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The Senate has rescinded its decision on some clauses in the Electoral Amendment Bill that was passed in July, especially clause 52 which deals with the methods of voting and collation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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Christian Association of Nigeria – CAN Anniversary Lecture

As part of activities  lined-up to mark the SAPPHIRE (45TH) CAN DAY CELEBRATION, the organizing committee is inviting all Christians in Nigeria and beyond to fully participate in the anniversary lecture slated for Friday, 24th September, 2021 by 10am Prompt; with the theme: “THE CHURCH AND THE DOCTRINE OF REGENERATION IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF NIGERIA”

The Lecture is promised to be a remarkable time for the church and all Christians to under-study and reposition our Christian life towards creating a lasting impact in Nigeria, and intends to explain the doctrine of regeneration in a more in-depth and relatable form, all geared towards transforming Nigeria.

The session will feature panel discussion from renowned panelists, interactive session, keynote address, and other thought-provoking sessions you should not miss.

Key Speakers for the anniversary lecture includes: Rt. Rev. Prof. Dapo F. Asaju (Bishop Theologian of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion; Lecturer, LASU), and Prof. Vincent Anigbogu (Director General, Institute for National Transformation, Nigeria).

Venue of the Anniversary lecture is the Jubilee Resort Hall, National Christian Centre, Central Business District, Abuja.

The SAPPHIRE (45TH) CAN-DAY celebration continues with an Award/Dinner Night and a Thanksgiving service, scheduled for 25th and 26Th September respectively.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CAN PRESIDENT’S CAN-DAY ADDRESS: //christianassociationofnigeria.org/2021/08/26/2021-sapphire-45th-can-day-presidential-address/

All Christian leaders, Christian organizations, and indeed all Christians are encouraged to attend and participate in this great gathering of believers. Jesus Is Lord.

Those outside Abuja can attend virtually, as the event will be streamed live on our social media platforms:

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MEDIA BRIEFING: “CAN is 45. A New Dawn for our Association and the country.” – CAN Assistant General Secretary

THE TEXT OF THE ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE ASSISTANT GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (C.A.N) AND CHAIRMAN PLANNING COMMITTEE OF SAPPHIRE (45TH) CAN DAY CELEBRATION, ELDER BIODUN SANYAOLU ON 26TH AUGUST, 2021 TO MARK THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ASSOCIATION.

Gentlemen of the Press

I welcome you all to this Media briefing on the 45th Anniversary of the Christian Association of Nigeria. It is important to inform the world that CAN, which is the largest ecumenical body in Nigeria and indeed Africa was established by the collective effort of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) and the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) during the then Federal Military Government under General Olusegun Obasanjo on the 27th August, 1976 in Lagos.  Thereafter, three other blocs;  Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria/Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (CPFN/PFN),  Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) and  Tarrayar Ekklisiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria/Evangelical Church Winning All (TEKAN/ECWA) were admitted to the fold. CANwas established primarily  to promote understanding, peace and unity amongst the various people and strata of society in Nigeria through the propagation of the gospel. The little acorn has since developed into a mighty oak.

It is pertinent to state that CAN is an Association of Christian Churches with distinct identities, recognizable Church structures and system of worship of one God in the Trinity of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. The Association makes Christ the centre of all its works and has continued to promote the glory of God, by encouraging the growth and unity of the Churches. No doubt, the journey has been both pleasant and intriguing. Pleasant because the inherited wall of bricks has become a city of Gold and a rallying point of faith. Intriguing because we have continued to survive challenges which threaten our unity and corporate existence. Our gratitude is borne out of the fact that “If it has not been the Lord who was on our side, now what may Israel say.” (Psalm 124).

Since the Association came on board, it has been consistently and persistently standing against the evil in the land. We joined other pro-democracy forces to fight injustice, inhuman policies, arrest and imprisonment of the innocent, perceived state murder like the unjust killing of the foremost environmentalist, Saro-Wiwa, the criminal annulment of the 12 June  1993 presidential election believed to have been won by the late businessman, Bashorun Moshood Abiola despite the fact that he was not a Christian. That shows that CAN is against injustice and any unpatriotic actions of the government.

