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COVID-19: Churches not to reopen for this reason – CAN.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has maintained that churches will not open, despite increased pressure from leaders and members.

This was contained in a statement personally signed by CAN President, Rev. Supo Ayokunle, on Friday.

According to Ayokunle, the relaxation of lockdown had seen the country witnessed more coronavirus infection.

“Champions for the reopening of worship centres argue that if people had contracted the virus in the markets and other places, closing the church from worshipping becomes unreasonable!

“It is like using medicine after death! Furthermore, the church is more organised and a place of healing,” part of the statement read.


Ayokunle, therefore, urged “all churches to remain closed because the daily increasing infected people in Nigeria is dangerous for the survival of us all.”

He said that “the church needs to exercise restrain at this time so that we might not naively and overzealously plunge our members into regrettable destruction and sorrow.”



[Nigeria] CAN rejects infectious diseases bill, give advise on way forward.


The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has expressed concern on the Infectious Disease Control bill before the House of Representatives.

It maintained that it should not be passed into law in national interest.

CAN’s opinion was contained in a letter dated 4th May, 2020 by its General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

CAN urged the House of Representatives to discontinue discussion on the Bill forthwith in the overall interest of the Nigerian citizens.


“However, should you insist that there is merit in this unacceptable bill, we insist that this bill should pass through public hearing,” it said.

CAN told the legislators that courts on numerous occasions struck out Acts of Parliaments and legislations, including Executive Orders of Governments, which violates any of the Fundamental Human Rights provided for in the Constitution.

The organisation also queried the intention behind the bill, and advised the leadership and members of the House of Representatives to immediately allow the spirit of God to prevail over the primordial intentions and ambition.


It asked the lawmakers not to pass what it called the “controversial, nebulous and obnoxious bill into law in the overall interest of Nigerians.”

“This bill is not what is currently being expected from the House of Representatives, but rather, the development of the vaccines that will stop this COVID-19 pandemic from further killing of our citizens,” CAN advised.



[Nigeria] CAN want churches be re-open after FG extend lockdown.

According to reports, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has demanded for the reopening of churches amidst the lockdown across the country to prevent Coronavirus.

This was contained in a statement made available to journalists on Monday by the CAN Chairman, South-East, Bishop Dr. Goddy Okafor.

The CAN in the South-East said the Church should not remain closed forever as it remained a place of hope for the people as every other solution to the pandemic seemed elusive.

Going further, Bishop Okafor called for the reopening of churches in the country in order for Nigerians to cry to God for solution to this pandemic.


COVID-19: CAN, JNI call for prayer.

Jamatul Nasiril Islam (JNI) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have jointly called for prayers against the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The two faith-based organisations have also advised Nigerians to compliance with government’s directives on what they should do to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further.

The groups made the call on Thursday during an awareness campaign visit to traditional rulers in Cham and Dadiya Chiefdoms in Balanga Local Government Area of the state the by the Task Force committee on the Coronavirus.

Alhaji Sale Danburam, Secretary JNI and member of the committee said that prayers and compliance with government directives would go a long way toward stopping the spread of the virus.

According to him, people need to understand that the virus is really spreading and killing people, hence the need for the public to pray for God to intervene.

“As Muslims whatever happens we submit it to Almighty God and we have our weapon which is prayers.

“We urge you to pray for us not to have the virus in the state and for those infected to recover.

“Government has done its own part and our own is to comply for all of us to succeed,” he said.

Danburam commended the state government for its commitment to the fight against the spread of the virus.

Mr Samuel Bulus, Vice Chairman of CAN and member of the committee also urged people to support government to save lives, ensure peace and development of the state.

Bulus said because of the virus, church services had been suspended except on Sunday on which day “worshipers must not be more than 50 persons at a time”.

He advised those with small Churches not to congregate more than 20 people and to provide water, soap, and sanitisers for good hygiene against the spread of the virus.

He emphasised the need to observe social distancing during funerals, marriages, and other gatherings that are necessary.

The Christian leader lauded the efforts of the state government in the fight against the spread of the virus.

On their part, the traditional rulers commended the state governor Inuwa Yahaya for the measures put in place by his administration to contain the spread of the virus.

They pledged to communicate to their subjects, government’s directives on what they should do to stop the spread of the virus.


COVID-19: CAN call for ‘National prayer days.’

churches to provide sanitizers.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has directed churches in the country to observe Sunday, March 22nd and 29th as national 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.

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.


Laudable Return for Emre Can Proves He Will Strengthen Dortmund’s Midfield

Returning to your former stomping grounds can often be a baptism of fire, and that’s exactly what Emre Can experienced when he debuted for Borussia Dortmund at former club Bayer Leverkusen.

Having twice led, BVB conspired to concede two late goals in as many minutes, seeing their title charge hit another bump as they fell to a spectacular 4-3 defeat at BayArena.

Continue reading Laudable Return for Emre Can Proves He Will Strengthen Dortmund’s Midfield

Religious, Ethnic rivalries must stop to promote peace in Nigeria – Northern CAN

Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Northern Nigeria, Rev. Yakubu Pam has urged Muslims and Christians in the country to shun religious and ethnic rivalry and embraced the teaching of the two Holy Books for peaceful coexistence in the country.

