he new President of the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishop Daniel Okoh has condemned the All Progressives Congress (APC) for flagging a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) studies Archbishop Okoh, who was inaugurated because the eighth President of CAN on the Nationwide Ecumenical Centre, Abuja on Thursday, nevertheless, suggested that it doesn’t matter what occurs, Christians should resolve to make a optimistic influence.
The brand new CAN President, who is anticipated to serve a single five-year time period, in his acceptance speech, charged President Muhammadu Buhari to quell the rising insecurity within the nation.
“Whereas thanking the President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) for his efforts to fight terrorism and banditry, I want to attraction to His Excellency to finish the bloodletting, kidnapping and common insecurity in all of the geo-political zones of the nation.
“I consider that the federal government can do extra to safe the lives and properties of Nigerians given all the fashionable expertise inside its attain,” Okoh mentioned.
In response to him, the necessity for CAN to reply appropriately to nationwide points is crucial whereas assuring that the apex Christian organisation would proceed to take part actively and successfully in nation constructing.
“We’re coming in on the time that each one of us within the Christian religion consider that some sections of political leaders are usually not delicate to the varied nature of our inhabitants when sure choices are being made.
“Many Christians really feel and have the real concern that there’s a deliberate plan to take away the Christian religion from the scheme of issues and make us second-class residents in our personal nation – real concern borne out of the current happenings in our polity i.e. the same-faith ticket in one of many main political events in Nigeria regardless of the warning raised by CAN since two years in the past.
“No matter occurs, irrespective of what number of occasions our sensibilities are insulted, we should resolve to make a optimistic influence on the political, financial and social methods of our pricey nation,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, Okoh acknowledged that for Christians to stay related within the scheme of issues, step one was to extend CAN’s efforts to work in direction of Christian unity and mutual understanding among the many denominations of the Church in Nigeria.
The Basic Meeting of CAN formally validated the election of Okoh as its new President on Thursday, thereby bringing to an finish the tenure of Dr Samson Olusupo-Ayokunle.
His suggestion by an electoral school which was set as much as display screen and recommend candidates for the places of work of the President and Vice President, respectively, as introduced by the blocs which have rights of nomination was in step with the provisions of the 2021 CAN structure as amended.
The Archbishop, who’s the Basic Superintendent of Christ Holy Church Worldwide, Onitsha, emerged as the brand new non secular chief of CAN, after getting a 100 per cent vote of all 259 delegates who participated in its twelfth Basic Meeting.
Ayokunle advised his successor to like the folks no matter their weaknesses.
“The folks will annoy him, make him offended, and will not even recognize him, however he should proceed to hunt the great of the folks,” he suggested.