Biography: Meet The 8th President Of CAN

The Most Rev. Daniel Chukwudumebi Okoh was born on November 12, 1963 in Kano to Christian parents. He is a native of Ndoni in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. He is married to Ngozi and they are blessed with four children.

His Grace, Most Rev. Daniel C. Okoh – President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)

Archbishop Daniel Okoh is a product of the famous Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha. In 1988, he graduated from the University of Port Harcourt with a Second Class Upper Division in Political Science and Education. Thereafter, he attended Christ Holy Church Seminary, Onitsha and was awarded a diploma in Theology. He has undertaken many courses and participated in seminars that are relevant to his ministry work both in Nigeria and abroad. 

As the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church International – an African Independent Church – he leads his denomination in ecumenical relations with other denominations in the body of Christ and engages with people of other religions in dialogue for peaceful co-existence and sustainable development. 

His Grace, Most Rev. Daniel C. Okoh – President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)

For more than 20 years, Most Rev. Daniel Okoh, has been actively involved in ecumenical relations and inter-faith dialogue in and outside Nigeria through the following positions:

  • International Chairman of the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC)
  • National President of OAIC – Nigeria Region (2005 – 2014)
  • National Vice-President of Christian Association of Nigeria (2007 – 2013)
  • Former member, Board of Directors of Inter-Faith HIV/AIDS Coalition of Nigeria
  • Member, Governing Council of Good News Theological College and Seminary Accra, Ghana
  • Member, Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC)
  • Member of the Board of African Council of Religious Leaders – Religions for Peace

He is also a board member of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (Nigeria). Between 2000 and 2003 he was the only African representative in the Steering Committee of the International Forum on Multi-cultural Ministry, which was initiated and sponsored by the Mission and Evangelism Team of the World Council of Churches. 

His Grace, Most Rev. Daniel C. Okoh – President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), with the Immediate Past CAN President, His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle

In the area of Politics and Governance, Archbishop Daniel Okoh was one of the six delegates that represented Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the National Political Reform Conference of 2005 organized by the Federal Government of Nigeria. From 2009 to 2011, Most Rev. Daniel Okoh served on the board of National Orientation Agency (NOA) as an Institutional representative of Christian Association of Nigeria. 

His Grace, Most Rev. Daniel C. Okoh – President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), with the General Secretary of CAN, Barr. Daramola Joseph Bade

Over the years, Daniel Okoh, a de-tribalized Nigerian, has built friendship across religious and ethnic lines around the globe. He welcomes and participates in conversations and programmes that would bring about peaceful co-existence among the peoples of the world and sustainable development. 

He is a charismatic leader and bridge-builder within the Christian faith, social sphere and in all human endeavours.

His Grace, Most Rev. Daniel C. Okoh – President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), with the Immediate Past CAN President, His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, and the new CAN Vice President, Rev. Dr. Stephen Panya Baba

Now the 8th President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Most Rev. Daniel Okoh is set to practically illustrate and impact the Christian community and the nation at large with his vast experience he has accumulated all through the years as a husband, father, clergyman, mediator, mentor, peace-builder, church-leader, inter-faith advocate and all-round,

PRESS STATMENT: “No CAN Official Attended Shettima’s Unveiling” – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) dissociates itself from the unveiling of the Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Kashim Shettima; as those who were presented as church leaders are unknown clerics who are not part of the association.

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.

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.

We are asking 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.

At the fullness of time, we will direct our members nationwide on how to use their PVCs come 2023.

Signed: Barrister Joseph Bade Daramola (General Secretary, CAN)

PRESS RELEASE: The Gruesome Murder of CAN Chairman is Highly Condemned – CAN

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned in strong terms the gruesome murder of Rev. Fr. John Cheitnum Four days after his abduction and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the masterminds are arrested and prosecuted.

Cheitnum was the Chairman of CAN in Jema’a local government area and the Coordinating Chairman of the body for Southern Kaduna until his demise. He was kidnapped with Rev. Fr. Donatus Cleophas (who later escaped) on July 15, from the Rectory of Christ the King Parish, Yadin Garu in Lere local government area of Kaduna State.

To say the least, this is cruel, inhuman, deliberately provocative, barbarism and condemnable. Unfortunately, we  have a government that has failed to protect the lives and property of citizens and yet it will not ensure that these terrorists pay a heavy price for their evil actions. Ours is a government that lacks political will to put these criminals where they rightly believe. Instead, they are being recycled in the pretext of de-radicalising programme.

We recall with sadness and a sense of despair how terrorists murdered  Lawan Andimi, the chairman of CAN in Michika, Adamawa State. Till today, no one has been brought to justice for his gruesome murder. Instead, many Christians, including the clerics, are being abducted and killed while our security agencies look helpless.

This is unprecedented anywhere in the world. We don’t know when an end will come to these wicked acts and to worsen the situation, the same government that cannot protect us has failed to establish state police to compliment the obviously overstretched Federal Police. This is why many well meaning Nigerians, including some governors, are calling for self-defence to reduce the menace of insecurity challenges.

Late Rev. Fr. John Cheitnum, Chairman of CAN in Jema’a Local Government Area, Kaduna State; and the Coordinating Chairman of the body for Southern Kaduna

CAN commiserates with the immediate family of the slain Cheitnum, the Chancellor of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okolo, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria and pray for divine consolation and comfort. It is our prayers that never again will Nigeria be governed by a government that will be treating criminals with kid gloves.

Signed: Barrister Joseph Bade Daramola (General Secretary, CAN)