Rev. Pam disclosed this on Saturday while presenting a paper titled; “Struggle for identify in Nigeria: Abrahamic Faith’s, ethnicity and ethnic conflicts in perspective” during the Da’awah coordination Council of Nigeria (DCCN) 2nd National Summit on Peaceful coexistence and nation building, held in Jos, Plateau.

“We want people in the grassroots and at home to know that in a meeting of religious leaders from different religions are calling for peace in the country, no more war. Enough of the blood shade, enough of the killings, enough of destroying properties and enough of exchanging of unhealthy wards in the media.

“This time around, we must stop the circles of killings, we must stop the circle of hatred otherwise our children unborn will not forgive us. We want people to hear that like the Sultan said yesterday, that we are calling for peace and we should mark our calling for peace with action.

“We want religious leaders to talk to their followers that we are calling for peace, Nigeria is a country we are proud of, without this country, we have no any other country and must of the things that are happening were stage manage to make sure that there is crisis.

“ Nobody will be happy to see his son being kidnap and killed, nobody will be happy to see his daughter being kidnap and killed, but it takes a mature person to look into the future than to remained in pains.


Insecurities: We won’t keep mute – CAN

President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr Olasupo Ayokunle, has said the body will not keep quiet against the killings of Christians in the country until such wicked acts stop.

According to him, the Federal Government needs to rise up to its responsibility of providing adequate security to tackle the spate of insecurity in the country.

Ayokunle spoke at the 12th annual lecture and awards of the Bible Society of Nigeria in Lagos.

He said but for the sustained pressure of the association on government, recent moves by the state to address insecurity would have not been made possible.

He said, “The government must rise up to its responsibilities. All our money is with the government, the entire commonwealth of the nation. So they have the duty to make sure that they provide security. I will not keep quiet until I see that this is done.

“To overcome insurgency, there is the need for the words of God to be in the hand of every Nigerian. The fact that not everybody has the knowledge of God is the reason the country is battling with insurgency.”

He said if the youth were equipped with the word of God, it would minister to their hearts.

Speaking on the topic, ‘Curbing communal conflicts and terrorism for sustainable national growth and development’, guest speaker and chief executive officer, Halogen Group, Mr Wale Olaoye, said despite repeated commitments of successive governments to tackling the nation’s perennial development and security challenges, the country was appearing to be an unsustainable nation.

He said, “Sustainability suggests that, as a nation, we have the ability to exist and coexist despite conflict and terror.

“It demands of us to maintain change, a balanced environment, in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development and institutional change and future potential to meet our needs and aspirations.”

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Olaoye said to attain those, the country would require the pursuit of a common ideal, as available resources must not be depleted faster than resources are naturally generated.

At the event, the BSN presented awards to the CAN president, founder, Centre for Value in Leadership, Prof Pat Utomi; Chairman, GTBank Plc, Mrs. Osaretin Demuren; and General Manager, Avein Offshore Limited, Joseph Duntoye.


Insecurities: CAN President warn Nigerians, say ‘Enough is Enough’

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has warned that insecurity has pushed Nigeria to the tipping point even as he said CAN would no longer take further attacks on its members. Ayokunle who spoke exclusively with Saturday Sun in Abuja, declared that despite all the suggestions that CAN had given to the government, it appeared that the government was not taking any of them.

He concluded that having been given everything to curtail the insecurity in the country, excuses were no longer permissible within the prevailing circumstances, saying that enough is enough.

Asked what he will tell President Buhari and security chiefs over the development, Ayokunle said: “I will tell them that they should sit up and drive away all the insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, Boko Haram and all those that are troubling the nation. They have been given everything to do it. They have the military, all our common wealth, our resources; they are with them, to use to give us peace in this nation. No excuse any longer for failure.”

Amongst other issues, Ayokunle opened up on the 2023 presidency, disclosing the candidate that CAN will throw its weight behind. He spoke with AIDOGHIE PAULINUS.

In what ways can CAN team up with the Federal Government to fight the spate of insecurity across the county?

Well, we do not have the military with which CAN can team up. But CAN, number one, can be praying for the nation for God to guide the military chiefs and the commander-in-chief himself to take right decisions on how to overcome the insurgency.

Number two, CAN can give advice due to what we hear from people and the people affected by the insurgency, what they say. But the government must be ready to listen. We can work together if the government does not see objective criticism as antagonistic or opposition.

In your previous meetings with the president, is it that you have not been suggesting ways to tackle insecurity to him?

We have been, but you know those in power know what they will take from what you say. We have told them, number one, to investigate the sources of the ammunitions of the insurgents. I don’t think any step has been taken over the years since we have been emphasising this.

Number two, we have advised the government to investigate and find out the people who are financing this terrorism, especially within our nation. Number three, we have told the government to rejig the security chiefs. If illegal immigrants are entering the country with ammunitions, what is Immigration doing? What was the Customs doing that allow these people to come in and with ammunitions that they are not permitted to bring into the country? Don’t we have law enforcement agents that would have prevented this from happening right from the beginning? We have given lots of pieces of advice, but it depends on what you want to take.

Why do you think the President is not taking to the advice and put them into action?

I don’t know. I think that question should be better put to him.

Considering what has been happening recently, people have been saying that there may be a religious war. Is CAN praying against this?

