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Stop coercing states to accept grazing reserves, CAN tells FG

As Catholic Bishops warn of looming danger

By Dayo Johnson & Rotimi Ojomoyela

Akure—THE Christians Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday accused the Federal Government of coercing state governors to accept the establishment of grazing reserves in their states despite objection.

This came as Catholic Bishops of the Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province called on the government to find a credible solution to the various problems bedeviling the country, warning of looming dangers ahead.

President Muhammadu Buhari arriving to chair the weekly FEC Meeting attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Ag. SGF, Hajia Habiba lawal and Ministers at the Aso Chambers, State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 27/09/2017

The CAN chairman, in Ondo State, Reverend Ayo Oladapo said this yesterday in Akure at a prayer summit organised to round off the 2018 Universal Week of Prayers.

Oladapo said: “Most of our state governments are lame and helpless in this situation. They are been coerced to accept grazing colonies in their states.”

While he pleaded with the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu not to accept the proposal, the cleric said: “God forbid this will not see the light of the day; the Lord will fight for us. In Ondo State, we pray this will never happen.”

“We pray God will give our government the boldness to say no to this and the courage to defend the people from the hands of the oppressors”, he said.

Dangers looms, Catholic Bishops warn

Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishops of the Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have warned that the nation might face an uncertain and bleak future if the Federal Government refuses to be decisive in tackling the social, economic and political ills currently pummelling the nation.

The Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Archdiocese; Ilorin, Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo and Osogbo Dioceses in a communiqué at the end of their meeting, challenged “the government to be more responsive” to the numerous crimes and ills bedevilling the country.

In the communiqué signed by Most Reverend Gabriel ‘Leke Abegunrin, president and Most Reverend John Oyejola, secretary, said they noticed signs of persecution of Christians in Nigeria, adding “on a general level, time has come to firmly and sincerely protect religious freedom as the fundamental right of every citizen in Nigeria and make it impossible for anyone to take it away from another by acts of violence and destruction.”



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