CAN, Adeboye, others protest against killings,insecurity in Nigeria
Christians across the country on Sunday heeded the call by their apex organisation, the Christian Association of Nigeria and staged prayer walks round their churches to end killings in the nation.
At the Oritamefa Baptist Church, Ibadan where the CAN President, Reverend Supo Ayokunle, worshipped, the rally held around 12.30pm.
Ayokunle said the attacks were targeted at Christians and urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to rise up to his responsibility of protecting Nigerians, irrespective of their religions.
He said, “Our President should rise up and up his game. If the attack is not religious don’t let there be attacks on Christians again. The killing of the young man going to Maiduguri is still fresh in our minds. When they were killing him, they said it in Hausa or Arabic that it was because he was a Christian.
“The killing of the CAN chairman was because he was a Christian; they rejected ransom. The incarceration of Leah Shuaribu was because she is a Christian and she refused to convert to Islam. Boko Haram didn’t mince words; Abubakar said he was out to plant Sharia from the North to the South. So why are you saying it is not religious? Nigerians be hopeful; your God will fight for you.”
Recently, terrorists have attacked Christians, including the CAN Chairman in the Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Lawan Andimi, and a student of the University of Maiduguri, Ropvil Dalyep, who were killed by the Boko Haram insurgents.
CAN on Thursday directed Christians to begin a three-day prayer and fasting on Friday to save Nigeria and Christians in particular from being consumed by insurgents, Islamic terrorists, bandits and kidnappers.
Ayokunle, who gave the directive in a statement, said if possible, churches should meet in the evening of each day of fasting to pray together.
He said on Sunday, there should be prayer walk around the locality of each church with Christians pronouncing ‘Jesus, the Prince of Peace as Lord’ and displaying placards with the inscription, ‘No to further killings.’