By Clara Egbogota
Asaba, Oct. 15, 2020 The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) on Thursday called on the Federal Government to adopt an all-inclusive approach to governance and development in the country.
Its National President, Rev. Felix
Omobude, also reiterated the body’s calls for restructuring of the political and administrative apparatus that currently govern the country.
Omobude said that “the increasingly strident calls from fathers, leaders of thought and well-meaning Nigerians for restructuring” were in line with the body’s long time stand.
The PFN president said in a statement that the various calls also justified the Christian body’s consistent appeals, over the years, to the government to pay attention to the calls and activate the necessary mechanism for it.
He said: “PFN restates the call for restructuring, which has now become even more urgent, given the increasing push on the part of different groups toward tendencies that further division rather than unity.
“We note, with concern, the restiveness in different parts of the country.
“We are of the opinion that concerted efforts have to be urgently made by the government to reassure Nigerians that their interests will continue to be guaranteed within the Nigerian entity.
“We restate our belief in the unity of Nigeria and a commitment to one Nigeria, where people of different faiths and tongues can continue to live together as one.
“However, we call on the government to do all it can to assuage the fears and concerns of everyone and ensure the practice of Federalism in its true form.”
Omobude said that PFN, at its recent joint meeting of National Advisory Council and the National Executive Council, urged the Federal Government to do more in responding to “the heightened level of poverty in the land”.
According to him, Government should institute further measures to address the hardship being faced by people, especially in the face of the downturn in the economy made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We urge President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government to adopt an all-inclusive approach, not just in the manner of its appointments.
“But to ensure that there is a noticeable balance across ethnic and religious divides, so as not to exacerbate the increasing mistrust along ethnic and religious lines in the country.
“The PFN restates its call for the Federal Government to activate the necessary mechanism and legal backing for the setting up of State Police in the country.
“We believe that the recent agitation and introduction of different variants of Regional and Community Policing models attests to the fact that Nigerians are yearning for an alternative approach to policing.
“We believe that with the introduction of a different model one that not only incorporates direct participation by other tiers of government in tackling insecurity in the country, but one that will enhance the level of security in the country.”