CAN at 45: Kogi Clerics Decry Inability of Security Agencies to Forestall Targeted Killings of Christians

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By Samuel Ekele, Lokoja.

Christians have been called upon to unite in their prayer for God to take away terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and other social vices from Nigeria.

Reverend John Ajewole made the call in lokoja during the prayer organised by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kogi state chapter, to mark the 45 years Establishment of CAN.

Barrister Ajewole who spoke on the topic; ‘CAN at 45, How far?’ said CAN exists to champion the interest of the body of Christ and rally Christians for unity.

According to him, God’s desire for Christians is to become one, saying “no one single denomination can win war, it is a collective decision.”

Earlier, the chairman of CAN, Kogi state chapter, Bishop John Ibenu decried the inability of the security agencies to forestall the targeted abductions and killing of the Christian faithful in some parts of the country.

Represented by Pastor (Dr.) Babatunde John Oluwole, Lokoja LGA CAN Coordinator, Ibenu said that in spite of the perceived persecution of Christians in the country, CAN has reasons to thank God.

Ibenu noted that since the association came on board on August 27,1976, it has been consistent in standing against evil in the land.

At the national level of CAN, the President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, alleged that Christians in the country are under the siege of external forces, including terrorists.

According to him, the development was worrisome, adding that the umbrella Christian body would continue to speak to those in authority.

Highlights of the programme including prayer for mercy and healing of Nigeria, prayer for CAN, vision, leadership activities, for Kogi state, peace, security, unity, thanksgiving, among others.

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