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PFN tasks Buhari on insecurity, Leah Sharibu’s release


The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has described as worrisome the incessant killings by herdsmen and armed gangs in parts of the federation.

Its National President, Rev. (Dr.) Felix Omobude in a statement yesterday in Benin City, Edo State, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently halt the ugly trend. 

Decrying a situation where most Nigerians were having sleepless nights due to the wanton killings and destruction of property by the marauding herders and other criminal elements in the society, Omobude called on security agencies to rise to the occasion by quickly fishing out and bringing to justice the perpetrators.

He said: ‘’We cannot continue like this as a nation and as a people. A situation whereby some criminally-minded people are holding the nation and Nigerians hostage is not acceptable.

“Everyday, you hear of killings by Boko Haram, herdsmen or other armed criminal gangs operating in the country. This is barbaric and the security forces should do more to stop the senseless and violent killings and destruction of property.

“It is time for the Federal Government to do the needful by protecting lives and property of its citizens. Perpetrators of these heinous crimes should be apprehended and adequately punished for their crimes.”

Omobude continued: “PFN is therefore urging all political leaders, particularly elected government functionaries, to concentrate their efforts in arresting the ongoing carnage in the country instead of engaging in 2019 election campaigns.

“Furthermore, the leadership of PFN and other good Nigerians are worried over the continued incarceration of the last Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, by the Boko Haram sect. She should not be made to continue to suffer inhumane treatment in the hands of the insurgents because of her refusal to renounce Christianity.

“However, PFN has declared a one-year prayer project for peace and harmony in Nigeria. I therefore enjoin all Christians and non-Christians alike to join in the exercise.”

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