Christian Leaders Urge Nigerians to Remain United despite Terrorist Attacks

Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). Credit: CAN

Christian leaders are calling on Nigerians to remain united despite the trials they face, including terrorist attacks that have become rampant in the West African nation. 

In his New Year message, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishop Daniel Okoh, said acts of violence against Nigerians, including the December 27 attack that left nearly 200 Christians dead in Plateau State, are “a recurrent nightmare that we have witnessed far too often.” 

“In the face of these adversities, it is imperative that we, as a people, refuse to be discouraged. Instead, we must come together and remain resolute in our commitment to build a united, peaceful, and prosperous nation,” the President of the entity whose members include representatives of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) said.

Emphasizing the need for unity among Nigerians, Archbishop Okoh said, “It is in our togetherness that we find the strength to withstand the trials that beset us. In unity, there is hope, resilience, and the power to rebuild.”

The Christian leader noted that peace, prosperity and justice “are not just ideals, but realities for all” if the people of God in Africa’s most populous nation are to be united.  


“As we look to the year ahead, let us do so with a renewed sense of purpose and an unwavering commitment to fostering a better future for our beloved Nigeria. Let us draw strength from our faith, our shared values, and our collective resolve to surmount the obstacles that confront us,” he said.

The CAN President also urged Nigerians to pray for an end to attacks in the country, saying, “We pray earnestly to the Almighty God that such senseless loss of life and wanton destruction of property will never plague our communities again. May He guide us towards pathways of peace and grant solace to all who have suffered.”

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.