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CAN urges unity amid challenges, prays for national peace


The Christian Association of Nigeria has conveyed a New Year message, reflecting on the challenges of the past year and emphasizing the role of faith and unity in overcoming adversities. 

The President of CAN, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, issued a statement acknowledging the nation’s preservation by the grace of God amidst the prevailing insecurity.

In response to the heightened level of insecurity, the statement expressed the shock and concern of CAN over the Christmas Eve attacks on communities in Plateau by terrorists. Archbishop Daniel Okoh stated, “These acts of aggression against innocent lives are a stark reminder of the fragility of peace in our beloved country. It is a recurrent nightmare that we have witnessed far too often.”

Expressing heartfelt condolences, the statement continued, “In light of these distressing events, our prayers intensify for the souls we have lost and for the bereaved families. We pray earnestly to the Almighty God that such senseless loss of life and wanton destruction of property will never plague our communities again. May He guide us towards pathways of peace and grant solace to all who have suffered.”

Addressing the need for collective resilience, the statement emphasized the imperative of unity in the face of challenges. 

Archbishop Daniel Okoh conveyed, “In the face of these adversities, it is imperative that we, as a people, refuse to be discouraged. Instead, we must come together and remain resolute in our commitment to build a united, peaceful, and prosperous nation. It is in our togetherness that we find the strength to withstand the trials that beset us. In unity, there is hope, resilience, and the power to rebuild.”

Looking towards the future, the message encouraged a renewed sense of purpose and unwavering commitment to fostering positive change in the nation. 

Archbishop Daniel Okoh concluded with hope for a transformative era, stating, “May the transformative era that has begun continue to unfold for our nation in the year 2024. Let us march forward with hope and determination, and may God’s blessings be upon Nigeria.”


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