CAN Declares National Prayers Over Coronavirus

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has directed churches in the country to observe Sunday, march the 22nd and 29th as days of prayers against the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria and globally.

CAN President, Reverend Samson Ayokunle also advised churches to strictly follow the guidelines for combating COVID-19 in all their gatherings as they trust God for victory over the plague.

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The christian body says it is not unaware of the ban on the presence of more than 50 people in a gathering so it is advising churches to conduct house cell based services, online services and in the absence on online facilities, they can break services into not more than 50 members per shift.

The Christian Association of Nigeria also asked churches to provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers, soap and water and maintain at least one meter distance with anyone coughing or sneezing.

CAN Must Stop Misinforming Nigerians – Femi Adesina

 

Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has asked leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to stop misinforming Nigerians as regards the state of affairs within the country. 

In a statement on Wednesday, Mr Adesina urged CAN to desist from disinformation which can further divide Nigerians.

Adesina’s comments come on the heels of allegations by the Christian association bordering around the payment or non-payment of ransom for the release of the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls who were adopted by Boko Haram terrorists.

The President’s spokesman reacted directly to reports which quoted CAN’s Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel to have said inter alia that “Nigerians need to know if they have not known the reason why the Presidency could not pay ransom to rescue Chibok girls. It is because 80% to 90% of the girls are Christians. The reason why Dapchi girls’ ransom was quickly paid and they were returned is the discovery that most of the girls were Muslims except Leah Sharibu who is still in captivity.”

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According to the President’s media aide, the claims by CAN were unfounded.

Mr Adesina said when the media in August 2018 quoted a United Nations report alleging that the Federal Government paid a “huge ransom” for the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls on March 21, 2018, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, immediately disputed the report, insisting that no ransom was paid, “little or huge.”

He further stated that according to the Minister, “There must be conclusive evidence to support such a claim. Without that, the claim remains what it is – a mere conjecture.”

Having stated this, Adesina rhetorically asked if Nigerians should believe their Minister for Information or CAN.

The president’s aide urged CAN to desist from disinformation which can further divide Nigerians, adding that the letter and spirit of the Holy Bible do not support discord, which CAN’s allegations are liable to cause.

“The Christian body needs not to be antagonistic to every attempt by the administration to move Nigeria forward before it can champion or defend the Christian faith.”

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari made it very clear in 2015 that if a ransom needed to be paid to free the Chibok schoolgirls, he would pay it and that is a testament to his commitment to getting the girls back.

Adesina was of the opinion that regardless of the diversity of faiths in Nigeria, all Nigerians are stakeholders in the promotion of peace in their fatherland.

He said the Holy Bible enjoins everyone to seek peace, and pursue it.

We Don’t Want Bloodshed In Nigeria Again – CAN President

 

President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Samson Ayokunle, has called on the Federal Government to put an end to insecurity and bloodshed in the country.

Reverend Ayokunle who spoke to journalists at the end of the three-day special fasting and prayer for Nigeria on Sunday, asked the government to up their game because their best is not enough.

“My message to Nigerians and the government is to urge the administration to up their game on the issues of insecurity.

“They said they are trying but their best is not the best; daily bloodshed is happening and we cannot be playing politics with the lives of men and women, they have the right to live and when they are dying, we cannot keep quiet.

“We don’t want bloodshed in Nigeria again,” he stressed.

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The CAN President also called on the security heads to adopt a more modern approach in fighting crime, insisting that there is no reason why a victim will stay for days in the hands of kidnappers.

“We want to urge the security chiefs, in this day of technology; there is no reason why anybody will be with kidnappers for more than three days because through technology that God has given us in the world today, we can monitor anyone anywhere by satellite and through other means.

“What is the Nigerian security and defence doing that people will be kept against their will, be in incarceration and allowed to die or their relatives paying ransom in other to deliver their people.”

He called on politicians to stop using the lives of people to play politics and when there is an eventual stop to the bloodshed in the country, the government will get a commendation.

“The essence of government is to rise up to such nonsense and bring an end to it; Nigerians are very tired, if anybody is telling the government that they are doing their best, that person is not telling the truth.

