Don’t criminalise #EndSARS promoters, CAN cautions FG
By Uzoh Ugwueze, Enugu
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has cautioned the Federal Government against the danger of criminalizing those who were in the front line during the recent #EndSARS protest across the country.
The warning came amidst freezing of bank accounts of some of the #EndSARS promoters by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. CAN, however, believes such action by the 5 government was counter-productive.
It said freezing of accounts, shooting and arresting #EndSARS promoters would never provide the country with a solution.
The national vice president of CAN, Rev. Dr. Joseph Alima gave this warning in Enugu while inaugurating the new CAN executives in the State. Those inaugurated included: Emmanuel Edeh, Chairman, Most Rev. Dr, Ernest Obodo, Vice Chairman, Barr. Onuora Okeke, Secretary, Ven. Jonathan Agbo, Assistant Secretary, Rev. Peter Ibe, Treasurer, Bishop Joseph Ajujungwa, Director of Ecumenism, Ezinwa Paul Ogugua, Legal Adviser, among others. He disclosed that Nigeria would only be saved by God’s intervention.
Rev, Alima, while urging Christians across the country to move away from formalised religion to a heart religion to salvage the nation from ‘disastrous situations’, pointed out that Christians are the salt and light of the nation and should lead the fight against evil in the land.
“We cannot summon all these challenges without God. That is why I said there must be God’s intervention to save the country and the church is said to be the salt and light of the nation. The church has to solicit for God’s intervention and He can’t look away from that.
“The church has been given the authority to fight and if it does not do that, we won’t have a solution.
“That is why we are warning against clampdown on #EndSARS promoters. Government can freeze people’s accounts, lock and shoot people but that can’t be the solution.”
Also speaking, chairman of CAN, South East zone, Bishop Goddy Okafor, charged the new CAN leaders to be resilient in office.
Bishop Okafor urged them as men of God not to engage in strife, stressing that the executive would excel if they limit themselves from going to government for help all the time.
In his inaugural address, the newly elected chairman of CAN Enugu state, Rev. Emmanuel Edeh promised to maintain the utmost integrity by making transparency, accountability and probity the leadership watch-word.
He also promised to work with all the churches, interface with bloc leaders and partners with non-denominational groups to achieve the divine mandate required, stressing that the expectations are very high and that the revival needed was urgent.