Christians Celebrate Easter Amid Calls For Hope, Unity

 

Christians in Nigeria and across the world are celebrating Easter, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The celebrations represent the culmination of the Holy Week which starts with the observance of Palm Sunday to mark the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

To mark Easter, Christians thronged churches for special services, prayers and thanksgiving.

In its Easter message, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said Easter called for celebration despite the challenges bedeviling the country.

“Is there anything that calls for celebration in all these things we are facing? Yes, there is. Nothing is worse than death!” CAN President Reverend Samson Ayokunle said.

“If Jesus died and was buried, putting his disciples in the greatest state of disappointment and sorrow but afterward rose from the dead, then, Nigeria is going to be great again.

 

This file photo shows some Christians gathered at a church in Abuja. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

“This nation will rise from all the challenges we are facing and we Nigerians are going to rejoice and be proud of our nation again in the name of Jesus Christ.”

President Muhammadu Buhari, governors and leaders called for unity in their Easter messages, especially as it comes about eight months to the 2023 general elections.

“As we approach another season of electioneering, let the security and unity of the nation guide our actions and utterances,” Buhari said in a statement on Thursday.

“This period emboldens us to believe that the current spate of uncertainty and insecurity will soon unfold a season of the triumph of good over evil; hope over despair, and light over darkness.”

On Friday, as Christians marked Good Friday, Pope Francis used the occasion to call for peace in Ukraine.

The Pope spoke when thousands of Christian attended the “Way of the Cross” prayer service, which he presided over at Rome’s Colosseum.

Pope Francis, who has repeatedly condemned the conflict in Ukraine, and has called for an Easter ceasefire, prayed that the “adversaries shake hands” and “taste mutual forgiveness”.

“Disarm the raised hand of brother against brother,” he said.

Easter: Since Jesus Rose From The Dead, Nigeria Will Be Great Again – CAN

A file photo of a church in Abuja used to illustrate the story. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is optimistic that the country will surmount the numerous challenges facing. 

CAN said this in its Easter message to Nigerians, according to a statement signed by the president of the Christian umbrella body Rev. Dr Samson Ayokunle on Thursday.

While he noted that the country is battling issues on many fronts, the CAN President said the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is an indication that things will be better in Nigeria.

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“Is there anything that calls for celebration in all these things we are facing? Yes, there is. Nothing is worse than death!” the statement read.

“If Jesus died and was buried, putting his disciples in the greatest state of disappointment and sorrow but afterwards rose from the dead, then, Nigeria is going to be great again. This nation will rise from all the challenges we are facing and we Nigerians are going to rejoice and be proud of our nation again in the name of Jesus Christ.”

The cleric prayer that God will “fast-track the resurrection of Nigeria from all her pains and challenges so that those of us who have tasted in the suffering in our nation might equally eat of the good of this nation in the name of Jesus Christ”.

He also lauded the security operatives”especially for the supreme price some of them had paid” for their efforts in tackling the security situation in the country.

“We seize this opportunity of Easter to pray for comfort for their families and urge the government to take good care of the people they left behind,” the cleric said.

He also called on the Federal Government to redouble efforts in tackling insecurity.

“Once again, I wish you happy Easter. May Hallelujah be your song forever in Jesus’ name,” the CAN leader said.

Pray For God’s Mercy, CAN Tells Nigerians In New Year Message

PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE THE STORY: A file photo taken on December 25, 2020, shows some Christians gathered at a church in Abuja. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria has called on Nigerians to pray for God’s mercy in 2022.

In a New Year message signed on Friday by CAN President Samson Ayokunle, the group said Nigerians irrespective of their religious affiliations should “cry for the mercy of God” that can preserve the nation and bring an end to all insecurity.

“I call on all Nigerians, irrespective of their religious affiliations, to rise up and cry for the mercy of God that can preserve us and bring an end to all these pains. It appears as if our governments have got to their wit end over the menace of insecurity. Their major focus now is on the 2023 general election. Can the 2023 election happen if the nation is overrun by criminals? Our nation must survive first and be at peace before an election can take place.