“He is playing politics with human life and if politicians are playing politics, we in the church cannot play politics, the moment we don’t see bloodshed again, we will begin to commend you,” he said.

Pastor Adeboye Leads R.C.C.G Members In Walk Against Insecurity

 

 

General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Enoch Adeboye, on Sunday, led members of his church in a prayer walk against insecurity in Nigeria.

Pastor Adeboye had directed the congregation to participate in the prayer walk declared by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to address the spate of killings across the country.

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According to an Assistant General Overseer of the church, Funso Odesola, about 25,000 Parishes of the church are expected to carry out the same exercise nationwide.

CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, earlier announced series of activities aimed at asking for divine intervention in stopping the killing of innocent Nigerians and giving the government the capacity to overcome terror in the country.

See photos below:

CAN President Leads Prayer Walk Against Insecurity In Oyo

 

President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Samson Ayokunle led the prayers and walk against insecurity in Nigeria at the Oritamefa Baptist Church, Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

The CAN President had declared a three-day special fasting and prayer for Nigeria in all churches, home and abroad, from Friday, January 31 to Sunday, February 2, 2020.

The Christian body also declared a special prayer walk by Christians in all the States of the Federation in the form of a procession on the final day.

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Also, former PFN President, Bishop Taiwo Adelakun led the church in a similar service.

Meanwhile, earlier on Sunday, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Enoch Adeboye, led members of his church in a prayer walk against insecurity in Nigeria.

In Ondo state, members of CAN in Akure, the state capital, also held the prayers and walk against insecurity in the country.

Similarly, members in Plateau were not left out in the procession declared by the leadership of CAN.

See photos of the procession:

 

 

‘I Thank God My Husband Did Not Deny Jesus’ – Wife Of Slain CAN Chairman

Rev Lawan Andimi
Rev Lawan Andimi

 

Wife of slain chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika local government area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, has expressed delight that her husband did not deny Jesus even at the point of death.

Rev Andimi, 58, was abducted by Boko Haram in early January and was killed by the insurgents with reports stating that his death was penultimate to his refusal to renounce his Christian faith.

Mrs Andimi called on the Government to do all it can to flush out Boko Haram from Sambisa forest, even if it means soliciting for support from other countries.

She said “different thoughts passed through my mind especially I never saw a situation where my husband will be abducted and taken to another place for twenty days.

“But I thank God Almighty because my husband did not deny Jesus Christ. He is now with God.

“I will call on the government to do its best in solving this problem of insecurity so that it does not happen to others just as it happened to me,” she added.

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She lamented the level of insecurity in the Northern region and if the government fails to step up the fight against insurgency, communities will continue to live in fear.

“We have a very serious problem in this country because our villages and towns are insecure and people are suffering. Honestly, the way I find myself today us beyond me.

“I appeal to the government to do something about this forest where they detain those abducted, even if it will involve getting assistance from other countries, please let them do that and clear this forest to please so that we can have peace here.

She stressed that “This country is in bad shape right now because of insecurity.

“We can no longer go to farm; my younger brother was slaughtered on his farm some years ago. He left behind a wife and four children and my late husband is the one taking care of them and now they abducted and killed him. We pray for God’s intervention in this country,” she cried.

Michika is about 200 kilometres away from Yola, the Adamawa State Capital, and 15 kilometres to Sambisa.

It is one of the local government areas alongside Madagali experiencing series of attacks because of their proximity to the Forest.

Three weeks ago Michika came under attack by Boko Haram and abducted Pastor Lawan Andimi.

Security: CAN Declares National Fasting For Nigeria

 

 

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared Friday, 31st January to 2nd February 2020 as days for special fasting and prayer for Nigeria in all churches, home and abroad.

According to a statement by the chairman of CAN, His Eminence Dr. Samson Ayokunle, the fasting is for the gruesome killing of innocent Nigerians to stop.

Dr. Ayokunle further stated that this fasting is for the Nigerian government to develop the capacity to overcome the criminals troubling the nation.


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The Christian body also declared a special prayer walk which would take place on the 2nd of February 2020.

