THE Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, is calling for a law to check religious killings in the country.
Reacting to the current religious tension in Bauchi State following the killing of a pastor and his wife by unknown persons at Boto, Tafawa Balewa local government area, the national president of PFN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, said unless the Federal Government took a decisive step to stem the growing culture of mindless killings, the trend would continue.
According to him, the sanctity and the sacredness of the human life that was prevalent in the country, is fast going out of fashion as people just snuff life out of fellow human beings without fear.
The trend, apart from its religious implications, he said, was giving the nation a negative image in the international community, just as insecurity is also preventing investors from considering Nigeria as an investment destination â€œbecause there is no investor that will be comfortable investing in an unsecure environment.â€
The cleric also asked the nationâ€™s security outfit to rise above ethnicity and other primordial sentiments to ensure the security of lives and property in every part of the country, saying â€œeverybody keep saying we should emphasise things that unite the country and de-emphasise things that divide us.
â€œThat is beautiful, but should we keep our mouths shut, while common criminals, acting on behalf of some individuals who are determined to destabilise the nation, perpetrate evil under everybodyâ€™s nose? If that is the motive then, you must be prepared for a revolution in the nearest future that may not spare anyone,â€ Oritsejafor warned.
The PFN leader wants security agents in the country to step up its intelligence mechanism, and ensure that they nip some of these crises in the bud rather than appeal for calm after the damage had been done, stressing that the military must strive to maintain its neutrality always on security issues.
In the last couple days, Oritsejafor said, there had been daily reports of silent killings in Jos and its environments and explosions that one wonders where these people get their weapons from despite assurances from our security agencies.
Specifically, he referred to a report that Fulani herdsmen attacked a village, Kasa in Barkin Ladi local council where one Berom man was killed on Wednesday night, saying that such wanton killing had continued despite a curfew in Jos with a Special Task Force in place.