The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has postponed until further notice its planned peaceful protest march earlier slated for 11 July, 2018 ‘due to some circumstances beyond its control.’
The association, however, said its 3-day prayer and fasting will still hold from July 9 to 11, in all churches and state chapters of CAN.
A statement by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant, (Media & Communications) to the CAN president, Rev Dr. Samson Ayokunle, did not state the circumstances that informed the indefinite postponement.
Olajide further stated that church/denominational leaders will, however, still come to the National Christian Centre together with the National Executive Committee (NEC) of CAN on the 11th of July at 10am to cry to God for our land.
CAN had declared July 9-11, 2018 as national days of prayers and fasting against unwarranted killings in the land and called on all well-meaning Nigerians, both within and outside the country, to join Christians on July 11, 2018 for a peaceful protest against the killings.
CAN had hinged its decision on willful and persistent killings of fellow citizens in general and Christians in particular nationwide, and mostly in Plateau and Benue where mass burial has become the norm without any positive response from the country’s security agencies.
CAN had expressed gross concern and grave disappointment over the continuous killings despite al clarion calls on President Buhari to re-organise his security team by replacing all the security chiefs.
The Northern bloc of the association visited Buhari on Thursday in Abuja.