30th September, 2010
Over 1,000 members of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Lagos State branch todayÂ staged a walk to celebrate the 50th Independence anniversary of Nigeria and predictedÂ hope for the nation.
The walk, led by leaders of the association in Lagos State saw the members starting theÂ Independence March from the Chapel of Christ the Light Church, Alausa through the LagosÂ Television to the Lagos State Government Secretariat and then to the House of AssemblyÂ and terminating the walk at the governorâ€™s office.
The march was peaceful and orderly as members sang, danced and rejoiced that despite allÂ odds, the nation had reached the Golden Jubilee, a year they described as freedom for theÂ nation.
CAN Secretary, Lagos State, Bishop George Amu said the nation had in deed been freed fromÂ bondage and called on Nigerians to go out and register enmasse so that they could vote atÂ the coming election.
â€œChristians should go out and register and we believe in Option A4 which is the freestÂ means of electing leaders,â€ he said.
According to him, Nigeria was not at crossroads as many believed, saying that the nationÂ had been progressing, while he urged Nigerians not to give up and refused to beÂ manipulated, adding that â€œour leaders should know that one day, they will be judged.â€
Special Assistant to the Governor of Lagos State on Religious Matters, Rev. AkintoyeÂ Braimoh, lamented that the nation got it wrong in the first instance by choosing theÂ wrong leaders to rule them.
â€œWe have been ruled for a long time by the military, we are moving forward and we willÂ get there.Â Â Politics is not a dirty game; Christians should come out and vie forÂ offices.Â Â Go out and register and ensure that you keep your card because it is yourÂ power.
â€œWe have a greater tomorrow, this is our jubilee, we are now liberated and things willÂ get better for the nation,â€ Braimoh stated.
CAN Chairman, Ikeja branch, Bishop Taiwo Ajose believes that 50 years signified somethingÂ good for the nation, adding that the country would from henceforth experience greaterÂ things.
According to Rev. Stephen Adegbite, CAN Public Relations Officer, Nigeria, as a greatÂ nation, would surely succeed, while urging the nationâ€™s leaders to be contented andÂ prepare to serve the people.
â€œOur leaders should shun greed and mismanagement of funds.Â Â The essence of this walk isÂ to create awareness that Nigeria is not a failed nation but endowed with resources.Â Â Â Nigeria will continue to be great,â€ he said.