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FG’s plan to sanction Nigerians over COVID-19 vaccination illogical, says PFN


The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has described as illogical the move by the Federal Government to punish Nigerians who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

It also warned the government against molesting or punishing retired Navy Commodore Kunle Olawunmi for alleging cover up by the government of some high profile politicians behind the raging insurgency and banditry in the country.

The PFN president, who is also the Presiding Bishop of The Sword of the Spirit Ministries in Ibadan, Bishop Francis Wale Oke, gave the warnings, yesterday, at the ongoing 39th yearly Holy Ghost Convention of the ministry with the theme, ‘Abundant Rain’, holding at the PCU Campus, Garden of Victory, Ibadan.


He advised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to be rational in its approach as regards punishing Nigerians who refused to take the COVID-19 vaccines.

“One doubts if Nigeria can yet boast having 10 million vaccines available for a country with over 200 million population,” he said.

According to him, the government could only take to punitive measures if it makes available about 250 million vaccines, stressing: “If the Federal Government makes available about 250 million vaccines and Nigerians who are yet to be vaccinated refused the COVID-19 vaccines, then the government can be justified in its action.

“Unless this be the case, one will be forced to view the whole thing as another subtle move to deliberately punish some sections of the country. This is because the totality of vaccines made available so far have not even scratched the surface in relation to Nigeria’s population. So, why the move to punish those who have not taken the vaccines. It will boomerang if not handled with care.”


Oke, who equally implored the government to leave retired Commodore Olawunmi alone, charging that rather than harassing him, the sponsors of insurgency and other crimes in the country should be fished out and dealt with accordingly.

“Punish those causing problems in our country. Go after them and not someone telling us the truth,” he said.

He warned that as long as the insurgents, bandits and other criminals continued to be treated with kid gloves, the security challenges facing the nation would persist, adding that something urgent must be done to salvage the situation.

Meanwhile, the renowned cleric has described as sacrilegious the invasion of the Living Faith Church in Osara, Kogi State, maintaining that it was unacceptable and condemnable.


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