Achadu Gabriel with Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna
Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna State, has challenged Christian leaders in Nigeria to raise their voices against the killings of southern Kaduna people in Kaduna state.
CAN during prayer meeting also prayed for God to fight the battle against all enemies perpetrating unwarranted attacks on the people of Southern Kaduna.
This is its second week for one-month interdenominational prayers every Sunday, tagged ‘Black Sunday’ against the continued attacks and unwarranted killings in Southern Kaduna.
The state CAN chairman, Rev. Joseph John Hayab, made the assertion on Sunday during the month’s interdenominational prayers and indoor protest on southern Kaduna killings.
Rev. Hayab said the Christian leaders should speak up and not keep quiet against the continued attacks and unwarranted killings in Southern Kaduna in Kaduna State.
The prayers, which held at the Evangelical Winning All Church, ECWA, Narayi High Cost, had Christians in their thousands, all adorned in black attires, engaged in fervent protest prayers for Nigeria and Southern Kaduna, with placards bearing different inscriptions.
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 and fight the battles of the helpless.
In his sermon amidst the prayer session, President of the United Church of Christ in Nigeria, HEKAN, Rev. Amos G. Kiri, who took his reading from Psalms 46 vs 1-11, charged the congregation not to be weary with the happenings but to raise their voices to God in prayers.
He said that any government that is not worried about the well-being of her citizens does not deserve to be called a government, while challenging Christians in government to speak up against all forms of injustice against the church in Nigeria.
“Insensitive government and leaders must wake up from their slumber; government must listen to our cry, the killings in southern Kaduna must stop; enough is enough, and what is good for the goose should be good for the gander,” he said.
Rev. Hayab also said that, they are believing God Almighty that He (God) will surely answer their prayers, and expressed hope that, after the 5 weeks of prayers, they may decide to stage a peaceful procession in the Federal Capital, Abuja.
In his remarks, the CAN chairman, Rev. Hayab, urged for continued prayers for God to expose whoever is behind the killings in Kaduna State and Southern Kaduna, and called on Christian leaders, with specific mention of Bishop David Oyedepo, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Pastor Dr. Paul Eneche and many other church leaders, within and overseas, to speak up and not keep quite against the killings.
Also speaking, the President of Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, Hon. Jonathan Asake, thanked the church for standing with them in prayers. He said the killings must not be given political colouration but condemned as a “crime against humanity.”
The church worshippers, mostly women, wept over a video clip showing the reality of a young lady on true challenge concerning the killings.
Former military governor and Southern Kaduna elder, General Lekwot (rtd) also joined yesterday protest prayers against the killings.