Religious war? You better pray that you don’t have religious war in the nation because the religious war will not spare anyone. So, it is not about CAN being afraid. It is about everybody working against anything that comes near a religious war. It spares no one. Go and tell them in Northern Ireland. Go and ask them in Sri Lanka and other places where religious war happened. It is a total devastation because you see brothers killing brothers, parents killing children; religious war is very brutal.

So, where do you think the insecurity and what is happening in the polity is leading the nation to?

If care is not taken, if the government does not address it squarely, if they will be telling us that they are no longer bombing, they are beheading, then it is going to lead to total annihilation of the entire country if care is not taken.

The recent spat between the government and CAN after–

There was no spat. We only told them to do what they were supposed to do. If they call it spat, it means that they were not ready to listen to Godly admonition. There is nothing like spat.

Is CAN considering supporting a Christian for the presidency in 2023?

We are going to support a righteous person, somebody with the fear of God.

If that is so, is CAN looking towards the Vice President whom CAN obviously have a soft spot for?

CAN is not God. CAN is praying for the right man to emerge, the right man at the center of God’s heart.

So, it is not Osinbajo?

The right man; it can be Osinbajo, it can be any other person.

And if it is Osinbajo, don’t you think that will pitch him against his godfather, Tinubu, who is also interested in the race?

I am not God, I have told you. I don’t know who that will be, alright? I don’t know about godfather, I only know about Heavenly Father. I know about Heavenly Father, not godfather.

What is CAN’s view about the North agitating for the presidency in 2023?

That is left to Nigerians to decide.

As the father of all Christians in the country, at this all-important moment, what advice do you have for Christians who are troubled day and night, from north to south and across the country?

The Bible says “A time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a service for God.” Jesus told his followers in John Chapter 16. He said they should not be moved. In the world, you will face persecution and tribulation, but He says in me, you will have peace. Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world for you – John 16:33. So, I will tell them to be of good cheer. Even if they suffer, they suffer for Christ and great is their reward in heaven. However, they should be steadfast. They should be unmovable. They should continue to abound in the work of the Lord.

President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle

If you see the president and the security chiefs today, what will you tell them?

I will tell them that they should sit up and drive away all the insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, Boko Haram and all those that are troubling the nation. They have been given everything to do it. They have the military, all our commonwealth, our resources; they are with them, to use to give us peace in this nation. No excuse any longer for failure.


I can feel your ache – Buhari reacts after RCCG, CAN, others protest killings

President Muhammadu Buhari has broken his silence after leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN protested the killing of its Chairman, Lawan Andimi, from Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State by Boko Haram.

Buhari expressed pains over the death of Andimi.

Recall that some leaders of CAN alongside the General Overseer of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, had protested over the killing of Christians in the Northeast and the country.

However, Buhari in a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu said CAN leaders reserved the right to protest.

He said: “The actions of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in recent days represent the peaceful right of all Nigerians to protest and express their views on matters of religion, ethics, politics and society.

“The origination of their protests is the shocking, unacceptable death of Pastor Lawan Andimi at the hands of Boko Haram. The President feels their pain, and that of his family, for his loss.

“The President believes, as does every member of his administration, both Christian and Muslim in the words of CAN’s placards: “All life is sacred.”

Buhari said either as a Christian or Muslim, all Nigerians and their beliefs must be respected.

“The duty of all of us is to uphold the rights of others to worship according their faith – and to respect the rights of each other to do so freely in the spirit of brotherhood and respect – and without interference.

“This means, however, that we must stop false claims that only serve to divide one community against the other. There is no place in Nigeria for those who politicise religion. This is the President’s message to both Muslim and Christian communities alike.

“In the light of this, the CAN-inspired prayers and street enlightenment in our cities are much welcome as sensitizers to the need for ALL CITIZENS irrespective of faith, religion or language to accept their duty and role in law enforcement, to prevent crime in all its manifestations, be it corruption, theft, terrorism, banditry or kidnapping. Without citizen involvement, there is no miracle with which less than half-a-million policemen can effectively protect a population of 200 million.

“CAN is right to arouse popular consciousness to this duty to the state.

“One more thing is this: it is the added need for citizen-consciousness to stand up for nation. Nigerians, only Nigerians can defend their nation against these abhorrent killings and all sorts of crimes worrying us as a nation.

“From the prayers and advocacy by CAN, citizens need to take an important lesson, which is, that our people must rally around the flag. Together, they rise to defeat the enemy and defend the state. In Nigeria, some groups rally against the government instead of the enemy. This is not right. It has the effect of playing into the hands of the enemy of the state.

“We will not defeat the terrorists, nor speed the return for those citizens, young and old taken by them by division in our own ranks. To pull apart is to play into the hands of the terrorists: this is what they want,” he added.


Adeboye, CAN rally against killings (Photos)

Christians, yesterday, marched along streets praying and seeking divine intervention to stem the spate of insecurity, kidnappings and killings ravaging Nigeria. The move followed the directive by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to members to embark on a three day fasting and prayers for the country.

General overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, who led members on a prayer walk against insecurity in the country, said every soul lost to insurgency was precious to God and prayed that evildoers in the country should be exposed. Adeboye, during a service held at the church’s headquarters in Lagos, prayed that God should “have mercy on Nigeria.”

“Let there be peace and security in Nigeria. God sees all things and knows where the terrorists are. We pray that God send His light to Nigeria and expose the evildoers in the country.

