*urges Buhari to convene it
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), on Thursday advised President Muhammadu Buhari to convoke a national youth summit in Nigeria.
PFN gave the advice in a statement from the office of its President, Bishop Francis Wale Oke made available to journalists in Ibadan.
According to PFN, the immediate convocation of the National Youth Summit will without doubt serve as an avenue of addressing some of the agitations and concerns of the youths in the country.
Bishop Francis Wale Oke pointed out that the last year’s Endsars protest embarked upon by the youths across the country, should serve as a wake up call for the government to find a way of mitigating the pressure they are going through.
Specifically, the PFN tasked President Buhari to organize a parley with the youth so as to stem the current restiveness prevalent amongst them occasioned by the failure of the nation’s system.
” President Buhari should invite the youth to a round-table conference; sit with them, discuss with them. Our security should not open fire on them as witnessed during the Endsars saga” he said.
The PFN President added, ” the youths of this country are in pains and agony; the system is not taking care of them and in their desperate bid to seek greener pastures, many of them are dying across the Atlantic Ocean while our young girls are serving as sex slaves across Europe”.
Bishop Wale Oke maintained ” already, the PFN, is evolving a mechanism towards empowering and giving political education to the youths through massive mobilisation across the 774 local governments in the country.”
He stressed further that ” youth in the country would be reached through one of the 7-points agenda of his administration as the body’s President tagged; Youths on Fire Agenda”, saying, ” through the programme across the federation, the youths would be spiritually, economically and politically galvanized for empowerments.
Bishop Wale Oke pointed out that the over 65 million members of PFN would be mobilized for constructive engagements and the development of the nation, assuring that the Fellowship was not out for politicking, adding. ” though the body was not for any party, it would however, mobilize its members to register and vote massively at the forthcoming 2023 election.”
“At the 2023 elections, we shall show the bad political leaders, the way out. We are not partisan but we are for national development. We want to end politics of opportunism. At PFN, we shall use our numerical strength to deliver Nigeria. We are for good governance” .
Bishop Wale Oke however implored Nigerians to remain united, maintaining that in unity, the nation would progress; “If we continue the way we are now, this country will break apart. War does no one any good. We must strive to ensure that Nigeria remains indivisible through prayers and sincerity of purpose.”