According to CAN secretary Musa Asake,
"In view of the present predicament, the President of CAN has directed that Sunday January 8 2017, should be declared national day of mourning by Christians including those in Diaspora.
"We are to pray fervently for our Southern Kaduna brothers and sisters who are victims of these wanton killings and also for the peace of our dear country Nigeria. Therefore, all Christians are to dress in mourning attire of black clothes or dresses in all our church services on January 8 2017. We are to pray that God who delivered the Jews from Haman should deliver Christians from Hamans in Nigeria. An injustice to one is an injustice to all.”
"Though the church in Nigeria since 2009 has been subjected to a systematic genocide and persecution through the instrumentality of Islamic fundamentalists Boko Haram, leading to the killing of thousands of Christians and destruction of hundreds of churches, and over 50,000 houses, the current unprecedented onslaught against Christians in Southern Kaduna by the Islamic fundamentalists disguising as Fulani herdsmen under the watch of Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and President Muhammadu Buhari has reached an alarming stage."
The state governor and Nigerian president are both Fulani herdsmen while Buhari is reportedly the grand patron of herdsmen association known as Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN). It can be recalled that Fulani herdsmen are regarded as the third deadliest terror group after Boko Haram and ISIS respectively by UK newspaper Independent in 2015. The group killed over 1500 victims in Southern and Middlebelt parts of Nigeria in 2016 alone.