5th November, 2014
The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Sen. Bala Mohammed, on Wednesday urged religious leaders to pray for Nigeria to overcome the daunting challenges posed by insecurity.
A statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Mohammad Sule, said the minister made the call while declaring open the National Executive Committee meeting of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Abuja.
The statement quoted the minister as saying that prayers would ensure continued peace and stability.
“It is against this backdrop that we expect CAN to, among other things, utilize the platform offered by this meeting for a sober reflection and mediation on the state of the nation.
“Nigeria needs your prayers to overcome the daunting challenges posed by insecurity in some parts of the country so as to ensure continued peace and stability,” the statement quoted Mohammed as saying.
It said that the minister recognised the contributions of CAN to the development and growth of the country through prayers and useful suggestions.
The statement said that the minister reminded the leaders to pray for the country as the nation was on the threshold of another political transition.
“Your prayers and advice to ensure a peaceful electoral process are most needed at this moment.
“Religious organisations remained one of the most potent channels of sensitisation and mobilization.”
It said that the minister advised CAN and other religious bodies to help in the sensitisation of their faithful on the need to eschew violence.
Earlier, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the CAN President, condemned the activities of terrorists in some parts of the country.
“What is happening in the North East is totally unacceptable to us,” Oritsejafor said.