Published On: Sun, Dec 2nd, 2012

CAN President, Oritsejefor, Muslim Leaders Brain Storm in Warri over Insecurity

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CAN President, Pastor Oritsejafor

By Our Reporter
Regarding the constant killings in some parts of the country as well as religious unrest, a coalition of Muslim faithful, Amir of Ummar Youth Forum, stormed the headquarters of the Word of Life Church in Warri, Delta State, to discuss possible ways of putting the menace to an end.
Speaking on behalf of the delegatio n, Alhaji Murtala Abubakar, expressed anger over the incessant killing of innocent Nigerians in the North. He said the crisis had cut across the entire nation, leading to further underdevelopment.

He also said “we strongly believe that it is very possible for Christians and Muslims in this country to live in perfect harmony, if leaders at all levels will discharge their responsibilities with the utmost fear of God.”
He, thereby, called on the General Overseer of the church, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, to use his office as president of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to foster peace in the country.
“Humanity will lose yet another opportunity, if persons of your intellectual capacity decide to take partial interest in a crisis that is consuming thousands of lives and properties of both Muslims and Christians,” he told Oritsejafor.
He blamed successive government for the crisis in the North, adding that it was a result of poverty. He, thereby, urged the current administration to address the issue of illiteracy and poverty in the country, saying this would help to curb “the awful situation of the country.”
Reacting, Pastor Oritsejafor expressed happiness over the visit, adding that it showed that there was hope for Nigeria.
He urged the delegation to “please tell your members that they must not make themselves available to fanatical preachers, clerics and bad politicians to use,” adding that he would do the same to Christian youths.
Oritsejafor asserted that no religion preached violence, saying that instead, it was misinterpretation of beliefs. He urged the delegation to carry this message to the youths in the North.
He finally called on the Federal Government to think of projects and ideas that would get the youths employed, stressing that the future of any nation lay in the hands of the youths.
The delegation presented a copy of the Holy Koran to Pastor Oritsejafor, while in return, the CAN president gave out 11 copies of Holy Bible to them

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