The Christian Association of Nigeria has urged the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra not to disrupt Pastor William Kumuyi, the General Overseer of the Deeper Life Bible Church, from conducting a crusade in the Southeast, saying it would be a gift to the area.
According to Naija02, IPOB’s spokeswoman, Emma Powerful, requested the preacher not to conduct his crusade in Nigeria’s southeast area due to security concerns.
“The operation of criminals operating as unknown gunmen infiltrating the events is high and they will blame it on IPOB,” he said in a statement.
While IPOB has raised its worries, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant (Media and Communications) to the CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle, told the Punch that the arrival of the cleric would enable the southeast area to overcome every negative occurrence.
“It is unfortunate that we have killings going on in the South East. If the political will is there, I believe the killings in the region would have ended.
“We have a situation where you have IPOB declaring sit-at-home and despite the assurance by the government, people will decide to listen to IPOB. Is that what Nigeria should be? This is the situation we find ourselves.
“If IPOB issued such a statement, it is just a reflection of what we are going through in the country. This situation is a precarious one. What CAN will say is that our politicians are in the rat race again. We should open our eyes and vote for people who can protect us.
“There’s nothing we can do than to appeal to them (IPOB). We want IPOB to know that his coming to that part of the country is going to be a blessing and bring victory to the people of the state and the region at large,” Oladeji said.