Apostle Suleman furious as American alleges church got $188k COVID-19 relief fund
The Founder, Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has vowed to investigate an allegation that his church got $188,252 as COVID-19 relief funds from the American government.
He stated this in a tweet on Tuesday after an American, Michael Harriot, named the church as one of the black megachurches that benefitted from the largesse.
Harriot, whose Twitter bio identified as a Senior Writer with TheRoot.com, also identified popular televangelist, TD Jakes as a beneficiary through his church, The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas.
According to him, Jakes’ church got $2,568,898 as COVID-19 relief fund.
Other megachurches and their leaders that allegedly benefitted were Tony and Cynthia Brazelton of Victory Christian Ministries – $319,852 and Jamal Bryant of New Birth Missionary Church – 462,165.
In a tweet early Tuesday, Harriot wrote:
Are we gonna talk about these Black megachurches who got millions in coronavirus loans or nah? pic.twitter.com/y0kydB78Fb
— michaelharriot (@michaelharriot) December 21, 2020
Reacting to Harriot’s tweet, Suleman said he did not get a “dime” of such relief fund.
“Just seeing this online..no dime it kobo got to me..if someone scammed you then that’s your business. Get my name out of this rubbish or you will explain,” the fiery preacher stated.
Just seeing this online..no dime it kobo got to me..if someone scammed you then that's your business. Get my name out of this rubbish or you will explain.. pic.twitter.com/IndACYN7ce
— Apst Johnson Suleman (@APOSTLESULEMAN) December 22, 2020
He also berated those jumping to conclusions on the allegation without verification.
In a follow-up tweet, Suleman wrote: “To see that people are commenting is so pedestrian..Lol..I never collect loan for Africa, na America?
“I have instructed our National Pastor in America investigate it.”