President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Bishop Felix Omobude, yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State, disclosed that over 850 churches have been destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents in the North.
In an interaction with journalists after his visit to the Oyo State chapter of the Fellowship at the Conference Room of Rehoboth Cathedral, Oluyole Estate, Bishop Omobude decried the current onslaught by the fundamentalists and asked the Federal Government to curb their activities in the interest of peace in the country.
The cleric, who lamented that the North-East zone and other parts of the North had experienced setback for several years, aligned with the approach of the government in its desire to dialogue with the sect should they show readiness.
He said: “By my understanding of the government position, it is not that the government is going to beg the insurgents, the war against them will continue, if they say they want to talk, no government will turn deaf ears to them.
“We are appealing to our people as well as our leaders to come together and treat the insurgents as criminals which they are truly because nobody can justify the dastardly acts of bombing places of worship.
“The PFN condemns the atrocities of the sect in all ramifications. We acknowledge the efforts of the security agencies, especially since the inauguration of the new government and we appeal to the government to make the security agents comfortable so as to be able to concentrate on the task at hand,” he added.
While calling on the government, leaders and people of goodwill to see the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency as part of them by showing them love and affection, Bishop Omobude recalled that his organisation had in the past and for the sake of the victims launched appeal fund during which almost N50million was realised.
The said fund, according to him, was expended on assisting the victims, adding, “I urge everybody around the victims to be their brothers’ keepers by giving them any assistance “

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