If Security Chiefs Are Not Performing, Why Is Buhari Keeping Them – Week In Quotes


The killing of the Adamawa State CAN Chairman by Bokon Haram insurgents set the tone for the passing week.

Security debates on what should be done to allay the fears of the masses took the central stage on various platforms.

Towards the end of the week, more conversations held around the Corruption Index which did not put Nigeria in a good light.

From security issues to coronavirus and down to corruption debates, here are some of the major quotes that take us deep into what transpired within the course of the passing week.

1. I thank God my husband did not deny Jesus.

Wife of slain chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika local government area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, expresses delight over husband’s faith in the face of terror.

2. Sack all your security chiefs.

Following the recent killing of Reverend Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram terrorists, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) asks President Muhammadu Buhari to sack all his security chiefs.

3. Is there any hope that our security is guaranteed under this government?

CAN ask about the possibilities that the present government can oust the insurgents in Nigeria’s Northeast.

4. This barbarism is condemnable. We will ensure that these terrorists pay a heavy price for their evil actions.

President Muhammadu Buhari condemns the killing of Reverend Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram terrorists.

5. I never said I’ll probe my predecessors.

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, debunks rumors making the rounds suggesting that he plans to probe his predecessors.

6. Reverse this injustice now.

Hundreds of supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party in some states across the nation stage protest against the supreme court ruling that sacked Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State.

7. It brings me great sadness that it has come to this.

Britain’s Prince Harry expresses “great sadness” at the way he and his wife Meghan had to give up their royal titles as part of a separate settlement with the Queen.

8. China can win battle against coronavirus.

President Xi Jinping says China can “win the battle” against the coronavirus epidemic that has infected over 1,200 people across the country.

9. Having the opportunity to work with the coach again is something I’m really happy about.

Victor Moses speaks on signing for Inter Milan on loan from Chelsea.

10. I’d love to go. I’d sort of love (to) sit in the front row and stare in their corrupt faces.

US President Donald Trump says he would love to attend his impeachment trial in the US Senate.

11. Selective adherence to the rule of law and corruption in political parties were some of the reasons for the poor ranking.

Transparency International ranks Nigeria low on Corruption Index for 2019.

12. The empirical evidence does not support  Transparency International’s report.

Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami says the facts on the ground do not correlate with the information dished out by Transparency International.

13. Governments should promote open and meaningful access to decision-making and consult a wider range of groups, beyond well-resourced lobbyists and a few private interests.

Transparency International suggests what Nigeria needs to do to get a better rating in the Corruption Index.

14. I am for restructuring. As long as we have a Constitution, we can only restructure within the current Constitution, as imperfect as it is first.

Elder statesman and former governor of Ogun State, Mr Olusegun Osoba, says Nigeria can only be restructured with the current constitution he described as being imperfect.

15. The midwives of Amotekun have repeatedly acknowledged that theirs is only a contribution towards a crisis of escalating proportions. Other states should be encouraged to emulate, not misread such initiatives, then demonize them by false attributions.

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, replies ex-governor of the old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, following his comment that the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Operation Amotekun would lead to the declaration of Oduduwa Republic.

16. We are afraid because if they don’t tame this monster at the early stage, it is going to be a serious disaster for the country.

The National Secretary, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Alhassan, says his organisation is afraid that if the Amotekun security outfit is allowed to operate, it could turn out to be a disaster for the country.

17. Those who are afraid of Operation Amotekun are criminals.

The spokesperson of the Afenifere Renewal Group, Yinka Odumakin, says those who are afraid of Operation Amotekun are criminals.

18. Those claiming that this limited, inoffensive addition to security threatens the Republic have taken themselves upon a madcap excursion.

All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, weighs in on the debate over ‘Operation Amotekun’.

19. Amotekun is going to be a monster which will distort the Southwest by itself because people will take over.

A former Senior Lecturer at the Bayero University in Kano, Dr. Suni Sufi reveals his concerns regarding Amotekun.

20. We will repatriate Alison-Madueke to face financial crime charges.

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu gives an assurance that former minister of petroleum Diezani Alison-Madueke will be repatriated before the end of the year to face financial crime charges leveled against her.

