The Christ Apostolic Church, CAC, has pleaded with the federal government to tackle the criminal act of kidnapping and killings, saying that every Nigerian is now a potential victim.
CAC, one of the influential indigenous Nigerian denominations, said Nigeria is under the burden of bloodletting, cultism, drug abuse, sexual immorality, corruption and violence of all kinds, describing these as impediments to the advancement of Christianity across the world.
Olu Eyebiokin, the chairperson, CAC Evangelical Committee, who was speaking at 2018 All Nations holy Pilgrimage held at Odo Owa, on Monday, March 5, 2018, said the programme was packaged to unify the church and to pray against social and economic vices affecting the nation.
He thanked Abraham Akinosun, the CAC President worldwide, and CAC General Evangelist worldwide, Hezekiah Oladejo, General Superintendent, Sam Oladele and General Secretary, E.E. Mapur for midwifing unification of the church after a protracted crisis.
Speaking on the theme of the pilgrimage: ‘God of our Fathers’, Eyebiokin said: “Many nations have found themselves in the shackles of occultism, senseless bloodletting, sexual immorality, drug abuse etc and these are ugly manifestations of the evil onslaughts.
“These criminals are getting more horrendous by the day. Kidnapping for ransom and for rituals are becoming a commonplace that the entire populace is gripped with fear because everybody is a potential victim.
“What these tell us is that many people have been held captive by powers beyond them. There is, therefore, an urgent need to set these captives.”
Eyebiokin added that the holy pilgrimage was so distinct in the sense that it was the first time the CAC will be coming up with such an evangelical programme to pray for the nation.
He expressed confidence that the God that gave womb to the barren will intervene in the affairs of the nation and solve all the crises bedeviling the church and the nation.
“I say without fear of contradiction that this programme is the first of its kind because what other churches have been organizing were mere conventions or conferences, but this one is a pilgrimage, which means some historical facts are attached and are worthy of being revisited by succeeding generations.