The Christian Association of Nigeria has joined the millions of Nigerians who are mourning this Christmas because of the suffering and misery in their nation.
Speaking on Friday, CAN thanked the nation for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ but expressed regret that it was taking place amid a great deal of uncertainty, anxiety, and suffering.
However, the organization expressed confidence that God would not forsake the country and would carry on interfering in human affairs.
In his Christmas greeting to Nigerians, entitled “Christmas: Be hopeful, God has not forsaken Nigeria,” which journalists in Abuja were able to get, CAN President Archbishop Daniel Okoh made these declarations.
He said, “Another season of Christmas is here again. It is that time of the year when Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the living Son of God. As people who believe in Him, we are reminded of the unfailing and never-ending love of God for us. The story of Christmas tells us of God’s loving intervention in the human situation of helplessness and hopelessness.
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“This year, we are celebrating Christmas in Nigeria amidst uncertainty, fear, untold suffering, hardship and pain in the face of a harsh economy, record inflation figures, worsening poverty situation and a weakened security system due to bad governance. This precarious situation in our national life can be likened to the sufferings, helplessness and hopelessness of the Israelites as a result of the decisions of their leaders to forsake God and pursue after their bellies which they have made into gods through greed, selfishness and blatant corruption.
“Nevertheless, the message of Christmas informs us that God will not abandon us, rather, He will continue to intervene in the affairs of mankind through Jesus Christ, the Messiah He sent to save the world. We should resist the temptation to speak the language of despair and division over our lives and our nation. Let the story of Christmas provide us with inspiration to speak the language of peace to our neighbours regardless of differences in religion, ethnicity or political leanings.”