By Ayodele Oluwafemi
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is to mark every 21st of January as the National Day of Prayer for persecuted Christians in the country.
The date was fixed in commemoration of Rev. Lawan Andimi, the slain chairman of the Michika Local Government Area, Adamawa State, chapter of CAN.
Andimi was slain on January 21, 2020 by Boko Haram insurgents after he refused to convert to Islam after he was abducted by the Boko Haram terrorist group.
The resolution, according to the CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, was to honour Christians who have been killed by the Boko Haram terrorists, killer herdsmen and bandits nationwide.
He called on the body of Christ, especially denominational leaders to reflect the date in their annual calendar of activities.
According to a statement by his Special Assistant (Media and Communications), Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the CAN president said: “The decision was taken on Friday at its just concluded meeting of the National Executive Committee held at its National Secretariat in Abuja where they also confirmed Barrister Joseph Daramola as the substantive General Secretary and Elder Biodun Sanyaolu as the Assistant General Secretary of CAN.
“Daramola has been the acting General Secretary of the Association since the demise of the immediate past General Secretary, Rev Dr Musa Asake, after a brief illness.
“Other officers confirmed at the meeting were Pastor Okusanya Samuel Oludare (National Treasurer); Rev Gideon Shagba (Director, Ecumenism and Inter-Faith); Barrister Comfort O. Chigbue (Director, Legal and Public Affairs); Rt. Rev Stephen Adegbite (Director, National Issues and Social Welfare); Pastor (Barrister) Omonuwa Ogiemudia (Director, Education, Youth & Women Development) and Bishop Dr. RBC Nwankwo (Planning, Research, and Strategy)”.