By Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia
President, Abia State chapter of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Chikezie Elekwachi has warned the ministers against speaking or yielding their pulpits to agitators of Biafra during church services.
Elekwachi said this in an interview with our correspondent after inaugurating the local government chapter executive committees of the fellowship at Holy Ghost Day Bible Church, Umuahia, Abia state capital.
He said if they were any need for the fellowship to speak on the matter, it would only be in line with the position of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), which oversees Christian organizations in the country.
He said, “So, right now, the pastors and the agitators are not permitted to say any thing on that until the association takes its stand on it. That was why I passed the instruction to the ministers.”
He said, as a body, the fellowship encourages freedom of association and other fundamental human rights of the people as enshrined in the constitution, stressing the need for peace and order.
The clergyman told Ndigbo living in the northern parts of the country to disregard the October1, dateline given them by a Coalition of Arewa Youths to relocate or face dare consequences.
Basing his confidence on the condemnation of the order by both the Federal Government and leaders of the north, he added that even the youths have recently recanted their position.
“With these latest developments, they need not be afraid. Nobody is going to do them any harm because I know they are well protected. Their property as well is much secured.”
Speaking on his believe and practice of giving to the needy, he said from experience he had discovered that it is a way of life and that by doing so God had been providing for his own needs.
Elekwachi, who cited Bible passages to back his claim, added that he had also observed that those who had been helping indigent patients pay their hospital bills hardly face similar challenges.