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New CAN President speaks on his emergence, Buhari, extremism

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New CAN President Ayokunle speaks on his emergence, Buhari, extremism

The newly elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria [CAN], Dr. Supo Samson Ayokunle, said he foresaw his election to lead Christians in Nigeria in 2015.

The cleric who warned President Muhammadu Buhari, to “maintain balance and keep close to constitution”, irrespective of his religious affiliation.

This, according to Ayokunle, is to avoid opening the door for lawlessness in the society.

He also criticised the enlistment of Nigeria into a coalition under the aegis of Organisation of Islamic Countries.

Ayokunle, President of Nigerian Baptist Convention, made the revelation in an interview with journalists immediately after his election in Abuja.

He was reacting to some national issues, including the killing of an Igbo business woman in Kano and tack on a Christian in Kaduna for allegedly eating during Ramadan.

He said, “Well, in one of these nights in October 2015, when I was doing my holiday in Houston, Texas with my wife, I had a dream that I participated in CAN presidential election.

“I saw a bloc that is not mine, voting for me en masse.

“And I woke my wife up and I said, ‘Mummy, am I going to be a candidate in CAN’s election’?

“And she said, ‘no you are not going to be in Jesus Name’.

“I asked ‘why’ and she said, ‘the trouble there is too much, I don’t want you for that type of trouble’.

“I said, ‘well life is a sacrifice and I don’t think God is a joker, He doesn’t joke.’

“God is communicating something to us and I don’t think we need to reply through emotion.

“We need to be serious and go into serious prayers to know the mind of God concerning this matter.”

According to him, Islamic leaders should mentor their children properly and ascertain who is “radicalising their children and turning them into murderers”.

They should be able to teach what is right, to reduce religious intolerance.

He said: “Whenever the government is not upholding the sanctity of the constitution in terms of the secularity of our existence, the church must speak out without fear of favour.

“For example, we have been talking of OIC. Does the government of Nigeria have the right to take the country into OIC?

“Is it in keeping with the spirit of the constitution?

“No and when you continue to pull people, the limit is to push them to the wall.

“If you have been telling people to move and they move to the wall and you are still telling them move, where do you want them to move to?

“So the government of Nigeria should not take things for granted and think that Christians are fools and they will be seen to be promoting one religion above the other or favor one religion to the detriment of the other.

“Whenever we see that, we are going to tell them to be very careful and we are going to speak out.

“Who you are going to worship is a fundamental fight of every individual and government is there to protect that, not to force one religion on the other.

“I want to advise the present government to maintain balance and keep close to constitution irrespective of the religious belief of those in government.

“The government should respect the constitution of Nigeria because if the government breaks the constitution of Nigeria on religion alone.

“They have already opened the door for lawlessness in the society.”

Ayokunle also called on the Islamic leaders to talk to their children who, he said, are not giving them honour by what they are doing.

“They (children) are bringing disgrace to the religion of Islam.

“We have existed together for many years without this type of development.

“So it is the duty of the Islamic leaders in Nigeria to look for those who are radicalising their children and…

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