By Sam Eyoboka
LAGOS â€” WORRIED by the continued reports of killing of Christians in the North, the umbrella body of Pentecostalism in Nigeria, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has renewed its call for a sovereign national conference, SNC, to fashion a way forward for the country.
Reacting to what it called the continued slaughter of Christians in Plateau State especially to atone for the death of a Muslim, National President of PFN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, said it was high time all the ethnic nationalities in the country came together to review the basis for the nationâ€™s corporate existence.
Condemning the recent killing of two journalists by an angry mob during the latest wave of hostilities in Dogon-Dutse area of Jos, Oritsejafor also called on Christians in the North to refrain from taking up arms against their Muslim counterparts, but do everything possible to defend themselves whenever they come under attack.
“It does not make any sense for you to watch when somebody comes to your house with the intent to kill you, your wife and children. If you can help it, make effort to defend yourself before some sponsored hoodlums make orphans of your children and widows of your wives,” he said.
According to the cleric, the earlier we stop these acts of brigandage that have continued to portray Nigeria in the comity of nations as an uncivilized country where the sanctity of human life means nothing, and come to a roundtable to discuss the bases for our unity, the better for us all.
“It is shame! It is a shame!!” Oritsejafor who is currently attending a PFN youth rally in the Akwa Ibom State capital, Uyo said, lamenting that while “other nations of the world are busy developing their human capital for future growth, we are busy wasting our own and drawing the ire of the international community.”