CAN Mourns Desmond Tutu

The leadership  of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has commiserated with the government and the people of South Africa on the Home Call of a great Oracle of God, Bishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu.
We thank God for a life well spent by His great Servant who used every given opportunity to speak a potent voice against the defunct apartheid system of racial segregation and white minority rule in South Africa

Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu

The Revered Bishop was a South African Anglican Bishop and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was also the first African Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996. He was also known as a theologian who sought to fuse the Black Theology with African Theology.
We recalled with nostalgia when from 1978 to 1985, Tutu was the General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. That was when he emerged as one of the most prominent opponents of South Africa’s apartheid system of racial segregation and white minority rule. Although an activist, yet he was an advocate of non-violent protest and foreign economic pressure to bring about universal suffrage. In 1985, he became Bishop of Johannesburg and in 1986 the Archbishop of Cape Town, the most senior position in southern Africa’s Anglican hierarchy. In this position, he emphasized a consensus-building model of leadership and oversaw the introduction of female priests.
 


Tutu played prominent roles that led to the release of the foremost anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990 and they both led the negotiations that ended apartheid and introduce multi-racial democracy. After the 1994 general election resulted in a coalition government headed by Mandela, Tutu was appointed the chairman of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses committed by both pro and anti-apartheid groups. This Commission was used to heal all the wounds of apartheid inflicted on both the Whites and the Blacks. Tutu will always be remembered for his strong support of Palestinians in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict especially his strong belief in Israel’s right to exist. His strong criticism against the  perceived anti-people policies under the South African Presidents of Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma further made him a respected voice of the voiceless.
 


Our hearts go to his immediate family, the South African Churches and the common man of that country who saw him as their advocate and protector. May God console and comfort them all in Jesus’ Name.
 
Signed
His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle, the President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

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We have decided not to sorrow as unbelievers because we know there is life of eternal glory and splendor after death for those who believe in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Death is the beginning of a better life, it is of course described in the Scripture as gain!

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PROPHETIC DECLARATIONS FROM THE PRESIDENT OF CAN

PROPHETIC DECLARATION: God has brought us thus far, and we are indeed grateful for His bountiful grace and mercy.

Today, we bring you prophetic declarations from God’s servant and President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle; as he declares to you, your family, the Church, and the nation, impactful words of prayer.

Be Blessed! #PropheticDeclaration #Prayers #christianassociationofnigeria

PROPHETIC DECLARATION with Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, President, CAN

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COMMUNIQUE: RESOLUTIONS AT CAN’S 4TH QUARTERLY NEC MEETING

COMMUNIQUE OF THE CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CAN) AT THE END OF THE 4TH QUARTERLY MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY 11TH NOVEMBER, 2021 AT THE NATIONAL ECUMENICAL CENTRE, ABUJA.

The 4th quarterly meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) was held at the National Christian Centre Abuja on Thursday, 11th November, 2021 under the chairmanship of the CAN President, His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Supo Ayokunle. In attendance were the other members of CAN national Executive, heads of the five Blocs of CAN, delegates from the Blocs, chairperson of the Women Wing (WOWICAN) and Youth Wing (YOWICAN) of CAN and other prominent Christian leaders in Nigeria.  During the NEC meeting, the Council deliberated on many issues affecting the Body of Christ in Nigeria and the well-being of Nigerians in general. Notable among these issues are:

1. The National Executive Council appreciates the recent efforts of the Security agencies for the prompt action taken to rescue the Staff Members of the Federal University of Abuja who were recently kidnapped. However, it admonishes the Federal Government and Security Agencies to be more proactive to stop with immediate effect, the spate of kidnapping in the country especially in Kaduna State where kidnapping is now almost a daily occurrence. CAN challenges the Security Agencies to respond quickly to distress calls and protect the lives and properties of Nigerians. It further calls on the Federal Government to do all it can to release the abducted innocent people in captivity unconditionally without further loss of lives.

2. On the need  for prompt action by security Agencies, CAN also wishes to advise the Federal, States and Local Government Areas to immediately initiate  an all inclusive security dialogue with all stakeholders. This  will help towards finding a lasting solution to the security challenges.

3. CAN enjoins the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to be consistent about the information it puts on its website. It particularly noticed that the telephone numbers on its website are not functioning. It should do all it takes to help educate and constantly update Nigerians about the challenges of COVID-19 and the availability or otherwise of COVID vaccines.  