“Every soul is precious to God, whether a Christian or a Muslim. Father, we declare, no more death of the innocent in Nigeria. After the service, we are all going for a prayer walk. We will march according to our age. There are some who would march round the church because of their age and there are some who would march with me to Atan Cemetery and back,” Adeboye said.

The cleric expressed the optimism that God would address the country’s security challenges. He was accompanied in the march by other pastors of the church.

FG insensitive to plight of Christians

– CAN president

In Ibadan, Oyo State, national president of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, who led Christians in a prayer walk, accused the Federal Government of being insensitive to the plight of Christians in the country.

Those who participated in the walk advised the Federal Government to rise up to its responsibility and provide protection for Nigerians, irrespective of religion or ethnic affiliation. The walk was held at the Oritamefa Baptist Church, Total Garden, Ibadan.

A large crowd of worshippers participated in what was a peaceful rally and they sang and marched round the church premises: “The church is marching on, the church is marching on, the gate of hell shall not prevail, the church is marching on,” was the popular hymn as they marched around the church.

The participants also carried banners with inscriptions that included: “Stop the killing of Christians,” “Stop persecuting Christians,” “Jesus is Lord,” and “We support the Christian Association of Nigeria.”

Ayokunle lamented the incessant killing of Christians and other Nigerians, especially in the North.

At another location in Ibadan, former chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in the state, Bishop Taiwo Adelakun of Victory International Church (Rehoboth Cathedral), Oluyole Extension, also led a prayer walk within the premises of the cathedral on Sunday.

The Christian body had declared a special prayer walk by Christians in all the states of the federation in the form of a procession on the final day of a three-day special fasting and prayer in all churches, home and abroad, which began on Friday, January 31, and ended on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

Ayokunle said the claim that the activities of the Boko Haram terror group were not against Christians could not be justified.

“My message, first of all to the Nigerian government, is to urge the administration to up their game on the issue of security. They said they are trying, but their best is not the best because, daily, bloodshed is happening. We cannot be playing politics with the lives of men and women.

“If anybody is telling government that they are doing their best, that person is not telling the truth. It is playing politics with human lives. If you politicians are playing politics, we in the church cannot play politics. The moment we don’t see bloodshed again, we in the church will begin to commend you.

“As long as we continue to see bloodshed and kidnapping on the road, we shall continue to call upon you because we elected you to provide security. The unorganised soldiers that are called terrorists should not be more powerful than the organised soldiers. We have the military upon which trillions of naira is being spent to keep us safe. This nonsense of killing must stop.

“Our President Buhari should rise up and up his game. If the attack is not religious, don’t let there be attacks on Christians again. The killing of the young man going to Maiduguri is still fresh in our minds. When they were killing him, they said it in Hausa or Arabic that it was because he was a Christian. Abubakar said he was out to plant Sharia from north to south. So, why are you saying it is not religious? Nigerians, be hopeful; your God will fight for you.

“Help will come from within and outside for Nigeria. I call on the international community, please, as you rose up for Syria, Iraq and other nations, rise up for Nigeria. Nigerians are bonafide human beings, they deserve to be protected by the international community,” Ayokunle said.

Adelakun prayed for peace and unity across Nigeria, appealing to the Federal Government to be proactive before the situation gets out of hand.

Pastor in charge of Oritamefa Baptist Church, Ibadan, Rev. Remi Awopegba, also said: “Those who are of one mind would have compassion for one another. The killing of the CAN chairman was gruesome. People were being slaughtered. Suppose it were your husband or wife that was so captured and killed? It was not because he committed any sin but because he was a child of God. Has Nigeria become an Islamic State?”

Govt should review security policies

– Bishop Martins

Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace, Alfred Adewale Martins, has urged the Federal Government to review its policies on security, especially in the North-East.

“Bandits, terrorists or insurgents are killing innocent Nigerians and, as it is today, it is like government has lost control of security in the nation,” Martins said.

The cleric stated this at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Lafiaja, Obalende, Lagos, where he joined other Catholic faithful to celebrate Blessed Iwene Tansi feast day in Lagos. He advised government to stop the persecution going on in the North against Christians and review its policies in some of the northern states that discriminate against Christians.

The cleric advised the government to lift people out of poverty and take care of their welfare.

“Most of the government’s poverty alleviation programmes have not really made life worthwhile for the citizens.The youths should learn from the lifestyle of Blessed Iwene Tansi, who stood for good morals, and discipline; that’s what we advise parents to teach their children,” he said.

Nasarawa begins 3-day prayers

Nasarawa State chapter of CAN, yesterday, commenced three days of intense prayer over the spate of insecurity across the country.

Bishop Joseph Masin, the state’s CAN chairman, while speaking at beginning of the prayers held at the Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ (ERCC) Lafia-Central, said divine intervention was needed to address the increasing insecurity in the country.

Masin said that, as religious leaders, they were not happy with the way Nigerian citizens were being killed carelessly in parts of the country.

The bishop called on the government to be proactive and prioritise the security of its citizens, irrespective of their religious affiliations.

He urged Nigerians to shelve their differences and unite in order defeat terrorists and other criminal elements threatening the survival of the nation.

Leaders and other members of the Christian body in the state gathered in Lafia and other local government areas for the prayers that would be concluded on Wednesday.

