Christians in Nigeria have been urged to stage protests on every church’s premise across the country. The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, said it made the call over unending killings and to demand the release of Leah Sharibu, a schoolgirl abducted in Yobe as well as other Chibok schoolgirls in Boko Haram captivity. The protest is fixed for Sunday, April 29. More so, the Christian body said the reason for the protest also includes the killing of two priests and 17 congregants of the St. Ignatius Catholic Church early Tuesday morning. The slain priests are Rev.Fr Joseph Gor, Rev.Fr Felix Tyolaha and 17 worshippers of St. Ignatius Quasi Parish, Ukpor-Mbalom, Gwer East LGA of Benue State.
The protest call was made in a statement signed by Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the CAN President Rev. Samson Ayokunle.
“We call upon the government to perform their constitutional responsibility of protecting citizens now.
“No excuse should be given for this wicked act again and perpetrators must be brought to book now,’’ the statement said.
In addition, the CAN “urges all and sundry to continue to pray for peace and tranquillity of Nigeria and most importantly, for the parents and relations of all abducted school children”.
The body also urged its members for those who lost loved ones to boko haram attacks, armed herdsmen, bandits and other criminals.