Christian Leaders in Nigeria’s Oyo State Declare Day of Prayer for End to Insecurity

Map of Nigeria where the Christian Association of the country has declared a day of prayer for an end to insecurity. Credit: Public domain

Christian leaders ministering in Nigeria’s Oyo State have declared a day of prayer for an end to the rising cases of insecurity that include killings. 

Speaking to journalists after a meeting with the State government on Monday, June 28, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Oyo State, Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju, said they have scheduled the praise and prayer session for Friday, July 2. 

“What concerns us is peace and security in Oyo state. If you are not secured you cannot enjoy whatever you have. On Friday, we are having prayers and praises to God,” Apostle Akinyemiju has been quoted as saying.

The Chairman of the association whose membership includes Catholic Bishops in Nigeria added, “We are expecting all Christians, people of faith, at the session to pray for us to be safe.”

“We will intensify our efforts to pull down the stronghold of the enemy,” Apostle Akinyemiju said, adding that the planned prayer session is a collaboration between CAN and the Chaplaincy of Oyo State government.


Oyo State has been experiencing heightened insecurity in recent weeks. Last week, media personality Titus Badejo was shot dead while leaving an entertainment joint. 

On June 6, gunmen attacked the town of  Igangan within the State, killing eleven people. 

In the June 28 news report, CAN’s Chairman in Oyo State says they will also “pray for wisdom for the Governor.”

Apostle Akinyemiju further acknowledged that “insecurity is not exclusive to Oyo State” and called on Christians in Africa’s most populous nation to “not give in.”

In May, Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Ecclesiastical Provinces of Onitsha and Owerri said Nigeria is in “great danger” and that urgent action is required to address the high levels of insecurity.

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“We expect a stoppage of the carnage that is taking place in farmlands and in various locations,” the Catholic Bishops said in their May 11 statement.

They further called on the Federal government of Nigeria to “look into security matters and restrain those who are using weapons of various sorts to intimidate the people and to create this unrest.”

The same month, the national leadership of CAN declared three days of prayer for a stop to the country's incessant insecurity. 

The Christian leaders urged followers of Christ in Nigeria to pray “that every step the terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, gunmen and other wicked people in our midst take henceforth would be failed; that unseen hand and the army of the Lord would fight them and Nigeria would be at peace.”

“Pray that the plans of the evil people in our midst to paralyze human, social and economic activities in this nation and throw the nation into chaos would be foiled by the Lord Jesus Christ,” CAN officials said in their May 12 statement.


Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.