“Except for the mercy of God to intervene divinely and miraculously, we would be like Sodom and Gomorrah. It is only God who can make the 2023 general election a reality. It is only God in his own way who can teach our leaders the right step to take. It is only God who can send us help from above. Because of the desperate situation, we are in, some governors are already calling for self-defence and declaration of the state of emergency! This is unprecedented,” the statement read in part.

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Looking back to the activities of 2021, Ayokunle said, “Glory be to our God who helps us to escape all dangers and threats of the Year 2021 occasioned by the criminal activities of the bandits, terrorists, kidnappers and other unscrupulous elements amidst us.”

“2021 was one year too many as a result of the ways and manners these criminals have been operating with impunity as if this is not the country, we have been all these years. It is as if they have taken over the country. They invade communities, markets, churches, and schools. They kill, maim, destroy, and kidnap without much resistance or hindrance.

“They have turned our roads into death traps where they now kidnap for money, apparently due to the poor conditions of our roads and suddenly kidnapping has become a big business as the innocent people are being kidnapped and ransom in millions are being demanded and paid.

“Families of kidnapped people are at the mercy of the criminals! Some were not even fortunate as they were killed after the ransom has been paid! Our security agencies have been overstretched and the best done by our government is far from being enough if we must say the truth without deceiving ourselves. The Police have been parading the arrested kidnappers on the television but surprisingly, it appears as if they are too busy with their investigations to prosecute them!,” the CAN President lamented.

He stressed further that the call for help from the developed world and the United Nations over rising insecurity got little attention as “they seem to be more occupied and busier with COVID-19 than pay attention to the daily destruction of lives going on in Nigeria.”

He called on denominational and church leaders to use the opportunity of the New Year Fasting and Prayers programme of churches to rescue Nigeria from those who are hell-bent on destroying it by deliberately praying for the mercy of God over our unfortunate situation.

“For the Lord, our God is a merciful God. He will not leave us or allow these heartless criminals to destroy us. We serve a God who is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

“It was in His mercy that He rescued the family of Noah against the Great Flood; He delivered Lot and his family in Sodom and Gomorrah shortly before the destruction of those cities. By his mercy, he delivered Israel from Egyptian captivity without Israel fighting any battle. The list of God’s merciful intervention in human affairs is endless. That same God will surely have mercy on our country in Jesus’ name,” he said.

He prayed that 2022 be the year of total deliverance from all manners of insecurity challenges in the country.

Uche Nwosu: CAN Apologises To Anglican Church, Condemns Police Invasion

CAN Chairman in Imo State, Eches Divine-Eches, speaks during a press conference in Owerri on December 27, 2021.

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Imo State has apologised to the Anglican Church over the invasion of the church by security operatives.

CAN Chairman in the state, Reverend Eches Divine-Eches, tendered the apology on behalf of the religious body on Monday while addressing reporters in Owerri, the state capital.

“The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Imo State chapter hereby apologises to the Anglican Church over the recent incident of the arrest of Uche Nwosu in one of its parishes,” he said. “We believe that this could have been avoided.”

Policemen had stormed St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Eziama-Obaire in Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State on Sunday, sparking outcry in parts of the country.

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The heavily-armed security operatives stormed the church with high-powered security vehicles and shot sporadically into the air before arresting Mr Uche Nwosu, a former governorship candidate in Imo and son-in-law of former Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Condemning the action of the policemen, Divine-Eches asked security agencies to ensure they carry out their duty in a professional manner.

He asked them to shun actions that can give detractors and criminally-minded persons the opportunity to destroy their good works.

The clergyman, however, stated that the association would continue to support every effort by security agencies to arrest any group or person involved in any form of criminality in the state.

“As the umbrella body of the Christians in the state, we support efforts by security agents to bring any person fingered of involvement of any form of criminality in our state to book,” he declared.

“The security agencies must be mindful of the mode of operation to avoid offending the sensitivity of our people and unwillingly giving detractors the opportunity to rubbish their good work.”

Religious Freedom Violation: CAN Questions US Govt Data Used To Delist Nigeria

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has questioned the United States for delisting Nigeria from the list of ‘Countries of Particular Concern’ on the issue of freedom of religion.

