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The Catholic ArchBishop of Abuja Diocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has faulted the one-day national prayer directed by the Christian Association of Nigeria in honour of victims of the massacre in Southern Kaduna, saying Catholics do not take orders and instructions from CAN.

He questioned the rationale behind such orders by CAN and how they arrived at the decision, “because I don’t believe in praying on a particular day. I will say, pray that God will deliver us from this, not particularly on January 8, 2017.”

The General Secretary of CAN, Dr. Musa Asake, had declared Sunday, January 8, 2017, as “national day of mourning” for all Christians at home and in the Diaspora, and that Christians should dress in mourning attire; black clothes or dresses, on the said date to pray fervently for victims of the killings in Southern Kaduna.

But speaking with newsmen in Abuja, Onaiyekan said whoever gave that instruction should have known that there is a limit to how they could issue orders to Christians using the name of CAN.

He said, “I do not know what to say about the present leadership of CAN because our (Catholic) church is not fully involved now in CAN. We were not even party to the election that brought in the new leadership of CAN. So, the only position that I can take now is to sit down and watch.

“I cannot tell all my members to come to church next Sunday in black dresses. We don’t get instructions from CAN; every church has its own rules.”

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Owerri Catholic archdiocese in Imo State, Anthony Obinna, has alleged that the continued killings in Southern Kaduna were to intimidate Christians and wipe out Christianity from the country.

Speaking at a thanksgiving service in Okwu community recently, Obinna urged the Federal Government not to allow the crisis to degenerate into a full-scale national crisis, which he said could lead to a collapse of the country.

He also advised Christians to be vigilant and pray for their counterparts in the crisis-ridden Southern Kaduna, while calling on former governors of Imo and Abia States, Ikedi Ohakim and Oji Uzor Kalu respectively, who were present at the service and other Igbo leaders to work closely for the growth and development of the South East zone.

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  1. If Catholics are not part of CAN, what the is your concern about instructions issued by a body you do not belong to.
    God will judge everyone who causes confusion in the body of Christ for selfish reasons.

  2. Unless you fight back like the Christians did in Lebanon, you will soon become history. I mean Northern Christians!

  3. It's unfortunate the Catholics have always isolated themselves from national CAN whenever the leadership is not from their bloc. This attitude is unchristian and negates the spirit of love Christ enjoined His followers to have. There is a pharisaical spirit operating here which those Catholics who may toe Onaiyekan's position here need to watch against. By the grace of God I have headed CAN at two LGA levels and I can say not all Catholics would buy into this spirit of segregation displayed here by the Cardinal. I have had faithful, loving, and humble Catholics serve under me in CAN, so Onaiyekan should be seen as speaking for himself rather than for the whole body of Catholics. Pride, the Bible says, goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Christian, beware!


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