21. I think I am a monster.

Daniel Ibeaji the killer of billionaire businessman, late Ignatius Odunukwe, speaks on how the murder was carried out.

22. Ignorance is fueling the tension between Christians and Muslims.

The Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II believes ignorance is fueling the tension between Christians and Muslims in the country.

23. As a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and with the understanding of my constitutional role and duty as a citizen, I am writing to petition the National Assembly on the need to immediately ensure the fundamental reform of the legal framework governing our electoral process in order to safeguard our democracy and to strengthen our democratic institutions.

Professor Kingsley Moghalu, a presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections and a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), announces the kick-off of the TBAN campaign seeking one million signatures for a petition to the National Assembly regarding fundamental electoral reforms in Nigeria.

24. The war against insurgency may take long but we are capable of handling it.

President Buhari believes the nation will surely put the issues associated with the troubles in the Northeast in order and move ahead, although it might take a bit longer.

Security: CAN Declares National Fasting For Nigeria



The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared Friday, 31st January to 2nd February 2020 as days for special fasting and prayer for Nigeria in all churches, home and abroad.

According to a statement by the chairman of CAN, His Eminence Dr. Samson Ayokunle, the fasting is for the gruesome killing of innocent Nigerians to stop.

Dr. Ayokunle further stated that this fasting is for the Nigerian government to develop the capacity to overcome the criminals troubling the nation.


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The Christian body also declared a special prayer walk which would take place on the 2nd of February 2020.

“Sunday 2nd February 2020 is declared a Special Prayer Walk by Christians in all the States of the Federation in the form of a procession to be led by States CAN Chairmen in their CAN Secretariats and pastors of churches in all churches in Nigeria,” Dr. Ayokunle declared.

He urged churches to process round their area, pray for God’s permanent intervention and help from all over the world so that all Christians might not be consumed one by one.

As far as Dr. Ayokunle is concerned, it appears that the government is completely overwhelmed with the brutality of Nigerians which he says is happening unabated daily.

The CAN Chairman asked all Bloc Leaders, Zonal and States Chairmen, Leaders of Denominations and all Christians and concerned Nigerians to support and come out en-mass for the program.

Be Innovative In The Quest For Survival, CAN Tells Youths

CAN advises youths of Nigeria at Bowen UniversityThe President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Samson Ayokunle, wants young graduates in Nigeria to change their thoughts and orientation towards the society, which he said had led to different ills.

Reverend Ayokunle made the observation in Iwo at the 11th convocation of Bowen University, in Osun State.

He asked the youths to stand firm for whatever was righteous.

The CAN President warned unemployed youths to jettison the idea of perceiving armed robbery and kidnapping as means of survival and rather be innovative, especially in this period of recession.

“Shun embezzlement, shun violence which some graduates are perpetrating in our society today. Do not join the gang of armed robbers or kidnappers in order to survive,” he cautioned.

He further told the youths to take a cue from the life of the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, who has employed a number of people and has become a blessing to the whole world.

“You can make positive difference. Therefore, go out there and positively demonstrate that you are an elite group, a people to be respected anywhere, anytime,” he added.

The Chancellor of the University, Reverend Olimide Kehinde, enjoined graduates of the faith based institution to be different in terms of decorum, moderation, moral purity and excellence.

“Knowing full-well that many graduates today are not well versed in native intelligence. It becomes additional responsibility on us parents and guardians in the university setting to instill the consciousness that the products of faith based university must show difference in terms of decorum, moderation, moral purity and excellence,” he stressed.

First Set Of Medical Doctors 

While congratulating students, parents and guardians on the occasion, Reverend Kehinde advocated commitment to keeping the vision and mission of the university as headed by the Nigeria Baptist Convention.

The Vice Chancellor of Bowen University, Iwo, Professor Matthews Ojo, said the university was producing its first set of newly qualified medical doctors.

The Vice Chancellor told the gathering that apart from the 23 medical doctors, the university also produced 63 first class among over 1,000 graduates who received their certificates during the ceremony.

