Sunday COVID-19 Vaccination: PFN Advises FG
By Nwa Amara
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN Abia State chapter has said that it is not against any vaccination exercise approved and directed by the government but advised that the Federal Government set up an unbiased medical professionals to embark on a thorough research on the Corona Virus Disease vaccine following the divergent views of experts around the globe on the side effects of the vaccine before embarking on the Sunday COVID-19 vaccination.
Recall that during the sensitization of Christian leaders on the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination in Abuja, the Federal Government had through the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib announced its plan to take COVID-19 vaccination to Christian worship centers (Sunday vaccination) to ensure members of the christian community who may not have had access to the vaccine for whatever reason are given an opportunity to be vaccinated at their worship places.
Interacting with a cross section of Journalists in Umuahia, the PFN Secretary, Rev. Blessed Amalambu pointed out that the speculations and divergent views of medical experts on the efficacy of the vaccine and the allegations that the vaccine was hurriedly manufactured without undergoing the due medical processes posed serious worries on the minds of the citizenry and particularly the Church.
According to him while a group medical experts will say that all the three vaccines – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson authorized or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been thoroughly tested and found to be safe and effective in preventing severe COVID-19 and that they will continue to undergo continuous and intense safety monitoring, other reports will say that there have been more than a thousand reports of cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart) happening after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna coronavirus vaccines particularly in the United States.
He pointed out that the Church obeys the laws of the land and the constituted authorities and will be eager to encourage her members to be vaccinated if the government assigned her team of medical experts (both Muslims and Christians) with in-depth knowledge of the vaccine to carry out an independent research to ascertain its credibility and if it is certified safe and not detrimental to life.
On the sit-at-home orders by the IPOB and other splinter groups and its effect on the Southeasterners and the economy of the region, Rev. Amalambu lauded the IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful for putting up an indefinite suspension of the exercise and for coming out publicly to announce that the IPOB is not responsible for the havocs created during the exercise and their move to deal decisively any group of people illegally enforcing the sit-at-home orders.
He pointed out that all the damages done within the region during the sit-at-home era is a punishment done “to ourselves”, as “we can’t be killing the people we are protecting. It is ironical”.
Amalambu said in as much as the PFN is not supporting or preaching violence, he recalled that the sit-at-home orders was the offshoot of agitation for self-determination, the proscription of IPOB by the Federal Government without due process; the operation Payton Dance that saw the military killed majority of the youth in the region and also to show grievances to the illegal arrest of the leader of the IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
He insisted that the IPOB is not violent in their agitations but wondered why the Myetti Allah and Fulani herdsmen who kill, maim, terrorize and destroy property and also come up to admit their involvement in the act are pampered while the armless agitators were proscribed and killed without applying fair hearing.
His words, “If the Federal Government can address the issue of marginalization and deprivation and consider Nigeria as an entity, where no particular ethnic group or religion will claim the rightful owner of Nigeria and others second class citizens or strangers, then all these agitations will stop.
“As a body, the PFN preaches peace. We are lovers and advocates of peace. We are passionately appealing to the Federal Government to do the right thing. The case of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu should be treated fairly, if the Federal Government could grant pardon and grant amnesty to a clearly defined terror group and reintegrate them into the Society and even send them abroad, they should do same to the nonviolent Nnamdi Kanu who is only fighting against the marginalization of the Southeast region to pacify the minds of the youth. Injustice triggers off bitterness”.