The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has suspended a programme put together in honour of Christians who lost their lives in attacks by insurgents.
The programme had earlier been fixed for March 19.
But citing security concerns, the Supo Ayokunle, president of the association, said the essence of the programme was misunderstood.
He urged all Christians to remain steadfast and pray for the grace of God to overcome the “present challenges”.
“The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) wishes to inform all Christians, both at home and abroad, that based on credible reports of concern, it has decided to suspend the Christian day of mourning formerly scheduled to take place globally on Sunday 19th March, 2017,” CAN said in a statement.
“The president of CAN took cognizance of the preparations that various Christian groups have made to participate in the program which was designed, in all honesty and sincerity, to mourn the death of thousands of Christians murdered by religious insurgents.
“The programme was suspended due to misunderstanding, misinterpretation and subsequent security concerns.
“Christians should be careful and watchful. Further communication shall be issued by CAN in due course.
“In the meantime, we are all urged to remain steadfast and resolute in the Grace of God that Nigeria shall overcome the present distress and peace shall prevail all over the nation.”