President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Bishop Francis Wale Oke on Friday urged Christians across the country to be more vigilant and prayerful before, during, and after the Easter celebrations.
Oke in a statement to commemorate this year’s Easter celebrations also called on the federal government to evolve a security mechanism that “will further ensure the protection of lives and property of Nigerians, particularly Christians in the northern part of the country.”
In the statement by his media office in Ibadan, the cleric stressed that it had become imperative for the government to direct its arsenal towards stemming the increasing cases of killing, raping, kidnapping and insurgency in the country.
The statement read in part, “Security concerns should be everybody’s business and that’s why we must all learn to be taking precautions. So, in addition to whatever security arrangements on ground, we must all be vigilant and prayerful. Enough of this bloodshed in our country; Nigeria shall be delivered from the grip of the evil ones.
“The essence of the Easter Celebration will be meaningful if we truly love one another. Our Lord Jesus Christ died and resurrected for you and I to gain eternity. All perpetrators of evil in our country should repent before it is too late. Jesus does not want any sinner to perish in his/her sins.
“As Christians, learn to show love instead of hatred. It’s through love that we can conquer the world. Love is the most powerful tool for us, to evangelise.”