The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to a recent warning issued to the General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) against holding a crusade in Abia State.
IPOB Warns Pastor Kumuyi
KanyiDaily recalls that the IPOB had advised Pastor Kumuyi to cancel his planned six-day crusade scheduled to hold from May 24, 2022, to May 29 in Aba, Abia State due to security concerns in the South-East region.
Reacting to the development during an interview with Punch, CAN Spokesperson, Adebayo Oladeji appealed to the IPOB to allow Kumuyi to hold his crusade, saying the pastor’s coming to Abia would be a blessing to the people of the state.
Oladeji, who also lamented the mayhem unleashed by unknown gunmen in the region, said that the bloodshed and other forms of insecurity in Abia and other South East require God’s intervention.
He said, “It is unfortunate that we have killings going on in the South East. If the political will is there, I believe the killings in the region would have ended.
“We have a situation where you have IPOB declaring sit-at-home and despite the assurance by the government, people will decide to listen to IPOB. Is that what Nigeria should be? This is the situation we find ourselves.
“If IPOB issued such a statement, it is just a reflection of what we are going through in the country. This situation is a precarious one. What CAN will say is that our politicians are in the rat race again. We should open our eyes and vote for people who can protect us.
“There’s nothing we can do than to appeal to them (IPOB). We want IPOB to know that his coming to that part of the country is going to be a blessing and bring victory to the people of the state and the region at large.”
This comes a few days after gunmen identified as the Sea Masters Volunteer Force threatened to ban all church activities in the South-East region because of a statement credited to River State Governor, Nyesom Wike.