16th September, 2010
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has asked for divine assistance to GovernorÂ Â Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, South West Nigeria to nebale him win a second term inÂ office.
CAN at a news conference yesterday to announce its Jubilee Walk to mark the 50thÂ anniversary of Nigeria said the governor had so much supported the cause of Christians inÂ the state and had taken Lagos to an enviable position.
CAN Chairman, Lagos State Chapter, Rev. Bernard Okodua said Christians in the state wouldÂ continue to pray for the governor and his team to come for a second termÂ as they had doneÂ tremendously well beyond expectations.
â€œWe pray that our good Lord that has been your guide and support would uphold you evenÂ beyond 2011.
â€œIt is our desire that Fashola and his deputy, Sarah Sosan be given the consideration ofÂ another term of four years. This is because as it is said â€˜One glorious term deservesÂ another,â€™â€ he stated.
However, on the Jubilee Walk, Okodua said the walk being organised by the association wasÂ meant to mark the 50th anniversary of the nation, saying that the walk was also meant toÂ identify with the Federal Government on the â€œglorious anniversary of the peacefulÂ co-existence of various ethnic groups in the country since independence.â€
â€œMore importantly, CAN is working in tandem with the Biblical account of the celebration asÂ contained in the account written by Moses in the book of Leviticus, Chapter 25 verse 11,Â which stipulates a special celebration of the year of Jubilee, which among other things,Â involved the release, independence and liberation of the people of Israel, their land andÂ cattle from oppression and affliction.
â€œSo also, CAN, as a reputable and religious organisation considers year 2010, the year ofÂ Jubilee of our nationâ€™s independence as the year and the expected period that all theÂ affliction, oppression, lawlessness, corruption, ethnic differences and all vices should beÂ totally wiped away from the polity,â€ he said.
According to him, â€œwe thought it wise to organise the walk tagged Jubilee, Sound of Freedom,Â which among other things would be used as a wake-up call to remind people and residents ofÂ this country to rise up to the challenge of living up to our age as expected of aÂ 50-year-old nation.
â€œThis walk is being organised simultaneously by Christian Association of Nigeria in all theÂ states of the Federation and it will take place on Thursday, 30 September, 2010.â€
He added that all Christians residing in Lagos were expected to participate in the LagosÂ Jubilee walk, which would commence from the Chapel of Christ the Light Church, Alausa, IkejaÂ by 9.00 a.m.
â€œIt is our expectation that God should as a matter of urgency heed our call and allowÂ freedom sound of trumpet blown on all the iniquities afflicting this nation and grant us aÂ permanent release from materialism and grant us the grace to cultivate the habit of usingÂ whatâ€™s earthly for the benefit and welfare of our fellow brethren.
â€œHowever, as law abiding citizens and residents of a country attaining the age of fiftyÂ years, it is expected of us not to be thinking of what the nation can do for us alone butÂ should rather focus on what we can also do for our dear country so that the unbornÂ generations could feel our impact and our name be found boldly written in the Guinness BookÂ of records as a foremost contributor to its existence, sustenance and growth,â€ he stated.
The CAN Chairman said that people could start in a small way by reaching out to the lessÂ privileged and the needy in the community and â€œput smiles on their faces and look beyond theÂ events slated for the week-long celebration and adopt a personal commitment to the themeÂ adopted for this occasion.
â€œWe can also reach out to people in our neighbourhood and assist indigent families, byÂ sponsoring their children through school or by donating much needed school furniture toÂ schools in our locality.â€