widely publicized claim that controversial Nigerian preacher, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, has been granted ‘honorary citizenship” by the US government is absolutely false SaharaReporters can authoritatively reveal. Apostle Suleiman is the founder of the Auchi-based Omega Fire Worldwide Ministries.
Mr. Phrank Shuaibu, the preacher’s publicist, had claimed extravagantly that the US government granted Apostle Suleiman “honorary citizenship” as a non-resident of South Carolina.
Contrary to the claim, SaharaReporters discovered that the alleged honorary citizenship is an insignificant gesture usually made by state legislators in the US.
According to our investigations, John Richard C. King, Chairman South Carolina Legislators Black Caucus representing a South Carolina county in the state house of assembly issued a letter to Apostle Suleiman conferring on him the honorary citizenship of the state of South Carolina.
Made in the letter was a promise to confer the “honor” on Mr. Suleiman at the State Capitol building in Columbia. However, the lawmaker hurriedly took the award to Inglewood in California to present to Apostle Suleiman, where he was having a church program.
US state legislators routinely give letters and plaques that carry official proclamations with no real value. Sometimes, such gestures are used to raise campaign funding. SaharaReporters cannot confirm whether or not Apostle Suleiman paid for the letter and plaque.
In its entire history, the United States has only granted 8 honorary citizenships, the last one was granted in 2014 posthumously to Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, Viscount of Galveston and Count of Gálvez, a Spaniard American war hero.
Apostle Suleiman is currently nursing a reputational injury arising from allegations of sexual liaison made by Canada-based singer, Stephanie Otobo.