Today, it is regrettable that there is a siege on the Church. It all began with the killings and burning of churches in some states in the North at the emergence of the Boko Haram terrorists. Their primary targets, according to their declaration, were Christians and fellow Muslims who stand on their way. You will recall that when their attacks on our members began, it was only CAN that was crying out until they began to attack their fellow Muslims. Several thousands of our members were killed including the late CAN Chairman in …Today, Leah Sharibu is a face of the persecuted Christians in the country. Her only offence was her refusal to disown her faith. She was forced to join about 120 abducted Chibok schoolgirls whose lives are being wasted in the den of the terrorists.

It is reprehensible that the security architecture of the country has been compromised. Terrorists are operating with impunity wherever and whenever they wanted. Our security agencies are giving us the impression that these terrorists, those operating in the Northwest are named bandits by their friends and sympathisers. It us needless to remind you of how they invaded some tertiary institutions in the North abducting and killing as if our security agencies were on holiday. Hundreds of innocent children are being threatened with guns by criminals including 63 students of Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State. We wonder how some religious leaders are able to locate the location of the terrorists inside bush.

CAN Sapphire (45th) Anniversary Logo

CAN is not happy with the economic recession that the country has been consistently going through. Although the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics has been telling us that we are out of it but the handwriting on the wall is saying otherwise. The cost of living is rising daily due to some inhuman policies like the hike in the fuel pump price and the attendant consequences. The army of our youths are have lost hope in the country that cannot take care of them. The list is endless.

Despite all these problems, we have many reasons to celebrate. If despite the efforts of the Association to speak truth to power, you can imagine what could have been happening without CAN. This is why some external forces are making futile attempts to hijack the Association. They are using some undisciplined and undiscipled Christians to attack the leadership of CAN. But we cannot lose our focus. Our members are being persecuted because of their faith. Some were denied of their inalienable rights like promotion and appointments. Churches are denying certificates of occupancy in many states in the North while many public schools have removed the Christian Religious Knowledge from their curriculum. If you take a critical look into some serious sector of the government, like security, one would begin to wonder if still have Christians in Nigeria. Yet, we have reasons to thank God for the existence of CAN. We have a government that does whatever it likes despite our crying and shouting yet we have reasons to celebrate God’s faithfulness over CAN. Thousands of our churches have been pulled down by the government or burnt by the terrorists yet we are still thanking God for allowing our founding Fathers to form the Association.

Next month, we have declared three days, 25- 27 September to celebrate God’s goodness and faithfulness when we will take a full stock of the Association and celebrating some Christians who have been a shelter for the Association. However, tomorrow is a fasting and prayers nationwide against the menace of insecurity challenges, economic predicaments, erosion of moral and asking God for forgiveness and mercy.

We call on all Christians and non-Christians to join us tomorrow in seeking for the deliverance, freedom and liberty of our country from those who are hell bent in making an Afghanistan out of it. Our God is able to deliver us and He will and even if He did not, we will not bow down to any idol.

CAN is 45. It is a New Dawn for our Association and the country. 

Thank You for your attention.

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2021 SAPPHIRE (45TH) CAN DAY PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

THE TEXT OF THE ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF THE CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (C.A.N) HIS EMINENCE, REV (DR.) SAMSON OLASUPO A. AYOKUNLE AT THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF C.A.N ON FIRDAY 27TH AUGUST 2021

Precious Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Bible says:

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth forth his works. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world (Psalm 19:1-4).

The Christian Association of Nigeria is Forty-Five years old today. Our Association, which is the largest ecumenical body in Nigeria and indeed Africa was established by the collective effort of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) and the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) during the then Federal Military Government under General Olusegun Obasanjo on the 27th August, 1976. Thereafter, 3 other blocs were created namely: (i) Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria/Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (CPFN/PFN), (ii) Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) and (iii) Tarrayar Ekklisiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria/Evangelical Church Winning All (TEKAN/ECWA) CAN was established to promote understanding, peace and unity amongst the various people and strata of society in Nigeria through the propagation of the gospel. The little acorn has since developed into a mighty oak.

