The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to a protest organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) cautioning people in ‘positions of influence’ against utterances that could aid ethno-religious disputes.
The party stated this in its reaction to the ‘prayer protests’ against rising killings, held by some churches on the instruction of the CAN in parts of the country on Sunday.
APC in its statement on Sunday evening, said “the commentaries that trail the menace of the Boko-Haram and other criminal elements is assuming a dangerous ethno-religious slant, unfortunately influenced by insensitive and selfish partisan narratives by shortsighted groups and individuals.”
The ruling party said the recent pattern of attacks by the Boko-Haram terrorists “is to pitch the Christian and Muslims against one another and should not be promoted by (persons in) ‘positions of influence and authority.’”
Some churches across the country under the auspices of the CAN, earlier on Sunday had a prayer walk in different states to protest against insecurity and the ”inability of the government to protect Christians”.
The CAN call for the protest after the gruesome murder of Lawan Indimi, the chairman of the Michika Local Government chapter of the body in Nasarawa by Boko Haram terrorists.
The General Overseer of the RCCG, Enoch Adeboye, was among persons of influence that led the Sunday ‘prayer walk’ in company of church members.
Many Nigerians applauded CAN on the Sunday ‘prayer walk’ protest. A former presidential candidate and convener of #RevolutionNow campaign of August 5 , Omoyele Sowore, ex-lawmaker, Shehu Sani, were among several Nigerians who commended the procession.