Killings in Nigeria: CAN makes u-turn, suspends nationwide protest

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has suspended the nationwide protest earlier slated for July 11.

CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle Olasupo, had in a statement on Thursday, called on Christians to embark on a peaceful protest against the killings in Nigeria.

The leader also declared July 9-11 as national days of prayer and fasting.

CAN had hinged its decision on “willful and persistent killings of fellow citizens in general and Christians in particular nationwide, and mostly in Plateau and Benue where mass burial has become the norm without any positive response from the country’s security agencies”.

CAN also expressed gross concern and grave disappointment over the continuous killings despite clarion calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to re-organise his security team by replacing all the security chiefs.

But on Friday, spokesman to CAN President, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, announced that the suspension of the protest was due to some circumstances beyond its control.

He, however, said that the 3-day prayer and fasting will hold as scheduled in all churches and state chapters of CAN.

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