It is pertinent to state that CAN is an Association of Christian Churches with distinct identities, recognizable Church structures and system of worship of one God in the Trinity of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. The Association makes Christ the centre of all its works and has continued to promote the glory of God, by encouraging the growth and unity of the Churches. No doubt, the journey has been both pleasant and intriguing. Pleasant because the inherited wall of bricks has become a city of Gold and a rallying point of faith. Intriguing because we have continued to survive challenges which threaten our unity and corporate existence. Our gratitude is borne out of the fact that “If it has not been the Lord who was on our side, now what may Israel say.” (Psalm 124).

It is indeed a thing of joy that the association has been living to its expectations and has never for once reneged on its cardinal objectives. Over the last forty-five years, the Association has been deeply engrained in its core objectives and has remained a ‘watchman’ on the spiritual and moral welfare of our Nation, Nigeria. CAN is also known as a constant force and vociferous voice against all manners of socio-political ills in Nigeria. The Association is renowned and respected for its moral and spiritual significance.

We thank and appreciate our founding fathers, past Presidents, as well as the past National Executive members who have worked assiduously in laying the right foundation for the Association on which successive administrations draw their strengths. We also appreciate everybody who have at one time or the other served the Association with their time, talent, wisdom and treasures. We cannot count our successes today without leveraging on their invaluable contributions.

As watch persons over the affairs of this Nation, we are not unaware of some of the challenges of our dear country, most especially that of religious intolerance and the activities of Boko Haram, bandits and other criminals which have made many people, particularly Christians homeless. The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps scattered all over the country are predominantly occupied by Christians from the North West, North East and the North Central part of the Nation. It breaks our hearts that large majority of people in IDP camps are Christians, mostly displaced by religious terrorists and intolerance in their neighbourhoods. The events of the past few months had been absolutely unpleasant – gory to sight and depressing to the soul. Insecurity is so prevalent today to the extent that in the early morning of August 24, 2021, the Nigerian Defense Academy was invaded by bandits with two high ranking military officers killed and one kidnapped.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, in finding a lasting solution to the problems of our country recently released a copyright document named ‘The Charter for the New Nigeria.’ The rationale is to save Nigeria from collapse and rebuild it on a solid foundation of freedom, justice, mutual respect, and shared prosperity. The Charter for the New Nigeria© presents a simple diagnosis of why Nigeria has failed to achieve its future of justice, unity and prosperity and offers a set of structural reforms to create a new and better future for Nigeria. It is not a Christian vision. It is not a Muslim vision. It is not a southern vision. It is not a northern vision. It is the vision for all Nigerians, for a new Nigeria that works for all. The Christian community in Nigeria is worried that Nigeria is sliding towards complete state failure. We are worried that disorientation and ineffectiveness in public leadership make this a self-fulfilling prophecy. But we are reassured by the words of the Scripture that whenever a people recognize their errors and make amend, God of justice will show them mercy and the land will be healed.

Nigeria is not a lost case. Absolutely, it is not. Nigeria has hope and a great future. But that hope and future rest on resolving the constitutional incoherence that has defined our bloody past and our miserable present. But if we agree to create a new constitutional order on the basis of equality, justice, self-determination and mutual respect, if we determine to create a new social compact between Nigerians of different religious, ethnic and social groups, we will recover the promise of a great, peaceful, and prosperous Nigeria.

Dearly Beloved, I must also let you know that in commemoration of our 45th Anniversary, CAN has deemed it fit to honour and appreciate some carefully selected Christian Leaders in the positions of titular command who are projecting the image of Christ and leading according to the ethics, ethos and pathos of Christianity. These individuals will be decorated during the Dinner & Award Night which will hold in the month of September.

The age of forty-five is symbolic with truth, spirituality, balance, stability, harmony, gratitude, idealism and love, it is called sapphire. We therefore believe that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is entering into its God ordained year of peace, blessings, abundance and glory. The years the locusts had eaten will be restored unto us (Joel 2:25). Every written code and prophecy of doom pronounced cancelled. TOGETHER we shall surmount the problems and challenges confronting our nation. TOGETHER we shall rise above the abyss into our God ordained destiny.

