The Senate has rescinded its decision on some clauses in the Electoral Amendment Bill that was passed in July, especially clause 52 which deals with the methods of voting and collation of results in an election.
The South-South Zone of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is set to hold a One Day Zonal PRAYER SUMMIT, with the theme: “OH GOD ARISE” (Psalms 68:1).
Scheduled for Tuesday, 12th October, 2021 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church, Ovom Yenegoa, Bayelsa State; by 11am. The mega prayer summit is designed as an avenue to seek God’s face through prayers.
All Christian within the South-South Region and beyond are encouraged to massively attend this meeting with divinity, as it is promised to be a rewarding time in God’s presence, praying in unity.
Special Guests of Honour: All South-South Governors, Rev. Dr. Supo Ayokunle (President, CAN), Guest Speaker: Bishop Dr. Wale Oke, (President, CPFN/PFN); Chief Host, Sen. Douye Diri (Executive Governor, Bayelsa State), Host: Archbishop Israel Ege (South-South CAN Chairman).
The TEKAN/ECWA bloc of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said on Monday that it lost 85 people in the recent bloody attack in Jabbu Miango communities in Bassa Local Government Areas of Plateau State.
The TEKAN/ECWA Bloc Leader, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Plateau State, Very Rev Moses Ebuga, while addressing press conference in Jos, called for the removal of the General Officer Commanding 3rd Division of the Nigerian, who is also the Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Major General Ibrahim Ali, for taken side with the attackers and lack of confidence.
‘Christians killed in Irigwe land are touching. Recently, the Irigwe Irigwe land in Bassa LGA of Plateau State has been in the news, over killings and destructions by Fulani herdsmen in the land.
‘We would like to use this medium to give a report of what has happened as observed and recorded by the Church. From July 30th to August 17, 2021, over 85 persons were killed, 55 hospitalised, 3141 houses burnt and about 2901 farms destroyed.
‘Also, 5901 families displaced, more than 26 villages destroyed Ann in 26 communities. Christians, especially our bloc on the Plateau, cannot remain silent while it’s members and properties are destroyed by the killer Fulani herders and militias, with no or less efforts by the government to stop these evil acts.’
Rev. Ebuga noted with dismay how some prominent Islamic scholars confessed their intention to retaliate and attack Christians on the Plateau following the unfortunate incidence of Rukuba road in Jos North Local Government Area where some commuters were killed by hoodlums.’
He added: ‘The GOC of the third 3rd Division of the Nigerian Army who doubles as the Commander Operation Safe Haven in the person of Major General Ibrahim Ali has not lived to expectation. The military barracks being and situate in the self-same Bassa LGA and within a few kilometers radius lie under attacks for long hours and days without any response and protection from the Army this leaves much to be desired any reasonable and security presence by their proximity and neighbourliness.
‘As a result of these spade of insecurity, we have lost confidence in his ability to handle to security situation in Plateau State and therefore call on the Nigerian Army headquarters to relieve him of these responsibilities forthwith and strongly advice that no one officer should again be made to hold these dual responsibilities.
‘The Fellowship of Churches also calls on the Federal Government and all security agencies as matter of urgency to be responsible to their duties as the security and protection of lives and properties are the primary responsibility of every government.
‘We are calling on the security agents in the state to be sincere and non-partisan in the pursuit of their responsibilities, as it seems to favor a selective few or particular group, we decry selective justice and imposition of grave injustice on the peace-loving community dwellers in Plateau State and such still remains highly unacceptable,’ he stated.
Culled from www.sunnewsonline.com, as written by Gyang Bere, Jos
The President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His eminence, Rev. (Dr.) Samson Supo Ayokunle specially invites all Christians in Nigeria and beyond, to the SAPPHIRE (45TH) CAN DAY CELEBRATION slated to hold on Wednesday, 25th August, 2021 by 5pm, at the National Ecumenical Centre Abuja. Marked with a NATIONAL PRAYER SERVICE.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is the largest ecumenical body ever established in Nigeria and indeed Africa by the then Federal Military Government under General Olusegun Obasanjo, on the 27th August, 1976. Th association was established to promote understanding, peace and unity amongst various strata and people of the society in Nigeria, through the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Over the last forty-five years, the association has been deeply entrenched in its cardinal objectives, and has remained a watch person on the spiritual and moral welfare of our nation, Nigeria. CAN is also known as a constant force against all manner or socio-political ills in Nigeria
To this end, the leadership of the association has deemed it great to organize a NATIONAL PRAYER SERVICE in commemoration of the 45th anniversary. A time of thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness thus far, prayers for the peace and unity for our dear country, Nigeria, and general intercession for Christians in Nigeria and all over the world.
