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The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, on Thursday appealed to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to reconsider its stance towards the Anambra State election scheduled for November 6, 2021.
The appeal is coming on the heels of a declaration of a one-week sit-at-home beginning from November 4 to November 10 by the IPOB over the non-release of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Speaking at a special prayer rally in Enugu, the Enugu State Chairman of PFN, Bishop Goddy Madu said that any attempt to stop the election would throw up anarchy and would not be in the best interest of the people.
He also took a swipe at the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government accusing it of failing woefully in its promise to secure Nigerians.
The PFN leader lamented that when Buhari was campaigning to be President, he promised to end the insurgency in six months, regretting that ‘today, not just that the Boko Haram insurgency did not end, but it has given birth to several other terrorists’ groups.’
Madu, however, said a boycott of Anambra election ‘is a call to anarchy because in a democratic setting, when you block elections, you give room for all manner of crises.
‘You are agitating for something, but you are using the wrong key to open the right door, what will happen- you will end up sweating for nothing.
‘The move of no election in Anambra come November 6 is using the wrong key to open the right door and it is not going to work out, because if the election did not hold, the governor by the constitution will not stay in office beyond one day and what will be the next thing- state of emergency will be declared.
‘The dream of the Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami will come to pass, which is call for a state of emergency and then under such situation, it will no more be democratic setting, we are talking of slavery but that is the time you will see the real slavery in your place.
‘We have not seen a state of emergency in Kaduna, we have not seen it in Zamfara, we have not seen it in Sokoto, but they are already preparing for it in Anambra; this is why our people must be very careful.
‘If we say that there will be no election, we are becoming followers and disciples of Malami, he is now having us as students and it will be very stupid of the Igbo to play into the uncultured mind of Malami. I say uncultured because if there is a need for a state of emergency, it should be a national state of emergency, not in a particular State.’
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