By Emma Una
CALABAR—PENTE-COSTAL Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Cross River State chapter, has called on leaders in the country at all levels to ensure justice, equity and fairness in their actions in order to enthrone peace and unity in all parts of the country.
Dr Lawrence Ekwok, Chairman of PFN in the state, who stated this in Calabar, during a solemn assembly held to mark the 57th Independence anniversary of Nigeria, said many ethnic groups in the country were aggrieved and feel marginalised which is why there is strife in the country.
He said: “When you do things and say ‘I don’t care,’ people are bound to react and so leaders at every level should make sure there is fairness, social justice and equity. Unless that is done, you will continue to have a harvest of agitations.”
He said that whether in the military, political offices and distribution of amenities, there should be equity so that people will not continue to be aggrieved and engage in agitations that are driving the country to a point of conflict.
“That is why people are asking for restructuring which the PFN supports so that they can take care of their own needs with resources from their areas,” he added.
The PFN Chairman said presently, there is laziness in government where people only wait to collect federal allocations at the end of the month, noting that when power is devolved to the states and units, there will be hard work and competition among the units which will lead to development across the country.
According to him, restructuring the country is not dissolving the country but giving each ethnic group the opportunity to exploit its capacity and resources to the fullest.
He said that PFN has been holding solemn assemblies every year to pray for the country, and this has manifested in the reduction of crime such as armed robbery and kidnapping in the state and assured that the organisation will continue to live up to that responsibility.