The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the recent attack on the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Ogun State and commiserated with the Salvation Army in Edo State.
CAN president Daniel Okoh, on Wednesday in Abuja, described the attack on worshippers as “an assault on religious freedom in Nigeria.”
On June 2, gunmen attacked the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) parish in Abule-Ori, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun, killed the pastor and abducted seven church members.
On the same day, 12 pastors of the Salvation Army, a baby and a driver died in an accident near Benin City, Edo.
He said the leadership of CAN received the news of the tragic incidents with great shock.
“We mourn the loss of the pastor and condemn the kidnapping of worshippers who were simply exercising their religious freedom to worship,“ he said.
The cleric urged government authorities to thoroughly investigate the accident at the church to prevent a repeat.
Nonetheless, Okoh commended security agencies for their swift response.
“We urge the various security agencies to increase vigilance on places of worship during religious gatherings and provide adequate security measures for worshippers.
“CAN urges citizens not to be discouraged by the recent losses but to continue to look up to God for help. Our thoughts and prayers are with the affected families and churches,” he said.