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General News of Tuesday, 20 July 2021


CAN berates invasion of church by Buhari-Must-Go protesters

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)

The Christian Association of Nigeria, on Monday, condemned the recent invasion of the Dunamis Gospel International Centre, Abuja, by some youths protesting against the government during Sunday service, describing it as “ungodly, unbiblical, unacceptable, unprecedented, reprehensible and provocative."

CAN, however, demanded the release of the activists, who were arrested during the protest, but warned against further desecration of churches in the country.

The association quoted reports from Dunamis, which corroborated its findings that some youths came to the church premises on Sunday, July 4, 2021, wearing branded T-shirts with the inscription: ‘Buhari must go’ and participated in the first of the three services conducted.

The General Secretary of CAN, Joseph Daramola in a statement titled: ‘Attack on Dunamis ungodly, unacceptable, reprehensible – CAN’, said the church denied that the protesters were arrested when they came out to answer the altar call and were handed over to operatives of the Department of State Services

.“Their actions were ungodly, unbiblical, unacceptable, unprecedented, reprehensible and provocative. We wondered what could have led those misguided youths to turn a place of worship to a political arena,” he said. The statement quoted Dunamis Church as saying,

“No one questioned the legality or otherwise of the inscription on their T-shirts during the altar call. However, soon after their departure from the altar, they swung into protest blaring trumpets and saxophones right from the exit door of the church. At the same time, the event was being covered and live-streamed with the background shots of the church building and those of the thronging crowd, both exiting and entering the sanctuary for the next service. The live streaming had the caption: ‘Buhari must go campaign hits Dunamis Church in Abuja’.”

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