The association in a statement on Sunday said it does not have the data or statistics used by the US government in arriving at the decision.

“The US government did not contact us when they were listing Nigeria among the countries of ‘Particular Concern’ on religious freedom, neither did they seek our opinion before removing Nigeria from the list,” a statement by the President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle, said.

“If they had done, we would have been able to compare the statistics then and now on the issue of freedom of religion in Nigeria. Whatever may be the data they used, our prayer is that Nigeria would be a country where no religious group is discriminated against or persecuted and that our government would see to it that all religiously biased policies are discontinued”.

According to CAN, Christians have faced and are still facing persecution from ISWAP and the Boko Haram Islamic Group till today.

“We have lost many people and places of worship to their assault, especially in the Northcentral part of the country and the Northeast.

“Though the madness has grown now and those who are not Christians are being attacked, killed and kidnapped, this is because these criminal acts have become a lucrative business and it is whoever you can kidnap for money! If the government had responded appropriately when this criminal madness began and subdued these evil groups immediately, we wouldn’t be where we are now!

“We have been shouting at the top of our voice in Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), almost in vain, that government policies should be religiously neutral enough so that no religious group would be seen as being favoured or discriminated against.

“For example, for almost a year ago now, some of our churches are finding it difficult with the Ministry of Interior to get new marriage certificate booklet after they had exhausted the ones they were using. Some had applied for new supply as far back as January this year without any response from Ministry of Interior till now.

“This means that such churches licensed to conduct weddings were denied the right to do so for no cogent reason from the government! It is not only in Nigeria that churches are allowed to conduct weddings once they were licensed to do so. Why are the churches being denied the right to do so now in Nigeria? If there is nothing to hide by the government and it is not a subtle religious discrimination, why didn’t the ministry in a written form or verbally explain to the churches that needed new marriage certificate booklet why the supply is delayed?

“We are seizing this opportunity to appeal to the Ministry of Interior to put its acts together and allow the licensed churches to collect the marriage certificate booklets from the local government registries nearest to them without further delay and cost,” the statement read in part.

CAN, therefore, called on “all right-thinking people” to continue to ask the US government to let the world know what has changed on the issue of religious freedom and the persecution that Christians face because according to them, the factors that put Nigeria on the CPC list for the first time in 2020 are still there.

Christian Association Of Nigeria Raises Alarm Over Killing Of Clergymen In Taraba

 

The Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN) has raised an alarm over the assassination of clergymen for no just course in Taraba State by yet to be identified assailants.

Chairman of the association Jirapye Magaji raised the alarm following the dastard murder of a clergyman under the auspices of the Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria in Baissa, the headquarters of Kurmi local government area on Monday.

”With a heart filled with grief, I stand to address you this moment on the unfortunate brutal killing of the CRC-N regional church council Baissa chairman, Rev. Timothy Damisa on the 12th of July 2021 at his residence in Baissa, the headquarters of Kurmi LGA.

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”The dastard assassination of the clergyman is a great shock to the entire denomination because it came at the time that this vibrant pastor was contributing enormously to the spiritual and physical transformation of the church ”

”Accordingly, the church is worried by the new trend where criminals or sponsored assassins have made ministers of the gospel their targets as this has been the third of its kind in recent times within the denomination alone,” the CAN Chairman stated.

Magaji called on the government and security agencies to swing into action to unravel the syndicates perpetrating such heinous crime and their sponsors.

”We, therefore, call on government at all levels and the intelligence agencies to swing into action to uncover the syndicates perpetrating these vices and their sponsors in society and bring them to book.

”This will serve as a deterrent to others, as allowing crime to thrive will make perpetrators consider it a lucrative business and others would be attracted to join them.

” We advise the church to continue to pray for God to expose the perpetrators and sponsors of the dastardly act ”.

While urging clergymen in the state to be security conscious, Magaji added that this is the third time ministers of the gospel are made targets, a situation he described as one too many, one which should not be allowed to degenerate.

”We also urge members to desist from peddling unfounded rumours concerning the incident as that is capable of bringing division in the church.

