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CAN Holds “Black Sunday” Protests Over Southern Kaduna Killings

by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna

Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, Reverend Joseph Hayab, has declared as “saddened” the continued, unwarranted attacks resulting to killings in Southern Kaduna.

Rev. Hayab made this known at a programme organised by CAN, tagged ‘Black Sunday,’ which held an interdenominational corperate prayers against the continued killings in Southern Kaduna, at the Evangelical Winning All Church (ECWA) Narayi High Cost, Kaduna.

According to him, the prayers will hold all through the Sundays in the month of August.

Hayab noted thus: “It is sad that elected government officials have now become spokespersons for bandits. It is a confirmation that they know them. The government must come out clean and put the bandits, who are enemies of the nation, on the run.

“Why killings will continue unabated amidst imposition of curfew? The law must be for everybody, regardless of his or her religion.

Reverend Hayab urged government officials to avoid speaking from both sides of the mouth (double-tongued). “They must avoid reckless utterances and diarrhoea of the mouth, which is killing Kaduna State and Nigeria.

“I wish to say that Kaduna State is governed with propaganda. I want peace but peace built on the foundation of falsehood must not be tolerated,” he stated. Various pastors took turns to lead the congregation in sessions of prayers against the killings and asked God to intervene and restore peace in all the troubled areas.

Earlier, in his word of exhortation amidst prayer sessions, President of Kaduna Baptist Conference of the Nigeria Baptist Convention, Revered Ishaya Adamu Jangado, urged the congregation not to be silent in the face of injustice but to always seek the face of God in prayers. 

Kaduna State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Hon. Felix Hassan Hyet, who was also in attendance, equally called on governments at all levels to give priority to the protection of lives and property of her citizens.

The prayer session was rounded up with an indoor protest where the congregation displayed several placards with various inscriptions, some of which include: “Stop the killings in Southern Kaduna,” “CAN says no to continued killings,” “Speak for the citizens not the bandits,” “Enough of the bloodshed,” “Widows and orphans are increasing,” “Declare bandits as terrorists,” “Governments must rise to their responsibility,” among others.

The programme had Christians in their thousands, all wearing black attires engaged in fierce prayers for peace in Nigeria, Kaduna State and Southern Kaduna.

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