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PFN warns against introduction of Sharia in SouthWest

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Bishop Francis Wale Oke

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), yesterday, warned against the subterranean moves by some groups to introduce Sharia law in the SouthWest of the country through the ongoing constitutional review being carried out by the Senate.

The Christian body warned the Senate not to succumb to such agitation, which according to it is capable of further plunging the country into a major religious crisis.

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A statement from the Media Office of PFN President, Bishop Francis Wale Oke, said rather, the nation’s lawmakers should direct energies towards solving the mounting problems bedevilling the country, especially as it concerns the security of lives and property of the populace.

“The problems confronting the nation are enormous than wanting to create more. Sharia law is alien to our culture of religious existence in the SouthWest. As such, nobody should through any subterfuge bring it in to cause the crisis.”

According to the body, the introduction of such law into SouthWest would aim at pitching the Christians against their Muslim counterparts, saying: “We want to strongly warn the Senate and those behind this plan to unsettle the peace being enjoyed in this country to desist before it is too late. Don’t instigate religious crisis in the SouthWest, as this could further threaten the fragile peace of the country.

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“The secularity of our existence, which is devoid of any religious upheaval, should not be tampered with under whatever guise. We shall resist this by every legal means at our disposal.

“Without the Sharia, we have always lived peacefully with our Muslim brothers. We know that this is the handiwork of those who are hell-bent on unsettling the country at all costs. But the good news is that: They have failed. As far as we are concerned, the proposal won’t fly and can never fly. It is dead on arrival.”

Meanwhile, the Christian organisation has calmed the frayed nerves of its members who appeared agitated over the development and have been bombarding the body’s leadership with inquiries, assuring that their interest would always be protected.

It implored them to always comport themselves by not taking laws into their hands, but make peaceful co-existence their watchword.

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