2023: I Believe In Your Strategy Document, Atiku Tells CAN

 

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has told the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), that he believes totally in the strategy document of the Christian body.

The former Vice President of Nigeria made this known during his session with the Christian leadership’s interactive session with presidential candidates in Abuja on Tuesday.

Atiku said there is no difference between CAN’s Policy Roadmap for a Future Nigeria and his position as contained in his policy document and various books he wrote.

“I have listened to what the presentation of CAN document and I can tell you the CAN document is totally in conformity with my thoughts in a book which I published when I was the Vice President and this led to a fundamental disagreement with my boss as well as my constituents. There is no difference between my book and CAN’s presentation,” Atiku said while responding to CAN’s message.



Mr Atiku’s delegation was received by CAN’s President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, Secetrary of the association  and other executive members.

Speaking further, the former number two man said ” I stand before you not to campaign but to tell u the honest truth, what you have presented is what I have always believed in. And if I have the opportunity, I swear to God I will do it.

“Oil didn’t not send me to school, my parents paid cattle tax, market tax, radio tax and these were the taxes that sent me school from primary to university. If God have given you gold or oil, take your oil or gold but I will tax you.

“Why should we be fighting over resources that has been endowed to whoever it is endowed to”.

Presenting CAN’s strategy document titled “Policy Roadmap for a Future Nigeria” the national secretary of the association said  “For avoidance of doubt, we present the policies that we believe will address the crises of development in Nigeria;

“State police or fully decentralized police authority; clear and unambiguous religious neutrality of the Nigerian state through the removal of constructional references to religion and the use of religious symbols in al national legal materials and symbols, like the currency, etc., Enforcement of fundamental rights of all Nigerians, including economic and social rights.”

“Restructuring to decentralize governance; Equitable and enforceable sharing of executive and legislative positions in Nigeria; Ethnic and religious representation in military and security agencies, Self-determination for all Nigerian people through inclusion of the right of a referendum in the constitution

“No to Ruga, yes to ranching, Education and free healthcare to all Nigerians (including Almajiri); No open grazing (rather modernization of animal husbandry) and Local control of local economy, including waters, rivers, and forest”.

On his part, the vice presidential candidate of the PDP, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, noted that the church needs to pray not to plant amiss.

He said; ” We have come to the season to plant and we must be careful to plant right so we can harvest abundance and bounitfuly. The church needs to be prayerful as we have not been this divided as a nation before as we are today and at this moment we need a man that can unify all ethnic groups, formal and informal groups. We saw how he alongside President Obasanjo ensured the unity of this country after years under the military and how our presidential candidate who was the VP then handled the economy which led to economic development and prosperity.”

He promised the leadership of the CAN that Atiku/Okowa Presidential campaign will ensure it attend to all  issues raised in CAN’s strategy document.

Atiku’s delegation to the session included his Vice-Presidential candidate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Chairman of the PDP, Iyiocha Ayu, Ex-VP Ach Namadi Sambo, PDP PCC DDG Operations Senator Liyel Imoke, Gov Ishaku Darihus, Bukola Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye, Tom Ikimi, Hon Elumelu, High chief Raymond Dokpesi amongst others.

Insecurity: Onaiyekan Urges Nigerians To Pray Against Troublemakers

Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan.

 

The Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, His Eminence John Cardinal Onayekan, has called on Nigerians to pray to God to change the heart and minds of those who are causing problems in the country.

He made the call at a national prayer meeting organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Friday.

The prayer meeting which is holding at the National Christian Centre, Abuja is being attended by Christians from across different denominations.

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Cardinal Onaiyekan lamented the current security challenges in the country and the alleged complicity on the part of security agencies.

He said there is pervasive deep frustration at the apparent inability of the government to restore peace and normalcy in the country.

Noting that “it is as if nowhere is safe,” Onaiyekan said the situation has made it imperative for Christians to rise and intercede for the land.

Drawing lessons from the book of 2 chronicles 7:12-20, the Archbishop Emeritus said a nation cannot be restored unless it is purged of its sins, and that those who pray for the restoration of the country must change from their ways.

