By Daniel Tyokua
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared a three-day prayer to stave off the looming threat to the country’s democracy.
CAN said that the decision was prompted by the recent political drama unfolding in the National Assembly and the entire polity.
The association’s Acting General Secretary, Daramola Bade, in a statement he on Tuesday in Abuja, directed churches nationwide to mobilise their members for the prayer from August 27-29 to seek God’s intervention in the social and political crises and for the peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections.
Bade urged the faithful to pray against the election of “evil politicians” in 2019 and also for peaceful co-existence as well as an end to bloodshed and violence across the country.
He further admonished Christians to pray for “unity and mutual respect for one another and within the three arms of the government.”
The statement read in part: “Following the recent political drama unfolding in our nation that is becoming really embarrassing and constituting big threats to our democracy, the leadership of the CAN has called for a three-day prayer to be observed in all churches in Nigeria for divine protection for our nation and democracy.”
“In view of the above, we request all bloc chairmen, zonal chairmen, state chairmen, local and all church leaders to mobilise our members nationwide for three days of prayer from August 27 -29 to seek the face of God concerning the social and political state of our nation and for the peaceful conduct of 2019 election,” it said.
CAN also asked the churches to pray for divine direction for the political leaders and for the release of Boko Haram captives, including Leah Sharibu and the remaining Chibok girls.