Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared every 21 January as the National Day of Prayer for persecuted Christians in honour of its beheaded chairman in Michika Local Government of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi and other victims of terror and herdsmen attacks.
Andimi was killed on January 21, 2020 by Boko Haram terrorists after refusal to convert to Islam.
The resolution, according to the CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, became imperative to honour Christians who have been killed by the Boko Haram terrorists, killer herdsmen and bandits nationwide.
He called on the body of Christ, especially denominational leaders to reflect the date in their annual calendar of activities.
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According to a statement by his Special Assistant (Media and Communications), Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the CAN president said: “The decision was taken on Friday at its just concluded meeting of the National Executive Committee held at its National Secretariat in Abuja where they also confirmed Barrister Joseph Daramola as the substantive General Secretary and Elder Biodun Sanyaolu as the Assistant General Secretary of CAN.
“Daramola has been the acting General Secretary of the Association since the demise of the immediate past General Secretary, Rev Dr Musa Asake, after a brief illness.
Other officers confirmed at the meeting were Pastor Okusanya Samuel Oludare (National Treasurer); Rev Gideon Shagba (Director, Ecumenism and Inter-Faith); Barrister Comfort O. Chigbue (Director, Legal and Public Affairs); Rt. Rev Stephen Adegbite (Director, National Issues and Social Welfare); Pastor (Barrister) Omonuwa Ogiemudia (Director, Education, Youth & Women Development) and Bishop Dr RBC Nwankwo (Planning, Research and Strategy)”.
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