The National Publicity Secretary of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Bishop (Dr) Emma Gospel Isong has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to meet with all the relevant stakeholders to discuss issues affecting governance in the country.
Isong, who is the General Overseer of Christian Central Chapel International told DAILY POST that “the President has started well by meeting with the traditional rulers in the country; he should replicate that by meeting religious leaders, political class, academicians, economists and business men and women to discuss issues affecting government and governance with a view to dousing impending crisis.”
He lamented that though the President was facing terrible crisis situation, particularly as it concerned strike actions by various organizations including doctors, ASUU, NASU and others, the best option for him was to meet with stakeholders to resolve any difference.
“The strike is not peculiar to Nigeria. Labour and Union activities are worldwide and it is also a sign of democracy, freedom of speech and expression; only when they are too many that it can become a source of worry and one can begin to think that something is wrong because there is no smoke without fire,” he added.
According to him, the meeting will douse tension and solve some political and economic problems being experienced in Nigeria today.
On the comment made by the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Jumai Alhassan, the Cleric said: “I don’t see that as criticizing President Buhari.
“This is the kind of woman we need in Nigerian politics, Buhari should not consider her position as being derogatory but expressing her mind.
“If I were the President, I wouldn’t consider her position as anything, rather, I would promote this woman for speaking her mind.
“She has not resigned from her office but spoke her mind, I don’t know her personally but I wish I know her, I would be very happy with this kind of woman to be one of the future leaders in this country and I am so excited about her, that she dropped her religious biases, dropped her region and tribal biases, dropped her political affiliation and prejudices and spoke her mind without being afraid.”
Isong added “There is nothing wrong if my wife has a different opinion from me; I think Nigerians should stop Africanising democracy, we should stop culturalizing democracy, we have reduced democracy to a mini village traditional rulership in which everybody is boxed into a corner where the Monarch is.
“Democracy is the right to express my own ideology and philosophy while we are still working together.”
On re-structuring of the country, he said, “Every Nigerian is anxious for restructuring of the country, from North to South, from East to West, from APC and PDP, the Yoruba have called for restructuring; the Igbo are crying for restructuring, even the Niger Delta, the only question is the interpretation of the meaning of restructuring.”
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