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CAN, PFN Presidents lament state of Nigeria’s affairs

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• Afenifere warns FG against frustrating enforcement of anti-open grazing law
• Yoruba group tasks southern governors on political will to implement law

The National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr. Supo Ayokunle and President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Francis Wale Oke, have bemoaned the nation’s state of affairs, blaming it on the ungodly ways of the leaders and the led in the country.

The duo lamented that corruption, insecurity and economic hardship had taken toll on the existence of Nigeria and its people.

They spoke separately at the flag-off of the on-going eight-day 39th yearly Holy Ghost Convention of Oke’s ministry, themed “Abundant Rain” held in Ibadan.

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They, however, assured that despite the current challenges being faced by Nigeria, it would bounce back to reckoning, maintaining that it would once again enjoy the peace it used to be known for.

The CAN National president lamented that ungodliness and corruption had become ways of life in the country, calling for repentance. He added that the prevailing situation in the country was caused by people’s neglect of God’s words.

MEANWHILE, the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has enjoined the Federal Government not to jeopardise the effective enforcement of anti-open grazing law.

This was contained in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Jare Ajayi, in Ibadan, yesterday.

According to him, as the reality begins to dawn that there would no longer be a room for allowing cows to roam about anyhow, the Federal Government might be tempted to want to use its might to frustrate the efforts of state governments in this regard. This, it can do, by using the police and other security agencies to undermine the enforcement of the said law.

Ajayi, however, warned that doing so might be compounding the already bad security situation in the country.

SIMILARLY, another Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), has warned the governors not to bolt out or be intimidated out of the idea.

The group said citizens across southern Nigeria are waiting and watching how each state is progressing on the anti-grazing law, following the Asaba and Lagos declarations by the governors.

Chairman of the group, Mr. Wale Oshun, in a telephone chat with The Guardian yesterday, alleged that some governors or states were already jittery and wanting to chicken out of the idea.

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