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Insecurity: Find help from Israel, United States – CAN tells Buhari.


Insecurity, banditry and kidnapping are threats to human race… We will continue to pray for government because there is lack of security everywhere, from Adamawa to Lagos, Sokoto to Enugu. The highways are not safe.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to seek help from Israel, United States and other countries to sustain the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes in the country.

Speaking at the inauguration of Belusochukwu Enwere as the new national chairman of its Youth Wing (YOWICAN), yesterday in Abuja, CAN President, Rev Dr. Samson Ayokunle noted that the association is seriously worried about the deteriorating security situation in the country, adding that the present administration seems to be overwhelmed by the problem.

Ayokunle, represented by the Assistant General Secretary of CAN, Apostle Biodun Sanyaolu, observed that government’s primary responsibility is to protect lives and property.


He said: “It is very obvious that Nigeria needs assistance. I’m not President Muhammadu Buhari, but I’m sure that he will also be worried. He should be willing to seek help from anywhere, as insecurity has reached a worrying point, where nobody is safe. We need help. Let me use the opportunity to tell the President to reach out to Israel, United States and other countries that could be of help to Nigeria…

“We are seriously worried in CAN because we are affected by the security challenges in Nigeria. Insecurity, banditry and kidnapping are threats to human race… We will continue to pray for government because there is lack of security everywhere, from Adamawa to Lagos, Sokoto to Enugu. The highways are not safe.
Even when you’re in your house, you’re not safe…”



Lagos Churches makes U-turn on Cross over night service


The senior pastor of the Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi, is however not new to this arrangement.

A number of popular churches in Lagos State have adjusted their service time for crossover services this year.


This follows a directive from the Lagos State government that curfew times will be imposed from 12am to 4am.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has since instructed worship centres to adhere to government’s directives.


In the years past, most churches began their Crossover services by 9pm or 10pm and it ended way back midnight on January 1 of the New Year.

However, this year, they have been forced to push back by several hours.

The House on the Rock Church in highbrow Lekki area for instance, will begin their service by 6.30pm with an end-of-the-year praise and worship session. The main service starts 7pm and ends 9pm.


It will not be streamed online until 10pm.

Also, The Covenant Nation has announced through its senior pastor, Poju Oyemade, that the on-site service will be held from 7pm to 9pm.

Oyemade said it would be “a time of teaching praises and declarations”.

He has always ended his services before 11pm, encouraging families to cross into the New Year together, in their homes.


This week, Adeyemi tweeted: “If you say “Happy New Year” at 2pm on 31st December in Lagos, you won’t be wrong. You’ll only be joining people in Sydney Australia to say it at that time. In fact, you’ll be 10 hours ahead of others in Nigeria.

“Don’t stress over time to crossover. Just crossover. #HappyNewYear.”



Igbo group blames CAN, others after U.S ban Nigeria over Religious intolerance


The group said it came to this conclusion after a thorough review of the circumstances that led to the inclusion of Nigeria.

The Igbos in Nigeria Movement (INM) has blamed “political” Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and groups that have showed incurable bias and sympathy for terrorist organisations for the inclusion of Nigeria in the United States’ blacklist for religious intolerance.

In a statement signed by its President, Mazi Ifeanyi Igwe, the Igbo group said the U.S. was misled by the political wing of CAN and groups affiliated to terrorism.

The INM noted that the U.S’ report was extracted from NGOs and international news reports that are totally out of tune with the reality in Nigeria.


According to the group, the United States’ blacklist could ultimately incite Christians against their Muslim neighbours in parts of the country that have till date remained peaceful and free of ethno-sectarian crisis

The INM, however, that the United States discards its report listing Nigeria as a country that promotes religious persecution as it is lacking in facts while it is a product of misleading reports by the political wings of supposed religious groups.



Oyigbo killings: Don’t pass your aggression on Igbos – CAN tells Wike.


The cleric also cautioned the youths to listen to the advice of their elders and religious leaders, noting that advice from such personalities would never be destructive.

Anambra State chapter of Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) has advised the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to handle the alleged killings in Oyigbo with extreme care to forestall escalation.

The chairman, Rev. Dr. Ndubuisi John who gave the advice on Thursday in Onitsha in a press briefing, urged the governor to avoid generalizing his anger towards Igbo race, but rather govern with the wisdom of God as the Shepherd of the State.

He described the killings as dehumanizing and called on Church leaders to assist in dousing the situation.

