The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has condemned the persistent abduction and killing of Christian clerics by terrorists.
In a statement made available to journalists on Sunday in Kaduna, President of the PFN, Bishop Francis Oke, called on the federal government and security agencies to put an end to such dastardly acts.
The statement condemned the recent gruesome murder of Rev. Fr. Father Isaac Achi of St. Peters and Paul Catholic Church, Kafin-koro, Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger state by bandits.
Achi was reportedly burnt to death when bandits invaded his residence on January 15, and set it ablaze when they couldn’t gain entrance to the house.
His colleagues, Father Collins, was equally shot in the shoulder while trying to escape and was rushed to the hospital.
Oke said, the PFN was saddened by the vicious and barbaric attack on the catholic priest.
“The PFN is deeply saddened by yet, another vicious, cruel, barbaric attack on a clergy man.
“The killing of Achi is indeed one killing too many. The continuous killing, as well as kidnapping of Christian clerics in Nigeria is very alarming and unacceptable”, the statement said.
Oke lamented that, “Nigeria has become a killing field where people are slaughtered like animals and the perpetrators go scot free.
“This has to be stopped at all costs. The government must do everything possible to bring an end to this evil.
“Once again, we call on the federal government and security agencies to intensify efforts to salvage this ugly situation and give Nigerians a new lease of life.
“This lawless and barbaric act has continued for too long, without anyone being arrested and prosecuted by the government.”
The PFN president said, “As an organisation that worship God, we pray that the wrath of God shall fall heavily on all those responsible for terrorising Nigerians and killing innocent citizens.
“The criminals may think they have escaped from the judgment of man, but they can never escape from the judgment of the almighty God who sees everything.
“The PFN sends its heartfelt condolences to the family of Achi and the Catholic Church and prayed that God will comfort them.
“We also pray for the quick recovery of Father Collins who was shot and is receiving treatment.”