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PFN advisory council meets over Jos crisis

AS the sectarian crisis in the Plateau State capital, Jos, spreads to other parts of the state the National Advisory Council of the umbrella body of Pentecostalism in the country, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria,
PFN meets in Lagos to review the state of the nation.

A statement made available to our reporter yesterday, showed that the NAC meet-ing scheduled for February 4, at the headquarters of the Christian Pentecostal Mission, Ajao Estate in Lagos will review the immediate causes of the Jos crisis, the extent of casualty and how best it can intervene to alleviate the sufferings of victims of the crisis.

The NAC which comprise eminent clergymen like the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, president of Uma Ukpai Evangelistic Organi-sation, Dr. Uma Ukpai, National President of PFN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, presiding bishop of TREM, Bishop Mike Okonkwo among others will also attempt to fashion a way forward for the nation.

According to a letter of invitation titled ‘State of the Nation’, members of the PFN national advisory council were enjoined to attend punctually as attendance was cardinal to addressing the current emergency as well as the unity which the Body requires to speak at a crucial moment such as this, when speaking with one voice is paramount.

Meanwhile, reports from the Plateau State capital indicate that the crisis is spreading to other parts of the state while Jos residents were vehement in their belief that the official figure of casualty of 200 dead is far from the truth. PFN national vice president in charge of North Central, Bishop Jonas Katung told our reporter in a telephone interview from his Jos base that the figure cannot be a true reflection of the casualty figure where persons in military uniforms armed with sophisticated ammunition had a free reign
killing persons perceived to be enemies.

“There was no denying the fact that the recent crisis like all the other ones before it, was premeditated and the agenda was obvious to every discerning resident of Jos metropolis,” Bishop Katung said, adding that according to some insiders close the Red Cross operatives who were busy carting away corpses, the figure of casualty runs into several hundreds if not thousands.

He told our reporter that Tuesday was the most horrible day where persons in soldier uniforms were raiding Christian homes, looting, killing innocent citizens and burning their houses with impunity.

“An Assemblies of God Church and many other churches were burnt down by youths, shouting they want to take over Jos. Can you imagine? How can you take over Jos from the original owners?” he kept asking, adding that the situation is getting out hand.

“They have state funds at their disposal which they use for their propaganda, peddl-ing stories that only 200 persons were killed in the fracas. I am aware that men in military uniformed may have been trained to handle sophisticated weapons in order to prosecute a precon-ceived agenda of attempting to take over Jos,” he said.


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