The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, on Thursday announced that its members would be embarking on a three-day National Days of Prayers and Fasting from July 9 to be capped with nationwide protest on July 11, 2018 in response to recent killings by rampaging herdsmen in parts of the country.
This was as they faulted the advice from President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide, Femi Adesina on why indigenes should surrender their lands for ranching, describing what has now been tagged land for life as an “ungodly and unlawful counsel of the Presidency”.
The umbrella body of Christians also called on all well-meaning Nigerians, both within and outside the country, to join its members on July 11, 2018 for a peaceful protest across the country.
Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, media aide to CAN President, Rev’d Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, stated this in a statement issued on Thursday.
He explained that CAN’s intervention is hinged on willful and persistent killings of fellow citizens in general and Christians in particular nationwide and mostly in Plateau and Benue where mass burial has become the norm without any positive response from the country’s security agencies.
It read: “CAN is worried, disturbed and disappointed that despite all the clarion calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to re-organise his security team by replacing all the security chiefs, he has consistently turned a deaf ear to such calls. From all indications, the President seems to be satisfied with their poor performance and the attendant problems that have led to avoidable loss of lives and property.
“We call on all Christians in the country and in the Diaspora to participate in the three-day prayers and fasting programme for God to end all the senseless, unwarranted, and selected killings in the country. If the government has failed us, we are very sure that Our God will never fail.
“All National Executive Committee’s members of CAN, the Church and Denominational leaders have been invited to participate in a PEACEFUL PROTEST MARCH to both the National Assembly and the State House to impress on the government to see the need to effectively stop the unprecedented killings.
“CAN has also directed its leadership at the state and local government levels to organise the same Peaceful Protest March to the Government House and the Local government headquarters respectively on 11 July. We are to tell the government; ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. We appeal to our members to be law-abiding before, during and after the protest.”
On Femi Adesina’s admonition that people can only own lands when they were alive, CAN said, “This position is reprehensible, satanic, wicked and it shows how serious the government is to the protection of lives and property of the citizens.
“The only time such a directive was given was during the tyrannical leadership of Ahab when he killed Naboth who refused to let go of his inherited land to the greedy, wicked and the ungodly king. Although he succeeded in killing Naboth, but the wrath of God did not spare his family despite his remorsefulness.
“We call on all well-meaning Nigeria to rise up and speak against such a position. Those who use violence to take away what belongs to others are unfit to be called humans.
“It is worrisome that we have a government that has come out clearly to state that people under the threat of herdsmen killings must surrender their lands for ranching or continue to be killed.”