The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has described the killings of innocent Nigerians in Enugu and Zamfara states as unacceptable.
It expressed worries that killings in the name of religion have become popular and attractive.
President of PFN, Dr. Felix Omobude, in a statement in Benin City said law enforcement agents have become helpless in reining in the extremist elements carrying out what it termed barbaric, riotous and criminal acts.
Omobude urged security agencies to arrest perpetrators and bring them to book or “it would appear that some people seem to assume they are above the law and can always get away with murder and arson.”
He added: “The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria is concerned that while efforts are being made to build a united Nigeria, some people seem determined to pull back the hands of the clock, cause division and hatred on account of differences in religious persuasion and ethnicity.
“We urge the government to prioritise safety of all and security of everyone, irrespective of what they believe or where they hail from.
“Again, we call for the immediate apprehension of anyone directly or remotely connected with the barbaric acts, followed by a speedy application of the law to serve as deterrent to others.
“We call on all Christians to remain calm and continue to conduct themselves in the same peaceful and orderly manner in which they have always conducted themselves.
“We urge them to ensure that they continue to show respect for the faith of others in their community, at all times and appreciate their values.”