The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) congratulates Nigerians and the government on the occasion of Democracy Day even as it commends the military for its submission to the civil authority as clearly stated in the Constitution.
CAN rejoices with Nigeria that since 29 May, 1999, Nigerians have been enjoying an uninterrupted democratic system which is the longest period since when the country attained independence.
We congratulate the Federal Government, the 36 State governments and the Federal Capital Territory and all the Local government councils on this auspicious occasion and pray that God will give our leaders the needed wisdom to live up to the people’s expectations.
CAN acknowledges the patriotism of the military for their submission to the civil authority according to the spirit of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which makes them to resist the temptation of interrupting democracy despite the obvious failures of the political class.
The Association regrets that the three tiers of government have failed in all fronts; social, economic and political and the unprecedented killings in the land, hardship, poor state of infrastructures and reports of suicide in the country are too obvious to be ignored.
CAN therefore identifies with families that are still mourning as a result of the incessant attacks from the criminal Fulani herdsmen, kidnappers, ritual killers and armed robbers who are on the loose as we pray to God to console and comfort all the bereaved and we also pray for our leaders and all the security agencies to wake up from their slumber to their responsibilities before the situation gets out of hand.
As the general election draws close, we urge the politicians to avoid hate and inciting speeches, every eligible voter should go and register. Voters Card is the power of the electorate to elect whoever they want. If you are involved, you get the leader you demand and if you failed to be involved, you get the leader you deserved.
CAN once again tasks the security agencies to be more dedicated and loyal to the nation in their duties. They have what it takes to stop the needless bloodletting in the country if they wanted to. Let there be peace and unity.
The three tiers of government should strive hard to make the much-awaited dividends of democracy available to the people. Let there be rooms for gainful employment for our youths who are roaming the streets. Nigeria will be a better country if justice and the fear of God are upheld by both the government and the governed.
We reiterate our call to all Christians to continue praying for peace and unity for our Fatherland and the grace to do the right things for our leaders.
It is well with Nigeria in Jesus’ Name.
Pastor Adebayo Oladeji
Special Assistant (Media&Communications) to the CAN President, His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle.
28 May, 2018