Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno has declared fasting from Monday to Wednesday to seek divine intervention for the release of the abducted students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok. Rev. Titus Pona, the chairman of the association in the state, announced the fasting to newsmen on Sunday in Maiduguri. “We are calling on all Christians in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and even beyond to begin a three- day fasting and prayer session to seek for God help for the release of the abducted girls.
“The continued stay of these girls in the abductor’s camp has created worry in the minds of the parents and other well-meaning Nigerians. We pray that through prayer, God will touch the hearts of the abductors so that they will release them, ’’ Pona said.
Pona also urged the insurgents to dialogue with government if they had any grievances. “We call on the insurgents to please put down their arms and dialogue with government, either at the state or at the federal level. “They should release the girls in the name of God because only 43 girls were reported to have escaped from the abductors.
Pona appealed to the Federal Government to deploy more troops to rural areas in Borno, following increased attacks by the insurgents. “Since the insurgents are increasingly attacking villages and rural communities, government should deploy more troops to the areas to safeguard lives and property,’’ he said. (NAN)