The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has again called for a week
of national prayers ahead of the presidential and National Assembly
elections on Saturday.
In a message on Tuesday, CAN stated that events ahead of the elections
were threatening the peace of Nigeria. It prayed that the elections
would not end in violence.
In the statement signed by Adebayo Oladeji, the media assistant to the
CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, CAN also called for national prayers
for Leah Sharibu, the 14-year-old schoolgirl who was kidnapped from
her school compound in Yobe state a year ago.
“The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His
Eminence, Dr Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle has appealed to all Christians
in the country and those in Diaspora to begin a Prayer Programme from
today, 19 February, 2019 and end it on Sunday for the success of the
“The unfolding scenario on the political scene is not ordinary and
there is a need for the Church to intercede for Nigeria. I want you to
pray very well this week against some evil forces that are plotting
against the election. If it is about the things we see in the spirit,
I am not sure that elections will hold at all. We should rise up and
ask for transparent, free, fair and credible election that will even
be better than those of the 2015.”
The association urged Christians to regard the week as a week of
prayer and call on God for Nigeria.
“Pray that bad people will not be involved in Nigeria’s affairs.
About the elections, we will pray that they will not result in war,
bring hardship and suffering unto the populace. People who think they
are powerful and want to cause problems for us, God Himself will give
them problems and bind them. God will take power from them.
“It is our prayers that this will be the last time INEC will toy with
any postponement again. It is reprehensible, unacceptable,
condemnable, ungodly and a national embarrassment and never again will
Nigeria be subjected to this kind of rude shock of international