He said, “Youths should lay down their arms and come down to round table conference so that we can discuss and know how to manage the issue.

“I was told that IPOB activities in Oyigbo and entire Rivers State caused the ugly development which infuriated the governor and prompted him to clamp dowm on IPOB members.


“I wouldn’t say that it is not true that there is a group called IPOB but everybody in Igbo land is not a member of IPOB. So, shooting of every Igbo man seen is very wrong.

“The Governor can’t generalize his anger towards Igbo race, it is absolutely wrong. He should behave maturely, because as a Governor and a person, we respect and adore his office and we expect him to also act as a Governor with mercy”.

He described the #EndSARS protest as backup grievances against government and explosion occasioned by sufferings, Ndubisi commiserated with victims of the protest that included, the dead, the living and the injured.

“No doubt the protest was fallout of prolonged anger; people have been dying in silence until now. But the killings is not palatable especially as people are gradually recovering from protest,” the cleric added.


[Nigeria] Condemn implementation of CAMA – CAN tells Buhari.


The Christian Association of Nigeria on Tuesday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the implementation of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA).

The suspension request was contained in an email statement forwardedby the office of CAN’s President, Rev. Olasupo Ayokunle. Noble Reporters Media extracts

The CAMA has generated controversy since it was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 7.

The Act has serious consequences for the functioning of nonprofits, including churches, in the country, critics have said.

CAN, in its letter to Buhari on Tuesday, said it is yet to view a full copy of the Act.


“We consider the Act, as indeed, a complex of statecraft compendium, laden with issues that are grossly inimical to national interest, security (- peace and stability), and overall wellbeing of the Nigerian-state,” the statement said.

CAN vilified the Act for not receiving input from “various interest groups” or for failing “to accommodate their views.”

It also suggested there was no point in seeking “judicial intervention or amendment of the Act by the National Assembly” as such “shall achieve nothing much.”

“Mr. President . . . we are of the opinion that you should kindly issue the appropriate directives to suspend the implementation of CAMA 2020 and affirm a thorough reappraisal of the legislation that is in correlation with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended), other extant legal and policy frameworks, the national economy, national security, national interest and the wellbeing of the Nigerian-state,” the CAN statement ended.



President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR
State House

Mr. President,

We respectfully acknowledge the invitation extended to us to make an input into the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020 following the myriad of objections that attended the enactment of the Act.

While we sincerely appreciate the courtesy of your invitation, we are however constrained from doing so on the following grounds:

  1. We are yet to be availed with the authentic version of the voluminous Act, made up of 870 sections besides the sundry and complex schedules and addendum. We consider the Act, as indeed, a complex of statecraft compendium, laden with issues that are grossly inimical to national interest, security (- peace and stability), and overall wellbeing of the Nigerian-state.
  2. From the reactions of stakeholders and a cross-section of the Nigerian-state, it is apparent that the Act either did not receive input from the respective various interest groups or failed to accommodate their views, sundry concerns and varying interests of the Nigerian people. Without prejudice to our observations, such a law ought to welcome and accommodate the sundry and varying interests of the Nigerian people.
  3. Furthermore, we are mindful that comments in public domain are beginning to indicate that CAMA, 2020 has the potential that can further undermine the faith of stakeholders in the Nigerian-state. The reactions from public officeholders have not helped matters because they are binary in perspective and pander towards a fait accompli.
  4. The dominant schools of thought in the public domain, hold the view that should stakeholders of the Nigerian-state seek judicial intervention or amendment of the Act by the National Assembly, they shall achieve nothing much, as they consider such, as exercises in futility. We must allay their fears and encourage them to exercise their democratic rights in our participatory democracy; hoping that when citizens approach these state institutions, they shall rise up to the challenge.

Mr. President, from the foregoing, we are of the opinion that you should kindly issue the appropriate directives to suspend the implementation of CAMA 2020 and affirm a thorough reappraisal of the legislation that is in correlation with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended), other extant legal and policy frameworks, the national economy, national security, national interest and the wellbeing of the Nigerian-state.

In order to participate actively in such an exercise, you may wish to kindly furnish us with an official version as assented by you. This will enable us do the due diligence required, please.

Once more, do accept the assurances of our esteemed consideration as we pray for the continued presence and Will of the Almighty God of all-creation by the Holy Spirit in Nigeria through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Savior, Redeemer and soon coming KING. (Amen)



CAMA: Religious leaders are worried – Osinbajo


Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has said that the major concern of religious leaders with the recently enacted Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 is the fear that the processes are not abused in a way that compromises the entire structure and operation of the organisation

Professor Osinbajo who spoke during the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Annual General Conference on Thursday stated that these leaders want to be accountable, contrary to views based on reactions to a section of the act.