“Sunday 2nd February 2020 is declared a Special Prayer Walk by Christians in all the States of the Federation in the form of a procession to be led by States CAN Chairmen in their CAN Secretariats and pastors of churches in all churches in Nigeria,” Dr. Ayokunle declared.

He urged churches to process round their area, pray for God’s permanent intervention and help from all over the world so that all Christians might not be consumed one by one.

As far as Dr. Ayokunle is concerned, it appears that the government is completely overwhelmed with the brutality of Nigerians which he says is happening unabated daily.

The CAN Chairman asked all Bloc Leaders, Zonal and States Chairmen, Leaders of Denominations and all Christians and concerned Nigerians to support and come out en-mass for the program.

10 Things CAN Demanded From Buhari

 

 

Following the recent killing of Reverend Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram terrorists, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari overhaul his security council. 

The Christian body through its chairman, His Eminence Dr. Samson Ayokunle asked the President critical questions regarding intelligence gathering and the sincerity of the fight against Insurgency.

In its statement on Thursday, CAN made a couple of other demands from President Muhammadu Buhari including the reversal of recent police promotions and the arrest of Miyetti Allah’s leader.

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Below are the ten things CAN demanded from the President.

1. The President should overhaul the security council with a view of bringing in new heads of all the security agencies and the para-military which no religion or part of the country will dominate.

2. The Federal government should either label the Miyetti Allah Fulani Association a terrorist organisation as being regarded in the terror index.

3. The Federal Government should order the arrest of the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Groups in who are sponsoring and perpetuating the crime of Nigeria and prosecute them for all the killings in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau, and Taraba states, among others.

4. The Federal Government should publish names of all kingpins of the terrorists who are in detention and those who are being prosecuted.

5. The Federal Government should stop releasing the so-called repented terrorists since they are reportedly joining their colleagues in the forest to unleash terror on the land.

6. The Federal Government should reverse the recent controversial Police promotion with a view to balancing religious and ethnic divides in the country.

7. The Federal Government should stop sending delegations to all Islamic international organisations and let our Muslim counterparts be doing so as we are doing in all international Christian religious organisations.

8. The Federal Government should stop discriminating against our female Youth corps who refuse to wear the NYSC trousers for religious reasons since they allow their Muslim counterparts to wear hijab.

9. The victims of the consistent attacks should be assessed and adequately compensated. The victims in various IDPs be provided with adequate security and enough resources for continual survival.

10. It is painful and a betrayal to note that the government gives more attention to so-called repentant terrorists than the victims of their evil with the claim that they are being reinstated and rehabilitated, even into the Nigerian Army. This is a major contradiction.

Reverend Andimi who was abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in early January, was the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

He was murdered by his captors on Monday, despite calls for his release by various groups, including the national leadership of the Christian body.

In reaction to his death, President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killing and pledged that the terrorist will pay a heavy price.

The President described the murder of the clergyman as inhuman and vowed to ensure the insurgents pay dearly for their actions.

Nine Critical Questions CAN Asked President Buhari

 

In reaction to the recent killing of Reverend Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram terrorists, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) asked President Muhammadu Buhari certain questions regarding the nation’s security.

The Christian body through its chairman, His Eminence Dr. Samson Ayokunle asked the President critical questions regarding intelligence gathering and the sincerity of the fight against Insurgency.

They also asked President Buhari why he has insisted on keeping his security chiefs, even when security agencies are not living up to the expectations of the government.

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Below are Nine Critical questions CAN asked President Buhari in its communique on Thursday.

1. What is the essence of SIM card registration if the authorities cannot use it to track down these killers who rely on phones as a mean of communication to do their criminalities?

2. What has become of Intelligence gathering of our security agencies?

3. Is this government and the security agencies still claiming that the war against these criminals been won despite all the killings?

4. Is the government sincere in fighting these terrorists or merely paying lip service to the war against the insurgency?

5. Is there any hope that our security is guaranteed under this government?

6. Can the government tell us what they did since Rev. Andimì cried out to them for help?

7. If the security agencies claim the terrorists are operating outside the country, why is it possible for these hoodlums to invade the country, kill, maim, burn and kidnap without any convincing checks on the part of the security agencies?

