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Emergency Rule: PFN cautions Govt

UMBRELLA body of Pentecostalism in Nigeria, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Thursday declared its support for the state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan in three states of the North East and enjoined the president to work with the National Assembly to follow through on all provisions as enunciated by the constitution, reports Sam Eyoboka.

Speaking at the end of its first National Advisory Committee/National Executive Committee meeting in Lagos, the newly elected PFN nat-ional president, Rev. Felix Omobude who was flanked by his vice pre-sident, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, secretary, Apostle Yohanna Kure and Bishop Mike Okon-kwo, said the presidential declaration had become inevitable.

He, however, caution-ed that the military oper-ation must be carried out within the ambit of the law and respect for fun-damental human rights so that the rights of inno-cent Nigerians are not unnecessarily infringed upon.

On the recent order by President Jonathan to release some Boko Haram detainees, the PFN president said the decision was hasty, add-ing, however, that it may well have been inform-ed by certain intelligen-ce report available to the president.

Omobude further app-ealed to politicians to be more circumspect in their utterances, and en-sure that they put the country first in their con-duct, noting “they should not let their ambitions blindfold them or let such override the peace of the nation.”

Arguing that the orgy of violence that has enveloped the nation is not unconnected with the 2015 elections, PFN cautioned political lead-ers to restrain themselves and shift their focus be-yond the narrow confines of winning elections, as leadership of the country is not the birthright of any person, section or group.

He called on the Fed-eral Government to set up machinery for com-pensating victims of Boko Haram insurgency scattered around the country.

According to the PFN helmsman, a number of families have been dis-placed, so many have lost their bread winners, homes and livelihood have been destroyed, noting “it is important that these unfortunate ones are compensated and the houses and buildings that belong to religious institutions, schools, individuals and corporate bodies be re-built and restored to the-ir owners, who have su-ffered unnecessarily for the state of insecurity in their places of abode.”

On corruption, Omob-ude expressed concern about the alarming rate of treasury looting in the country, saying that gov-ernment is not doing enough to stem the tide.

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