He maintained that the CAMA 2020 is massive legislation that covers a wide range of issues on companies and if a section is contentious, what the aggrieved parties can do is to approach the National Assembly and propose an amendment.

“As a general position, I do not think it will be right to say that pastors don’t want to be accountable. I believe that several Christian organizations and pastors are willing to be accountable. The problem that they may have is ensuring that processes are not abused in such a way as to compromise the entire organization. And I think that if all that is required is some process of accountability, I think it will be easier for organizations to accept that.

“The concern of the Churches is that it could lead to a situation where practically anybody could be appointed as a trustee to oversee the Church and a Church or a Mosque is a spiritual organization and if you do not share the same faith with the Church or Mosque, you may be the wrong person and if a wrong is appointed, you may create more trouble for the organization.

“What can be done is that, whatever the proposal for amendment may be, whatever the views of the leadership of the church may be, regarding the question of how the trustees, whether they are interim trustees or not, can be put in the form of a proposal that will be taken to the National Assembly for consideration for an amendment to the law, that is the process which is entirely opened and ought to be pursued,” the Vice President added.


CAMA Fears
President Muhammadu Buhari signed the CAMA bill into law in August, repealing and replacing the extant 1990 act, with the aim that the new legislation will be the most significant in three decades, promoting the ease of doing business, while reducing regulatory hurdles in the country.

However, a portion of the legislative piece tagged Incorporated Trustees, states that religious bodies and charity organisations will now be strictly regulated by the Registrar-General of the Corporate Affairs Commission and the supervising minister.

Additional clauses in the act show that the commission can suspend the trustees of an association and appoint an interim manager to run the affairs of the organisation

File: The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, gives a speech virtually at the NBA Annual General Conference on August 27, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media //)

But Vice President Osinbajo clarified that the section will affect these organisations; “Churches, Mosques, and church organizations are regarded as charities. It is the Incorporated Trustees Section of the Companies and Allied Matters Act that has become controversial. And because churches are charities, the provisions in the incorporated trustees’ section obviously affect the churches.


“What the Churches are concerned about is a provision that says that in the event that some wrong-doing is found to be perpetrated by the trustees of the particular organization or Church, the Registrar-General of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) can go to court and get an order to appoint interim administrators or interim trustees for the Church or whichever charity organization and manage the organization.”

C.A.N Talks Tough
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) kicked against the act and called on President Buhari to suspend the law in the interest of the country.

“While we are not against the government fighting corruption wherever it may be found, yet we completely reject the idea of bringing the Church, which is technically grouped among the NGOs, under control of the government. The Church cannot be controlled by the government because of its spiritual responsibilities and obligations. This is why we are calling on the Federal government to stop the implementation of the obnoxious and ungodly law until the religious institutions are exempted from it.

“How can the government sack the trustee of a church which it contributed no dime to establish? How can a secular and political minister be the final authority on the affairs and management of another institution which is not political? For example, how can a non-Christian head of Government Ministry be the one to determine the running of the church? It is an invitation to the trouble that the government does not have the power to manage. Let the government face the business of providing infrastructure for the people.”


COVID-19: Adamawa CAN chairman test positive.


The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Adamawa State, Bishop Dami Mamza, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Mamza, who is also the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese and a member of the state’s COVID-19 Containment Committee, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

He disclosed that his COVID-19 status was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), adding that he has decided to go into self-isolation.

According to the clergyman, one lesson for the people is that they should appreciate and understand the importance of making themselves available for testing if need be.

While noting that testing positive for the virus was not a death sentence, the bishop urged the people to pray for him and all who tested positive for the disease.


He also urged them to take the preventive measures seriously in order to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Umaru Fintiri, has vowed that his administration would not leave any stone unturned until lasting peace was achieved in Adamawa.

The governor, who met with CAN leaders in Yola, the state capital said his administration was on a mission to close the gaps to ensure residents live well and would not discriminate on any basis.

He stressed that to promote development and liberty for all, there must be peace and stability that could only be achieved with good governance, tolerance, harmonious co-existence, and genuine reconciliation.


Governor Fintiri was worried about the security challenges bedevilling Adamawa over the years, such as Boko Haram insurgency, communal clashes, clashes between farmers and herders, banditry, and kidnapping.

