While the national body of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on all Christians across the country to embark on a peaceful protest on Sunday, May 22, to show their grievances over the barbaric killing of Miss. Deborah Yakubu, the 200 level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, in Sokoto state, stoned to death, and set ablaze for alleged blasphemy, the Lagos state chapter of CAN has said, it will not be participating in the nationwide protest, but rather, members of the Lagos chapter of the Association will go on their knees and pray for peace to reign in the country.
This is contained in the statement issued on Tuesday by CAN’s Lagos state secretary, Very Rev. Fr. Ayo Mathew Ogunyase, titled, “IMPORTANT NOTICE”, which reads in part:
“Greetings dearest people of the Lord.
“The Chairman of CAN Lagos State Bishop STV Adegbite, PhD, has directed that, this Sunday 22nd May, slated for Protest by All Christians in our Country, should rather be observed as a Day Of Prayer in all our Churches for Peace.
“He appeals that All Christians and Churches in Lagos State should during their services this Sunday, assume the Position of Prayers on our KNEES for peace and restoration in the country, and NOT Protest as directed in the National Circular please. It is Time for Intense Prayer Not Protest in Lagos State.
“Thank you and God bless.”
Very Rev. Fr. Matthew Ayo Ogunyase