The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigerian, CAN, has warned churches across the country to be more security conscious.
This is to prevent the re-occurrence of the kidnapping of its members by bandits.
The warning was given against the backdrop of the release of Bishop Joseph Masin who was kidnapped recently.
Rejoicing over the return of Masin, who is the chairman of CAN in Nasarawa State, the leadership of CAN in a memorandum by its General Secretary, J. B. Daramola to all churches, prayed that God would be in the hearts of bandits all over the country and give courage to Nigerian leaders to fight in order to put an end to this menace.
The communication reads in full:
RE: RELEASE OF THE CAN CHAIRMAN, NASARAWA STATE, BISHOP JOSEPH MASIN
Be More Security Conscious: CAN Counsels Churches
I write to congratulate all of us in thanksgiving to Almighty God on the release of one of us, Bishop Joseph Masin, who was kidnapped in his house on Wednesday night the 27th May 2020.
You will recall that the CAN Secretariat released a press statement demanding for his immediate release calling on all and sundry to facilitate this. I wish to appreciate all those who through their prayers and other efforts for the release on Saturday 30th May 2020 at the vigil of the Pentecost Sunday, the Holy Spirit has done it for us.
I thank the family and Church members of Bishop Masin, for their faith in God. We thank and appreciate the Federal Government, the Nasarawa State Government, the Nigeria Police Force and the Media for their efforts and concerns. Above all, I thank the CAN President Rev. (Dr.) Samson ‘Supo Ayokunle for his unwavering role towards the prompt release.
It is our prayers that God will be in the hearts of bandits all over the country and give courage to our leaders to fight in order to put an end to this menace.
I call on churches in the country to be more security conscious and to ensure adequate security of our Pastors and Leaders, in order to prevent a reoccurrence.
I appreciate you all for this relief and victory.