TOGETHER we shall fight the monster of corruption, nepotism, religious madness and utter human wickedness bedeviling our nation. The hour has come for us to pray more and seek God’s face and intervention.    

As we look forward to more glorious years ahead, I enjoin all members of the Association to remain steadfast in prayers, resolute in their faith and trusting in the supreme Will of the Almighty God as we continue to march on in our earthly pilgrimage. I particularly appreciate our Heads of Blocs, Zonal and State Chairmen and canvass for their continuous support and solidarity in meeting our set goals and objectives. I also thank our Heads of denominations for all their support.

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We sincerely appreciate the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the Vice President, Pastor Prof. Yemi Osibajo GCON and members of his Cabinet for the support and cooperation thus far. I also wish to appreciate all our State Governors, members of the National Assembly, the Judiciary and indeed all Nigerians for their support and conviviality given to our association at the state and local government levels. Looking forward, we enjoin them to be at their best in salvaging the country from its current socio-political ills.

Conclusively, on behalf of my good self and the leadership of our Association, I rejoice with the entire Nigerian Christian Community on the joy of this occasion. It is our prayer that the Church of God will continue to wax stronger and that the Gate of hell will not prevail against it.

Happy 45th Anniversary!

LONG LIVE THE CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA &

LONG LIVE THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

For the King,

His Eminence Rev. Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle (PhD)

NATIONAL PRESIDENT, CAN &

CO-CHAIRMAN, NIGERIA INTER-RELIGIOUS COUNCIL (NIREC)

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NATIONAL PRAYER SERVICE: SAPPHIRE (45TH) CAN DAY CELEBRATION

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.

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CAN Condemns Jos Killings, Wants Perpetrators Arrested

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

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DIVINE PROVISION: “BEYOND OUR FINANCIAL EXPECTATIONS”

When Moses Bliss sang: “God is too faithful”, the reality in that song is so evident, especially in our daily living.

God has evidently been faithful towards us, our families and businesses; and we can make a brief analysis to see how awesome He has been in providing and sustaining us, daily.

Let’s try doing some calculation and financial fix to unveil how God has been taking care of us in an all-encompassing way.

Note, it’s not about how organized, coordinated or financial intelligent we are towards our daily living; but God has made a way that has enabled us to LIVING ABOVE OUT FINANCIAL EXPECTATIONS.

For example:

Let’s consider a family with Three (3) Children, yourself and spouse:  3 +2=5

Let’s do the calculation:

5 plates of food for breakfast, 5 plates for lunch & 5 plates for dinner

= 15 plates of food per day.

Multiply by at least N300 per plate:  =  N4,500

 N4,500 per day for 30 days (1 month); We spend average of N135, 000 per month… That’s N1,620,000 per annum …and you say, you are not a millionaire?

Snacks and in-between meals are not included o! School fees, are not included. Medical bills are not included here too. Transport fare/fueling not yet in the calculation o! What of recharge cards, subscriptions and other miscellaneous. Shoes, clothes etc, not added o! After all, we no go go out naked nah… Right?

House rent, for those without a house of their own, is not included. Outrageous Electricity bills and other utility bills are not in the calculation. ‘Oga something for the boys?’ no dey there oooo! (Lol)

Now, the question is, “How do you make it happen with your monthly stipends?” Isn’t it a miracle that we live, and still pushing?

And, God just have a special way of coming through for us at each time we are stranded?

Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your blessings, see what God has done;

Count your blessings, name them one by one; And it will surprise you what the LORD  has done for you and your family.

Let’s return all Glory to our creator. Let us be grateful for all the faithfulness, care and kindness God has shown us, and is still showing us.

Daily, make “THANK YOU JESUS CHRIST” your anthem. He rewards a grateful heart with more than what we expected.

Remember, you must be closer to God at all times.

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CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA AND NATION BUILDING

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)

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.

Christian Association of 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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