The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), North-East Zone, on Friday said it would hold a 3-day fasting and prayers to seek God’s intervention over the prevailing security challenges affecting the zone.
The Chairman of the Association, Rev. Shuaibu Byel, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi.
Byel explained that the prayer would be held at the states and local governments level, from April 1 to April 2, 2014, and round-off at the Zonal level on April 3, 2014 in Gombe, Gombe State.
“The situation in our zone demand serious prayer for God’s intervention.
“We want to pray for the aggrieved ones to lay down their arms and embrace the path of peace, through dialogue, as effective means of resolving our differences.
“We want to also pray that if it is temptation, God should help us come out of it victorious, and if it is punishment, let’s repent and ask God to forgive us.
“On the part of leadership, we want to pray that those at the helm of affairs should lead with fairness, justice and righteousness, without discrimination.
“We want to also pray and call on all stakeholders to be cautious and respectful in dealing with human beings in crisis-ridden areas,” he said.
The chairman appealed to Nigerians to join CAN in praying for lasting peace in the country, adding that there could be no meaningful development in an atmosphere of insecurity.
“Nigerians should join us in prayer as we seek for God’s intervention on the prevailing security challenges affecting the socio-economic development of the North-East geo-political zone.
“Government is doing its best, but it needs our prayers to succeed, especially in tackling the security issues in the country, particularly in the north-east zone, “he said.