He decried that such challenges have left the people devastated, impoverished, and living in fear.

The governor, however, stressed that Adamawa has maintained its posture as a peaceful state, despite conflicts and crisis that threatened its peace in the past.

He explained that the peace being enjoyed in the state was as a result of his government’s good thinking and mediation efforts, in collaboration with groups and stakeholders such as CAN working assiduously to unite the people.


Churches can’t be controlled by Government – CAN tackles CAMA.


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has rejected “outrightly” the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020, which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 7.

“The law, to say the least, is unacceptable, ungodly, reprehensible, and an ill-wind that blows no one any good. It is a time bomb waiting to explode,” said a statement by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant on Media and Communications) to CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle.

CAN’s position is in strong contrast to that of the Presidency which hailed the new law as innovative and “geared toward enhancing the ease of doing business in the country”.

In its statement on Thursday, CAN made clear that its grouse was not with efforts by the government to fight corruption but a section of the Act that contained what it said amounted to an attempt to bring churches under government control.

CAN President, Rev. Samuel Ayokunle (file photo). The Christian Association of Nigeria wants the Companies and Allied Act, 2020, amended.

“The satanic section of the controversial and ungodly law is Section 839 (1) &(2) which empowers the Commission to suspend trustees of an association (in this case, the church) and appoint the interim managers to manage the affairs of the association for some given reasons,” it said.


“While we are not against the government fighting corruption wherever it may be found, we completely reject the idea of bringing the Church, which is technically grouped among the NGOs, under control of the government. The Church cannot be controlled by the government because of its spiritual responsibilities and obligations.”

Based on its position, the association expects the federal government to change course and amend the law.

It said, “This is why we are calling on the Federal government to stop the implementation of the obnoxious and ungodly law until the religious institutions are exempted from it.

“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently return the law to the National Assembly for immediate amendment. Nigeria should not be compared with any other nation when it comes to the relationship between religious institutions and the government. In Nigeria, people’s religions are tied to their humanity and of course, their life.”


Should the government insist on implementing the law, CAN believes it would amount to an affront to Christianity.

“If the government is bent on imposing a law on us which the entire Church in Nigeria is against, then, they have declared war on Christianity and the agenda to destroy the Church which we have spoken against before now is coming to the open more clearly,” it said.

“If you cannot give us good amenities of life, we would not allow you to take away our liberty to worship our Maker.”

CAN is surprised that President Buhari signed the CAMA Bill into law with such a section in it because it had initially rejected moves to bring the church under government regulation during the President’s first term.


It said, “We recall that during the first term of the President, there was a public hearing conducted by the National Assembly on the Non- Governmental Organisations Bill tagged ‘Bill for an Act To Provide For The Establishment Of The Non-Governmental Organisations Regulatory Commission For The Supervision, Co-ordination And Monitoring Of Non-Governmental Organisations’ which was attended by CAN and many NGOs.

“At the Public Hearing, the Bill that sought to bring the religious organisations and NGOs under the control and influence of the government was totally rejected because it would snuff life out of the church and rank the church as a secular institution under secular control.

“We thought it was all over until we heard of the CAMA that was assented to by the President, making the rejected bill a law.”

Defending its position against the law, CAN questioned what right the government had to control an institution it did not establish.


It is also concerned about the implication of allow secular officials to superintend over spiritual matters, arguing that, ultimately, the government had specific responsibilities to focus on.

“How can the government sack the trustee of a church which it contributed no dime to establish? How can a secular and political minister be the final authority on the affairs and management of another institution which is not political? it asked.

“For example, how can a non-Christian head of Government Ministry be the one to determine the running of the church? It is an invitation to trouble that the government does not have power to manage.

“Let the government face the business of providing infrastructure for the people. Let them focus on better health provision, food, education, adequate security employment, etc. The government should not be a busy body in a matter that does not belong to it. The government does not have the technical expertise to run the church of God because of its spiritual nature.”


CAN warns against BBNaija reality TV show – says it is evil


The Rivers State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has spoken against the BBNaija reality TV show which began a new edition on Sunday.

Chairman of CAN in Rivers State, Stanley Dimkpa, stated that the show is evil as he urged everyone to call for its end.

According to him, it promotes immorality and rewards wrongs.

He said, “All these are needed to replace what we have in our world today where societal ills, crimes and immoral behaviours are geometrically increasing due to bad governance, poverty and reward for wrong doing, such as Big Brother Naija.

