The Oyo State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN has announced Friday, July 2, 2021, as a day for intercession against insecurity in Oyo State and the country.
The intercessory session, which is one of the resolutions reached on Monday between the Oyo State government and the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) during a stakeholder meeting with the Christian body in Oyo state, will be a special praise, worship, and prayer session.
Recall that the State Government had met with Islamic and Traditional leaders in the State, who also agreed to work with the Government to eradicate insecurity in the State.
Speaking during the meeting, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun noted that the State Government resorted to seeking the intervention of religious stakeholders in the State, to forge a new, united front against insecurity in the State.
“In a bid to renew our efforts against insecurity, Oyo state has been working tirelessly against insecurity in recent times. We have purchased needed gadgets and vehicles for security agents in the State and we will do more”, he said.
“However, we cannot do it alone, we apparently need to change our strategies and work with you religious stakeholders in the state,” said Wasiu Olatunbosun at the meeting.
“We are meeting with Christians and the Christian body for a specific reason, which is to trigger a religious war against the devilish act of banditry, abduction, and insecurity in the state”.
“This government seeks to secure the state from insecurity and we will do so regardless of the state of the nation,” he said.
“And as we redouble our efforts, we will never allow insecurity to divide us— this is why we have engaged representatives of all religion in the State: Christian, Muslim, and traditional worshippers”.
In his comments, CAN Chairman, Oyo State chapter, Apostle (Col) Joshua Akinyemiju said the body, in partnership with the Chaplain of the State Government House, will commence a powerful intercession for the State.
“Yes, insecurity is not exclusive to Oyo State, but we believe as Christians, we will not give in. We will intensify our efforts to pull down the stronghold of the enemy”, he said.
The CAN Chairman berated those promulgating falsehood that the State Government has neglected Christian or Islamic bodies, rather seeking only traditional means.
“We are glad this meeting is coming up today. This strategy by the State Government is commendable and we thank the Government for inviting us”, he said.