…Says, “Nigeria is already in a terrible situation of war.”
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, on Sunday continued with the intercessory prayers and fasting for peace and security of the country, in line with the directive of its National Executive.
During the session in Kaduna State yesterday, CAN Chairman, Rev. John Joseph Hayap, expressed surprise that the country has continued to wallow in abductions, kidnappings, killings and other criminalities with attendant consequences in poverty and hunger among the populace.
He also lamented how and why prominent Nigerians could not summon courage to challenge and speak to authority, attributing it to fear and their bad records left behind, while in power.
“The National Executive of CAN through the National President issued a circular, looking at the challenge of insecurity in our land, lack of positive progress even as we match to another year of government, and declared Friday 28- Sunday 30 of May for Christians all over Nigeria to fast and pray to seek the face of the Lord concerning this country and also to challenge ourselves on the need to act responsibly as citizens.
“Nigeria has gone a long way, despite years of independence, years of different kinds of governments, but it seems not to have a tangible progress that we can be proud of.
“The government of the day wants us to sing praises of their doings, but the reality is that Nigerians are still suffering due to poverty, hunger, kidnapping, banditry, ethno- religious crisis.
“The best contributions we can give is to pray. Many of us are not obedient citizens; our leaders are exploiting our disobedience to continue to cheat us. For you to challenge any leader, you must first of all look at yourself.
“When we pray and do what is right, we can hold our leaders responsible. If everybody is doing the right thing, no one can challenge the other; that is why our leaders do evil and go scot-free,” he lamented.
Rev. Hayap expressed excitement over the release of Greenfield students, saying, they’ve prayed for them last Sunday and celebrated with them.
He also stated that, “We thank God they are safe, even though the parents paid and the things they did, which shows that we really have a long way to go, if our leaders will be truly a government.”
According to him, “A government that doesn’t take pride in securing her citizens, only comes out to issue a statement after the people have suffered to cough out money – over N150 million – and bought motorcycles that are not less than N500,000.
The CAN chairman added that, “Something is wrong with Nigeria. Nigerians must wake up; our leaders took oath of office to protect lives and property, if they want us to start protecting ourselves there will be confusion.
“We believed that they are the ones to protect us; if they don’t, they are asking us to do. We don’t want to take laws into our hands, but then, if the going gets tough and there is nowhere to go, Nigerians may have no option; but that is not what we pray for.
“Nigeria is not secure; the reality is that, Nigeria is not safe, everybody is living in fear. Nobody needs any prophet to tell you that Nigeria is already in a terrible situation of war. It may not be a full-blown war but when your citizens are not secured, what do you then call war?
“The challenge we have is that, our government is exploiting the simplicity of our patience because there is no country that have patience like Nigerians. Our leaders are exploiting our patience, tactically divided us on region, religion and different forms of identity so that we cannot even come together collectively and cry foul of their ineptitude.
“When we do that, we start fighting among ourselves. They will say we are attacking our leaders, because he is of the other religion; that is why you are attacking him.
“Nigeria is at war even if it’s not a physical battle. Nigeria is at war with conscience, peace and unity of our people. Our government must wake up; Nigerians voted for Buhari because we believed that this man can do something. Unfortunately, it seems we have a weak Buhari, we don’t know what is wrong.
“We are praying because we have hope. One of the things why common people have not come out to fight people in this country is because of faith; if we allow common people to do the way they are feeling, if they continue to do evil, wrath of God will come upon them,” he said.