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The Senate has rescinded its decision on some clauses in the Electoral Amendment Bill that was passed in July, especially clause 52 which deals with the methods of voting and collation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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NIGERIA AT 61: “Nigeria Shall Experience Showers of Blessings” – CAN PRESIDENT

INDEPENDENCE DAY GREETINGS FROM THE PRESIDENT, CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CAN); HIS EMINENCE, REV. DR. SAMSON SUPO AYOKUNLE.

On behalf of myself and Christian Association of Nigeria, I congratulate all Nigerians on this occasion of the 61st Independence Anniversary of Nigeria from colonial rule of the British. With full assurance of faith in the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit, at this difficult time, I prophesy that there shall be showers of blessings in the name of Jesus.

In Ezekiel 34: 25-30, Ezekiel prophesied to a people in captivity of the Babylonians that there shall be showers of blessings.

It is important to note that in Babylon, the children of Israel were eating the bread of affliction at the time. They were serving as slaves, they were suffering in the hands of the unbelievers who did not know God, they were a people who knew no peace because their land had been invaded and occupied by the surrounding hostile nations. In one sentence, the Israelites were a people with no hope of future!

The situation in Nigeria and of Nigerians today looks like that of Israel and Judah in captivity. We are already in the hands of the enemies because of our corrupt and sinful life. We are in pains of insecurity, inflation, unemployment, poverty is stirring many people in the face. Kidnappers do not allow us to rest. Some religious fanatics want to forcefully convert Nigerians into their own religion. This is the main agenda of the Boko Haram insurgents and the Islamic State of West African Province(ISWAP). They have caused and are still causing mayhem in the nation, killing innocent citizens. As the Lord lives, they shall not prosper in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

For the past years, bad and selfish leadership we have had largely contributed to the unfortunate state we are today. These bad leaders did not plan for the country to grow and if they did, they never make effort to implement the development plans. They embezzled the commonwealth of the nation. By their action they threw the citizens into unnecessary sufferings and pains. Unemployed youths have taken to criminalities. Youths are trying frantically to run abroad to search for better life. Some in the process perished in the Mediterranean Sea or ended up being used as sex slaves. Some got themselves engaged in armed robbery and internet fraud, etc.

The situation humanly speaking appears bleak but knowing that God is not man and with him, all things are possible, this is the right time to believe that there shall be showers of blessings because some people are praying for this country. There shall be showers of blessings because God shall judge the evil doers in the nation. There shall be showers of blessings because God rules in the affairs of humans. There shall be showers of blessings because the thoughts of God towards us are good and not evil.

In view of the foregoing, I declare that there shall be showers of blessings in Nigeria in the name of Jesus.

The showers of blessings shall usher in the the following:

1. The Lord is going to cause peace to return to our nation in Jesus’ name and all agitations would cease.

2. The Lord would cause wild beasts, the criminals operating with various names as Boko Haram, bandits, kidnappers, murderous herdsmen, unknown gunmen to cease from our land in the name of Jesus Christ.

3. Violence shall become a thing of the past in Nigeria in the name of Jesus

4. All of us in Nigeria shall dwell in safety in the name of Jesus

5. Our economy would flourish and there shall be prosperity in the nation in the name of Jesus

6. Nigerians who had run abroad would return home because Nigeria would be a desired nation by everybody in the name of Jesus.

7. Your dry land as an individual the Lord will turn in swamp in the name of Jesus.

8. You will eat in plenty and the days of scarcity would be no more in the name of Jesus.

9. In the forthcoming 2023 election, no wicked leader shall be voted into power no matter how wealthy and powerful he or she may be in the name of Jesus Christ.

Finally, kudos to our military for the upper hand they are having over the insurgents and criminals tagged as bandits, wicked herdsmen murdering and sacking communities, etc. We encourage the law enforcement agents not to give these criminals any breathing space until the battle is won and Nigeria is safe again as before.

Once again, happy 61st Independence Anniversary to all Nigerians home and abroad.

Signed

His Eminence,

Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle

President, Christian Association of Nigeria & Co-Chairman,

Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC).

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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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Plateau: “We lost 85 members, 3,141 houses burnt, 5,901 displaced” – Leader, TEKAN/ECWA CAN bloc

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

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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)

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10 BIBLE VERSES DURING TOUGH TIMES

We all struggle with tough times at some point in our lives, especially those times when things aren’t going as planned, or times when we face series of tribulations and challenges that seems too heavy for us. These challenges could emanate from work, family, school, friends, or other realities of life.

For instance, there were times whenn things might get really frustrating, and we somewhat begin to fall into depression because of the situation we might face at that time. Been through such, right? But we should keep on reassuring ourselves that God’s grace is sufficient and will see us through those tough periods.

A lot of us tend to forget what the scriptures say about these times, and we just give up on ourselves; That’s a wrong approach. Let uslook up to God and cast our burdens on Him. Remember, God will always love and come through for you even at your darkest hour!

Aside the numerous scriptures that helps us in our times of struggles, here are 10 BIBLE VERSES THAT WILL HELP YOU DURING TOUGH TIMES.

  • “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3: 5- 6
  • “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Joshua 1:5
  • “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  – Matthew 11:28
  • “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  – Isaiah 41:10
  • “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46: 1
  • “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40: 31
  • “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
  • “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” – Psalm 118: 6
  • “The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.:- Psalm 29:11

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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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