“We’re pained by the continuous bloodletting, banditry and other problems in our nation, therefore we’re calling for a three-day prayer and fasting session and of course mourning in our fatherland – Nigeria, beginning from May 28 to May 30, 2021”, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), declared today, Sunday, May 16, 2021 in Lagos.
Dr. Olasupo Ayokunle, CAN President, who gave this directive, designated the three days as days of national mourning and prayers and therefore asked all local churches to gather in the evening of each day set aside for the prayers to pray to God in the attitude of mourning or soberness for the bloodshed of many innocent Nigerians, most especially Christians.
Ayokunle in a statement issued through the CAN’s National General Secretary, Rev. Daramola Bade Joseph, further declared “This is to inform you that the CAN President, in view of the continuous killings, banditry and host of other problems in Nigeria, has considered it imperative and absolutely necessary that our country needed prayers for God’s mercy and intervention in our land.
According to him, the prayers to be made “In the light of these, are the suggested prayer points to be followed during the said prayer meetings: That we are sad and pained for the blood of many innocent Nigerians that evil people in our midst had shed or for those kidnapped and abused in various ways.
“That God should forgive our sins wherever we as a church or Nigerians, especially our leaders had sinned against God.
“That the plans of the evil people in our midst to paralyze human, social and economic activities in this nation and throw the nation into chaos would be foiled by the Lord Jesus Christ.
“That any religious madness or war that would not allow us to worship God in the way we are convinced to worship Him would be nullified by the Lord.”
The CAN boss therefore urged Christians “to Pray that the church would prevail over all threats to her existence in Nigeria; that the gate of hell should never prevail against the church in the name of Jesus.
“That our leaders would do justice in leadership and show fairness to all ethnic and religious groups in all their actions so as to douse ethnic and religious tensions we have presently.
“That the law enforcement agents would rise to their responsibilities and provide the necessary security we need in Nigeria.
“That every step the terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, gunmen and other wicked people in our midst take henceforth would be failed. That unseen hands and army of the Lord would fight them and Nigeria would be at peace.”
He also tasked church leaders to also “Pray and plant righteousness, Godliness, prosperity, peace and love in our nation.
His word, “Pray for the speedy recovery of our nation from all our losses so that this nation might become very soon a nation that everyone in the world would love to be.
“Pray to break the yoke of generational curse that might have been placed on Nigeria and her leadership during the slave trade by the victims.”
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.