Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, South South zone, in line with directives from the national leadership of CAN for all zones to register their displeasure over the consistent killing of Christians by herdsmen, yesterday staged a protest.
The protest in Warri, Delta State, was led by Archbishop God-Dowell Avwomakpa, who is the chairman of CAN in South South zone as well as the chairman of the Niger Delta Bishops forum.
Avwomakpa noted that the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Government can ensure huge direct job creation if they re-direct the nation’s agricultural policy to include youths who are truly interested in agriculture and not to people who barely need the money to survive.
Addressing journalists after the protest, Avwomakpa, who is also the president of Christ Missionaries Crusaders Church, noted that churches have been praying for an improved economy that will provide jobs for the nation’s teeming youths only for the President who has the responsibility to deliver good governance to the people, to describe the youths as lazy when in actual fact an enabling environment had not been created for youths to thrive.
The cleric noted that the same generation of leaders that had led Nigeria since independence were the same people leading it almost 60 years after independence.
The CAN leader also decried the continuous holding of Leah Shahibu by Boko Haram on the ground that she must denounce her religion when in actual fact the constitution of Nigeria recognises freedom of worship.
Archbishop Avwomakpa in a statement by his media aide, Ovie Edomi, said: “In order not to create the impression that Boko Haram protagonists are out to fight a religious war as was experienced during the Utman Dan Fodio jihad, the sect should stop the killing of Christians across the country in their farmlands or churches, and also release Leah Shahibu without any conditions.”