”The church advises the youth in society to embrace legitimate ventures to earn their living, instead of availing themselves as instruments of satan for destruction, as the consequence will not only be on them but will spill over to their future generations.

”For the deceased, his contributions to the church has been enormous as evident in the legacy he left in Abuja, Jos and lately Baissa, where he served as pastor, RCC chairman, ” the cleric stated.

He condoled with the immediate family, friends, well-wishers, and the entire denomination and the body of Christ over the unfortunate incident; and prayed that God would grant the deceased eternal rest.

Treat Military Plane Crashes As National Emergency, CAN Tells Buhari

A file photo of NAF personnel with an Alpha-jet of the Nigerian Air Force. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to treat military plane crashes as a national emergency.

Since January, the nation has recorded three plane crashes involving military aircraft resulting in the death of at least 20 personnel.

In a statement issued on Sunday by its National Secretary, Daramola Joseph, CAN asked the Federal Government to ascertain that all planes are fit for flights before embarking on any trip.

“It is high time thorough investigations are carried out with a view to ascertaining the immediate and remote causes of these recurrent disasters and address the causes decisively and squarely,” the statement partly read.

“We cannot continue to lose our finest military and security officers to air disasters without treating the situation as a national emergency.

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“CAN is genuinely concerned and suggests that while the nation still awaits the report of the cause or causes of this latest crash, adequate measures should be taken so as to avert this kind of tragedy both in our military and civil aviation in the future.

“We must ascertain that all military aircraft are fit to fly and that the training of the flight officers is excellent.

“We further plead that adequate care should be taken of the dependants of the deceased so that they might be proud eternally of the nation the deceased served.”

CAN’s reaction comes two days after a Nigerian Air Force jet crashed at the Kaduna International Airport due to bad weather.

Victims on board the ill-fated aircraft were the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, Brigadier Generals Ahmed Kuliya, O Olayinka, and MI Abdulkadir; Majors N Hamza, LA Hayat; Sergeants O Adesina, and Umar; as well as Aircraftman OM Oyedepo, Flt Lt TO Asaniyi, and Flt Lt AA Olufade.

The Beechcraft 350 aircraft conveying the military officers, with registration number 5N-R203, was billed to land at the Nigerian Airforce Base in the Mando area of Kaduna but diverted to land at the civil airport.

Sallah: CAN Celebrates With Muslims, Asks NSCIA To Caution Extremists

Muslims gather at an open space for the Eid prayer on May 13, 2021.

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has celebrated with Muslims in the country on the occasion of the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan.

In a statement by its National General Secretary, Daramola Joseph, the Christian body also rejoiced with the leadership of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and wish them a happy celebration.

It, however, decried the activities of extremists whose actions were ungodly and asked the NSCIA to call them to order.

“We are not unaware that your fasting was in obedience to the divine directive:  “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” — Surat Al-Baqarah 2:183. May God answer all your godly prayers offered throughout the month,” said the statement dated May 12.

It added, “We appeal to the leadership of NSCIA to continue to advise and caution the extremists who are not well-grounded in the faith and whose wicked and ungodly actions are giving bad names to Islam.

“It is trite to know that no godly person will engage in the promotion of violence, kidnapping, banditry, and terrorism or identify with the perpetrators. We pray that the aftermath of this year Ramadan will usher in peace and unity into the country.”

The religious body commended the efforts being made by the police and other security agencies towards ensuring peaceful celebrations.

On the other hand, it prayed that God would put His fears into the hearts of leaders to promptly do what was right, justly, and godly.

CAN also prayed that corrupt persons compromising the security in the country would have a change of mind and those who refused to change would be exposed and sanctioned by God.

It promised to continue to genuinely promote religious tolerance, peace, and unity in Nigeria in collaboration with NSCIA.

“We remain partners in peacemaking. Let us continue working together for the peace, unity, and progress of the country.

“Our heart goes to the families and friends of those who are bereaved especially as a result of senseless and unwarranted killings in the country. May God console and comfort them all,” the statement said.

CAN Declares Three Days Prayers Against Killings, Banditry, Others

A file photo of some Christians gathered at a church in Abuja. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared three days of prayers against insecurity and other problems in the land.

