09 Jan Nigeria: Christian Association of Nigeria Protests Ongoing Killings with “Plateau Peace Walk”
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
In response to the persistent violence and killings in Plateau State and other parts of Nigeria, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has launched a series of protests, notably the “Plateau Peace Walk.” The initiative aims to bring attention to the alarming security situation and advocate for peace in the region.
Led by prominent Christian leaders in the state, including Rev. Polycarp Lubo (state CAN chairman), Rev Dr. Stephen Baba Panya (ECWA President), Rev. Amos Mohzo (COCIN President), Rev. Nkechi Nwosu (Bishop of Methodist Church, Jos), and Rev. Dr. Gideon ParaMallam (President, Gideon and Funmi-ParaMallam Peace Foundation), among others, the protest started at the PRTVC Roundabout in Jos and proceeded to the Rayfield Government House.
The “Plateau Peace Walk” is not only a demonstration of disapproval but also a collective call for urgent action to address the prevailing insecurity that has resulted in loss of lives and heightened tensions in the region. The Christian leaders, representing diverse denominations, have come together to amplify their voices and seek lasting solutions to the security challenges faced by the Plateau community.
Photographs captured during the peaceful protest illustrate the unity and determination of the participants as they walk together, carrying placards and banners that convey messages of peace, justice, and a plea for an end to the senseless violence.
The protest is a reflection of the community’s deep concern and frustration over the recurrent killings. By taking to the streets, the Christian leaders aim to draw attention to the human cost of the insecurity, emphasizing the need for both government and community-driven initiatives to restore peace.
It is important to note that the protesters do not only express their disapproval but also advocate for tangible measures to be taken to ensure the safety and well-being of the residents. The “Plateau Peace Walk” serves as a symbolic gesture, urging all stakeholders to come together, engage in dialogue, and work collaboratively to address the root causes of the violence and establish a foundation for lasting peace.
As the protest unfolds, it underscores the role of civil society and religious leaders in shaping public discourse and advocating for positive change. The commitment of the Christian leaders to peace and justice is evident, and their actions contribute to fostering a sense of unity and solidarity in the face of adversity.