Monday, 16 May 2016

Nigerians are Suffering, Please Reduce their Pains - PFN Begs Pres. Buhari




With the increase in the pump price of petrol, the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Dr. Felix Omobude, has called on the Federal Government to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians by quickly resolving the fuel crisis and power outage in the country.
Also, the Methodist Archbishop of Ogun State, Most Reverend Atanda Adewale, at Ago-Iwoye, Ijebu-North Local Government Area of the state, flayed the increase in the pump price of petrol to N145 per litre.
Omobude said the PFN appreciated the government’s efforts at salvaging the economy but called for a speedy resolution of the fuel crisis.
The PFN president said this in his address on Sunday after the quarterly meeting of the National Executive Council of the PFN.
He also asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to be selective in the ongoing anti-corruption war.
The PFN president said that the war against corruption must be fought within the ambit of the law, adding that there should neither be sacred cows nor sacrificial lambs in the prosecution of corrupt politicians.
“The PFN is aware that Nigeria is passing through difficult economic times and calls on Nigerians to show greater understanding. We appreciate the Federal Government’s efforts at diversifying its revenue portfolio and call for a more concerted effort in that direction.
 “We urge the government to take steps to reduce the pains and sufferings of Nigerians by dealing with the incessant scarcity of fuel and the irregular supply of electricity, amongst others. We call for a speedy resolution of these issues with a view to creating a more conducive environment for socio-economic activities in the country,” he said.
Omobude said that the PFN was deeply concerned by the killings allegedly perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen in different parts of the country.
According to him, a lot still needs to be done to defeat the Boko Haram sect and rehabilitate those that were displaced as a result of the insurgency.
The Methodist archbishop spoke while delivering a sermon at the funeral service of Princess Abigail Efunseeke Adekoya, the mother of a member, House of Representatives, Segun Adekoya, at the Methodist Cathedral, Imere, Ago-Iwoye.
He noted that Nigerians were experiencing hard times, arguing that the decision of the Federal Government to raise the price of fuel from N86.50 to N145 per litre at such a time, was “absurd.”
He said, “It’s absurd to hear. We are going to buy fuel for N145 per litre; it’s absurd, it’s unreasonable and illogical.
“I’m saying it, it’s arrant nonsense! Whoever wants to hear, should hear. There’s nothing you want to buy now, dollar has gone up. It’s going to impact on the market woman.”
The cleric urged politicians who had been in the habit of politicising the projects for their constituencies in order to score political points to desist from such an attitude.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students, Ekiti chapter, has threatened to shut down all tertiary institutions in the state on Tuesday,  to protest the hike in the price of fuel.
In a statement by its chairman, Shina Awopeju, on Sunday, the students said the astronomical increase of the petrol pump price by the Federal Government was “cruel, wicked,  insensitive and brazenly oppressive.”
Awopeju said all the tertiary institutions in the state, both private and public, would be shut down on Tuesday in protest if the President refused to reverse the “ill-timed and obnoxious” policy.
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