Also in attendance was the CAN President, Dr. Daniel Okoh, among other clergymen.

The prayer session which focuses on national security and peace, economic prosperity, and national unity, saw prayers also offered for Nigerians in captivity of kidnappers, including the remaining Chibok school girls and Leah Sharibu who was among the girls abducted from the Government Girls School, Dapchi in Yobe State.

Intercessions were also made for good governance and leadership in Nigeria as well as for peaceful elections in 2023.

 

CAN Condemns Attack On Apostle Suleman, Calls For Probe

A file photo of Apostle Johnson Suleman
A file photo of Apostle Johnson Suleman

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned what it described as an assassination attempt on the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman.

Last Friday, gunmen attacked a convoy ferrying the popular cleric in Edo state, killing seven persons including three policemen, a development that triggered a wave of condemnation from Nigerians including the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, who said the recent attack underscores the level of insecurity in the country.

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Days after the incident, CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, asked security agencies to probe the attack and bring the perpetrators to book.

“While we call for a full-scale investigation into the dastardly act that claimed several innocent lives, let all hands be on deck to uncover the identities of those involved in this heinous crime and bring them to book,” the statement from the CAN chief read.

“We urge the Federal Government and the security agencies to see the incident for what it is, a sign of the nation’s wobbling security system, and act quickly to address the situation.

“We consider it as a disturbing development and another attempt by evildoers to cause mayhem not only in Edo State but also in the nation as a whole.”

The CAN President commiserated with Omega Fire Ministries International and the family of those who lost their relatives in the ugly incident.

Okoh recalled the US Embassy’s warning of a possible terror attack by bandits in Abuja, appealing to our security operatives to wake up to the challenges of securing people’s lives and property to avoid the consequences of a resort to self-help.

He added, “We must do whatever it takes to stop those plotting to eliminate innocent citizens anywhere in the country by brutal means, from achieving their ignoble objectives. They must not be allowed to continue their wickedness.

“While CAN appeals to Churches and by extension all Nigerians to be vigilant, and alert security agencies of any suspicious movements in their vicinities, we will continue to pray for lasting peace and security in our country in Jesus’ name.”

CAN President Distances Self From APC Presidential Campaign Council List

A file photo of CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh
A file photo of CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh

 

President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishop Daniel Okoh has distanced himself from a revised list of members of the Tinubu/Shettima 2023 President Campaign Council.

Names of some outgoing officials of CAN had featured on a version of the list sighted by Channels Television.

In a statement, Archbishop Okoh said the development was worrisome.

He said CAN is noted for its stance on non-partisanship and that the body will launch an investigation into the matter.

“At the end of the probe, CAN will take fair, but decisive and appropriate action with a view to defending the ideals of the umbrella Christian body I lead by the grace of the Almighty God,” the CAN President said.

Read the CAN President’s full statement below:

CAN President distances self from APC Presidential Campaign Council list

1. My attention as President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has been drawn to the revised list of ntmembers of the Tinubu/Shettima 2023 President Campaign Council wherein the names of some outgoing officials of the body were featured.

2. Such a development is worrisome because it counters the well-known stance of CAN on partisanship.

3. I want to categorically exonerate my humble self from this development and any of such that may occur in the future.

4. I want to use this medium to assure all Christians in Nigeria and the general public that since I received the news, I have commenced full investigation into how the officials got involved into overt partisanship.

5. At the end of the probe, CAN will take fair, but decisive and appropriate action with a view to defending the ideals of the umbrella Christian body I lead by the grace of the Almighty God.

6. On a final note, I urge the general public to be calm while we collectively work to entrench a culture of inclusion and respect for our religious diversities in our political leadership.

Signed:

Archbishop Daniel Okoh
President,
Christian Association of Nigeria

2023: Obasanjo Asks Religious Leaders Not To Let Politicians Wreck Nigeria

CAN President, Most Reverend Daniel Okoh met with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta on September 28, 2022.
CAN President, Most Reverend Daniel Okoh (2nd left) met with former President Olusegun Obasanjo (3rd left) in Abeokuta on September 28, 2022.

