CAN Declares Three Days Prayers Against Killings, Banditry, Others

A file photo of some Christians gathered at a church in Abuja. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared three days of prayers against insecurity and other problems in the land.

CAN National General Secretary, Daramola Joseph, announced this in a circular dated May 11, 2021, and addressed to the leadership of the Christian body at various levels.

He explained that the leadership of the association considered the prayers important for God’s mercy and intervention in the continued killings, banditry, terrorism, and other problems facing the country.

Noting that the prayers were scheduled to hold between May 28 and 30, Joseph hinted that all local churches were directed to gather in the evening of each day.

He asked them to pray to God in the attitude of soberness for the bloodshed of many innocent Nigerians.

The CAN listed some of the suggested prayer points to include seeking forgiveness for sins committed by the church or Nigerians, especially their leaders.

Another important point was a prayer for the speedy recovery of Nigeria from all its losses to make it a nation everyone in the world would love to be.

Read the circular by the religious body below:

11th May 2021

To All:

National Leaders,

Bloc Leaders,

Zonal Chairmen,

State Chairmen & their Secretaries.


Dear Sir,


This is to inform you that the CAN President, in view of the continuous killings, banditry, and host of other problems in Nigeria has considered it imperative and absolutely necessary that our country needed prayers for God’s mercy and intervention in our land.

Consequently, all local churches are expected to gather in the evening of each day set aside for the prayers to pray to God in the attitude of mourning or soberness for the bloodshed of many innocent Nigerians most especially Christians.

In the light of these, the following are the suggested prayer points to be followed during the said prayer meetings:

o That we are sad and pained for the blood of many innocent Nigerians that evil people in our midst had shed or for those kidnapped and abused in various ways. That God should forgive our sins wherever we as a church or Nigerians, especially our leaders had sinned against God.

o That the plans of the evil people in our midst to paralyze human, social and economic activities in this nation and throw the nation into chaos would be foiled by the Lord Jesus Christ.

o That any religious madness, or war that would not allow us to worship God in the way we are convinced to worship Him would be nullified by the Lord.

o Pray that the church would prevail over all threats to her existence in Nigeria. That the gate of hell will never prevail against the church in the name of Jesus.

o That our leaders would do justice in leadership and show fairness to all ethnic and religious groups in all their actions so as to douse ethnic and religious tensions we have presently.

o That the law enforcement agents would rise to their responsibilities and provide the necessary security we need in Nigeria.

o That every step the terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, gunmen and other wicked people in our midst take henceforth would be failed. That unseen hands and the army of the Lord would fight them and Nigeria would be at peace.

o Pray and plant righteousness, Godliness, prosperity, peace, and love in our nation.

o Pray for the speedy recovery of our nation from all our losses so that this nation might become very soon a nation that everyone in the world would love to be.

o Pray to break the yoke of the generational curse that might have been placed on Nigeria and her leadership during the slave trade by the victims.

Thank You


Daramola Bade Joseph

CAN’s National General Secretary

11 May 2021

CAN Holds National Prayers Ahead Of General Elections

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File photo: CAN President Samson Ayokunle


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Saturday held prayer sessions for the success of next month’s general elections.

It also prayed for all Christians contesting for various posts, that the will of God be done concerning their ambition.

Beyond the elections, the Christian body asked members to pray for God to bring an end to the killings in the country as well as to rescue those still in captivity of Boko Haram terrorists.

Speaking with reporters after the prayers in Abuja, the CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, asked the youths to come out en masse to vote.

He also urged the youths to shun politicians who may want to use them as thugs during the elections.

In a statement last week, the group had declared January 10 a day of national prayers.

Pray For Our Success At World Cup, Super Eagles Beg Nigerians

Pray For Our Success At World Cup, Super Eagles Beg Nigerians
(Files) Nigeria’s defender Tyronne Ebuehi (L) and Nigeria’s midfielder Alex Iwobi (R) gesture to supporters on the pitch after the International friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018. England won the game 2-1. Ian KINGTON / AFP


The Super Eagles are seeking the prayers and support of Nigerians as they prepare for the World Cup tournament in Russia.

Super Eagles’ Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, revealed this on Wednesday during a telephone interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“We just want Nigerians to pray for us, we have worked hard and we want Nigerians to support us with their goodwill,” he said.

According to Ibitoye, the national team is confident of making the nation proud based on its level of preparation.

He added, “This team will make them (Nigerians) proud and everything will be good. I am absolutely sure of that.”

The Eagles media officer made the plea two days after the team departed their base at the Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria, to Russia for the World Cup tournament – Nigeria’s sixth appearance.

Since emerging from an appropriately – styled ‘Group of Death’ in the African qualifying series,

The Eagles were the first African team to qualify for this year’s World Cup and they have been drawn in Group D with longtime rival, Argentina, as well as Croatia and Serbia.

In the course of their preparation, the team played a series of friendly matches with Argentina, Poland, Serbia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, England and Czech Republic, during which they won two, drew one, and lost three.

Sweet victories over Argentina and Poland were followed by defeat by Serbia, a draw with DR Congo and losses to England and the Czech Republic.

Nigeria’s first match at the World Cup is against Croatia on Saturday, with the Eagles logging a balanced record of having won their opening match at the World Cup on two occasions, drawn once and lost twice.

On the three occasions, the team won their opening matches in 1994, 1998, 2014, and progressed to the Round of 16.

But the outcomes of the England and Czech Republic friendlies have become worrisome for Nigerians and other concerned individuals.

Former Eagles Technical Adviser Jo Bonfrere warned the players to avoid playing for individual glory if they must achieve the desired results at the competition.

Bonfrere, who was a guest on Channels Sports Tonight on Tuesday, also claimed the technical crew was adopting a system the players do not seem to understand.

We Need More Prayer Warriors For Super Eagles – Senate President

The Senate President, David Mark has called on Nigerians to intensify prayers for the Super Eagles of Nigeria ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final encounter with Mali.

Mr Mark who made this call on Tuesday during the Senate’s plenary, attributed the Eagles’ victory over the Elephant of Cote D’ Ivoire to the fasting and prayers of the senators and other Nigerians.

The Senate President, who said the national team should be commended for playing well, added that the nation was proud of them.

“We thank God that our prayers were answered for the Super Eagles to defeat their Ivorian counterparts on Sunday. We need more prayer warriors because the battle ahead is more serious. Please, let us intensify our prayers for the Eagles so that they can play better and also win tomorrow’s (today’s) match”, Mr Mark said.