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Monday, December 25, 2017

Celebrate Despite National Woes, CAN Tells Nigerians

As the world marks Christmas today, the Christian Association of Nigeria has called on Nigerians not to allow the difficulties in the country to deter them from celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

The association also called on the nation’s leaders to live up to their responsibilities by tackling the nation’s woes such as the herdsmen’s attacks, kidnapping, ritual killings and armed robbery.

The President of CAN, Dr Samson Ayokunle, made the calls in his Christmas message, obtained by The Punch on Sunday in Jos.

He said, “To us, the joy of Christmas is not limited to his (Jesus Christ’s) unprecedented and miraculous birth.

 It is built even more on the triumph of his death and the resurrection that gave meaning to his birth because it was his resurrection that gave us the hope against every hopeless situation.

“We identify with homes that are mourning as a result of the incessant attacks from the criminal Fulani herdsmen, kidnappers, ritual killers and armed robbers who are on the loose as we pray to God to console and comfort all the bereaved and we also pray for our leaders and all the security agencies to wake up from their slumber to their responsibilities before the situation gets out of hand.

“I am not unaware of the hardship Nigerians are facing today as many cannot travel for the Christmas celebration despite the holiday due to the fuel scarcity, unpaid salaries and other economic factors.

 But the major theme of the Christmas remains ‘fear not no matter what we are seeing or hearing.’ That was what the angel who broke the good news told the shepherds.”