 

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has warned religious leaders in the country not to allow politicians with no fear of God to wreck Nigeria.

He declared that if such is allowed to happen, the entire country would regret it.

Obasanjo made the request when the new President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, His Eminence, Most Reverend Daniel Okoh paid him a courtesy visit at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Penthouse residence in Abeokuta.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, the former President requested that Nigeria politicians could be made more responsible by the country’s religious leaders.

Obasanjo who commended the CAN President for his glowing remark on him, said the Sultan of Sokoto had spoken about Okoh to him about his personality, “and, I must say, I am impressed. With you and Sultan (who is already singing your praises) you can both make a turn-around; you can work together,” Obasanjo was quoted to have said.

“If you stand on the truth, you stand for justice and equity, it is then the politicians will not be able to mess us around and I will say it with all sense of responsibility now, if we do not watch it, the politicians will wreck this country and we all regret it.

“And where can we look for salvation, that is where you religious leaders have a significant role to play. I think its the mistake of the past (particularly in the Christendom), that we say politics is not for the righteous. Now, if we take the righteous away from politics, and we leave politics to the unrighteous, the unrighteous will smear the righteous with the unrighteousness that they will carry into politics and will have no where to go.

“And in the next election, if we do not watch it, it may make or break Nigeria. And I pray that it will make Nigeria.”

He further said that for having both Sultan of Sokoto and the CAN leader already on same page, “may be our politicians will listen, and if our politicians don’t listen, may be our people will listen,” Obasanjo said.

The visiting religious leader had earlier commended the former President for his roles in turning around the Christian faith in the country, asserting that he has made valid contributions to Christianity in Nigeria.

According to him, “in 1976, he started with the establishment of this association, the CAN and in September 1999, he formed the Inter Religious Faith Council 1999. On the political sector, you set up the National Political Reform Conference, which I am privilege to be a delegate, representing the Christian faith. These were the few I could remember as I was planning for this visit.

“Baba, you have played important roles in the political history of Nigeria and Africa, particularly your current role in the Horn of Africa, where the task is to ensure peace in the region. These are no doubt, valid contributions to Christianity.”

On Obasanjo’s request, Okoh hinted that it was among the resolutions reached at the Inter Religious Council meeting held in Lagos recently.

He said the Council had resolved “not to leave the political space to the politicians, that the religious leaders must get involved, not to be partisan, but, must give leadership to make sure that the values of our religion are brought to the space to help us to live in peace and work for the unity of the nation, including fighting for justice. We are committed to the call Baba made.

The CAN President said he was excited by the visit, “and I can see it, that it is coming from his heart. He has the passion and definitely we are not going to take it for granted,” Okoh said.

On the CAN President’s entourage was the CAN Asst General Secretary, Apostle Abiodun Sanyaolu, South West Chairman, His Grace, Elder Adeaga, Lagos and Ogun States CAN Chairmen, Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya (who also represented Bishop Francis Wale Oke) and Bishop S.T Adegbite.

They also included Ven. Emmanuel Alamajo, Ven. Emmanuel Nnana, Ven. Joseph and Personal Assistant Dr. Victor Isoke.

2023 Elections: Northern CAN Reaffirms Opposition To APC Muslim-Muslim Ticket

A file photo of Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima.

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 northern states and Abuja has reaffirmed its opposition to the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Secretary-General of the Christian body, Sunday Oibe, stated this in a statement on Sunday in Kaduna State, some months ahead of the presidential election.

“We reaffirm our stand against the idea of a Muslim-Muslim ticket in a multi-religious and multi-cultural society like Nigeria, particularly considering the fact that the country has never been this divided along religious and ethnic lines before,” he said.

Following his victory at the APC presidential primary, Senator Bola Tinubu – a Muslim – had announced Senator Kashim Shettima as his running mate in the forthcoming poll.

Shettima, a former two-term governor of Borno State, is a Muslim from the north-east region and the lawmaker representing Borno Central senatorial district at the National Assembly in Abuja.

Oibe called on politicians and political parties to be wary of those who might sneak to meet them secretly in the name of Christian leaders from the North, with the sole aim of wetting their political apatite and desperation for monetary gains.

