The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has warned against what it described as ‘moves by some groups’ to introduce Sharia law to the South-west region through the on-going constitutional review of the Senate as Nigeria remains a secular state.
The PFN told the Senate to watch out and not to succumb to such agitation, which could plunge the already tensed country into major religious crisis.
According to a statement that was issued yesterday by the media office of the PFN President, Bishop Francis Wale Oke, the PFN also called on the lawmakers to direct their energies towards solving the mounting problems bedeviling the country most especially as its concerns the security of lives and property of the populace.
The statement warned that “problems confronting our nation are enormous than wanting to create more. Sharia law is alien to our culture of religious existence in the South-west. As such, nobody should through any subterfuge bring it in so as to cause crisis.” It further said that the introduction of Sharia law into the South-west could only pitch the Christians against their Muslim counterparts.
“We want to strongly warn the Senate and those behind this plan to unsettle the peace being enjoyed in this country to desist before it’s too late. Do not instigate religious crisis in the South-west as this could further threaten the fragile peace of the country.
“The secularity of our existence, which is devoid of any religious upheaval, should not be tampered with under whatever guise. We shall resist this by every legal means at our disposal. Without the Sharia, we have always lived peacefully with our Muslim brothers. We know that this is the handiwork of those who are hell bent in unsettling our country at all costs. But the good news is that they have failed. As far as we are concerned, the proposal won’t fly and can never fly. It is dead on arrival,” the PFN concluded.