The programme featured prayers for peace, unity, development and integration of the country by different clergymen.

The clerics also condemned the senseless killing of Christians and other Nigerians by terrorists, bandits and criminals across the country.

They also reminded the President, governors and local government chairmen to rise up to their responsibilities of protecting life and property, to avoid situations where citizens would resort to self-help.

Abia joins others to protest killings, insecurity in Nigeria

In Abia State, members of the RCCG joined others across the country to protest the killings and insecurity in Nigeria.

The protesters, who carried placards with different inscriptions stating their displeasure over the spate of killings in the country, marched along the streets of Aba, the commercial hub of the state, and Umuahia, the capital, wearing black clothes that depicted mourning.

Speaking in Umuahia, Pastor Joshua Ayodele Tosin, pastor in charge of Abia Province III, RCCG, said, “We are condemning ritual killings in Nigeria. We are condemning kidnapping, terrorism, armed robbery in the nation, and we are equally condemning their sponsors.

“Nigeria must have peace. This is not how we started when we were young. All those that are sponsoring kidnappings and ritualists and those that are sponsoring every evil deed in Nigeria, God should take away power from them.

“The kidnappers and killers of Christians should pack their loads and leave, if not, the wrath of God will befall them. Shedding of innocent blood in this country must stop.

“The service chiefs should live up to their responsibilities. If they wake up to their responsibilities, we don’t think that the security situation in the country will escalate to this level. They have security budget, they should use the budget meant for security to fight insecurity.”

He added that security operatives know where the criminals are and they should do everything to fish them out, for peace to reign in Nigeria.

Rebuild destroyed churches –Delta CAN

Delta State chairman of CAN, Apostle Sylvanus Okorote, yesterday, called for the establishment of a security architecture in the mould of the South-West’s Operation Amotekun, in the South-South geo-political zone.

He spoke during a prayer walk in Asaba to protest the killings across the country.

Okorote urged the Federal Government to rebuild churches and Christian communities destroyed by insurgents like Boko Haram, ISWAP, militia and herdsmen.

He also appealed to government to give all religions the freedom and protection to practice their faith peacefully in any part of the country.


Ondo: CAN protesting, want Buhari to resign (See)

The Christian Association of Nigeria in Ondo State on Sunday demanded the immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over rising insecurity in Nigeria.

The Christian group that converged at the Evangelical Church Winning All in Akure, the state capital, frowned at the consistent attacks, kidnapping and banditry in the country.

They alleged that Christians worshippers were now targets of attacks and abductions at the hands of Boko Haram insurgents.

Led by Reverend John Oladapo, CAN Chairman in the state, the group demanded an end to incessant attacks on innocent people in the country.

Jude Arogundade, Catholic Bishop of Ondo Diocese, explained that since the government had failed in its responsibility of protection, Christians would have to rise and defend themselves.

Arogundade said Christian leaders in the country had agreed to speak out against any unwarranted attacks on Christian worshippers in the country.

He condemned the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to bring those behind the darstardly attacks and killings in the country to justice.

He said, “This is the time for us to speak out clearly. If the government can no longer defend Christians in this country, we would defend ourselves.

“It is our right and its our duty especially when we can see clearly that the system is no longer defending law-abiding and hardworking Nigerians anymore.

“Every country in the world would defend the defenseless, the hard working, honest and ordinary people but our government continue to look the other way.

“They would prefer to arrest those protesting against the system rather than those who are destroying the system.

“We know this too well. We pray for our government so that they can uphold the truth and justice.

“We pray that they would fish out all these terrorists in this country. This government cannot claim not to know those behind this.

“If they can not handle the security of this country, let them resign, that is what people of dignity do mostly.

“If all of us suffer, then we all suffered together; if one of us get killed, we all feel the pain.

“We want to see some arrest and if the government cannot do it, then the people would have to defend themselves and we are getting to that now.”

Earlier in a protest, Dele Oyesola, pastor in charge of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ondo Province 1, asked government to put an end to insecurity in the country and arrest those behind killing of Christians mostly in the North-East.


Nigerians are tired; we don’t want bloodshed in Nigeria again – CAN

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.

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.


Pst. Adeboye ask RCCG to join CAN’s prayer for Nigeria’s peace ..

The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has directed all members of the church to participate in the prayer and fasting programme as well as the prayer walk declared by the Christian Association of Nigeria to address a spate of killings across the country.

CAN President, Dr Samson Ayokunle, last week told journalists in Abuja that the prayer and fasting session which started on Friday was aimed at praying to God to end the killing of innocent Nigerians and give the government the capacity to overcome the criminals troubling the nation.

The association’s position came barely four days after Boko Haram executes the Chairman of CAN in Michika Local Government, Adamawa State, Pastor Lawan Andimi, who was abducted by the insurgents on January 3 and subsequently killed despite being offered a N50m ransom.

Ayokunle had announced that apart from the three-day prayer session, Christians would also embark on what he called a special prayer walk in all states on February 2.

Adeboye, in a memo dated January 29 and signed by the Assistant General Overseer, Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola, asked members to seize the opportunity of the programme to pray against the killing of innocent people in the country.

He also directed that church services should end early in all the parishes to enable members to take part in the walk which he said should hold within the immediate environment of the churches.

