…We’re under siege in Nigeria, says CAN
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has alleged that Christians in the country are under the siege of ‘external forces’ including Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.
The apex Christian body also claimed that attempts were being made to hijack its leadership and destabilize the association.
At a briefing in Abuja to mark its 45th anniversary, CAN’s Assistant General Secretary, Elder Biodun Sanyaolu, decried the inability of the security agencies to forestall the targeted abductions and killing of the Christian faithful in parts of the country, especially the North.
Sanyaolu said the development was worrisome, adding that the Umbrella Christian body would continue to speak truth to power.
The CAN chief said, “Since, the Association came on board on August 27, 1976, it has been consistent in standing against evil in the land.
“But today it is regrettable that there is a siege on the Church which all began with the killings and burning of churches in some states in the North at the emergence of Boko Haram terrorists. Their primary targets, according to their declaration, were Christians and Muslims who stand in their way.
“Our members are being persecuted because of their faith. Some were denied their rights like promotion and appointments. Churches were denied certificates of occupancy in many states in the North while many public schools have removed Christian Religious Knowledge from their curriculum.
“It is also reprehensible that the security architecture of the country has been compromised. Some external forces are making futile attempts to hijack the Association. But we cannot lose our focus.”
Sanyaolu, who is also the Chairman of CAN’s anniversary celebration committee, however, said that in spite of the perceived persecution of Christians in the country, CAN had a reason to thank God.
Against that backdrop, he said: “While we mark our 45th anniversary today, we have declared three days, 24 – 26 September to celebrate God’s goodness and faithfulness.
“However, tomorrow is for fasting and prayers nationwide against the menace of insecurity, economic hardships, erosion of moral values and we shall ask God for forgiveness and mercy.”