Holding as follows: Wednesday, 25th August 2021 – National Prayer by 5pm on zoom, and streamed live on the association’s official social media handles @ChristianAssociationOfNigeria. While Friday, 27th August, 2021 by 5pm will also feature prayers at the state level, across the nation.
Christians are urged to participate fully on all activities as slated, as we prayer for God’s blessings upon our lives, families and nation.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Plateau chapter, has condemned killing of commuters at Rukuba road, in Jos North Local Government Area of the state.
In a statement on Sunday in Jos, CAN chairman in the state, Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo, urged security agencies to fish out the perpetrators.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that criminals on Saturday, attacked a convoy of buses conveying commuters, killed 22 persons and injured scores.
Lubo also condemned ongoing killings in Bassa, Riyom, Jos South and Barkin Ladi local government areas.
“We wish to express deep pain over the recent attacks in Riyom, Jos North, Barakin Ladi and Bassa, leading to loss of lives and property.
“The leadership of CAN totally condemns these attacks and pleads with security agents to ensure normalcy is restored.
“Every human life is precious and the unlawful killing of any human being, regardless of their identity and affiliation, is unacceptable.
” We mourn with the families of those who lost their loved ones, as well as those who have been displaced or suffered harm of any kind.
“We urge security agencies to swiftly arrest all those involved, to bring an end to the needless killings,” he said.
Lubo said the association would continue to work toward ensuring peaceful co-existence in the state. (NAN)
culled from www.thisdaylive.com
Just like meeting up with other appointments in life, going to church is one sacred appointment that believers are earnestly encouraged to keep, as the Bible urged us “Not to forsake the gathering of believers”. But it is pertinent to note that, its one thing to ‘GO TO CHURCH’ and another to ‘GOT TO CHURCH EARLY’; the keyword is ‘EARLY’.
Now, why do people go late to church?
- Iron all your cloth before you sleep.
Trust me, there is a lot of factors enough to fill a tank to overflow; but are these factors worth your lateness to worship service and have a sweet fellowship with fellow brethren?
On a rather too obvious manner, do you find it easy to keep to time on regular appointments (work, school, interviews, seminars etc.), but drag your feet when it involves Church services? Then, here are simple tips to adopt if you want to overcome the habit of going late to church:
- Polish/clean footwear before you sleep.
- Get your Bible, jotter, etc. ready in one place.
- Get your tithe &. Offering ready.
- Sleep early.
- Wake up on time.
- Avoid saying “Even when I get there early,
I won’t meet anyone”
Get there early and let someone come and meet you too.
Don’t forget you are also someone.
- Washing on Sundays before church is not encouraged, It may delay you.
- If it takes you 15 minutes to drive/walk to the church, always make allowance for extra time in case of anything.
For instance, if service is 7am and it takes you 10 minutes to drive/walk to church, it’s always better to leave home 6:40am.
- Plan to get to church at least 10 mins before service starts.
- Don’t give room for friends and relatives to visit you few hours to service.
If they come when you are preparing for church, take them along or make them wait until you are back.
They are not more important than God.
- Sunday School is part of church too!
A lesson missed is a treasure missed. Stop throwing away treasures!!
- And for workers, your Sunday service starts at workers meeting time.
Going to church early invokes the blessing of the Lord upon your life.
Don’t be a habitual late comer to church, it’s a dishonour to your God.
Lateness to service is unfaithfulness.
Don’t also form the habit of choosing Sundays that you like for Church service. All Sundays are important to God as long as you are healthy.
Let your worship be a sweet smelling sacrifice to God.
“They that seek Me early shall find Me.” – GOD.
May God bless you in Jesus Mighty name. Amen!
Since the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) believes that its mission as the watch person of the welfare of the society is a vital affair, it cannot help but be interested in politics. Despite this, it is essential to note that CAN is not and can never be a political organization and so CAN should never be seen as a political association, not simply because it was not so registered but more importantly, because it has in it fold people who hold diverse political opinions. CAN believes that it ought to respect those different shades of opinions, if it is to preserve its integrity as a united entity. The best that it can do is to educate its members on the political goings on in the country. Let us examine CAN’s mission in relation to its conception and interest in Nigerian politics.
CAN believes that it is duty bound to pray regularly for the nation ceaseless prayers are needed for those who wield power or authority in the Nation, realizing that power is a delicate instrument and that the art of governance is very difficult. CAN often calls on Christians and other well-meaning people in the country to observe period of prayers and fasting during which supplications should be offered to God, who alone can endow our Leaders with necessary wisdom. Without such divinely given wisdom, our Government cannot rule righteously. It is righteousness alone that can exalt a Nation and bring genuine and lasting peace to the Nation. These prayers for our Nation and our rulers are necessary ingredient of the mission of CAN.
