The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at the weekend expressed concern over attacks and killings of defenseless Christians by suspected herdsmen, describing such attacks as “unfortunate and unnecessary.”
Chairman of the association in Benue State, Reverend Akpen Leva, who stated this during the presentation of assorted relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on behalf of CAN in Nasarawa, Kogi, Plateau, Kwara and Niger states respectively, admonished the federal government to do everything urgently to end the impasse and ensure the safe return of displaced persons to their homes.
Leva, who condemned the brutal murder of two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners at Saint Ignatius Quasi-Parish in Ayar- Mbalom in Gwer West Local Government Area of the state, said CAN was deeply worried by the killings and displacement of Christians in the state.
He urged the victims to continue to look up to God for divine intervention, expressing confidence that the displaced persons would soon go back to their ancestral homes.
Leva assured the IDPs that the body of Christ in the state and all patriotic citizens were in their support in the fight against sustained killing by the herdsmen. He noted that this was the time the IDPs should be closer to God so as to attract blessing and immediate intervention as he explained that God would not abandon them.
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