Vanguard (Lagos)

22 August 2012

Nigeria: Insecurity - Delta CAN Prays for Peace

Ughelli — Worried by the security situation in the country, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday, held a prayer session in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, calling for peace in Nigeria.

The prayer session, held by CAN, Ughelli North chapter, according to its chairman, Rev. Diamond Emuobor, was to seek God's intervention in the security challenges facing the country.

He appealed to government at all levels to take steps to address the problem of insecurity in the country.

He also decried the kidnap of Rev. Israel Unutame, General Overseer of All Saints Pentecostal Ministry, who was abducted last Sunday in Ughelli on his way to church.

He said: "Nigeria is passing through a turbulent period. The security of this country is in the hands of God and those He has appointed to lead. It is only through prayers that Christians can defend themselves against incursion."

Emuobor described the abduction of Rev. Unutame as shocking and painful, and appealed to those behind the series of kidnappings in the country to put a stop to the act.

He called on those protecting the kidnappers to repent, saying, "because this is not the life God gave to them." Meanwhile, the abductors of Rev. Unutame have established contact with the family.

A close family source told Vanguard that the abductors got in touch with them on Monday night and demanded N30 million as ransom for the release of the cleric.

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