By Sam Eyoboka

THE newly reconstituted 12-member Lagos State council of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, was inaugurated during the week with a charge from the National President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor for the leadership to do things that will make even angels to marvel.

“Today in the Centre of Excellence, God has placed before you a sacred responsibility and I charge in the name of the God that we all serve that you must not play with the mandate He had given you today,” the CAN president who also doubles as the National President of PFN told the new executive.

God had just empowered you to be David at a time like this, who will deal with the Goliaths of the nation and all those who starch away our collective resources in foreign nations while the rest of the nation wallow in darkness, live without water and without good roads. They will fall,” he added.

Oritsejafor who is serving his second term as PFN president said he had not witnessed the inauguration of any state council, saying that it was a great honour to preside over the inauguration of the Lagos State PFN because “you are the best. PFN took its root from here and you have held the torch high in the South West since then.”Preaching a sermon he titled; ‘The stone that killed Goliath,’ the fiery preacher enjoined the new executive council to be vigilant especially as the nation approaches another election year and join hands with other giant killers to rid the nation of profligate political leaders who had consistently used their exalted offices to rob the masses of their due in the commonwealth.

According to him “there are certain anti-democratic forces who are already gathering and strategising to foist them-selves on the nation without any viable plan on how to solve the power crisis in the country, or how to give water to the people, and fix our dilapidated roads. There are certain category of individu-als who must give way for Nigeria to move forward.”

Assuring that there is tremendous hope for the nation after the jubilee year, Oritsejafor therefore charged Christians in the country to troop out en masse to register in the forthcoming voters registration exercise.

“They must come out to vote and be prepared to defend their votes,” he stated, noting that such was the only panacea to the much taunted free, fair and credible elections next year; “it will take a collective contribution of every Nigerian to have the kind of polls that we are all currently craving for.”

He also appealed to the Federal Government and all the relevant authorities to grant the Independent National Electoral Commission’s request for an exten-sion of its election time table, if that is what the electoral umpire requires to conduct free, fair and credible polls next year.

The CAN president also used the occasion to warn mischief makers against attacks on the Church, saying that anybody who wants to fight the Church in Nigeria is making a very grievous mistake, because, according to him, no Goliath can stop the Church again in this country.

Speaking earlier, PFN National Vice President in charge of the South West, Bishop Wale Oke, explained why the PFN recently endorsed Pastor Oritsejafor to combine both the office of CAN president with that of the PFN, saying that he (Oritsejafor) had actually offered in July to withdraw from the PFN office.
According to Oke, the National Advisory Council, NAC, then convened a special meeting last week where it considered the request and asked him (Oritsejafor) to stay till the end of his tenure for which he was elected.

“Oritsejafor on his own, accord,” he explained “said it to the NAC in Ibadan in July shortly after his election as the CAN president that it may not be wise for him to combine the two offices but in their wisdom, after due consulta-tion, unanimously agreed that if our president is allowed to step aside it will weaken the Fellowship’s base.”

Continuing, Bishop Oke also added that Oritsejafor’s withdrawal from the PFN headship would have sent a wrong signal that Pastor Oritsejafor is a general without an army, stressing that leadership of the PFN is not decided on the pages of newspapers; those who decide the leadership are always alive to their responsibility.

Speaking on behalf of the new executive, the new Lagos chairman, Apostle Alex Bamgbola pledged his execut-ive council’s commitment to the ideals of the Fellowship, saying that it will intensify evangelism in the state with a view to re-orientating politi-cians to lead with the fear of God at all times.
The new Lagos State PFN executive comprise of Apostle Alex Bamgbola, president, Rev. Femi Asiwaju, Apostle Friday Idawor, Bishop Sola Ore, Apostle Israel Oku, Rev. David Okusenogu, Rev. (Mrs.) Peace Goodey, Bishop Franklyn Anaba among others.

In attendance included PFN’s National Vice president, Rev. Mercy Ezekiel, National Secretary, Pastor Wale Adefarasin, erstwhile Super Eagles soccer star, Pastor Taribo West, Bishop Abraham Olaleye, Bishop George Amu and Nollywood star, Pastor Paul Adams among others.

The Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola was represented by his Special Adviser on Religious Affairs, Rev. Sam Ogedengbe.

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