He said that 23 medical doctors would be inducted, highlighting that the university was happy with the competition of the training of its pioneer medical students.

The VC said: “It is an improvement to what is obtained from the previous 59 and 49 for 2003 and 2005 respectively”.

Professor Ojo stated that the university had continued to make its impact felt positively within its host communities, saying it was collaborating with the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, to make the road linking Iwo with Osogbo motorable.

He said, “The university has partnered the Oluwo of Iwo in the areas of rehabilitating the bad roads on the Iwo, Ede and Osogbo axis so as to make it become motorable. We are also sponsoring the Iwo Day, the Olupona Day and others. We also sprouted culverts in some of the communities around us”.

The Vice Chancellor commended the Federal Government for the recent licenses given to 10 private universities in Nigeria, describing it as a measure towards creating more access to university education in the country.

He said the capacities of the institutions in existence could not cater for the demands of over one million admission seekers, emphasising it was a right step in the right direction.

Rev. Supo Ayokunle Emerges New President Of CAN

CAN_PresidentThe Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has elected Rev. Supo Ayokunle as its new president.

Reverend Ayokunle is the current National President of Nigerian Baptist Convention and takes over the CAN leadership from Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

The election was conducted at the National Ecumenical Center, Abuja.

Rev. Ayokunle defeated his rival, Joseph Otubu of the Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim Movement (MCCSW) with 54 votes to 28.

The outgoing president of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, whose tenure ends in July announced the result of the election and declared Reverend Ayokunle his successor.

Herdsmen Attacks: Gov. Okowa Hosts Stakeholders’ Meeting

Herdsmen Attacks, OkowaThe Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has held a forum with stakeholders to foster peaceful co-existence between farmers, host communities and herdsmen in Delta State.

This is part of efforts to reduce the clashes between herdsmen and communities in the state.

The meeting, which took place at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba, had as its theme, ‘Fostering Peaceful Co-existence Between Farmers, Host Communities and Herdsmen in Delta State’.

Governor Okowa, while declaring the event open, urged participants to speak freely about the ways out of the quagmire to ensure a peaceful state where the people can carry out their business activities without fear.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Alkali Usman, in his speech, called for tolerance, cooperation, mutual respect and peaceful co-existence among the people, groups and the local communities.

There was free flow of information from the stakeholders as they spoke about likely suspects, causes of the attacks, their pains and likely solutions.

In their responses, representatives of Miyetti Allah, Miyatti Allah Kautu, Cattle Dealers Association and Cattle Breeders Association suggested that they should be part of the local security to help fish out the bad eggs among the cattle rearers.

The forum resolved that security agents need to be more proactive and arrest anybody caught with arms and prosecute such persons. They agreed that this will ensure that farmers and villagers move about freely without fear of herdsmen attacks.

The State Governor who was the chief moderator, after listening to all the suggestions from stakeholders, said that a committee would be set up to look at all the positions stipulated at the forum in order to find a lasting solution to the menace.

Present at the meeting were representatives of traditional rulers’ council, communities, farmers, local government council chairmen, Miyetti Allah, Miyetti Allah Cattle Dealers Association, Cattle Breeders Association, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Muslim leaders, civil society organisations, the military, Police, Department of State Security (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well as the Nigeria Immigration Service.

Dogara Warns Christian Leaders Against Partisan Politics

DogaraThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, has called on Christian leaders to refrain from partisan politics and remain united in order to have a common voice.

Speaking at the 2nd Christian Pilgrimage Stakeholders Summit organised by the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission in Abuja, Speaker Dogara said the challenges being faced by the country requires a holistic approach of all Nigerians.

He advised Christian leaders to work towards sustaining Christian pilgrimage as the Federal Government is no longer in a position to fund pilgrimage.

He further explained the need for Christian leaders to sustain the pilgrimage through a united front.

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, spoke on the future of Christian pilgrimage just as the Primate of the Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, enjoined Nigerians to keep faith with god.

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, John-Kennedy Opara, challenged Nigerians to invest in the future of Nigeria.

