The annual Easter procession and rally by Christians marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ was this year stopped by the police, in Jos.
resurrection of Jesus Christ was this year stopped by the police, in Jos.
Relation Officer, PPRO, Salawu Adigun, had advised members of the public to
abstain from any form of procession during the Easter festivities for security
A statement by the Police Public
the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Jos North Chapter still held its annual Easter
In spite of the warnings by the police,
Bamidele, in an address at the rally, explained that they were not defying the
police warnings but had sought permission from the State Police Commissioner,
Chris Olakpe, who provided security at the event. However, the rally was not
followed by a procession as in previous years.
The CAN chairman of the chapter, David
was held at the Rwang Pam Stadium under tight security. Addressing the
congregation, Mr. Bamidele said that they had adhered to all warnings from the
police but would not embark on a procession.
The non denomination open air service
is on his own but we as authorities of CAN here in Jos North have not allowed
such. Please, as you leave this environment, go back to your respective homes,”
“Whoever wants to embark on procession
Nassarawa Gwom area of Jos North were ambushed and killed last year, shortly
after an Easter procession ended. Several other groups clashed with suspected
hoodlums within Jos while embarking on a procession.
It would be recalled that two persons in
Plateau State not to disregard security tips as lives of many Christians have
been wasted due to insecurity. He, however, said no amount of insecurity was
capable of stopping the ‘evangelisation of non-Christians.’
Mr. Bamidele pleaded with Christians in
in the state, some persons were practicing their faith “in camera.”
He also lamented that due to insecurity
their bibles while going to church, it’s not healthy for evangelization. This
must stop,” he said.
“We are in an era where people hide
of innocent Christians across the country saying “Christians have been
The cleric decried the spate of killings
Nwachukwu, urged Christians to stand firm in their faith, believing that their
lives in eternity would be a success.
Guest preacher at the rally, Nathan
of Plateau State and the deliverance of Nigeria from violence and attacks were
offered by the congregation.
Prayers for peace, healing of the land