BY Sam EYOBOKA

THE Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, is holding its biennial conference at the National Christian Centre, Abuja amidst fresh security

Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor PFN lelmsman

concerns about plans to implicate some senior members of the Fellowship for sedition.

The 11th biennial conferen-ce is expected to open at a time when tension is high over rumours of that certain individuals are under pressure to instigate security operatives to arrest some very vocal clergymen and implicate them in trumped up charg-es of trying to destabilise the nation.

Confirming the rumours last night, a source close to the umbrella body of Pentecostalism in Nigeria told our reporter that the rumour has been making the round that certain persons are planning to press charges against some of our eminent mini-sters including the Gener-al Overseer of the Redee-med Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adebo-ye, CAN president, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the world renown televangelist, Dr. Uma Ukpai and erstwhile CAN vice president, Dr. Mike Okonkwo.

According to the source, certain persons are behind the plot to invest-igate these emi-nent ministers for possible pro-secution for be-ing too vocal over the state of insecurity in the land especially their utterances over the pere-nnial religious intolerance in parts of the country.

Asked in a tele-phone inter-view the CAN president, Pastor Oritsejafor also confirmed hearing such rumours, saying “many of our leaders are aware of the rumour and you know as well as I do there is no smoke without fire; but do you think that threat will deter any of the leaders from doing what they are doing? Certainly not!”

Meanwhile, all the Pente-costal leaders listed above are expected to be part of the 11th biennial conferen-ce starting at the Federal capital today with a meet-ing of the highest decision making organ, the Nation-al Advisory Council, NAC. The theme of the 3-day programme is “Thy will be done on earth,” and spe-akers include the Pastor Adeboye, Dr. Uma Ukpai, Dr. Okonkwo, Archbishop Margret Benson-Idahosa, Rev (Mrs.) Mercy Ezekiel and Dr. Felix Omobude.

According to a statement by PFN administrative secretary, Pastor Damilare Akinola, the programme which is taking place for the first time in the North is to steer up the Church to play her role in the nation via a sense of direction towards ensur-ing that only the will of God is done in every aspect of our national life.

The conference which coming two months before a crucial election in the country, is also aimed at “creating a conscious Kingdom awareness among Pentecostal minist-ers with a deep sense of responsibility for nation building at which point every Pentecostal and indeed every Christian becomes conscious and through those principles they can apply same to their daily life and endeavour as guiding principles,” he stated.

Continuing, he said the PFN leaders who will also use the occasion to pray for peaceful election in April, hope that by the stated belief, the kingdom of God will be visible upon the nation of Nigeria and overall well being of the citizenry.

The conference is, most importantly, geared to-wards strengthening the Northern Church which has of late come under severe persecution and now needs a collaborative corporate flow of deepen-ed interaction with its Southern counterpart such that the current seeming weakness may be charged spiritually with a view to better cushioning the effects of religious intoler-ance in the region. It is hoped to rekindle the revival flame and enthr-one the kind of revival the Southern Church has being experience in the North.

According to the Pastor Akinola, it is for this purpose that the PFN is holding its 11th biennial conference in the North, stressing that it will serve as a forum to equip and empower the pastorate in the country as a whole for better spread of the gospel to other parts of the coun-try and indeed the cont-inent of Africa.

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