PFN cautions politicians, leaders against hate speeches
• Archbishop tasks office holders on service
The National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Felix Omobude has warned politicians against hate speeches. He gave the warning in a statement in Benin City, while felicitating with the Muslims during the Eid-El-Kabir.
The statement by his media aide, Ralph Okhiria congratulated the Muslim faithful and urged them to demonstrate the virtues of love and sacrifice which are the hallmarks of the festival.
“The PFN also uses this opportunity to call on Nigerians, particularly the political class and tribal leaders to eschew hate speeches to engender a strong, virile and united Nigeria.
“The two holy books (the Bible and Quran) talk about sacrifice. Therefore, we should be ready at all times to sacrifice for another, irrespective of our religious affiliations. We should also make the desired sacrifices for the peace, growth and development of the country.
“With fervent prayer and love, Nigerians can live together in peace as brothers and sisters and contribute to the progress and unity of the country,” he said. He urged the people to imbibe the spirit of living a selfless life to move the country forward.
Also, the Catholic Archbishop of Benin Metropolitan See, Most Rev Augustin Akubeze, yesterday tasked political office holders on service to the people. Akubeze made the call at a thanksgiving mass for the newly inducted grand board members of Knights of Saint John International (KSJI), Benin Grand Commandery.
Brigadier-General Sylvester Egbase was elected as the new leader of the KSJI.
The archbishop said: “If you take governance as service as it is supposed to be, there won’t be problems of unsuccessful elections and malpractices in the country. Let politicians emulate what we are doing in the church to see how elections could be conducted freely, so that the winners and losers could easily accept the declaration.”
He urged the new leaders of the commandery to shun occultism as prescribed in the KSJI constitution.
“Your constitution prohibits anyone from joining any occult group or society. Leadership requires dedication and one could not be dedicated if he habours grudges or bitterness in the heart”.
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