4. CAN advises the Federal Government to put in place a better administration of the QR Barcode reader payment required for returning to Nigeria from overseas. A situation where Nigerians are subjected to intimidations abroad because of the negligence of duty of the officials is very embarrassing. Also, the ugly practice by some Government officials extorting money from citizens coming back home without remitting same to government coffers must be checked.

5. CAN acknowledges the resilience of Nigerians in view of the prevailing economic hardships and insecurities in the country and advises the Federal Government to not worsen the situation with increasing electricity tariffs, prices of cooking gas, and merely allocating funds for maintenance of roads without corresponding visible impacts.

6. CAN wants the general public to know that it now has a new (amended) constitution which was adopted by the General Assembly and signed into law by the CAN President on 25th February 2021. It therefore, calls on the Christian faithful to get themselves acquainted with the provisions of the new constitution. It also admonishes believers to take ownership of the Association so as to appreciate the workings and operations of CAN.

7. As the nation prepares for the electioneering campaigns towards the 2023 General Elections, CAN urges all Christians and citizens that are of age to without delay take advantage of INEC’s re-validation of voters’ cards exercise and register to get  their voters’ cards. Politicians should conduct themselves in a manner that will bring peace and unity. Youths should not allow any selfish office seeker to use them to cause violence before, during and after the politicking exercise.

8.  CAN prays for the Government and people of Nigeria.

9. As we approach Christmas and the New year, CAN commits Nigeria to the hands of God and wishes all of us a wonderful celebration in advance. 

Barrister Joseph Bade Daramola  (General Secretary CAN.)

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2023 PRESIDENCY: CAN CALLS FOR A BALANCED RELIGIOUS CONSIDERATION

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has cautioned the political parties in the country against heating up the polity with either Christian/Christian or Muslim/Muslim presidential ticket come 2023 general election.

The counsel was made on Thursday by the CAN’s President, His Eminence, Rev. (Dr.) Samson Ayokunle in a parley of the Association’s leadership with the Deputy Senate President, Senator Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege in his office at the National Assembly complex.

As part of the CAN President’s remark, he said; “We equally want to urge you on presidency, that a balance of both religious practitioners be considered. We don’t want Christian/Christian ticket nor Muslim/Muslim ticket”.

Speaking further, Dr. Ayokunle expressed dissatisfaction with the menace of the economic downturn and its consequences on the polity and called for an enabling environment to cushion the effects on the people.

The Deputy Senate President, Senator Obasiri Ovie Omo-Agege, The CAN President, Rev. Dr. Samson Ayokunle, CAN Secretary, Barr. Daramola Joseph Bade, CAN’s Director on National Issues and Lagos State Chairman, Bishop Stephen Adegbite

He said, “Sir, the church is worried about inflation in the land which has sent many people out of business. Unemployment is at unimaginable level. While we appreciate the efforts of the legislative assemblies in calling the attention of the executive to this, more robust and daring efforts are required to nip these things in the bud. Enabling environment should be created for investments and incentives or tax exceptions given to local manufacturers on some goods.”

The CAN President commended the Federal Government on the management of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, also warns against forcing the people to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

His words, “We appreciate the Federal Government, especially the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 for the way this stubborn virus has been managed. We want to urge the government to continue to encourage Nigerians to take the vaccine, but never to force or coerce people into doing so.”

The Deputy Senate President, Senator Obasiri Ovie Omo-Agege, The CAN President, Rev. Dr. Samson Ayokunle, CAN Secretary, Barr. Daramola Joseph Bade, CAN’s Director on National Issues and Lagos State Chairman, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, CAN’s Legal Director, Barr. (Mrs) Comfort Chigbue

In his response, the Deputy Senate President registered his appreciation for the visit and called for more of such interaction with a view to bridging the gap between the National Assembly and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). He also appreciated the interest and the support of the Association in the efforts of the government to promote peace and unity and in its war against the pandemic.

He tasked the Church leadership to encourage people to take the vaccine to reduce the menace if the government should not force it on them.

The parley saw an awesome interaction between the law maker and the leadership of the association.