8. Since the government and its apologists are claiming the killings have no religious undertones, why are the terrorists and herdsmen targeting the predominantly Christian communities and Christian leaders?

9. If the security agencies are not living up to the expectations of the government, why hasn’t it overhauled them with a view of injecting new visionaries into the security system?

In its statement regarding the nation’s security, CAN noted that as long as the government continues to live in denial and fail to face reality, the criminals will not stop their criminalities.

CAN also stated that they are almost losing hope in the government’s ability to protect Nigerians especially Christians who have become endangered species under the government’s watch.

The Christian body called on the International Community to come to the aid of Nigeria, especially, the Nigerian Church, lest Christians are eliminated in the country.

Sack All Security Chiefs, CAN Tells Buhari

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CAN President Samson Ayokunle (file)

 

Following the recent killing of Reverend Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram terrorists, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack all his security chiefs. 

The chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence Dr. Samson Ayokunle in a communique on Thursday asked why the Service Chiefs have not been replaced if the security agencies are not living up to the expectations of the government.

Dr Ayokunle on behalf of CAN demanded that the security council be overhauled with a view of injecting new visionaries into the security system.

Below is a full statement by the CAN Chairman.

TEXT OF A SPEECH OF THE PRESIDENT, CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CAN), HIS EMINENCE, DR SAMSON AYOKUNLE AT THE WORLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON 23 JANUARY, 2020 AT THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE, ABUJA.
Gentlemen of the Press.
Let me call for a minute silence in honour of all those killed by the Boko Haram terrorists, Fulani herdsmen, bandits and kidnappers in the country.

“If you have ever lost a loved one, then you know exactly how it feels but if you have not, then you cannot possibly imagine it.”

― Lemony Snicket
You are all aware of the gruesome murder of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev. Lawan Andimi, by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, because he refused to be converted to Islam. Although, the group initially demanded for the sum of N50m and, when against all odds, the ransom was ready, they asked for €2m. It was in the process that they reached out to our people in Adamawa State to notify them that since the gentleman had refused to be converted to Islam, they had decided to behead him. And that was what they did. In the same state, just last Sunday, a clergyman, Rev Denis Bagauri was murdered by unknown gunmen in his residence at Mayo Belwa of Adamawa State, all because he was a Christian.

You are also aware of the beheading of 11 Christians by Islamic State in West Africa on Christmas Day of 2019 in Maiduguri including a bride to be.
Few days ago, four seminarians of the Good Shepherd Catholic Seminary in Kakau, were kidnapped along Kaduna-Abuja Road and we have not heard anything about them.

In Kaduna State, the most recent happenings were those of 35 people killed and abduction of 58 persons when bandits raided 10 communities in the Chikun and Birnin Gwari Local Government areas on January 13, 2020. These criminals are everywhere operating with impunity and they have been stopping commercial and private vehicles asking them to come down and telling them to say what their religion is.

Whoever claims to be a Christian is either killed on the spot or abducted and a demand for a ransom issued. Police, Army officers, and even judges are not exempted. This is reprehensible, unacceptable and unprecedented since Nigeria came into being. Christians have become endangered species in their own country!

Nigeria is under a siege orchestrated by the murderous blood-thirsty and criminally- minded Boko Haram terrorists, Fulani terrorist herdsmen, bandits and kidnappers who are all armed to the teeth, dressed in army uniforms, and gradually overwhelming our security agencies. They have been going around invading predominantly Christian villages and towns, killing and maiming our youths and elders, men and women; raping our women and daughters, decapitating children and disemboweling pregnant women, and subjecting people to coldblooded murder.

Although their atrocities did not begin today, it increased with the advent of democracy, which gave birth to the Sharia Law in some Northern states, an outright violation of the 1999 Constitution. However, the attacks being witnessed under the current administration are unprecedented. Today, the killers are unleashing terror on selected Christian communities, while sometimes our security agencies appear to be looking elsewhere. It is usually after the evil has been done that our soldiers and policemen invade the communities and in many instances, the victims are locked up, while the criminals are left untouched.