Perhaps the most important political duty which can often performs and must never shirk, is its warning and prophetic function. Christianity preaches that the Church must assume a predicting and admonishing role. Whenever the inspired servants of God are making prophetic Statements, then kings, potentials and rulers must listen, in the overall interest and welfare of the society.
In this particular aspect of its political role in the society, CAN is constantly guided by the exemplary boldness of the early Apostles. If it was a question of choosing between obeying a man and obeying God, Peter and John made it unequivocally clear that they ought to obey God, rather than man. That Apostolic stand is also the stand of CAN. CAN also encourages Christians to be involved in seeking public offices to sanities the polity.
STRUGGLE FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE CHURCH AND CHRISTIANITY IN NIGERIA.
The frequent allusion to ‘Church’, ‘Churches’ member Churches presupposes the fact that CAN is aware that it is basically, fundamentally, intrinsically and essentially a Church founded or Church based, Organization. In other words no church no CAN!. Consequently, the primary, recurrent and ultimate objective of CAN is to the watch person of the welfare, in its totality, of the Church and the Christian Faith in Nigeria.
CAN usually takes prompt and appropriate action whenever there is any threat to the Christian Faith. In this regard, there is a record of numerous press statements and conferences through which the Association clearly makes the fact that the Christian Faith shall not be bargained away for any consideration CAN determined to continue to be ceaselessly alert over the welfare of the Church and the Christian Faith in Nigeria.
MISCONCEPTION ABOUT THE OBJECTIVES OF CAN.
For CAN to be able to carry out faithfully, its assignment of bringing all Nigerian Christians under one ecumenical umbrella, it has first, to ensure CAN’s internal unity. It must successfully wield together, the many Churches that are already within its fold. Unless there is such a strong, cooperative and ecumenical spirit in each of its 5 Church Groups, the task of making sure that “they all may be one” will become Herculean or even impossible. A strong team Spirit is therefore an indispensable prerequisite for a credible success of its mission.
However, this does not mean that CAN as a united entity must Lord it over its individual member Churches. Its mission does not imply tyranny over any Church or Church Group, within or outside its fold. Those who therefore expect CAN to dictate orders to its member Churches have some what misunderstood the unifying mission of CAN. CAN is NOT a mega Church!.
Perceiving that such dictatorial tendency is not impossible in view of the unfortunate love of power, which many human beings have, CAN has injected a clause in its constitution, which adequately protects the autonomy of each of the member Churches but which also demands collaborative Spirit of being a member Church of the Association.
INDEPENDENCE AND COOPERATION OF MEMBER CHURCHES.
Article 7 of CAN constitution states as follows:- “Each member Church shall be autonomous in its internal affairs, but may receive advice from the Association incase of dissension and sharp disagreement within its fold. Notwithstanding the autonomy, each member Church shall always be ready to cooperate into the other member Churches in order to ensure smooth running of the Association.
It should be noted that CAN does not believe that it has a mandate to weave all the Churches in the country to one single Church. CAN has never nursed the ambition of creating one single organic Church of Nigeria which will abolish all denominations or even other Ecumenical Groups. CAN believes that the variety of ways in which our creator manifests Himself ought to be an aduate guard to the kaleidoscopic variety of methods by which God’s creatures should worship Him and offer prayers to Him. Therefore the though that CAN is a grand/supper Church should be jettisoned. The member Churches should not misconcept the purpose for which CAN was founded.
It is precisely because CAN is not a Church and has no intention of becoming one that the building erected on the land given to it at Abuja by the Federal Government is named National Christian Centre. The word ‘National’ presuppose that it is owned by all Christian, no matter the denomination you belong to. The National Christian Centre is a physical symbol of our ecumenical unity, in keeping with CAN’s motto that they all may be one.
CONCLUSION: Nigeria Christians of all denominations should always give thanks to God for the existence of CAN and for the completion of the National Christian Centre, which is not only a pride to all Christians but a National Monument that all Nigerians should be proud of.
We give glory to God and sincerely appreciate all those who made its reality possible.
CAN, like other organization established by mortals, cannot satisfy all but we must we bear its seeming inadequacies. But we must pray that both now and in the future, that CAN may constantly remember that great and grand vision which was divinely given to those Church Leaders who founded such a stupendous “Ecumenical Umbrella” for all Nigeria Christians.
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The CAN President, His Eminence (Dr.) Samson Olasupo Ayokunle is inviting all Heads of Churches, National/Zonal/States/LGAs Officers and Heads of blocs, to join in a scheduled Zoom Meeting slated for Tuesday, 22nd June, 2021. Time, 3pm. Topic: PROGRESS ON THE LITIGATION ON CAMA ACT
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“the leadership of the association is concerned about the various killings, banditry, terrorism, and other problems facing the country, Hence there is a need for important prayers to be offered to God”.