The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has advised President
Muhammadu Buhari not to seek a second term in office.
CAN said this on Tuesday while commiserating with the Catholic
Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) as it conducts mass burial for the two
priests and parishioners killed by the Fulani herdsmen in Benue
Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant on media to CAN
President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, in a statement
described the present moment in Nigeria as a trying time for the
“We also urge all Christians to identify with the Catholic Church in
its nationwide peaceful protest against senseless killings in
Nigeria”, it noted.
CAN asked the Nigerian security agencies to rise up to the security
challenges in the country.
It expressed dismay that killing of innocent was assuming global
embarrassment with mass burial being carried out at all times
without a country like Nigeria fighting a war.
The statement added: “CAN calls on President Muhammadu Buhari
not to forget his 2015 campaign promises including fighting
insecurity and keeping Nigeria united and upon which Nigerians
overwhelmingly voted for him.
“Buhari’s government should not fold arms and watch misguided
Nigerians, mostly Boko Haram and herdsmen promote killing as a
past time in the name of politics and ethnics while solution
appears very elusive.
“CAN is disheartening to note that criminal Fulani herdsmen,
bandits, kidnappers and other hoodlums have reduced Nigeria to a
“This development is unacceptable and we call on all well meaning
people anywhere in the world to join hands in praying for the
deliverance, freedom and liberty from this self inflicted bondage.
“CAN asks President Buhari to suspend his re-election bid until he
restores sanity to the country while ensuring the release of Leah
Sharibu, the remaining Chibok girls and other abductees from the
captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists”.
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