- On May 14, United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem amid criticisms
- A week after the move, the Christian Association of Nigeria has urged the Nigerian government to follow suit
- The president of the association, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, said that the declaration made by the United States was a fulfillment of the Biblical prophecy
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on the federal government and other countries to relocate their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Reverend Samson Ayokunle, CAN president, made this call in a statement signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, special assistant, media and communications of CAN, on Tuesday, May 22, in Abuja, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com notes that Ayokunle, while commending the Israeli government on its 70 years anniversary of their country, said the relocation of the capital was “special anniversary present from the God of the Patriarchs".
According to him, the declaration made by President Donald Trump on December 6, 2017 was a fulfillment of the Biblical prophecy.
He said: “It is our prayers that other countries including Nigeria will relocate their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We appreciate the leadership role of the United States in the landmark historic event.
“We are happy that countries such as the United States of America, Guatemala, Honduras, Romania and Paraguay have relocated their embassies from Tel Aviv."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that despite controversies and series of protests that trailed President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the United States opened its new embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, May 14.
Top US officials attended the event, including President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner.
Trump's decision of moving the embassy from Tel Aviv angered Palestinians, who claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.
President Trump's decision last year to recognise it as Israel's capital broke with decades of US neutrality on the issue and put it at odds with most of the international community.
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