CAN urges Christians to hold national protest against incessant killings, bloodshed

CAN urges Christians to hold national protest against incessant killings, bloodshed

- Christians have been called upon to hold a peaceful protest on Sunday, April 29

- The Christian Association of Nigeria made the call to protest the incessant killings and bloodshed in the country

- According to the statement issued by the association, Christians are to carry placards with inscriptions meant to address the issue

Following the killing of two priests and 17 worshipers of Saint Ignatius Catholic church, Mbalom, Gwer East local government area of Benue state, as well as other bloodshed in the country, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for a national day of protest in the country.

The call for protest was contained in a statement on Wednesday, April 25, in which the CAN president, Rev Olasupo Ayokunle, urged Christians to hold the peaceful protests within their church premises on Sunday April 29, 2018, Vanguard reports. notes that Ayokule said: “CAN urges Christians in Nigeria to hold peaceful protest on the set aside date, in the premises of their churches asking the federal government and the security agencies to stop the unending killings and bloodshed in the country.

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“Christians are to carry placards with inscriptions meant to address issues about sustained killings, attacks and destruction of their property in Nigeria. The inscriptions on placards could read, “Enough of bloodshed in Nigeria”, “Enough of unlawful killings in the country”, “FG, Release Leah Sharibu from the bondage”, “FG, Stop Herdsmen Killings”, “CAN rejects FG’s poor handling of insecurity”, etc.

“Government should be called upon to perform their constitutional responsibility of protecting citizens now. No excuse should be given for this wicked act again and perpetrators must be brought to book now.

“CAN seizes this medium to appeal to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to mount different effective plans aimed towards disarming herdsmen across the northern states and in communities where they have been wreaking havoc across the country in National interest.

“It notes that the failure of the government to raise an effective campaign against the killings by herdsmen is the reason they have continued to kill, while there is no visible plan to pacify the aggrieved."

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) sent a message to President Muhammadu Buhari, condemning the attack in Benue state by herdsmen.

The religious body charged the president and security chiefs to look into the issue and stop paying lip service.

CAN president, Rev Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, in a statement issued in Abuja by his special assistant, media and communications, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, condemned the attack claiming the country has witnessed unprecedented attacks in the past two years.

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