Our History

On 27th August 1976 the (then) Federal Military Government, under Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo invited several Church Leaders of diverse denomination to Dodan Barracs, Lagos. The Governmnet’s sole purpose was to hold a discussion with the Church Leaders, on the National pledge and the salutation of the National flag, which the Government intended to introduce into the Nation’s Primary and Secondary Schools.


To be the unifying voice of all Christians in Nigeria, amplifying their views, interests and enhancing the spiritual development of all followers of Christ.


To connect people to Jesus and one another by helping them to grow their faith, finding the true essence of Christianity and build healthy Christian relationships.
To foster ecumenism by uniting all denominations in the body of Christ so as to promote understanding, peace, unity and mutual respect.
To build a great nation for all people through gospel movement, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal.


To serve as a basis of response to the unity of the Church, especially as contained in our Lord’s
pastoral prayer: ‘’That they all may be one’’. ( John 17 : 21)
To promote understanding, peace and unity among the various people and strata of society in
Nigeria, through the propagation of the Gospel.
To act as a liaison committee, by means of which its member-churches can consult together and
when necessary, make common statement and take common actions.
To act as watch-man of the spiritual and moral welfare of the nation.

Past Presidents of CAN

His Eminence Late Dominic Ekandem
1976 – 1986
Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okojie
His Eminence Dr. Sunday Mbang
1994 – 2003
Most Revd Dr. Peter Jasper Akinola
2002 – 2007
Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan
2008 – 2011
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor
2012 – 2015
Rev. Dr. Samson ‘Supo Ayokunle
2015 – 2022

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