The memo read, “The Christian Association of Nigeria, the umbrella body of all Christians and Christian organisations in Nigeria, has made a clarion call for prayers and advocacy to all Christians in Nigeria in response to the inhuman acts against Christians in the country.

“The General Overseer has therefore directed that all members of the RCCG should participate in this prayer and advocacy with details as stated below:

“Prayer and fasting scheduled from January 31 to February 2, 2020. Since RCCG is currently on a fasting and praying programme, the prayer focus within this period should be against the gruesome killing of innocent people in the country and prayer for the government to develop capacity to overcome the criminals troubling the nation.

“All parishes of RCCG are enjoined to close the thanksgiving service early on Sunday (latest by 11am) and have members march round their immediate environment, praying for God’s intervention in the ongoing situation in Nigeria.

“Parishes with functional social media handles are enjoined to publicise this prayer and advocacy using appropriate captions and hashtags.”

Ayokunle had, while announcing the prayer and fasting programme, claimed that Christians had become endangered species in Nigeria.

Apart from the case of Andimi, he also cited the case of Rev Denis Bagauri, who was murdered by gunmen in his residence at Mayo Belwa, Adamawa State, and the beheading of 11 Christians, including a bride-to-be, by Islamic State in West Africa on Christmas Day in Maiduguri to buttress his point that Christians are mostly targets of the attacks.

He also mentioned the case of four seminarians of the Good Shepherd Catholic Seminary in Kakau who were kidnapped along Kaduna-Abuja Road recently.

He had said, “The CAN leadership has declared January 31 to February 2, 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.

“February 2, 2020 is declared a special prayer walk by Christians in all the states in the form of a procession to be led by state CAN chairmen in their secretariats and pastors of churches in all churches in Nigeria.

“Churches should walk 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.

Pastor Enoch Adeboye

“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 programme.

“The church is matching on and the gate of hell shall not prevail against it!”


Dortmund Confirms Emre Can on loan

Borussia Dortmund Confirm Signing of Emre Can From juventus…

Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Juventus’ Emre Can on loan, with the midfielder set to join on a permanent basis if certain parameters are met.

Former Liverpool star Can has struggled since leaving Anfield for Turin and was left out of the Serie A side’s Champions League squad by Maurizio Sarri earlier this season, the Germany international admitting back in September he was ‘shocked and angry’ over the omission.

He will get the chance to play in Europe’s elite club competition with Dortmund, with the Bundesliga outfit set to face Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.

“Borussia Dortmund has signed German international Emre Can from Italian champions Juventus Turin with immediate effect.

“The 26-year-old will be loaned until the end of the season. If agreed parameters are met, the loan is then transferred to a fixed transfer.”

Can added: “I think the team has great potential and can win something. I am convinced that I can help them and can’t wait to play in front of these fans for whom Borussia Dortmund is known all over the world for the first time.”

Can joined Juventus from Liverpool in 2018 and enjoyed a reasonably good first season with La Vecchia Signora, featuring in 37 games in all competitions, winning Serie A and the Supercoppa Italiana.

However, the massive competition for places under Sarri has seen Can’s game time decrease, with the likes of Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi, Rodrigo Bentancur, Adrien Rabiot and Sami Khedira all above him in the pecking order.

Juventus v Cagliari Calcio – Serie A
The 26-year-old was also said to be interesting Premier League sides Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, while former club Bayern Munich were also linked before he sealed the move to Signal Iduna Park.

The deal will give Dortmund added depth in central midfield, with BVB having previously sold Julian Weigl to Portuguese side Benfica.


Sack all your security service Chiefs – CAN tells Buhari

The Adamawa State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack his Security Service Chiefs in order to arrest the insecurity situation in the country.

Speaking in reaction to the killing of its principal officer Mr Adimi by Boko Haram insurgents, the Adamawa State CAN Chairman, Dami Mamza lamented that the current Service Chiefs have run out of ideas to confront the security challenges in the country.

Mr. Mamza said: “The Security Chiefs have outlived their usefulness. They lack ideas to confront the teething security challenges bedeviling the country. So there is no point keeping them there just for doing nothing.

“There are lots and lots of vibrant young officers with modern ideas that can checkmate the growing insecurity in the land, then why are we still retaining officers who have run out of ideas on the way out of our present insecurity predicament.

“For God,s sake, the entire Northern States are either in the hands of Kidnappers or the BOKO Haram and Billions and Billions of money is being spent to remedy the situation, but to no avail.

President Muhammadu Buhari

“Day in day out the continue to tell Nigerians that the Insurgents BOKO Haram have been degraded, downgraded and some many our communities are no go areas and they want us to believe them while we are sleeping with our two eyes open because of the unknown”, Mr Mamza added.

Mr. Mamza, who is also the Catholic Archibishop of Yola Diocese, said accused the Service Chiefs of not using the huge financial allocation to them for the control and containing insecurity in the country.


CAN not happy with FG over consistent persecution of Christians

The execution of Rev. Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Michika Local Government Area, Adamawa State, by Boko Haram terrorists in cold blood, has sparked outrage across the country.

Andimi, who hailed from Kwada village, Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, and worked as a pastor in Michika, was abducted early January when Boko Haram attacked Michika.

Days after his abduction, he appeared in a video clip where he asked Ahmadu Fintiri, Governor of Adamawa State, to rescue him.