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PHOTO SLIDE: FOUNDATION LAYING OF ‘HOLY TABERNACLE EVENT CENTRE’

WEDNESDAY PHOTO SLIDE:

Foundation laying of CAN’s Marquee project, christened: “HOLY TABERNACLE EVENT CENTRE” – Friday, 24th September, 2021

Let us take you through a picture slide of this throw-back event.

In attendance were: Rev. (Dr.) Samson Supo Ayokunle, CAN President, Barr. Daramola Joseph Bade, CAN General Secretary, Apostle ‘Biodun Sanyaolu, Assistant General Secretary; and other National and state officers of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

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GORONYO MARKET ATTACK: CAN COMMISERATES WITH SULTAN, SOKOTO GOVERNMENT

We join the Sultan and Governor Aminu Tambuwal in appealing to the Federal Government to deploy more troops to the state to stop these criminals and their criminalities.

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ELECTORAL ACT: CAN COMMENDS SENATE FOR MAKING A U-TURN ON THE ELECTRONIC VOTING, TRANSMISSION.

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.

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CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA SAPPHIRE (45TH) ANNIVERSARY AWARD/ DINNER NIGHT

The Christian Association of Nigeria as part of celebration to mark her SAPPHIRE (45TH) ANNIVERSARY, organized an Award/Dinner Night to celebrate and honour deserving individuals who had and are still contributing their God-giving potentials towards the advancement of Christianity in Nigeria and Christ’s Kingdom in General.

Official Anniversary Logo for SAPPHIRE (45TH) CAN DAY CELEBRATION

The event which was held at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja, was a successful convergence of high powered dignitaries and leaders from the Christian domain, Political sphere, Business and even the social domain. The event was graced by the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo GCON; The President of CAN, Rev. Dr. Supo Ayokunle (host), The SGF, Barr. Boss Mustafa; Distinquish Senator Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Church Leaders; and a host of highly respected men and women within the Christian faith.

Held on the 25th of September, 2021, the well attended event saw the presentation of Awards of Excellence categorized in different categories such as: Governance, Fathers of Faith, International Ecclesiastical Achievers, Business/ Professionals, Spoke Persons for the oppressed, Young Christian Achievers Award, and a Special Recognition award.

Find the list of Awardees below:

The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, receiving an Award of Excellence from the CAN President, Rev. Dr. Supo Ayokunle
Watch Highlighted visuals of the SAPPHIRE (45TH) ANNIVERSARY Awards/Dinner Night of the Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN)

CATEGORY: GOVERNANCE

  1. His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo GCON (Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria)
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, GCON, addressing the audience.
  • His Excellency, General Yakubu Gowon GCFR (Former President of Nigeria)
  • His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, Ph.D (Former President of Nigeria)
  • His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR (Former President of Nigeria)
  • His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Ortom (Executive Governor of Benue State.)
  • His Excellency, Dr. Dave Umahi (Executive Governor of Ebonyi State.)
  • His Excellency, Barr. Nyesom Wike (Executive Governor of Rivers State)
Owelle Rochas Okorocha making a remark during the event
  • His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun (Executive Governor of Ogun State)
  • His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong (Executive Governor of Plateau State)
  • His Excellency, Dr. Udom Emmanuel (Executive Governor Akwa Ibom State)
  • His Excellency, Darius Ishaku (Executive Governor of Taraba State)
  • His Excellency, Sen. Douye Diri (Executive Governor of Bayelsa State)
  • His Excellency, Sen. Hope Uzodinma (Executive Governor of Imo State.)
  • Barr. Boss Mustafa (Secretary to the Government of the Federation)
  • His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara (Former Speaker, House of Representatives.)
  • His Excellency, Senator Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege (Deputy Senate President of Nigeria)
Barr Boss Mustafa, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Receiving and award of excellence from the CAN President, Rev. Dr. Supo Ayokunle
  • His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha (Senator Representing Imo West Senatorial District.)
  • His Excellency, Dr. Peter Odili (Former Governor of Rivers State)
  • His Excellency, Dr. Andy Uba
Rev. Dr. Kayode Williams receiving his award from Barr. Ogemudia Omonuwa

