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In Oyo, CAN declares tomorrow ‘Day of Prayers’ against insecurity



CHRISTIAN Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyo State Chapter has declared Friday as a day of intercession against insecurity in Oyo State and the country.

  This was part of resolutions reached during a Community and Public Enlightenment on Security and Peaceful Coexistence, held with Christian leaders, organised by the state Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism at state Secretariat, Ibadan, on Monday.

During the meeting, the state government, represented by Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun and the Executive Assistant on Administration, Rev. Idowu Ogedengbe and CAN agreed to go spiritual, as CAN has vowed to hold a special praise, worship and prayer session to intercede for the state.

Speaking during the meeting, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun noted that the state government resorted to seeking the intervention of religious stakeholders in the state to forge a new front against insecurity in the state.

“In a bid to renew our efforts against insecurity, Oyo State has been working tirelessly against insecurity in recent times. We have purchased needed gadgets and vehicles for security agents in the state and we will do more”, he said.

“However, we cannot do it alone, we apparently need to change our strategies and work with religious stakeholders in the state.

“We are meeting Christians and Christian bodies for a specific reason, which is to trigger a religious war against the devilish act of banditry, abduction and insecurity in the stat.

“This government seeks to secure the state from insecurity and we will do so regardless of the state of the nation.

“And as we redouble our efforts, we will never allow insecurity to divide us. This is why we have engaged representatives of all religion in the state: Christian, Muslim and traditional worshippers”, Olatunbosun said.

In his comment, Chairman, CAN, Oyo State Chapter, Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju said the body, in partnership with the Chaplain of the State Government House will commence a powerful intercession for the state.

Akinyemiju said the CAN was organising the praise and prayer session in its own way as Christians to support the state government’s fight against insecurity in the state.

Stating that the event is scheduled to hold at Apata, Ibadan, between 9.30 am and 2 pm, Akinyemiju said Christians and people of faith in God were expected at the session.

“What concerns us is peace and security in Oyo State. If you are not secured, you cannot enjoy whatever you have. We are supporting the government with prayer and advice. On Friday, we are having prayers and praises to God.

“We are expecting all Christians, people of faith at the session to pray for us to be safe. We will pray for peace and security in Oyo State and pray for wisdom for the governor.

 “Yes, insecurity is not exclusive to Oyo State, but we believe as Christians, we will not give in. We will intensify our efforts to pull down the strong hold of the enemy”, Akinyemiju said.

The CAN Chairman, however, berated those promulgating falsehood that the state government has neglected Christian or Islamic bodies, rather seeking only traditional means.

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