Speaking at a press conference, the new Secretary General of CAN in Northern Nigeria Rev. Daniel Babayi, asserted that Christians in Northern Nigeria have been going through oppression, subjugation and attacks that have only grown worse.
He said, “The Kingdom of Satan has declared war on us. It was the same with Jesus. He was ridiculed, spat at, insulted and beaten up. They did not stop there. They killed him. We cannot be immune from these experiences. But the day they killed Jesus, that was the day the kingdom of Satan suffered defeat. He rose from death and declared victory. There is no doubt that we shall win. We must be strong and prayerful. Northern CAN will continue to insist on good governance and the rule of law. We are going to speak against injustice and corruption. But most of all, we shall harp on the need for our members to receive genuine salvation.”
The Northern CAN, defending Pastor Oritsejafor, averred, “The Man of God never said that Christians should carry weapons and go and attack anybody. He didn’t even say that Christians should retaliate.
He said we should defend ourselves.
Rev. Babayi said the authority for that is to be found Romans Chapter 13 verses 1 to 3, which urges Christians to respect constituted authority.
“That means ‘constituted authority’ as provided in our Constitution,” he said. “It says everybody has a right to defend himself or herself; his or her property. We are making use of the constitution given to us by the Nation, called Nigeria. This is what [Pastor Oritsejafor] said. But sometimes people want to manipulate things to suit themselves and their course. They are saying that he has been telling us to go and revenge; go and attack. No! What he has said is exactly what the Bible tells us to go and do.”