Yola, 25 January, 2020 / 3:51 am (ACI Africa).
Following the January 20 killing of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika local government area of the State of Adamawa, the Catholic Bishop of Yola that covers Adamawa State has declared three days of fasting and prayer in honor of the murdered church leader, described by a Catholic priest who knew him personally as “a simple and devout Pastor.”
CAN Chair Rev. Lawan Andimi, a Protestant Pastor in Nigeria’s Brethren Church of Christ, known as Eklisayar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN) in Hausa language, was abducted by members of Boko Haram following their January 2 raid on Michika in Adamawa, northeast of Nigeria. He was executed by the militants Monday, January 20, an incident reported in the media.
Addressing a press conference in his office on Thursday, January 23, Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of the Catholic Diocese of Yola who doubles as the Chairman of CAN in Adamawa State declared three days of fasting and prayer “to seek God’s divine intervention regarding recent killings in Adamawa state.”
Triggered by the murder of Pastor Andimi, Bishop told reporters that the January 27-29 period would be devoted to “fervent prayers for God to avert and end the trend” of targeted abductions and killings, Yola Catholic Vision News reported.
The Bishop described Pastor Andimi’s murder as “sad and alarming” and condemned “the killing of people in cold blood across Nigeria.”