Police in northern Nigeria broke up an annual Easter procession and rally help be Christians in Jos. Every year, Christians in Jos celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the streets of Jos. This year police warned Christians against celebrating outside citing insecurity. The Christians decided not to give into fear and celebrated yesterday. Unlike years past, no Christians were attacked at the procession. Praise God.
4/2/2013 Nigeria (Premium Times) – The annual Easter procession and rally by Christians marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ was this year stopped by the police, in Jos.
A statement by the Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Salawu Adigun, had advised members of the public to abstain from any form of procession during the Easter festivities for security reasons.
In spite of the warnings by the police, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Jos North Chapter still held its annual Easter rally.
The CAN chairman of the chapter, David Bamidele, in an address at the rally, explained that they were not defying the police warnings but had sought permission from the State Police Commissioner, Chris Olakpe, who provided security at the event. However, the rally was not followed by a procession as in previous years.
The non denomination open air service was held at the Rwang Pam Stadium under tight security. Addressing the congregation, Mr. Bamidele said that they had adhered to all warnings from the police but would not embark on a procession.
“Whoever wants to embark on procession is on his own but we as authorities of CAN here in Jos North have not allowed such. Please, as you leave this environment, go back to your respective homes,” he announced.
It would be recalled that two persons in Nassarawa Gwom area of Jos North were ambushed and killed last year, shortly after an Easter procession ended. Several other groups clashed with suspected hoodlums within Jos while embarking on a procession.
Mr. Bamidele pleaded with Christians in Plateau State not to disregard security tips as lives of many Christians have been wasted due to insecurity. He, however, said no amount of insecurity was capable of stopping the ‘evangelisation of non-Christians.’
He also lamented that due to insecurity in the state, some persons were practicing their faith “in camera.”
“We are in an era where people hide their bibles while going to church, it’s not healthy for evangelization. This must stop,” he said.