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The leaders of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has denied a report purportedly attributed to the national President of the Fellowship, Bishop Francis Wale Oke describing the leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria as inconsequential.

This was contained in a report jointly released by the Chairman and Secretary of the body in Lagos State, Bishop Enyinnaya Okwuonu and Apostle Akinyele Akindejoye respectively, after a delegate meeting in Lagos. They described the publication as “mere conjectures and figments of the imagination” of the writer.

An Online medium was said to have published a story claiming that Bishop Wale Oke, the National President of PFN, an arm of Christian Association of Nigeria described CAN as inconsequential.

The statement made available to PTL News read,   

“The attention of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria PFN was drawn to a publication by an online medium news on the 19th September, 2023 at State Secretariat Onipanu Lagos.

“In the report written by a certain Victor Oriola, the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria PFN was alleged to have said that the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN was inconsequential. This report is false in its entirety.

“At no point in the Speech and other extemporaneous response to questions by the National President, did he say anything about CAN as assumed by the writer. One can only conclude that the allusions by the writer were mere conjectures and figments of his imagination.”

The added that the National President holds the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN and its leaders in the highest esteem, and therefore, “there is no reason for him to denigrate the umbrella body for Christians in Nigeria.

“Ordinarily, we would not have dignified the publication with a rejoinder but in view of the society we live in, where lies, rumours, inuendos and propaganda sell faster than the truth, our silence may be construed to mean consent, hence this rebuttal.”

The statement went to explain further that the General Assembly of PFN in Lagos which had in attendance members of the State Executive Council SEC, State Advisory Council SAC and NAC and NEC and members of PFN in the state was held on Monday 18th September 2023. It was a delegates conference attended by accredited delegates from all our 21 provinces.

“The National President who was the Chief Host of the event led other national officers including the Deputy National President, National Secretary, National Treasurer as well as the National Vice President South West. Also in attendance were the former Deputy National President and National Secretary.”

According to them, “The programme was held in an atmosphere of love and warmth as all our members were excited to see our national officers.

“As usual and as custom demanded, the national president gave a wonderful speech where he celebrated all the national leaders as well as PFN leadership in Lagos. The president particularly praised the Lagos PFN Chairman for being able to navigate the ship of the fellowship from the murky waters of politics in the wake of the 2023 political season,” without any reference to the leadership of CAN.

Concluding they reiterated the belief that “this rejoinder is enough to lay to rest the lies earlier projected by the online medium otherwise known as through its agent Victor Oriola.”

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Julius Adegunna, a writer, and publisher of good news and reports. He is also a trainer in Writing and Publishing, a Media Consultant and an Entrepreneur. A 1987 Graduate of International Relations of the University of Ife, (Now Obafemi Awolowo University) with Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations, and Master in Communication Studies of Lagos State University. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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