The President, Christian Association of Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr Samson Ayokunle, has finally reacted to the incessant killings of Christians and the gruesome murder of Rev Lawan Andimi in Adamawa State.
According to him, the country is currently under siege and need divine intervention to curb the menace.
In a statement, while addressing newsmen during a world press conference organised by the association recently, he said, “Nigeria is under a siege orchestrated by the murderous blood-thirsty and criminally-minded Boko Haram terrorists, Fulani terrorist herdsmen, bandits and kidnappers who are all armed to the teeth, dressed in army uniforms, and gradually overwhelming our security agencies.”
“You are all aware of the gruesome murder of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, because he refused to be converted to Islam.”
“In the same state, just last Sunday, a clergyman, Rev Denis Bagauri, was murdered by unknown gunmen in his residence at Mayo Belwa of Adamawa State, all because he was a Christian.”
While emphasising the need for the government to overhaul the Security Council with a view to bringing in new heads of all the security and para-military agencies which no religion or part of the country would dominate, Ayokunle mentioned the beheading of 11 Christians by the Islamic State in West Africa on Christmas Day of 2019 in Maiduguri including a bride-to-be saying, “A few days ago, four seminarians of the Good Shepherd Catholic Seminary in Kakau, were kidnapped along Kaduna-Abuja Road and we have not heard anything about them.”
“And as long as the government continues to live in denial and fail to face reality, these criminals will not stop their criminalities. We are almost losing hope in the government’s ability to protect Nigerians especially Christians who have become endangered species under its watch. We once again call on the international community and the developed world like the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Israel and others to please come to the aid of Nigeria, especially, the Nigerian Church so that we might not be eliminated one by one.”
Now, the association have concluded plans to embark on three days special fast.
He said, “The CAN leadership has declared Friday, 31st January to 2nd February 2020 as days for Special Fast and Prayer for Nigeria in all churches, home and abroad, for the gruesome killing of innocent Nigerians to stop and for our government to develop the capacity to overcome the criminals troubling the nation.”
“Sunday, 2nd February, 2020 is declared a Special Prayer Walk by Christians in all the States of the Federation in the form of a procession to be led by States CAN Chairmen in their CAN Secretariats and pastors of churches in all churches in Nigeria. Churches should process round their area, pray for God’s permanent intervention and help from all over the world so that all of us might not be consumed one by one. It appears our government is completely overwhelmed. The brutality of Nigerians is happening unabated daily.”
The association, however, urged all Bloc Leaders, Zonal and States Chairmen, Leaders of Denominations and all Christians and concerned Nigerians to support and come out en-mass for the programme. The Church is matching on and the gate of hell shall not prevail against it!
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