The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to unite the nation and address the major concerns of all ethnic groups.
The PFN also called on the legislature to concentrate its energy on meaningful legislation rather than on “diversionary” bills that would not move the nation forward.
The association made the call in its Easter message to Nigerians which was signed by its National President, Deputy President, Johnpraise Daniel, Secretary, Cosmas Ilechukwu, and Publicity Secretary, Emma Isong.
The statement read: “We appeal to President Buhari to do more, as the father of all, to rally Nigerians and ensure that the walls of divide that has polarised Nigerians are brought down,” the group said.
“We call on the National Assembly to do more in addressing the issues of insecurity unemployment, infrastructure deficit, the rot in education and health sectors, especially the issue of out-of-school children.
“We believe that the legislature can do much more to deliver better governance through the use of its oversight powers, rather than dissipating energy on diversionary bills that do not address the challenges holding Nigerians back.”
The religious association also appealed to Boko Haram and other terror groups wreaking havoc on lives and livelihoods to submit their arms and table their grievances to the government so as to resolves issues amicably.
“PFN urges the different individuals and groups engaged in all forms of terrorist and violent activities to stop this wanton killing of Nigerians. We urge Boko Haram and other terrorist organisations to lay down their arms and table their grievances so that resolutions can be explored.
“We appeal to the bandit herdsmen, kidnappers and the different elements to desist from their criminal activities and give peace a chance. We are highly concerned about the mindless killings and bloodshed all over the nation.” the statement added.
PFN also urged state governors across the federation to pay more attention to the needs and welfare of their citizens.
It also called for fairness and balance in the appointment for judges to reflect representation across the country.