But the news of his death broke, yesterday. Reports indicated that Boko Haram turned down an offer of N50 million from negotiators before beheading him.

Chairman of the state chapter of CAN, Bishop Dami Mamza, said the insurgents demanded €2 million (about N800 million) for his freedom.

“We couldn’t afford that kind of money here. But that was not what led to his execution. I think they already had intentions to execute him. That was the plan, and nothing would have stopped that,” he said.

“They established contact with the church, and there was a conversation. And then they stopped and went ahead to kill him.

“They called his wife last week, informing her that they would be beheading him on Saturday but somehow they waited till Monday.

“Also, yesterday, Pastor Dennis Bagauri of the Lutheran Church was killed in Jereng, Mayo-Belwa, Adamawa State.

“It is now clear that Christians are not protected by the government; we don’t feel like we have a government.”

Following the gruesome murder of the district church council secretary of the Ecclesiya Yan’uwa a Nigeia (EYN) Church in Michika, CAN has alleged that it would be difficult to believe that Federal Government or its agents were not working with insurgents, secretly or otherwise, to exterminate Christians in Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buahri described the killing as cruel, inhuman and provocative.

According to a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari expressed sorrow that the terrorists went on to kill the religious leader while giving signals at the same time of a willingness to set him free by releasing him to third parties.

He consoled the Christian community all over Nigeria, the government and people of Adamawa and the Bishop’s family over the sad loss of the man of God and assured that terrorists will continue to pay a heavy price for their actions and would comprehensively be defeated by our determined armed forces.

President urged nations of the world to end all support provided to Boko Haram and Islam in West Africa, ISWA terrorist groups whose only goal is to sow death, violence and destruction in the sub-region.

But the Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Ignatius Kaigama, told Daily Sun that security situation in the country was getting worse.

The immediate past president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) recalled the recent attack on the convoy of the Emir of Potiskum that led to the killing and kidnapping of some of those in his entourage, maintaining that attacks by insurgents were not directed at Christians alone.

“So, I tell Nigerians, let us not try to isolate issues. Let’s not try to generate tension by saying okay, CAN chairman has been killed and that gives the impression that people of the other religion did this. It is creating more tension. Rather, let us worry that a Nigerian citizen has been killed. We should be concerned,” Kaigama said.

On his part, Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, said the security situation in the country showed that the nation was at war.

The former president of CAN said the development was sad.

“It is very sad! It shouldn’t be happening in a country. Obviously, nobody will be caught for this now. The people who are carrying out this terrible things, you can’t catch them. So, you can’t even say government’s agencies should fish out those responsible. It is like we are at war now,” Onaiyekan said.

Onaiyekan also said the government should by now know that killing a man like Andimi raises issues about the safety of Christians in the country.

Arguing that no one was safe in the country, including Muslims, Onaiyekan said Nigerians do not deserve such a country riddled with insecurity.

He re-echoed what the CBCN said last year that the first job of government is to protect lives and property, concluding that the Buhari administration is not protecting lives and property.

CAN claimed the consistent attacks on Christians and their communities, particularly in northern Nigeria, was a pointer that “enemies” have risen against Christians in Nigeria.

Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel Vondip, in a statement released in Abuja yesterday, recalled that last Sunday, another clergyman, Rev. Dennis Bagauri, was murdered by gunmen in his residence at Mayo-Belwa.

“We are almost losing hope in government’s ability to protect Nigerians, especially Christians who have become endangered species under its watch. We strongly appeal to the international community and developed nations, notably the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Israel and others, to, please, come to our aid, especially Nigerian Christians, so we won’t be eliminated, one by one.”

CAN announced three days of fasting and prayers to seek God’s intervention in the affairs of Nigeria, particularly socio-economic and security matters.

On the state of security in the country, the Adamawa state CAN chairman said: “Right now, I am tense and every Christian in Adamawa is not feeling safe.

“How can the abduction and killing of two prominent Christians happen almost at the same time? On this Boko Haram insurgents, the Federal Government is not telling Nigerians the truth.

“We are still under siege, attacks are going on a consistent basis and the Federal Government cannot continue to tell Nigerians that everything is okay. But I will like to ask every Christian in Adamawa State to be consoled in the Lord, while we urge the Federal Government to secure the lives of Nigerians. But the way I feel right now is that we are not safe as Christians here in Adamawa State.”

The state government described the action of the terror group as barbaric.

Fintiri, while reacting to the killing of Bagaure, said the “evildoers will never have any resting place until they are caught.”

Director-General in charge of media and communication for the governor, Solomon Kumangar, said the government was “saddened by the gruesome execution of the pastor.”

Reacting, Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty Internation (Nigeria), said the crimes committed by the insurgent must not go unpunished.

“Since December last year, Boko Haram has been escalating attacks on civilians, commuters, infrastructure and humanitarian facilities across North East.

“Amnesty International is appalled by reports that Reverend Lawan Andimi, the chairman of a local chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), was killed by Boko Haram yesterday.

“With this horrific murder and an increasing number of attacks in recent weeks, Boko Haram has again shown its brazen disregard for the sanctity of life. These deplorable crimes must not go unpunished.

“It is appalling that Boko Haram followed up the killing of Rev. Lawan Andimi on Monday with an attack on his village – in Chibok local government Borno state.”