Top on the agenda of the gathering was the issue of funding pilgrimage by the government and its agencies and exploring ways of sustaining the exercise without depending on government for support.

This gathering ahead of the general elections of CAN.

Nigeria Is Fighting A Religious And Ideological War – Oritsejafor

oritsejafor_NewThe President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor says Nigeria is fighting a religious and ideological war in the north-east where insurgency has taken a firm grip in the last six years.

Pastor Oristejafor said Christians have suffered more in the region as insurgents, driven by what he called the ‘Wahabist ideologies’, attack communities in the north east.

Oritsejafor, who spoke on Wednesday in Abuja during the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of CAN, said “territories that have fallen under the control of Boko Haram are predominantly populated by Christians, a sign that Christians are no longer safe in those parts of the country.

“What is happening there is unacceptable to us. Christians are the main victims. We are not saying that other people are not affected. But Christians are the ones affected more. All the places where Boko Haram has foisted their flags are dominated by Christians.

“They have taken over Mubi in Adamawa state which is dominated by Christians. Somebody will now tell me this is not religion. Who is fooling who? Nigerians should accept that we have a problem”, he said.

The clergy also called on local and international community and religious bodies to help Nigeria in wining the fight against terrorism.

Apart from urging Christians to intensify prayers for the victims of the insurgency in the north east, the CAN leader said the military needs a superior ideology to defeat insurgency.

“All well meaning Nigerians must pray and continue to pray. We must pray. I will not join those condemning our security agencies. They are Nigerians. Women are losing their husbands and children are losing their fathers. I want to challenge the military. They can do better. They must continue to fish out those sabotaging their efforts. Those people should be expelled. They are in all the security agencies.

“No matter the intention you have, if you have people working against you, you will not succeed. There are too many people in the system working against the system. Why should these kind of things be happening? Innocent people are being killed. It is too much. Enough is enough!

He further noted that the ongoing insurgency in the north is a religious and ideological war that needs the support of Islamic scholars and the military to succeed.

“I want to make an appeal to our Muslim clerics and Muslim political leaders to come together and see how they can help us solve this problem. They have the solution. There are some Muslim scholars Boko Haram members respect. To a large extent, that is the only way out.

“As members of CAN, we are ready to meet with them. I believe in progressive dialogue. This is my strong appeal. I want to appeal to those at the grass root. This connects to the leaders. The leaders should talk to those at the grass roots. They should give reliable intelligence to our security agents. Please, do not harbour these people. They are not fighting for you. Expose them”, he said.


CAN President Meets Islamic Leaders In Delta

ayoThe president of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor on Wednesday met with the Islamic committee in Delta state alongside other members and leaders of the Christian society to discuss the current security issues that has plagued the country and the way forward.

Addressing the group at the Word of Life Bible Church,  Warri, the clergyman  pointed out that leaders should go beyond condemning Boko Haram but work together to fight against terrorism.

The members of the Islamic Committee in Delta, led by Mr Anwulu Tukur explained that the perpetrators of Boko Haram activities are following the wrong doctrine of Islam.

Pastor Oritsejafor also pointed out that just as the Muslim are accepted and received in Delta state, it is expected that they do likewise to the Christians amongst them in the north.

Members of the Islamic committee led by the Chief Iman of Asaba, Alhaji Habib Faruk, gave an account of their migration to Delta state and assured that Islam does not promote or support terrorism of any kind.

“It appears that the state of insecurity in this country has got to a stage where everyone, Christian or Muslim have to stand up and work together to bring a stop to this alien that has crept into this nation and is gradually stealing the peace and unity of the country” he said.

Inter Religious Harmony Will Aid Peace And Progress In Nigeria – Oritsejafor

CAN_AyoThe National President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has stressed the need for inter religious harmony for the peace and progress of Nigeria.

Speaking in Abuja at a conference organised by Christian Elders Forum of Northern Nigeria, Pastor Oritsejafor appealed to religious leaders to be in the vanguard of promoting peace.

Pastor Oritsejafor described insurgency as a crime against humanity and advised members of Boko Haram to repent in the interest of the nation.

The Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs for the Church of England, Dr Toby Howarth, who delivered a goodwill message from the Archbishop of Canterbury also emphasized the need for religious harmony, describing Nigeria as a country with great potentials.

With the theme ‘Voices Against Violence’, the conference being attended by Christian leaders from the 19 northern states is aimed at addressing issues of security and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

CONFAB: JNI, CAN Trade Words Over Delegates List

jni-canBarely three days after President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the National Conference in Abuja, the nation’s capital; the Jamatu Nasril Islam (JNI) on Wednesday complained what it termed as unfair representation of Muslims in the delegates list, expressing doubt that such marginalisation will affect the credibility of the outcome of the conference.   

At a press conference in Kaduna, JNI Secretary General, Dr Khalid Abubakar said despite the fact that Muslims constitute over 60 percent of the country’s population, they were allocated only six slots out of the 20-man federal government delegates list to the conference, while similar treatment was also meted to Muslims in the appointment of service chiefs and other top federal appointments in the country.

The Islamic body also condemned the tragedy that engulfed the recent Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment exercise where about 19 applicants lost their lives, saying the incident has presented the level of poverty and unemployment despite the abundant resources in the country.

But in a sharp reaction, a former chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State, Dr Samuel Kujiyat described the allegation of marginalisation of Muslims as totally untrue and a deliberate plot by the body to discredit the ongoing national conference.

He challenged JNI to come up with facts that Muslims are actually greater in number than Christians, saying the  same Islamic body had  rejected the inclusion of religious variations during the last National Population Census in 2006 in order to ascertain which religious group has the highest population.

He also absolved President Jonathan of favouring the Christians than Muslims in federal appointments.

Jonathan Urges Governors To Encourage Participation of Holy Pilgrimages

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday charged state governors to encourage their people to embark on either the Christian or Muslim pilgrimage.

President Jonathan made this call at the Presidential Villa while receiving the 2013 Christian Pilgrimage Report from the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

The President, who was among those who took part in last year’s pilgrimage to the holy land, said that the experience afforded him an opportunity to recreate his spirit, an experience, every Nigerian should partake.

He charged Vice President Namadi Sambo to discuss with state governors to come up with modalities that would ensure Christians and Muslims enjoy the privileges anywhere they find themselves, promising to do all in his power to ensure that all pilgrims enjoy  hitch free visits to the holy land.

Presenting the report, leader of the delegation Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor said that only 27 states including the FCT participated with a total of 14,833 pilgrims airlifted to the states of Israel and Greece.

He said that Kano, Katsina, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara states did not sponsor any pilgrims.

Group Cautions Against Supporting Candidates Based On Religious Sentiments

A group of Christian and Muslim leaders from the North has called on Nigerians to choose their leaders on the basis of competence and issues, rather than religious or ethnic sentiments.

At a one day conference on Religion and Good Governance, organised by Kaduna based Christian Awareness Initiative of Nigeria (CHAIN), participants including Christian and Muslim leaders, accused some politicians in the North of using religion as a tool to divide the common people of the region and other parts of the country for their selfish ambitions.

Convener of the conference and former Secretary General of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State, Reverend Joseph Hayab, advised the citizenry to ensure the unity of the North and the country in general by not championing overzealous politicians based on religious sentiments, which was capable of destroying the corporate existence in the nation.

He urged the citizens to support quality leadership that would ensure peace, security and development, adding that the country would become better if both Muslims and Christians come together and chase away bad leaders who hide under religion or tribe to cover up their lack of performance.

As the crisis rocking the political scene rages over issues bothering on the 2015 elections, Muslim scholar, IbrahimWaziri, averred that the country will only progress if the electorate ensures that only people with sound ideologies and manifestos are elected into leadership positions and not religious bigots.

The conference was attended by Christian and Muslim leaders across the 19 Northern states, who said they will sensitise and mobilise their congregations in preparation for the 2015 elections.

The Christian Awareness Initiative of Nigeria was established six years ago by a group of Christian leaders in the North, to create awareness on issues of national importance among Christians, as well as promoting national unity.