The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) strongly condemns the recent spate of vile and barbaric acts of terrorism that have defined the last few weeks in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.
We are appalled at the effrontery and callousness of this murderous gang, in unleashing their venom on innocent young Nigerians, whose only crime was opting to better their lives and the future of the country by embracing education.
It is inexplicable that such an egregious crime against humanity will take place, with a group of men invading a boarding facility for students, kill many, maim others and burn down a school owned and managed by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
We mourn the loss of these courageous Nigerians, felled in their prime. We pray for comfort and solace for the grieving families, friends of the departed and the generality of Nigerians. It is a huge shame that at a time when the nation is celebrating a hundred years of her coming together as an entity, some elements can so cavalierly descend on helpless children and kill them.
That the carnage at Buni Yadi has been followed, in rapid succession, with other killings in Borno and Adamawa states speak of the network and audacity of the terrorists. We contend that what Nigeria is faced with is a gang of internationally-trained and regionally-supported religious fundamentalists whose overriding objective is to force their extremist brand of religious idiosyncracies on the country.
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) calls on the government to take on this monstrous sore festering by the day, with a region of the country now effectively a war zone. The time has come to go beyond routine verbal condemnations, and activate forthwith the necessary international legal and diplomatic protocols that will lead the perpetrators of this crime to be appropriately designated as war criminals.
The need to engage other countries in the region to be able to cut off supply and support for the terrorists has become absolutely necessary. Where needed support is not forthcoming from across the borders, Nigeria must begin to engage multilateral platforms that will assist in this regard, with the caveat that a unilateral action to take out terrorists is an option on the table.
While appealing to the government to be mindful of its primary responsibility of securing the lives and property of all Nigerians, while guaranteeing their freedom to practise their religion and live in peace, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) restates the urgency of this moment.
We believe that the reign of terror being witnessed takes away from the duty and responsibilities of the state and it must not be allowed to continue. We also call on all men of goodwill to intervene in this crisis and ensure that this waste of lives and resources come to a halt.
Rev. Dr. Felix I. Omobude