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Nigeria on the verge of collapse, says PFN

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• Clerics seek swift action from govt
• Police arrest 40 suspects over Makurdi unrest

The Enugu chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) yesterday raised the alarm that the nation was at the verge of collapse, accusing the President of failing to keep the federation together.

The state chairman of the association, Bishop Goddy Madu, in a statement in Enugu, said the endless massacre of hapless Nigerians by suspected Fulani herdsmen was an indication that government had failed in its duties.

Expressing dismay about recent killings in Benue State, he noted that government’s attitude towards the development was encouraging its spread, warning that Nigerians may resort to self help.

He said: “As it is today, Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba and Plateau states have become graveyards for innocent citizens. This is wicked and evil. It is unfortunate that while these killings are spreading, the government seems to have no answers to them.”

Madu confessed that he did not understand “what the Chief Security Officer and commander-in-chief of the nation and other security agencies are doing to protect the lives of the citizens.”

Also the leadership of the TEKAN/ECWA bloc in the Christian Association of Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to address the situation in order to avoid national upheavals. 

The Taraba State chairman of the bloc, Rev. Philip Micah Doppah, said the alleged refusal to go after the perpetrators had “ raised questions in the minds of those alleging that the Federal Government was biased.”

During a chat with newsmen yesterday in Jalingo, Doppah claimed that no fewer than two clerics and some members of the United Methodist Church had lost their lives to the attacks in the state.

He enjoined security operatives to always discharge their constitutional duties without fear or favour.

Also yesterday, 40 persons were arrested in Makurdi by the Benue State Police Command for their alleged involvement in the weekend’s unrest in the capital.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Moses Yamu, who confirmed the development, said patrol vans had been stationed in flash points within the metropolis to ensure safety of the residents.

He added that investigation was ongoing to unravel the causes of the crisis that torched people’s properties.


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