He stressed that Northern CAN, as a reputable religious organisation, would never engage in any secret dealing with any politician as a matter of policy.

He, however, said the association would leave its doors open to any Nigerian who desires to share with them, ideas on moving the country forward.

The CAN scribe also expressed concern about the intractable insecurity ravaging various parts of the country, saying nobody is safe if terrorists could threaten to abduct the President and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.

He, therefore, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to rise up to the occasion by living up to his constitutional responsibility of protecting the lives and property of citizens and defending the sovereignty of Nigeria.

“Nigeria is under siege by terrorists who are unleashing mayhem on the citizens and crippling economic and social activities across the country, particularly in states like Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Kebbi, Sokoto, and even Abuja – the seat of power,” he decried.

“The continuous brazen and commando-like style, with which these terrorists operate unchallenged, even to the extent of issuing a threat to kidnap the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is worrisome. We urge all well-meaning Nigerians to unite and pray fervently for the country and for the defeat of the enemies of the Nigerian state.”

Oibe asked the Presidency and the National Assembly to stop living in denial, saying urgent and proactive steps must be taken to save the country from collapsing.

He also congratulated the newly elected President of CAN, Reverend Daniel Oko, and pledged the association’s unalloyed loyalty to him.

“On behalf of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory, we congratulate the newly elected National President of CAN, Reverend Dr Daniel Oko, and his vice, Reverend Dr Stephen Baba Panyam,” he said.

“We encourage them to stand firm like Joshua in the Bible in these difficult times and to be the real voice for the church in Nigeria. We pledge our unalloyed support in all areas to help them succeed.

Pastor Tunde Bakare Denies Endorsing Tinubu, Criticising CAN

A file photo of Pastor Tunde Bakare.
A file photo of Pastor Tunde Bakare.

 

 

The General Overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has denied claims that he has endorsed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

Pastor Bakare also denied claims that he criticised the Christian Association of Nigeria for speaking up against the APC’s choice of a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election and the controversial appearance of “clergymen” at the unveiling of Kashim Shettima as APC’s vice-presidential candidate.

Pastor Bakare’s reaction to the claims was contained in a statement dated Friday, and titled ‘Reffutal: The statements credited to me are outright lies’.

He described the statements credited to him as “concocted and ridiculous” and accused “unscrupulous writers and bloggers” of being responsible for them.

Pastor Bakare said, “Amongst other things, I was quoted to have said that the  agitations by the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, were ploys by the opposition party, PDP, to force a weak candidate on APC. In addition to this, I was alleged to have said that CAN wanted to lure APC into presenting a weak candidate.

“The spurious writers also alleged that I stressed that Christians are righteous people who behave like Christ, and that CAN are politicians who behave like PDP.

“As if the poorly strewn lies were not enough, I was quoted as saying that Tinubu is my candidate.”

Pastor Bakare, who unsuccessfully sought the presidential ticket of the APC, faulted the reasoning behind the claim that he had endorsed the APC presidential candidate who he had opposed publicly at the party’s primary.

“Isn’t this the same Tinubu that I announced to all and sundry at the APC Presidential Convention that I was not stepping down for? He has suddenly become my candidate!” he said.

The pastor called on the public to disregard the alleged statements as there were not his and do not represent his position. Also, he challenged anyone with evidence that he actually made the statements credited to him to make the evidence public.

“I wish to state unequivocally that the statements are absolute lies. There was nowhere I granted anyone any interview, or preached on any platform, where I said the ludicrous statements,” he said. “I challenge anyone who is in possession of the video or audio file of the statements to please put it in the public space.”

He added, “For the avoidance of doubt, I am a nation builder who will not in any way create real or imaginary division among the people of our great country, through the medium of political parties or religion.”

Shettima’s Unveiling: Stop Impersonating Us, CAN Tells Politicians

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has dissociated itself from the unveiling of the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Kashim Shettima, saying those who were presented as church leaders are ‘unknown clerics’.

