PFN plans political education for young people, urges Buhari to convoke youth summit

by Church Times


The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has said it is evolving a mechanism whereby young people across the country would be given thorough political education towards the 2023 elections.

The body is also calling on President Mohammadu Buhari to convoke a national youth summit to address some of the agitations and concerns of the youths in the country.

PFN President, Bishop Francis Wale Oke, made the call on Thursday, in a statement made available to Church Times.

He noted in the statement that the #Endsars protest embarked upon by the youths across the nation last year should serve as a wake-up call for the government to find a way of mitigating the pressure young people are going through.

“The youths of this country are in pains and agony; the system is not taking care of them. 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,” the statement noted

Bishop Oke then urged President Buhari to organize a parley with the youth so as to stem the current restiveness among young people.

He counseled, “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”

The leader of the Pentecostal body said the PFN would reach young people through one of the 7-points agenda of his administration tagged; Youths on Fire Agenda.

Oke stated that the youths would be spiritually, economically, and politically galvanized for empowerment through the programme.

He said 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.

He added however that PFN would 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 the politics of opportunism. At PFN, we shall use our numerical strength to deliver Nigeria. We are for good governance,” he averred.

He then called on Nigerians to remain united, stressing that it is only when the nation is united that it would experience 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”




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