Yemi Adedeji, Abuja
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on all churches in the country to pray for the freedom of Leah Sharibu from the captivity of Boko Haram terrorists on Good Friday, 30 March 2018.
In a statement issued on wednesday by Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant to the CAN President Samson Ayokunle, on Media & Communications, said prayers for Leah becomes necessary since Christians are in the Passion Week when, according to him, Jesus, out of passion, willingly submitted himself to be nailed to the cross to pay for the sins of the world, once and for all.
According to the CAN President, Passion Week represents a period when Jesus Christ truly revealed His passion for mankind through the sufferings He went through on their behalf. Christians, he said should emulate Jesus and what he stood for in the Week.
He said, “We should be passionate in our worship of Jesus and in our proclamation of His Gospel! As He suffered for us, so should we be willing to suffer for the cause of following Him and proclaiming the message of His death and resurrection.
“It is against this background that the leadership of CAN is calling on every Christian nation-wide to stand in the gap for that innocent girl, Leah Sharibu, at 12 noon on Good Friday, asking God to send His Angels to deliver her from the captivity as He did for Apostle Peter who was jailed unjustly.
“CAN is also reminding the Federal Government and the security agencies of the need to free Leah and other captives from captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists. It is high time our security operatives lived up to the expectations of the people. They should stop the spate of abductions of innocent citizens by terrorist as well as killings by Fulani herdsmen across the country while mounting adequate security for citizens of the country”
CAN, however, called on all Christians across the country to use the Passion Week to pray for Nigeria to be free from all forces of darkness including prayers for those who have lost their relations or property during the recent terror and herdsmen attacks.