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PFN proffers solution to insecurity, tasks politicians

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By Joseph Kingston, Calabar

As security challenges continue to ravage nooks and crannies of the country, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has said that improving the economy and giving everyone a sense of belonging in the pluralistic nation such as Nigeria, would bring the menace to an end.

The National Publicity Secretary of the body and Presiding Bishop of the Calabar-based Christian Central Chapel Int’l (CCCI), Bishop Emmah Isong, in a chat with Orient Daily, in Calabar, said, “the first need of man, food, should be attended to first, and then, everyone must be treated equally, no matter their tribe, creed and political affiliation, if the nation should come out of insecurity.”

He charged government at both federal and state levels across the nation to hand over some crucial sectors of the economy to the private sector to manage, so that such sectors would create employment, while government should restrict itself to creating the right enabling environment for the economy to thrive.

“We need to boost production by creating cottage industries in all local government areas to be handled by the communities so as to enhance profitability and create employment.

“It is also important for the federal government to start thinking in the direction of political or economic restructuring to quell the grievances among the states, and also give everyone a sense of belonging as Nigerians.” he stated.

On the area of motivation, he said, “Security operatives in the country must be well catered for and motivated with incentives to enable them carry out their functions effectively. More attention should be paid to using intelligence and technology in fighting crimes.

“Today, technology and intelligence fight crimes more than humans. The world has gone past the era of having multiple security operatives.”

The clergyman also tasked political leaders to seek to leave legacies behind after political offices, and build bridges across the nation.

Isong, who is also the chairman of Cross River State Anti-tax Agency, further called on politicians to create a positive impact on the lives of their constituents, rather than building mansions that cannot transform people’s lives.

He listed things leaders could do to leave a legacy, saying pursuing eternity and not vanity as well as impacting on humanity and the downtrodden bring better accolades than titles and empty praises from men which many politicians were busy pursuing.

He further charged political leaders to build bridges across political divides and sustain friendship, relationship and fellowship which he said were better than primitive acquisitions.

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