Buhari Can Dialogue With Boko Haram On One Condition- PFN

In a bid to put an end to the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria, the Pentecos­tal Fellowship of Nige­ria (PFN) has thrown its weight behind the move by the Federal Government to dialogue with the insur­gents if the need arises.

Besides, the body cau­tioned President Muhamma­du Buhari that the dialogue option and the ongoing mili­tary operations should go pari passu, adding that the security agencies have done well.

The PFN National Presi­dent, Rev Felix Omobude disclosed this while address­ing newsmen in Ibadan yes­terday during his official vis­it to the PFN in Oyo State. The visit coincided with a two-day programme, Apos­tolic Impartation Service and Ministers’ Fire Conference organised by the PFN in the state, which commenced yesterday.

He was received by the state chairman of PFN, Bishop Taiwo Adelakun, of the Victory International Church (Rehoboth Cathed­eral); founder of the Christ Life Church (Sword of the Spirit Ministry), Bishop Francis Wale Oke, the South West Zone Coordinator of PFN, Rev Reuben Oke and scores of other members of the body.

Omobude, who said PFN was concerned about the continued spate of bombing in the country, stated that no fewer than 850 pentecostal churches, as at the last count two months ago, had been bombed or destroyed in the North East and some other parts of the country as a re­sult of insurgency.

He noted that the PFN was aware that the Federal Government was leaving no stone unturned to nip terror­ism in the bud in the country, stating that it would not be wrong for the government to complement military opera­tions with dialogue towards ending the menace.

While saying that nobody could be justified for bomb­ing churches and mosques under whatever guise, Om­bude said the Boko Haram “insurgents have declared themselves as enemies of Nigeria and we must all come together and treat them as such.”

He urged Nigerians to ex­ercise some patience with the present administration in the country and shun any­thing capable of destabilis­ing the country, adding the people must be peaceful, prayerful and supportive to every on-going peace initia­tive in the nation.

Omobude further en­joined Christians in other parts of the country that did not witness direct attack of the Boko Haram insurgents to support the victims of the insurgency in cash and kind, saying PFN had spent over N40million on relief mate­rials donated to “our broth­ers and sisters in the North East.”


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