Leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has directed all churches in the country to dedicate Sunday October 1 as a ‘Day of Prayers for the Salvation of the Nation.’
CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle asked all churches in the country to pray for peace, unity and deliverance of the country on 1st October, which marks the Independence Day Celebration.
A statement by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, his media aide, quoted him as saying “The unity of the country has been under a consistent threat as the citizens have been polarised along various divides and the only thing that we could do as the people of God is to intercede for divine intervention.”
“It is widely believed that the country has not been this divided since the unfortunate civil war and it is high time we asked God to deliver Nigeria from all the threats that can throw us into another senseless war.
“The unfortunate quest for secession by the IPOB, its proscription, the military intervention and the on-going controversial debate over restructuring of the country are indications that the unity and peace of Nigeria are under threats.
“All churches in the country should intercede for the country against needless bloodletting, violence and civil war.
“We should pray for divine wisdom for the leadership at all levels to stop paying lips service to the unity and peace of Nigeria but to have the courage to address the imbalance that is largely responsible for the endless agitation in the country.
“Let us pray against the insecurity occasioned by the criminal activities of the murderous Fulani herdsmen, Boko Haram terrorists and the masterminds of ethnic/religious violence, kidnappings, armed robbery, corruption, and a host of others.
“The menace of Boko Haram terrorists remain unabated despite the victory declared over them by the government as innocent children are being used as suicide bombers to attack innocent people. We should ask God to give us a permanent solution to this problem in Jesus name.”