NATIONAL President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has enjoined all Nigerians, especially Christians to remain steadfast in prayers to restore the lost glory of the country.
This was contained in a goodwill message to Nigerians on Tuesday, signed by the Special Assistance on Media and Communications to Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the CAN President appealed with Nigerians to continue to pray for peaceful coexistence in the country.
He added that Nigeria is drawing closer to the end of the captivity of insecurity occasioned by the menace of unending terrorism, banditry, herdsmen, kidnapping, religious persecution, nepotism, economic predicament.
The good will message reads in part; “As the nation enters another new year, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, charges all Nigerians, especially the Christian community to remain steadfast in their faith, confidence and hope because God is deeply concerned about Nigeria and His plans and purposes will be fulfilled in our nation against all obvious odds.”
Rev. Ayokunle anchored his message to the nation on Jeremiah 29:11 where God Almighty reassured the nation of Israel saying, “For I know the thoughts I have toward you, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
According to him, it is instructive that when the Lord gave this message to the people of Israel, they were languishing under a draconian captivity, just like the present Nigeria, stressing that at the set time, He gave them a new beginning according to His word.
He added, “as a nation, Nigeria has been in captivity of insecurity occasioned by the menace of unending terrorism, banditry, herdsmen, kidnapping, religious persecution, nepotism, economic predicament and its attendant consequences, graduate unemployment, food scarcity, Naira devaluations, political turmoil and electoral manipulations and a host of others.
“Nigerians are groaning and it is as if our government is helpless but our God is not.
“God is stepping into the situation and we will soon rejoice and celebrate, in Jesus Name. When God returns around our captivity, the siege is over and we should rejoice in hope and in expectations of divine help and intervention.
“Year 2020 is our year of complete deliverance, freedom, liberty, peace, recovery and restoration. Let no one consider suicide as an option.
“Let those who are engaging in suicidal trips to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea shelve the ideas. Let those who are engaging in all forms of criminalities repent and return to God who is ready to forgive and position them for the coming victory and celebrations.