CAN National General Secretary, Daramola Joseph, announced this in a circular dated May 11, 2021, and addressed to the leadership of the Christian body at various levels.

He explained that the leadership of the association considered the prayers important for God’s mercy and intervention in the continued killings, banditry, terrorism, and other problems facing the country.

Noting that the prayers were scheduled to hold between May 28 and 30, Joseph hinted that all local churches were directed to gather in the evening of each day.

He asked them to pray to God in the attitude of soberness for the bloodshed of many innocent Nigerians.

The CAN listed some of the suggested prayer points to include seeking forgiveness for sins committed by the church or Nigerians, especially their leaders.

Another important point was a prayer for the speedy recovery of Nigeria from all its losses to make it a nation everyone in the world would love to be.

Read the circular by the religious body below:

11th May 2021

To All:

National Leaders,

Bloc Leaders,

Zonal Chairmen,

State Chairmen & their Secretaries.

 

Dear Sir,

NATIONAL DAYS OF SOBERNESS/MOURNING AND FERVENT PRAYERS FOR GOD’s MERCY BY CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA FROM FRIDAY, 28TH MAY – SUNDAY, 30TH MAY 2021.

This is to inform you that the CAN President, in view of the continuous killings, banditry, and host of other problems in Nigeria has considered it imperative and absolutely necessary that our country needed prayers for God’s mercy and intervention in our land.

Consequently, all local churches are expected to gather in the evening of each day set aside for the prayers to pray to God in the attitude of mourning or soberness for the bloodshed of many innocent Nigerians most especially Christians.

In the light of these, the following are the suggested prayer points to be followed during the said prayer meetings:

o That we are sad and pained for the blood of many innocent Nigerians that evil people in our midst had shed or for those kidnapped and abused in various ways. That God should forgive our sins wherever we as a church or Nigerians, especially our leaders had sinned against God.

o That the plans of the evil people in our midst to paralyze human, social and economic activities in this nation and throw the nation into chaos would be foiled by the Lord Jesus Christ.

o That any religious madness, or war that would not allow us to worship God in the way we are convinced to worship Him would be nullified by the Lord.

o Pray that the church would prevail over all threats to her existence in Nigeria. That the gate of hell will never prevail against the church in the name of Jesus.

o That our leaders would do justice in leadership and show fairness to all ethnic and religious groups in all their actions so as to douse ethnic and religious tensions we have presently.

o That the law enforcement agents would rise to their responsibilities and provide the necessary security we need in Nigeria.

o That every step the terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, gunmen and other wicked people in our midst take henceforth would be failed. That unseen hands and the army of the Lord would fight them and Nigeria would be at peace.

o Pray and plant righteousness, Godliness, prosperity, peace, and love in our nation.

o Pray for the speedy recovery of our nation from all our losses so that this nation might become very soon a nation that everyone in the world would love to be.

o Pray to break the yoke of the generational curse that might have been placed on Nigeria and her leadership during the slave trade by the victims.

Thank You

Signed

Daramola Bade Joseph

CAN’s National General Secretary

11 May 2021

Easter: CAN Congratulates Nigerians, Prays For End To Insecurity

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File photo: CAN President Samson Ayokunle

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has congratulated Nigerians on the occasion of the Easter celebrations, praying for an end to insecurity in the country.

CAN in a statement issued on Friday by its President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, is hopeful that the Easter season would help Nigeria overcome the current challenges.

“He that rolled away from the stone from the grave shall roll away insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, herdsmen’s attacks, ritual killing, armed robbery, unemployment and other challenges we are facing presently in this nation in the name of Jesus Christ,” the statement partly read.

“As they joy rejoiced at last when they saw the resurrected Lord, may you equally see the glory of God and be filled with everlasting joy in Jesus’ name.”

While asking Nigerians to be steadfast in prayers, CAN called on the citizens to exercise patience in tribulations.

The religious body said God can never fail his children, adding that glorious morning of resurrection would come with patience and continuous prayers.

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Ayokunle added, “Though we have many challenges in the nation today ranging from different types of insecurity to social and economic challenges, I urge all the children of God to rejoice in hope.

