The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has called for prayers for victims of the Plateau State attacks, resulting in the death of over 190 persons and the razing of about 221 houses, rendering over 10,000 displaced from their homes.
In his New Year message, the CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, while condemning the attacks, canvassed for a country “where peace, justice, and prosperity are not just ideals, but realities for all.”
He described the bandits as “enemies of progress who sought to cast shadows over our joy,” adding that the attacks were a reminder of the fragility of peace and a “recurrent nightmare” that had happened far too often.
“We were shocked to find that, as the year drew to a close, the enemies of progress sought to cast a shadow over our joy with acts of extreme violence in some communities on the Plateau. In light of these distressing events, our prayers intensify for the souls we have lost and for the bereaved families.
“In the face of these adversities, it is imperative that we, as a people, refuse to be discouraged. Instead, we must come together and remain resolute in our commitment to build a united, peaceful, and prosperous nation. It is in our togetherness that we find the strength to withstand the trials that beset us. In unity, there is hope, resilience, and the power to rebuild. Let us embrace our diversity and allow it to be the bedrock upon which we build a stronger, more harmonious nation.
“Together, as one united people, we are capable of creating a Nigeria where peace, justice, and prosperity are not just ideals, but realities for all.”
Punch / Titilayo Kupoliyi