The Christian Association of Nigeria [CAN] elected Rev. Dr Samson Ayokunle as its president.
Rev Ayokunle succeeds outgoing Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor whose tenure just ended.
He was elected at the end of the two days National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of CAN held on 14th and 15th June, 2016 at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.
The meeting also produced Elder Prof. Joseph Otubu, of the OAIC as Vice President Elect for the Association.
The disclosure was contained in a communique issued by CAN after the NEC election signed by Rev. Dr. Musa Asake.
The communique reads:
Communiqué issued at the end of the two days National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Christian Association of Nigeria held on 14th and 15th June, 2016 at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.
The Christian Association of Nigeria had a successful and blessed National Executive Council Meeting (NEC) held on 14th and 15th June, 2016 at the National Christian Centre Abuja.
The meeting which was well-attended, had in attendance the National Officers of the Association, all the five (5) Heads of blocs, the Zonal Chairmen, the States Chairmen and delegates representing the five blocs of the Association:
1. Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN),
2. Christian Council of Nigeria(CCN)
3. Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria/ Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria(CPFN/PFN),
4. TEKAN/ECWA, and,
5. Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC).
The meeting conducted a successful election that produced Rev. Dr Samson Ayokunle, candidate of the CCN as the President Elect and Elder Prof. Joseph Otubu, of the OAIC as Vice President Elect for the Association who will be inaugurated after the General Assembly Meeting of the Association to be held at a later date.
The NEC resolved as follows;
i. The meeting appreciates God almighty, the Head of the Church for His providence, protection and provision for the Nigeria Church and our nation.
ii. The meeting commends the National President of the Association His Eminence Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor for providing the enabling environment for the entire Church blocs to present candidates of their choice and participate in the just concluded election.
iii. The meeting also commended the Chairman and members of the 2016 Electoral College for doing a diligent work that produced the candidates despite noticeable challenges.
iiii. The meeting appreciates the Government for allowing the church to conduct a free, peaceful and credible election into the office of the National President and Vice President as against the strong insinuation of their interference in the process leading to the election.
v. The meeting frowns at members of the Association who without exhausting in- house mechanism of Christian settlement of disputes among brethren resorted to self-help by going to court of law as against the teaching of the Holy Bible.
The meeting resolved that thorough reconciliation meetings be initiated to bring back to the fold aggrieved members of the Association.
vi. The meeting observed with serious concern the bill in the National Assembly seeking to create Grazing Reserve for a segment of herdsmen against the collective interest of farmers.
The criminal menace of these herdsmen is now affecting almost all the states of the federation and one may be inclined to believe that this is an indirect way to Islamise Nigeria through violence.
The church calls on the Federal Government and the National Assembly to suspend consideration of this bill in its entirety and call for dialogue with stakeholders to give room for more inputs.
vii. The meeting noted with concern the recent High Court judgment in Osun State on the use of hijab in all schools including missionary schools.
This development is unfortunate and may send a very wrong signal that Osun State Government is clearly favoring one religion over the other.
The Osun State Government is hereby advised to be sensitive to religious matters of this nature for peaceful coexistence.
viii. The meeting condemns totally the ongoing persecution of the church in Nigeria, particularly those in the Northern Nigeria.
The instance where a Christian elderly woman is murdered in cold blood for complaining against the blocking of her shop is worrisome. Kraftpriser og leverandoerer billig stroem i hele Norge
The situation where a Christian brother is beaten to a state of coma for eating in the afternoon during Ramadan fast is a clear evidence of the degree of intolerance of Christianity in some parts of the country especially where Sharia law is given prominence.
The church demands that the perpetrators of these dastardly and barbaric acts be tried openly and punished to serve as a deterrent to others.
ix. The meeting also painfully noted with concern the attempt to smuggle a bill for the amendment of the constitution to provide for the criminal aspect of the Sharia legal system in the Nigerian Constitution which will open doors for more persecution of Christians in Nigeria, especially those resident within the jurisdictions where Sharia law is being practiced.
x. The meeting appreciates the Federal Government and other donor Countries, Agencies and individuals on the proposed reconstruction of the North East Zone hitherto devastated by insurgency activities.
However, its implementation must be seen to be fair especially to all those who suffered the brunt of the deadly attacks.
The members of the Committee saddled with this responsibility must take critical note of the real victims and be guided by their conscience.
xi. The meeting calls on all Christians in Nigeria not to give up on peaceful coexistence and unity with themselves and their neighbors.
As a major stakeholder in the Nigeria project we are committed to the peace, unity and progress of our great nation, Nigeria.
Thank you and God bless Nigeria.
Rev. Dr. Musa Asake
Director Legal & Public Affairs