“We must not be disillusioned as the disciples were when Jesus was arrested, crucified and buried. They were overwhelmed by grief and doubted His resurrection. They locked the door against themselves for fear of those who killed Jesus because they felt they would descend on them too.”

Nigeria has been experiencing a series of security threats ranging from terrorism, banditry, militancy, cultism among others in several parts of the country.

The country has been battling terrorism for more than a decade, a situation that has led to the death of 36,000 people and the displacement of hundreds of thousands in the northeast.

The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.

On March 1, jihadist fighters burnt down a United Nations humanitarian compound in the town of Dikwa after dislodging troops, killing six civilians.

Nigeria’s jihadist violence has spread to neighbouring Chad, Cameroon, and Niger, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.

Hijab Controversy: CAN Asks FG, Police To Hold Gov Abdulrasak Accountable

A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and the CAN President, Samson Ayokunle.

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government and the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed to intervene in the ongoing violence over the hijab policy which according to the association has led to violence and bloodletting in Kwara State.

CAN in a statement issued on Wednesday by the CAN General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola, said Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, should be held responsible if the matter degenerates.

According to the religious body, the governor’s pronouncement on the issue of hijab-wearing is in violation of the court directive on the matter that the status quo should be maintained until the matter is resolved by the court.

“Wisdom is required by those in leadership to handle sensitive issues such as that of religion so as not to precipitate war. if any damage is done to any church or anyone is injured on this matter, the governor of Kwara State will be held responsible,” the statement partly read.

“It is disheartening and unfortunate that a government that was installed democratically will become insensitive to the plight and the yearning of the people as if the governor was voted into the office primarily to protect his own religion. This is unfair, ungodly and reprehensible.

“There are public schools and schools that belong to some Islamic organisations where those who wanted to be wearing hijab can be attending without causing the ongoing needless crises rocking the state.”

The Christian association called on Governor Abdulrazaq to give peace a chance in the state by ordering hoodlums attacking mission schools and churches in the state to stop before the situation degenerates into an unprecedented religious crisis.

CAN Sues FG Over CAMA 2020

A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and the CAN President, Samson Ayokunle.

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has filed a lawsuit before the Federal High Court Abuja challenging the legality of the just gazetted controversial Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 (CAMA).

CAN disclosed this in a statement signed on Monday by its General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola, noting that the Christian body is not comfortable with the law.

The suit with number FHC/ABJ/CS/244/2021 was between the Incorporated Trustees of Christian Association of Nigeria, the Corporate Affairs Commission and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment.

According to the statement, legal luminaries representing CAN included Prof J. Amupitan (SAN), Wale Adesokan (SAN), Isaac Okpanachi, Comfort Otera Chigbue, Godswill Iyoke, Dr Cyril Obika, Geraldine Mbah, Francis Oronsaye, Oluniyi Adediji.

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Others included Charles Ndukwe, Emmanuel Ekong, Darlington Onyekwere, Madu Joe-Kyari Gadzama, Lama Joe-Kyari Gadzama, Rev Fr. Joseph Ilorah, Jerry Onbugadu Musa, and Amazing  Ikpala.

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The plaintiff counsels were led Joe-Kyari Gadzama when the case was mentioned at the Abuja court today.

On its decision to approach the court, CAN explained that “all attempts to convince the Federal government why it should not intervene or interfere with the management of the Church in the country through any of its agencies failed.”

It noted that leaders present in the court included the “General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola, Esq., Elder Kunle Fagbemi, Senator Philip Gyunka, Elder Tunde Adegbesan, Rev Dr Testimony Onifade,  the Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Comfort Otera Chigbue, Esq., and Senator Jonathan Zwingina.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had on August 7, 2020 signed the Companies and Allied Matters Bill, 2020.

The assent which repeals and replaces the extant Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990, that lasted 30 years.

Following the presidential assent last year, prominent bodies including CAN and the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) asked President Buhari to rescind his assent to the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020.

While SERAP requested Buhari to send the legislation back to the National Assembly to address its fundamental flaws, CAN rejected piece of legislation, saying churches cannot be controlled by the Nigerian government.