The Presidency has reacted to the protest by the christian association of nigeria on Sunday over the killing of Christians and general insecurity in the country.
As Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, led the prayer walk of the church in Lagos, also the President of CAN, Supo Ayokunle, was in Oyo State for the same purpose.
The reaction of the Presidency to the development was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.
The statement said the walk by CAN represents the right of all Nigerians to protest and express their views.
“The actions of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in recent days represent the peaceful right of all Nigerians to protest and express their views on matters of religion, ethics, politics and society.stated shehu.
“The origination of their protests is the shocking, unacceptable death of Pastor Lawan Andimi at the hands of Boko Haram. The President feels their pain, and that of his family, for his loss.
“The President believes, as does every member of his administration, both Christian and Muslim in the words of CAN’s placards: ‘All life is sacred.’
“Whether you are Christian or Muslim, all Nigerians and their beliefs must be respected. The duty of all of us is to uphold the rights of others to worship according to their faith – and to respect the rights of each other to do so freely in the spirit of brotherhood and respect – and without interference.
“This means, however, that we must stop false claims that only serve to divide one community against the other. There is no place in Nigeria for those who politicise religion. This is the President’s message to both Muslim and Christian communities alike.
“To shed more light on this, the CAN-inspired prayers and street enlightenment in our cities are much welcome as sensitizers to the need for ALL CITIZENS irrespective of faith, religion or language to accept their duty and role in law enforcement, to prevent crime in all its manifestations, be it corruption, theft, terrorism, banditry or kidnapping. Without citizen involvement, there is no miracle with which less than half-a-million policemen can effectively protect a population of 200 million.
“Christian Association of Nigeria, is right to arouse a popular consciousness to this duty to the state.
“another thing is this: it is the added need for citizen-consciousness to stand up for nation. only Nigerians can defend their nation against these abhorrent killings and all sorts of crimes worrying us as a nation.