CATEGORY: FATHERS OF FAITH

  1. His Grace, Archbishop Dominic Ignatius Ekandem  (Former CAN President (Post-Humous Award)
  • His Eminence, (Dr.) Sunday Coffie Mbang (Former CAN President)
  • His Grace, Archbishop Olubunmi Okogie (Former CAN President)
  • His Lordship, Archbishop Peter Jasper Akinola (Former CAN President)
A cross Section of Dignitaries with the President of CAN (Rev. Dr. Supo Ayokunle and The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo GCON)
  • His Grace, Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan (Metropolitan Archbishop of Abuja and Former CAN President)
  • His Eminence, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor (Former CAN President)
  • His Eminence, Pastor E. A. Adeboye (General Overseer, The Redeemed Christian Church of God)
  • Bishop David O. Oyedepo (General Overseer, Living Faith Church AKA. Winners’ Chapel)
  • Her Eminence, Reverend Mother Esther Ajayi (Love Of Christ Generation, C&S Church.)
  • His Eminence, Pastor David Ibiyeomie (General Overseer, Salvation Ministries.)
  • His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Kanu Uche  (Prelate, Methodist Church of Nigeria)
Elder ‘Biodun Sanyaolu (Assistant General Secretary, CAN)
  • His Most Eminence Baba Aladura, Elder (Dr.) D. L. Bob-Manuel (Prelate, Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim & Seraphim)
  • Rev. (Dr.) William Okoye (Founder and General Overseer, All Christians Fellowship Mission)
  • His Eminence, Rev. Caleb Ahima (Vice President, Christian Association of Nigeria)
  • Engr. Samuel L. Salifu (Former General Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria)
The General Secretary of CAN, Barr. Daramola Joseph Bade presenting an Award to his Predecessor, Engr. Samuel Salifu

CATEGORY: INTERNATIONAL ECCESSIATICAL ACHIEVERS

  • His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Vice President, World Baptist Alliance. Executive member, World Council of Churches. Central Working Committee Member, World Council of Churches Honourable President, Religion for Peace.
  • His Eminence, Archbishop Dr. Panti Filibus Musa, (President, Lutheran World Federation.)
  • Rev. (Dr.) Ezekiel Lesmore (Director, African Alliance Christian Council)
  • Rev. (Dr.) Ibrahim Yusuf Wushishi (Director, Peace and Diaconia for Africa, World Council of Churches.)

BUSINESS/ PROFESSIONALS

  • Apostle (Dr.) Folorunso Alakija Group Managing Director, Rose of Sharon Group
  • Rev. Yakubu Pam Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC)
  • Mr. Godwin Emefiele Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria
  • Chief Arthur Eze CEO Atlas Oranto Petroleum
  • Chief Michael Adenuga GCON Founder, Globacom Nigeria.
  • Femi Otedola Founder/CEO, Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd.
  • Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren Former DG, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority
  • Priscillia Ekwueme Eleje First Female Director of Currency operations, Central Bank of Nigeria.
  • Prof. John Kennedy Okpara Former Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC)
  •  Sir Olusegun Adekunle Former Permanent Secretary, OSGF

Bishop STV Adegbite Presenting an Award.

CATEGORY: SPOKEMEN FOR THE OPPRESSED

  • His Lordship, Bishop (Dr.) Matthew Hassan Kukah Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto
  • Dr. Obadiah Mailafia Former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria. (Post-Humous Award)
  • Rev. John Joseph Hayab Chairman, Kaduna State Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)
  • Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam Founder, Para-Mallam Peace Foundation
  • Barr. Femi Falana Human Rights activist

YOUNG CHRISTIAN ACHIEVERS AWARD

  • Leah Sharibu One of the abducted Dapchi School girls, who stood for her faith.
  • Maduafokwa, Egoagwuagwu Agnes   Best JAMB Candidate 2020, Scored 365
  • Miss Ogwubie Chikemzi praise Best 2020 WAEC Candidate in Nigeria
  • Master Monwuba Chibuikem Best 2021 JAMB candidate, Scored 358.

CATEGORY: SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

A Special Recognition Award presented to Imam Abubakar Abdullahi. Presented by Rev. Yakubu Pam, Executive General Secretary of NCPC.
  • Imam Abubakar Abdullahi (Projected Value for humanity and projected Inter-Faith aid: Though a Muslim, Sheltered over 200 Christians in Barkin Ladi LGA, during an attack in that region.)
  • Mr. Ikenna Nweke (Projected honesty and Christian values: Returned found money and valuables in Japan.)

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CAN SOUTH-SOUTH PRAYER SUMMIT: “OH GOD ARISE!”

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).

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