From 1980-2019, the Stephanos Foundation’s record shows a total of 1,785 attacks in 32 states of the country. This led to the death of not less than 28, 878 innocent people. In 121 Muslim-riots in 19 states, the death of 9, 451 lives were. Also, Boko Haram militant groups were responsible for 701 attacks that claimed 12,812 lives in 15 states. Again, 963 attacks from Fulani Militant groups in 32 states were responsible for 6,615 deaths.

The hoodlums have been in Southern Kaduna for years, where hundreds have been killed including a highly placed traditional ruler. And up till today, no one has been brought to book. Instead, it was those who cried out that were subjected to state harassment. A few suspects arrested were later freed to continue with their atrocities.

The Fulani herdsmen were in Aghatu land in Benue State and other predominantly Christian communities; killing and maiming their victims. Mass burials have become the order of the day and to add salt to the injury, it was the Federal Government that was justifying the killings of the citizens by accusing some governors of making laws against open grazing. They claimed that the killings were not genocide against Christians but farmers-herders’ clash.

President Muhammadu Buhari has not ceased telling us that the criminals are coming from Libya, as though Nigeria shares borders with Libya. As if that were not enough, the Miyetti Allah the Fulani herdsmen have claimed responsibility for the killings and justifying their actions. In other instances, they disown the killers, telling us that there are other herdsmen who are not their members but who also register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

The Federal Government has never deemed it fit to call them to order, but instead insisted that the herdsmen are stakeholders in the country! This emboldens them and their members who are always attacking predominantly Christian communities in Plateau, Adamawa, Taraba and few states in the South like Enugu. As usual, none of these attackers has been brought to justice to end their atrocities with impunity.

These terrorists have not hidden their goal to Islamize Nigeria and that is what they have in common with the Fulani herdsmen. They have turned the North-East geo-political zone, especially, Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe, into killing fields. One of the cardinal programmes of this government is to put to an end the menace of insecurity and terrorism, but that has not been done.

Although the government often claims to have defeated the terrorists, what we are seeing on a daily basis contradicts that claim. Hundreds of our members, including Leah Sharibu and over 120 Chibok girls are still in the custody of these terrorists and the government has not succeeded in releasing them.

We are not disputing the fact that some Muslims have been killed. However, we boldly state here that their primary targets are Christians. The only exceptions are those who are being killed by the bandits in the North-western states like Zamfara and Katsina. In the words of Carrie Jones, “Losing people you love affects you. It is buried inside of you and becomes this big, deep hole of ache. It doesn’t magically go away, even when you stop officially mourning.”

It is reprehensible and saddening that each time the government comes out to claim the defeat of the insurgency, more killings of our people are committed. In the light of the current developments and the circumstantial facts surrounding the prevailing upsurge of attacks against the church, it will be difficult for us to believe that the Federal Government under the present administration is not colluding with the insurgents to exterminate Christians in Nigeria, bearing in mind the very questionable leadership of the security sector that has been skewed towards a religion and region! Is that lop-sidedness not a cover-up for the operation of the insurgency? If not, why couldn’t the well-equipped security agents of Nigeria get Rev Andimi out of the captivity of his killers who held him captive for two weeks?

Please permit me to ask the Federal government the following questions:

• What is the essence of SIM card registration if the authorities cannot use it to track down these killers who rely on phones as a mean of communication to do their criminalities?

• What has become of Intelligence gathering of our security agencies?

• Is this government and the security agencies still claiming that the war against these criminals been won despite all the killings?

• Is the government sincere in fighting these terrorists or merely paying lip service to the war against the insurgency?

• Is there any hope that our security is guaranteed under this government?

• Can the government tell us what they did since Rev. Andimì cried out to them for help?

• If the security agencies claim the terrorists are operating outside the country, why is it possible for these hoodlums to invade the country, kill, maim, burn and kidnap without any convincing checks on the part of the security agencies?

• Since the government and its apologists are claiming the killings have no religious undertones, why are the terrorists and herdsmen targeting the predominantly Christian communities and Christian leaders?

• If the security agencies are not living up to the expectations of the government, why hasn’t it overhauled them with a view of injecting new visionaries into the security system?

