CAN suspends national day of mourning


The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has suspended the Christian Day of Mourning.

The group had earlier announced that it would use March 19 to mourn thousands of Christians who have been killed by religious insurgents.

CAN in a statement by its General Secretary, Dr. Musa Asake and forwarded to newsmen on Wednesday said the action has been suspended till further notice, citing security concerns.

He said, “CAN wishes to inform all Christians, both at home and abroad, that based on credible reports of concern, it has decided to suspend the Christian Day of Mourning formerly scheduled to take place globally on Sunday 19th March, 2017.

“We took cognizance of the preparations that various Christian groups have made to participate in the program which was designed, in all honesty and sincerity, to mourn the death of thousands of Christians murdered by religious insurgents.

“The suspension of the program was due to “misunderstanding, misinterpretation and subsequent security concerns.

“All Nigerian Christian assemblies are urged to have a normal Sunday Worship on 19th March, 2017 but suspend any action on the Day of Mourning. Nevertheless, Christians should be careful and watchful. Further communication shall be issued by CAN in due course.

“In the meantime, we are all urged to remain steadfast and resolute in the Grace of God that Nigeria shall overcome the present distress and peace shall prevail all over the nation.”