By Sam Eyoboka, Uyo
Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, rose from its 12th biennial conference on Friday night in the Akwa Ibom State capital, Uyo, with a resolution to tackle corruption in the nation through deliberate isolation of corrupt members.
The position of the charismatic preachers, most of whom loudly voiced their anger against the high rate of corruption and fake pastors in the land, was articulated by the outgoing National President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, who charged Pentecostal ministers to scrutinise the source of their members wealth. He spoke at the grand finale of the 12th biennial conference of the Fellowship.
Turning to the mammoth crowd of Pentecostal ministers and the congregation that overtook the Uyo Township Stadium, Oritsejafor said: “We must be ready to give an account for ourselves and therefore we will no longer tolerate criminals in the Church of God. Men of God, you must be ready to question the source of members wealth.”
He expressed disgust on the level of corruption in the country, saying it was totally disheartening when he read the report of a man who stole about N23 billion Police Pension Fund saying ‘he only stole N23 billion.’
Oritsejafor, who drew attention to the story of Daniel who refused to defile himself with the king’s delicacies, charged doctors, lawyers, teachers, politicians and all professionals to carry their mandate without any form of compromise, arguing “there is nothing on the king’s table that is worth your God-given mandate.”
According to him, right from the Presidency to the least person in the local government level “we must be ready to declare that we will not compromise our salvation or the mandate God had given to us.”
Oritsejafor declared that the current persecution of the Church in Nigeria did not begin with Boko Haram.
According to him, there has been a deliberate act to silence the Church in the North long before the emergence of Boko Haram, stating that it is common knowledge that despite the pretence to one brotherhood in the country, no church in that region has been given a certificate of occupancy in the last 30 years.
“I stand to be corrected, there is no university campus in the North where Christian students are allowed to worship their God without harassment,” he stated, calling on all delegates from that part of the country not to run away.
“They are doing everything to squeeze you out your God-given land in the North, but I urge you to stay. Don’t run away, the Church in the South will stand by you. Don’t compromise because of persecution. God will stand by you,” he said, adding that as God rose on behalf of Daniel, Joseph and many others in the Bible, so God will stand by the Christians in the North.
Oritsejafor further encouraged them to be steadfast, saying “no gates of Hell, neither conspiracy from the pit of hell can stop the Church in this country. if they cannot stop the Church, they cannot stop you.”
Earlier, the new PFN president, Rev. Felix Omobude, who described Oritsejafor as the voice of the Lord in this hour, also charged Christians not to be weary of current happenings in the country, saying that God will fight for His people.
Speaking on; “In the volume of book”, Omobude said evil people will rage against the Church and God people but in spite of all these labour and persecution, God will open a new page for the Church.