Group condemns execution of CAN chairman

A group, the National Inter-Faith and Religious Organisation for Peace, has condemned the killing of Rev Lawan Andimi, Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State by Boko Haram terrorists.

The group described the murder of Andimi as unacceptable, noting that something urgent must be done by the Nigerian Government to stop incessant killings of innocent persons in the country.

In a statement, the group’s coordinator, Julius Ediwe, said it was time for decisive action to be taken on the matter by government.

The statement reads, “This death is indeed one too many for all lovers of peace in Nigeria regardless of ethnic and religious affiliations.

“The killing of Rev Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist group is indeed against biblical injunction, and there shall be consequences.

“As an organisation under God, we pray that the wrath of God shall fall heavily on all those responsible for the death of Rev Andimi.

“All those that have conspired directly or indirectly to the death of the servant of God shall be visited with the wrath of God. This includes the financiers, local, and international promoters of the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist groups.”


Execution of CAN chairman: Buhari mourns

President Buhari has condemned the execution of Rev. Lawan Andimi, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) chairman, who was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents during an attack in Michika, Adamawa State.

In a statement released by his media aide Garba Shehu, the President described the execution as cruel, inhuman and deliberately provocative. He also disclosed that the insurgents expressed willingness to release the abducted CAN President to a third party before the execution.

The statement read in parts;

“President Buhari consoles the Christian community all over Nigeria, the government and people of Adamawa state and the Bishop’s family over the sad loss of the man of God and assures that terrorists will continue to pay a heavy price for their actions and would comprehensively be defeated by our determined armed forces.

“President urged nations of the world to end all support provided to Boko Haram and Islam in West Africa, ISWA terrorist groups whose only goal is to sow death, violence and destruction in the sub-region.”


CAN Chairman executed by Boko Haram

Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Lawan Andimi has reportedly been executed by Boko Haram insurgents.

Ahmed Salkida, a journalist known to have access to Boko Haram and who was once a mediator between the insurgents and the Nigerian government confirmed the report.

According to him, the Pastor who was declared missing after a foiled attack on Michika Local Government Area in Adamawa by Boko Haram, was executed yesterday January 20.

Salkida wrote;

To break some news items can traumatize. I’m battling with one of such. Reverend Andimi, abducted by #BokoHaram was executed yesterday. Rev. Andimi was a church leader, a father to his children and the community he served. My condolences go to his family.

Reverend Lawan Andimi was beheaded yesterday afternoon, the video of the appalling executions with that of a soldier was obtained at 2:42pm. I made sure that the family, the authorities and the church were duly informed before the news was put out to the public this morning.


CAN cried to UN, US, UK, Others to assist Nigerian govt on good security

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has cried to the United Nations, the United States, the United Kingdom and other developed world to assist Nigerian government in securing the lives of its citizens before insecurity situation in the country becomes too late, an indication that it has lost confidence in the ability of the Nigerian state to secure its citizens. N.Rs learnt

The umbrella body of Christians in Nigeria said the recent upsurge in attack on Nigerians, particularly Christians in the North, had become a source of concern, as the country security system seemed to have run out of ideas and abilities to contain the activities of the insurgents.

CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, in a statement released in Abuja, on Monday, by his media aide, Bayo Oladeji, appealed to the developed countries with strong military might to help Nigeria’s security agencies to live up to the expectations before the insecurity situation gotvout of hand.

The CAN President justified his fears with recent reports from some part of Nigeria, particularly the North, that Boko Haram insurgents and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters had intensify attacks, particularly on Christians and their communities.

He said: “CAN Chairman in Michika, Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, was abducted by Boko Haram terrorists some days back when they invaded the predominant Christian community. Although, we were told that troops repelled the terrorists but not until they had successfully forced Rev Andimi into their Toyota Hilux and took him away.

“The innocent cleric, in a video footage released by his captors, has been making appeal to the Federal Government, the Adamawa State governor, Ahmadu Umar Fintri, and the leadership of CAN to come to his aid.”

The CAN President further lamented that, “as if that was not enough, there was a bandit attack on Kasaya village, another Christian community in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Monday about 6:30 am. The attackers were said to had abducted 41 people, including a Pastor, Rev Joshua Samaila. But up till now, nobody knows what has become of them.

“Similarly, on 27th November, 2019, Mr. Bitrus Bwala, a principal lecturer at the College of Education, Gashua, Yobe State, and 10 others, who are all Christians, were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists. Bwala in a short video released recently cried out for help. But up till now, the government is yet to secured their freedom or say anything about them.

“These are all evidences of Christian persecution in the country, and when we cried out in support of the position of the US government, some people would say it was untrue. If criminals are invading Christian communities, killing and abducting people unchallenged, what do we call it if not deliberate persecution? How many terrorists, Fulani herdsmen ‘killers’ and bandits are in the custody of the security agencies? How many of them have been arraigned in court?”

CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle

CAN, thus called on the Federal Government and security agencies to expedite actions to secure immediate and safe release of all the hostages and ensure adequate security in the affected Christian communities that have become the target of criminals.

It, however, assured those in captivity and others facing religious persecution under the current dispensation that Christians are with them in prayers and God who delivered the people of Israel from the Egyptian bondage will surely deliver them unhurt.