The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in Enugu State, has faulted the radical approach used by the self acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The umbrella of pentecostal churches in Nigeria believes that IPOB’s approach in agitating against the supposed marginalization of the South eastern zone of Nigeria, is not in the best interest of the Igbo ethnic group or Nigeria generally.
Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship, Rev. Dr Godwin Madu, who spoke shortly after a special prayer meeting for peace in the country, organized by the Enugu PFN at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Enugu, cautioned the IPOB leader and his group, as well as other pro-Biafra organizations to settle down and dialogue rather than engaging in activities that could “heat up the polity.”
He said: “Nigeria is good as a country. Any where we feel aggrieved, the matter could be addressed amicably instead of heating up the polity and creating unnecessary tension in the entire country.”
The PFN Chairman also appealed to the Arewa youths from northern Nigeria, who issued a quit notice to Igbos, to quickly sheath their sword and sue for peace since violence and crisis cannot benefit anybody.
He told the northern youths that Nigeria has no particular landlord, hence no tribe was empowered by the Nigerian Constitution to issue a quit notice to any other ethnic group.
During the prayer session, 36 people representing the 36 states of the federation were called to the podium, to offer fervent prayers for God to usher peace to reign in the country, and bring to shame the trouble makers.
A founding member of the body, Dr Obi Onubuogu stressed the need for dialogue as the main key to solving the nation’s problems, and enjoined the Igbo to love themselves and remain united to be able to face challenges confronting them.
Also, former secretary of the state PFN, pastor Joseph Ajujungwa called for peace and unity among the Igbo, noting that the prayer meeting became necessary because the PFN was against AREWA youths’ quit notice which “is unacceptable to the PFN.”
Secretary General of the body, Rev Dr Noble Oji said it was only God that would bring peace in the country, and advised the Christians to be prayerful.
He also called on the media to be agents of uniting the country rather than dividing it, adding “I would advise the media to be useful instrument for the promotion of peace in the country.”