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).

CAN Mourns Ezekiel, Pastor Mrs Yinka Badejo and Odukoya’s Wife… Calls for prayers for Church leaders

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has described the demise of both the General Overseer of Christian Pentecostal Mission (CPM), Rev. Dr. Obiora Ezekiel, Pastor Mrs Badejo, the wife of the late General Overseer of Four Square Gospel Church and Pastor Nomthi Odukoya, wife of the Senior Pastor of Fountain of Life Church, Taiwo Odukoya, as big losses whose vacuum would be greatly felt by their families, the church in Nigeria and our nation Nigeria because of the life of impact they lived.

CAN which observes with pains and regrets that some key leaders of the Body of Christ are relocating to the great beyond unexpectedly, calls on Christians to be praying for protection and long life for the Church leaders to be able to fulfill their callings.

We commiserate with Pastor Odukoya on the recent Home Call of his dear wife after a protracted battle with cancer and we pray for divine comfort and consolation. The  Lord will not let her relocation stop the assignment given to him but instead help him to rise up against the challenge in Jesus’ name. The seeming sad event will turn out for good as the Lord promised us in Romans 8:28 in Jesus’ name.

While we are yet to come out of the shock of the demise of Pastor Nomthi, another great Servant of God, a Teacher of teachers, a Pastor of Pastors, a mentor to many and a Father of many giants of faith, Rev Dr Obiorah Ezekiel joined the Saints Triumphant. He was among the Founding  Fathers of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) where he provided leadership with impeccable integrity.

May God Himself comfort his wife, Rev. Dr. Mrs Mercy Ezekiel, his church and ministry, Christ Pentecostal Mission (CPM), and the leadership of PFN.

Dr. Obiorah Ezekiel was not only an Evangelist per excellence but he was also an epitome of integrity, transparency, power, prayers, discipline, signs and wonders till his last minute on this planet. This is why he was fondly called the ‘Demon Bulldozer.’ To us as the umbrella body of all churches in the country, his relocation came when his wisdom and godly counsels are still needed. Our consolation is that he slept in the Lord whom he served till he breathed his last. 

Once again, our hearts go to his faithful, committed and dedicated wife, our Mother, Rev Dr Mercy Ezekiel, the biological and spiritual children and the Church he left behind. May God sustain and keep them under His watch in Jesus Name. 

Our condolences go to the Four Square Gospel Church and the children of Mrs Yinka Badejo, wife of the late General Overseer of Four Square Gospel Church who went to be with the Lord on November 12, 2021 barely three months after the transition to glory of her husband, Rev. Dr. Wilson Badejo.

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!

May the Lord watch over the rest of us and help us to live everyday of our lives to the glory of his name in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Signed

Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant (Media & Communications) to the CAN President, His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Ayokunle.