Political Logjam: CAN Declares Three-Day Prayers Nationwide

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    Paul Obi in Abuja

    Following the political stand-off between the presidency and National Assembly, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday declared three days of prayers nationwide.

    According to CAN acting General Secretary, Joseph Damarola, the need for nationwide prayers has become imminent given recent attempts to derail Nigeria’s democracy.

    It said the nationwide prayers would take place between August 27 and 29, 2018.

    The body had earlier frowned at the involvement of security agencies, particularly the Department of State Service (DSS) and the Nigerian Police in the invasion of the National Assembly in Abuja.

    Daramola explained that “following the recent political drama unfolding in our country that is becoming really embarrassing and constituting big threat to our nascent democracy, the leadership of CAN has called for a three-day prayer in all the churches in Nigeria for the divine protection of our country and democracy.”

    He added that the nationwide prayer is also meant to seek the face of God in order “to frustrate the efforts of evil men among politicians in the country and to prevent them from being elected in office in 2019.”

    The group added that the prayers would also include “the release of Leah Sharibu and the remaining Chibok girls, including others in the captivity of insurgents throughout the nation.”

    CAN will also pray for economic prosperity, peace, stability and the guidance of the country’s leaders for better leadership across the country.