The Presidency in Nigeria has said that the recent ‘prayer walk’ by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Churchof God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) over the rising insecurity in the country represented the peaceful right of all Nigerians to express their views on matters of religion, ethics, politics, and society, according to the NAN.
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement on Tuesday 4th February, 2020 in Abuja.
He noted that the CAN peace walk originated from the “shocking, unacceptable death of Pastor Lawan Andimi at the hands of the dreaded Boko Haram Terrorists. The President feels their pain, and that of his family, for the great loss. The President therefore maintained that whether Christian or Muslim, all Nigerians and their beliefs must be respected.
He said, “The duty of all of us is to uphold the rights of others to worship according to their faith – and to respect the rights of each other to do so freely in the spirit of brotherhood and respect – and without interference.
This means, however, that we must stop false claims that only serve to divide one community against the other. There is no place in Nigeria for those who politicise religion. This is the President’s message to both Muslim and Christian communities alike.
In the light of this, the CAN-inspired prayers and street enlightenment in our cities are much welcome as sensitisers to the need for all citizens irrespective of faith, religion or language to accept their duty and role in law enforcement, to prevent crime in all its manifestations, be it corruption, theft, terrorism, banditry or kidnapping.
“Without citizen involvement, there is no miracle with which less than half-a-million policemen can effectively protect a population of 200 million.
Christian Association of Nigeria is right to stir up popular consciousness to this duty to the state.