CAN’s General Secretary, Barrister Joseph Bade Daramola, stated on Thursday that the Christian body is surprised to witness how desperate politicians have become in their craving for power.

“We are shocked, disappointed and worried about the desperation of some politicians who once claimed Christians do not matter in governance and politics who went to hire some unknown ‘bishops, pastors and priests’ to impersonate the leadership of CAN in their political meeting.


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“This is totally unacceptable, reprehensible, unprecedented, and ungodly. If they are saying Christians have no electoral values why impersonating them in their meetings?”

“We are throwing their principals and sponsors into the court of conscience. These actions of theirs have shown who they are to the public and what they are capable of doing to us all,” Barrister Daramola declared in a brief communique.

CAN asked political parties not to ignore “religious sensibilities and sensibilities of the people especially in today’s Nigeria when Christians are becoming endangered species daily.

“Our quest is within the constitutional requirements and ignoring it is akin to trampling on the Constitution, especially the Federal Character Act.”

The ecumenical body noted that at the fullness of time, it will direct its members nationwide on how to use their PVCs come 2023.

Tinubu’s choice of Shettima, a Muslim as his running mate, has split opinion and drawn widespread criticism with critics warning that a Muslim-Muslim ticket threatens the future of the country.

At the unveiling of Shettima where fresh controversy emerged over the presence of “bishops”, Tinubu called for unity.

He said, “We hold the chance to move the nation and our collective cause forward as never before,” he said on Wednesday at the unveiling of Shettima as his running mate. “To do this, we must be wise in our thoughts and courageous in our actions.

“We must win this election so that we can bring jobs, eliminate poverty, educate our children, (and) bring up our grandchildren without thinking of religious division or ethnic differences. We are one. Our passport is one; greenback is one. One nation, one destiny.”

No CAN Official Attended Shettima’s Unveiling As APC VP Candidate, Says PRO

This picture taken on July 20, 2022, shows Mr Bola Tinubu and Mr Kashim Shettima, and others at the unveiling of the APC vice-presidential candidate in Abuja. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has distanced itself from the unveiling of Kashim Shettima as the vice-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

National Public Relations Officer of CAN, Mr Bayo Adedeji, made this known in a short message after images of men said to be “pastors and bishops” went viral.

“Let them name the CAN officials that attended the programme and their offices,” he said. “If they could use 2017 photos to claim that some bishops visited Senator Shettima and lied that Pastor E. A. Adeboye had endorsed them, they could do anything.

“Our position on Muslim-Muslim ticket is irreversible. Anybody can claim to be anything, but one thing is clear, CAN was not part of the unveiling programme of Shettima.”

The reaction by the Christian body comes hours after the ruling party officially presented Shettima – a Muslim – as the running mate to its presidential flagbearer, Bola Tinubu, who is also a Muslim.

Shettima, a two-term governor of Borno State, is the lawmaker representing Borno Central senatorial district in the National Assembly.

 

Rejected Ticket

Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, first announced the choice of Shettima as his running mate on July 10 when he paid a sallah homage to President Muhammadu Buhari in his hometown of Daura in Katsina State.

He said the former governor was picked because of his competence, capability, and reliability. But Tinubu’s action has sparked outrage in the country, especially from CAN and various individuals and groups who rejected it.

Amid the concerns raised, the APC flagbearer explained that his action was purely for the good of the nation and its people, and not to disrespect any faith, specifically the two major religions in the country.

He later unveiled Shettima as his running mate at an event held in Abuja where he advised Nigerians to look beyond religion and ethnicity and focus on building a prosperous nation.

“We hold the chance to move the nation and our collective cause forward as never before,” he said on Wednesday. “To do this, we must be wise in our thoughts and courageous in our actions.

“We must win this election so that we can bring jobs, eliminate poverty, educate our children, (and) bring up our grandchildren without thinking of religious division or ethnic differences. We are one. Our passport is one; greenback is one. One nation, one destiny.”

CAN Condemns ‘Outrageous’ Owo Attack, Calls For Security Architecture Overhaul

A file photo of President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle.
A file photo of the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle.

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the attack on St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, describing it as “outrageous” just as it called for an overhaul of the country’s security architecture.

