The Nation reports that the National Leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday commiserated with Akwa Ibom State and people on last Saturday’s death of worshippers at Reigners Bible Church in Uyo, the state capital.
It advised churches to avoid holding services in buildings under construction to avoid a recurrence, The Nation reports.
In a statement by its General Secretary, Dr. Musa Asake, CAN regretted the disaster and urged every Christian to identify with victims through prayers, gifts and condolence visits, The Nation reports.
The statement reads: “We identify with victims of the tragedy; we pray for their quick recovery as we ask God to console and comfort the bereaved. It is unfortunate that the devil struck when the world is getting ready to celebrate the birth of the Saviour, Jesus Christ, who came to destroy the work of the devil.
“We thank God that Governor Udom Emmanuel, escaped in the tragedy, and we welcome his prompt intervention when he said the state would hold an enquiry to investigate if anyone compromised building standards.”
CAN decried building collapse in the country.
The umbrella Christian body urged relevant agencies to proffer a permanent solution to them.
It said: “It is no more news that buildings often collapse in the country as a result of contractors using substandard materials, coupled with lack of building approvals or a thorough supervision by relevant agencies.
“We call on the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and other relevant bodies to check the menace of buildings with substandard materials in Nigeria, which has led to the demise of thousands of innocent people. Until severe sanctions are meted out to those responsible, they may not be able to stop their satanic antics.”
CAN appealed to Christians across the world to join “us in praying for victims and the bereaved of the disaster”.
The body also prayed for the leadership of the church to overcome the incident.
Source: The Nation