Members of the body of Jesus Christ, under the umbrella of Christians Association of Nigeria, today matched a peaceful protest against the recent incessant killings of Christians across Nigeria.
In Ondo State, the protest which had high-ranking Bishops and church members from different denominations in attendance, was led by the state CAN Chairman, Rev. John Ayo-Oladapo.
Speaking with JATS Online News on the essence of the protest, Rev Oladapo noted that Christians had prayed to God about the shedding of blood of innocent Christians in the Northern part of the country, and it was time to openly expressed their displeasure towards government’s inaction.
He said: “The essence is to draw the attention of the government to it that Christians are not happy about their unconcerned attitude towards the killing of Christians.
“It must not be politicised because it is christians that are being killed this time around. Just last week we lost 22 in Plateau State, the two Seminarians and the CAN Chairman in Adamawa state.
“All these things happen almost every week and the federal government is doing nothing; they are claiming it is foreigners, then whose duty is it to ensure that foreigners don’t invade our land?
Also speaking, the Catholic Bishop of Ondo Diocese , Bishop Jude Arogundade condemned the failure of the federal government to bring those behind killings in Nigeria to book.
He said: “ In this country today, the government does not understand its roles any more. We have the government that is playing dumbs even when they know the truth.
“We have a government that we can no longer trust. Why are we in this kind of situation today ? We are here because for so long,we have seen a government that will want to give bodies and organisations like Myhetti Allah one hundred billion naira recently and some other organisations that we know so well in this country.
‘This is the time for us to speak out clearly. If the government can no longer defend Christians in this country , we will defend ourselves.
The government has decided to arrest those protesting against the system rather than those who are destroying the system.
The government can not claim not to know those who are behind this killings. If they can no longer handle the security of this country , they should resign. That is what people of dignity do.
We have been told that those killing are from outside the country. So some people can just come into this country and go away and not a single one has been arrested ? We refuse to accept this.
He however prayed and commended the governor of Ondo state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for standing with the people in this challenging period.
Arogundade said “ we have heard him clearly and we know his heart that he wants to protect his people and we are here to support him and to support the authorities of our land who want to work hard to support the defendless .”
He also prayed for the families of those that have been affected by various killings.
It was also gathered that the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye earlier today led members of the church in a walk against the insecurity situation in Nigeria.