CAN president declares 2020 ‘Year of Freedom’

Tai Anyanwu


…as Archbishop Martins urges Nigerians to jointly build peaceful, united nation




he President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence Rev Samson Ayokunle, has declared 2020 a year total deliverance for Nigerians.

Hence, he asked Nigerians, especially Christians to confidently remain faithful and hopeful, pointing out that God is deeply concerned about the situation of Nigeria.

Ayokunle also expressed confidence that God will definitely bring his plans and purpose for the country to pass, “against all obvious odds.”


The President of the apex Christian body gave the counsel in his New Year’s good will message to Nigeria, through a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji.

Ayokunle drew inspiration from the Bible book of Jeremiah 29:1, where God assured the nation of Israel saying: “For I know the thoughts I have towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”


According to the CAN President, it is instructive that when God gave the message to the people of Israel: “They were languishing under draconian captivity just like the present Nigeria.


His words: “As a nation, Nigeria has been in captivity of insecurity occasioned by the menace of unending terrorism, banditry, herdsmen, kidnapping, religious persecution, nepotism, economic predicament and its attendant consequences, graduate unemployment, food scarcity, Naira devaluations, political turmoil and electoral manipulations and a host of others.”


According His Eminence: “Nigerians are groaning as if our government is helpless but our God is not.” He, however, assured the citizenry that God is stepping into the situation, adding “Nigerians will soon rejoice and celebrate, when God turns our captivity.”



“The siege is over and we should rejoice in hope and in expectations of divine help and intervention. Year 2020 is our year of complete deliverance, freedom, liberty, peace, recovery and restoration. Let no one consider suicide as an option. Let those who are engaging in suicidal trips to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea shelve the ideas.


“Let those who are engaging in all forms of criminalities repent and return to God who is ready to forgive and position them for the coming victory and celebrations. It will not be long when God will heal our Land and there will be unprecedented celebrations in Nigeria in Jesus Name. It is a New Dawn.”


The CAN President then congratulated every Nigerian for making the New Year and wished all a prosperous, peaceful and glorious year ahead.


Meanwhile, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, His Eminence Dr. Alfred Ade wale Martins, has called on all Nigerians to join hands to build a strong, united, peaceful, progressive nation in 2020.

He also harped on the need to embrace religious tolerance in the country, adding that there is indeed need to forge a more peaceful and united country in the New Year.


Archbishop Martins said: “I send my sincere best wishes and prayers to all Nigerians as we enter into a new decade in 2020. We pray that peace and tranquility will reign in our country. The year 2019 has been one with many challenges.” He observed that the challenges led to the call for a revolution by Omoyele Sowore.

“All that happened thereafter are part of our history now.

“However, we thank God that after so much pressure, the Attorney General of the country finally directed the DSS to release Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki. That is the way to go!”


In the same manner, the Archbishop said: “We are aware that there are a number of people, including Sheik El Zakzaky, that are still being detained even after they have been granted bail by the courts.


“In the spirit of the New Year, which I believe should usher in attitudes of reconciliation, harmony and peace; we appeal to the government of President Buhari to once again take the bold step of instructing the release of all of them.

“By so doing, government would be sending a strong signal to all and sundry that she is truly committed to the rule of law.”

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