CAN’s comment was contained in a statement issued by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Media Assistant to the CAN President, His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle.

“The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the unprovoked attacks and killing of several innocent worshippers at the St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo, and called on the security agencies to apprehend the perpetrators of the dastardly criminality,” the statement said about Sunday’s incident which led to many deaths and injuries.

“This is sad, wrong, condemnable, outrageous, unacceptable, and satanic. There is no explanation for this unprovoked attack and assault on a place of worship. This is raw persecution. These people are possessed, and demonic and are not working for the good of the country. May God descend heavily on them and fight them mindless agents of Satan from their roots in Jesus’ name.

“We are once again reiterating our quest for a total overhauling of the security architecture and are asking President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the recycling of those criminals and terrorists in the name of de-radicalising programme. If the programme is not counterproductive, how come the criminalities are always on the increase and nowhere is safe again.”

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It also condoled with the families of the victims, the Catholic Church and the government and people of Ondo State over the incident.

The Christian umbrella body also lamented about the rising state of insecurity in the country and accused politicians of being interested in the next election instead of seeking a permanent solution to it.

“This menace of insecurity has gotten out of hands and is embarrassingly sore. Criminals are operating with impunity all over the country and unfortunately, our government appears to be so busy with the 2023 general election that it has no time for the unending killings in the country,” the CAN statement read.

“We call on the State Governors to meet with the President to find the lasting solution to these killings. Issuing mere press statements of condemnations and what looks like empty threats is apparently not a way out of it,” it added.

“CAN commiserates with all the bereaved, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye, the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), and the Ondo State Government.”

READ THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

CAN Press Statement
OWO CARNAGE: No Explanation For the Carnage
The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the unprovoked attacks and killing of several innocent worshippers at the St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo, and called on the security agencies to apprehend the perpetrators of the dastardly criminality.
This is sad, wrong, condemnable, outrageous, unacceptable, and satanic. There is no explanation for this unprovoked attack and assault on a place of worship. This is raw persecution. These people are possessed, and demonic, and are not working for the good of the country. May God descend heavily on them and fight them mindless agents of Satan from their roots in Jesus’ name.
We are once again reiterating our quest for a total overhauling of the security architecture and are asking President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the recycling of those criminals and terrorists in the name of de-radicalising programme. If the programme is not counterproductive, how come the criminalities are always on the increase and nowhere is safe again.
This menace of insecurity has gotten out of hand and is embarrassingly sore. Criminals are operating with impunity all over the country and unfortunately, our government appears to be so busy with the 2023 general election that it has no time for the unending killings in the country. What legacy is the government and those who are the managers of our security architecture leaving behind for the unborn generation? We are praying for the government and the security agencies to get it right before it will be too late. If the Federal government is not interested in the State Police, what efforts are being put in place to arrest this unpleasant situation? We call on the State Governors to meet with the President to find the lasting solution to these killings. Issuing mere press statements of condemnations and what looks like empty threats is apparently not a way out of it.
CAN commiserates with all the bereaved, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye, the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), and the Ondo State Government.
Signed
Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Media Assistant to the CAN President, His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle.
5 June 2022. 

Deborah Samuel: CAN Osun Chapter Protests Against Killing, Seeks Justice 

A photo combo of the school entrance and the late Deborah Samuel

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Osun State chapter has condemned the killing of Deborah Samuel over alleged blasphemy. 

The Association appealed to the Federal Government to ensure justice is done following the death of the 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State.

CAN Chairman in Osun State Bishop Amos Kayode Ogunrinde stated this during a peaceful protest organized by the body held at its secretariat in Owode Ede, Osun State.

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He maintained that the action is totally wrong and unacceptable by the CAN

Armed with placards with various inscriptions such as ‘We need justice for Deborah,’ We Say No To Islamic Extremists,’ among others, they appealed to the government, authorities, and security agencies to act fast and address abuse of the constitution before it leads to a more serious conflict.

Deborah Samuel was killed and set ablaze on 12 May 2022 by some of her colleagues on the campus premises on the bases of making blasphemous statements.

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.