The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has said it received with shock the news of the tragic incidents that recently affected the Salvation Army and the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG, with great shock.
The fatal incident led to the loss of twelve pastors (Officers), a baby, and a driver in an accident near Benin City, Edo State.
CAN described the incident as a devastating blow to the congregation, the body of Christ in Nigeria and the nation at large.
“We stand with the Salvation Army during this very difficult time in prayer, asking that God comforts them and eases their pain. We also urge the government authorities to thoroughly investigate the accident to prevent a repeat of the episode,” a statement signed by Archbishop Daniel Okoh, its President, said.
CAN described the attack on worshippers at the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Abule-Ori, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, as an assault on religious freedom in Nigeria.
“We mourn the loss of the Pastor and condemn the kidnapping of worshippers who were simply exercising their religious freedom to worship,” the Christian body said.
“We commend security agencies for their swift response to the incident and call for intensified efforts to apprehend all the perpetrators.
“We urge the various security agencies to increase vigilance on places of worship during religious gatherings and provide adequate security measures for worshippers. CAN urges citizens not to be discouraged by recent losses but to continue to look up to God for help. Our thoughts and prayers are with the affected families and churches.
“May the souls of the departed rest in eternal peace.”