As long as the government continues to live in denial and fail to face reality, these criminals will not stop their criminalities. We are almost losing hope in the government’s ability to protect Nigerians especially Christians who have become endangered species under its watch. We once again call on the International Community and the developed world like the US, the UK, Germany, Israel and others to please come to our aid of Nigeria, especially, the Nigerian Church so that we might not be eliminated one by one.

OUR DEMANDS:

• The President should overhaul the security council with a view of bringing in new heads of all the security agencies and the para-military which no religion or part of the country will dominate.

• The Federal government should either label the Miyetti Allah Fulani Association a terrorist organisation as being regarded in the terror index.

• The Federal Government should order the arrest of the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Groups in who are sponsoring and perpetuating the crime of Nigeria and prosecute them for all the killings in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau, and Taraba states, among others.

• The Federal Government should publish names of all kingpins of the terrorists who are in detention and those who are being prosecuted.

• The Federal Government should stop releasing the so-called repented terrorists since they are reportedly joining their colleagues in the forest to unleash terror on the land.

• The Federal Government should reverse the recent controversial Police promotion with a view to balancing religious and ethnic divides in the country.

• The Federal Government should stop sending delegations to all Islamic international organisations and let our Muslim counterparts be doing so as we are doing in all international Christian religious organisations.

• The Federal Government should stop discriminating against our female Youth corps who refuse to wear the NYSC trousers for religious reasons since they allow their Muslim counterparts to wear hijab.

• The victims of the consistent attacks should be assessed and adequately compensated. The victims in various IDPs be provided with adequate security and enough resources for continual survival.

• It is painful and a betrayal to note that the government gives more attention to so-called repentant terrorists than the victims of their evil with the claim that they are being reinstated and rehabilitated, even into the Nigerian Army. This is a major contradiction.

OUR DECISIONS

The CAN Leadership has declared Friday, 31st January to 2nd February 2020 as days for Special Fasting and Prayer for Nigeria in all churches, home and abroad, for the gruesome killing of innocent Nigerians to stop and for our government to develop the capacity to overcome the criminals troubling the nation. Sunday 2nd February 2020 is declared a Special Prayer Walk by Christians in all the States of the Federation in the form of a procession to be led by States CAN Chairmen in their CAN Secretariats and pastors of churches in all churches in Nigeria.

Churches should process round their area, pray for God’s permanent intervention and help from all over the world so that all of us might not be consumed one by one. It appears our government is completely overwhelmed.

The Brutality of Nigerians is happening unabated daily.

All Bloc Leaders, Zonal and States Chairmen, Leaders of Denominations and all Christians and concerned Nigerians should support and come out en-mass for the program.

The Church is matching on and the gate of hell shall not prevail against it!

CAN Confirms Killing Of Abducted Chairman By Boko Haram

 

The chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika local government area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, has been killed by his abductors, according to the state CAN Chairman, Bishop Dami Mamza.

Bishop Mamza, who is the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, described the murder of the clergy as gruesome and unfortunate.

Reverend Andimi was abducted by Boko Haram on January 2 when the insurgents stormed the community to carry out an attack.

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Bishop Mamza told some journalists in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, that the insurgents had demanded two million euros as ransom but went ahead to execute the pastor.

According to the Bishop, the killing was communicated to them through their contact.

He added that another pastor was abducted and killed almost at the same time with the abducted pastor from Michika.

Bishop Dami Mamza, however, said that Boko Haram has not been defeated and called on the government to tell Nigerians the truth.

Days after his abduction, Channels Television reported that Rev. Andimi was seen in a viral video, begging the state government to intervene and secure his release.

In the video, he appealed to the government to help him look after his children if it is God’s will that he would not get out of captivity.

Abducted CAN Official Speaks Out, Calls On Govt To Intervene

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State who was abducted last week by Boko Haram elements has spoken out from the den of his abductors.

In a video released over the weekend, Rev Lawan Andimi was seen appealing to the state government to intervene and secure his release.

The abducted Rev, however, declared that if it’s the will of God that he would not get out of captivity, the government should help him look after his children.

He also called on his fellow pastors to impress on the authorities to secure his release.

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The insurgents had stormed the community on Thursday, January 2, to carry out their attacks but were repelled by soldiers and vigilantes before they could do much damage.

They, however, succeeded in whisking the reverend away.