Lis­ten To Peo­ple’s Con­cern, Catholic Arch­bishop Tells Govt

PFN Calls For Na­tional Prayer

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - By Daniel Anazia and Ijeoma Thomas-odia

THE Catholic Arch­bishop of La­gos, Al­fred Ade­wale Martins, has called on gov­ern­ment at all lev­els to iden­tify with con­cerns of the peo­ple they gov­ern, even as the coun­try is go­ing through a crit­i­cal phase in its his­tory.

He said cur­rent ag­i­ta­tion and clam­our for re­struc­tur­ing, se­ces­sion and devo­lu­tion of power show there is a lot of dis­con­tent in the so­ci­ety. Martins made this call at the or­di­na­tion of priests held at Our Mother of Per­pet­ual Help Catholic Church, Amuwo Od­ofin.

Ac­cord­ing to Martins, “our gov­ern­ment at all lev­els needs to lis­ten to what the peo­ple are say­ing, their con­cerns and take them se­ri­ously and en­sure these con­cerns are met, else the call for se­ces­sion will con­tinue to go on. What­ever hap­pens there must be a change in the way we ad­min­is­ter the coun­try at this present time such that more peo­ple can feel a sense of be­long­ing and less sense of be­ing marginalised.” Mean­while, Pres­i­dent of the Pen­te­costal Fel­low­ship of Nige­ria (PFN), Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude has de­clared Oc­to­ber 1, a day of prayer for Nige­ria by the Pen­te­costal com­mu­nity in Nige­ria.

The PFN pres­i­dent, in a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day, and made avail­able to the me­dia by his Di­rec­tor of Me­dia and Pub­lic Re­la­tions, Simbo Olorun­femi, di­rected all lead­ers of the faith to use the oc­ca­sion of the In­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary, which falls on a Sun­day, to lead the con­gre­ga­tion in prayers for the na­tion and lead­ers at all lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

He also urged the gov­ern­ment to pay more at­ten­tion to bring­ing the peo­ple to­gether, work harder to im­prove the econ­omy and cre­ate more em­ploy­ment for the youth in or­der to ur­gently ad­dress the restive­ness and ag­i­ta­tion that have lately be wit­nessed in the coun­try.

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