“I want to emphasize Big Brother Naija because all of us have to fight collectively to stop this immoral act and injustice in our land, as Christians and Africans, we have respect for mankind.

“For those of us that have allowed our friends and families to encourage the patronage of Big Brother Naija, know that it is an evil and we must clampdown on it,” he said.


CAN express concern as Church reopens


The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna State chapter has asked worshippers to be extremely careful as they attend churches in order to minimize the risk of contracting the deadly coronavirus.

CAN urged Christian faithful to use the reopening of places of worship in the state to exhibit good conduct and to strictly observe all the protocols including the washing of hands, social distancing, wearing of face masks and other rules associated with the curbing of the spread of COVID-19.

The state chairman of CAN, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, in a statement made available to DAILY POST in Kaduna, on Wednesday, said, CAN Kaduna state wishes to appreciate the state Governor and the State Standing Committee on COVID-19 for allowing places of worship to reopen from Sunday this week (14th June) after a long and eventful lockdown enforced to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The statement explained, “We know that people have stayed under restrictions for about 75 days. During the period, many experienced hardships, but it should not be a regrettable experience because it actually helped to reduce the number of persons infected, and we recorded a lower death rate in our dear state.”


The statement said that as the state government allows citizens to resume partial normal life activities, especially resuming church gatherings, CAN, Kaduna state appeals to all faithful and the general public to show good and godly examples.

“The Bible says we should let our light shine that all may see our good works and give glory to God. Accordingly, our people should not be carried away by the joy of lifting the restriction of movement and totally forget health matters, for it is only when there is a life that we can worship and do our businesses,” CAN advised.
CAN, therefore, called on all pastors and church elders to give godly and wise leadership at this delicate time, stressing that churches must continue to observe all protocols and guidelines that have been laid down by the government and NCDC.


“All worshipers should come with their face masks during services. Churches should help to provide face masks to those who do not have and cannot afford.

“Adequate provision of hand sanitizers or handwashing materials should be made available in our homes and churches during our worship services.


“We should maintain good hygiene at all times and observe physical distancing in our sitting arrangements. Worshipers are to sit two meters away from one another.

“Let’s make good use of our members who are medical workers for proper use of Infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of every worshiper,” CAN further advised.



After 1 Week of Abduction, Nasarawa CAN Chairman regain Freedom.

The Chairman of the Nasarawa State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Joseph Masin, who was abducted last week has regained his freedom.

The Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa, Bola Longe, confirmed this on Sunday. NobleReporters learnt

He explained that the clergyman was freed by his abductors on Saturday night after sustained pressure by security personnel.

Longe added that following credible intelligence, the security operatives arrested four persons in connection with the abduction.


According to him, the bishop was later reunited with his family in Lafia, the state capital at about 1:48 am on Sunday.

A member of Masin’s family also revealed that the clergyman has been taken to a hospital for medical examination.



COVID-19: Churches not to reopen for this reason – CAN.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has maintained that churches will not open, despite increased pressure from leaders and members.

This was contained in a statement personally signed by CAN President, Rev. Supo Ayokunle, on Friday.

According to Ayokunle, the relaxation of lockdown had seen the country witnessed more coronavirus infection.

“Champions for the reopening of worship centres argue that if people had contracted the virus in the markets and other places, closing the church from worshipping becomes unreasonable!

“It is like using medicine after death! Furthermore, the church is more organised and a place of healing,” part of the statement read.


Ayokunle, therefore, urged “all churches to remain closed because the daily increasing infected people in Nigeria is dangerous for the survival of us all.”

He said that “the church needs to exercise restrain at this time so that we might not naively and overzealously plunge our members into regrettable destruction and sorrow.”



[Nigeria] CAN rejects infectious diseases bill, give advise on way forward.


The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has expressed concern on the Infectious Disease Control bill before the House of Representatives.

It maintained that it should not be passed into law in national interest.

CAN’s opinion was contained in a letter dated 4th May, 2020 by its General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

CAN urged the House of Representatives to discontinue discussion on the Bill forthwith in the overall interest of the Nigerian citizens.


“However, should you insist that there is merit in this unacceptable bill, we insist that this bill should pass through public hearing,” it said.

CAN told the legislators that courts on numerous occasions struck out Acts of Parliaments and legislations, including Executive Orders of Governments, which violates any of the Fundamental Human Rights provided for in the Constitution.

The organisation also queried the intention behind the bill, and advised the leadership and members of the House of Representatives to immediately allow the spirit of God to prevail over the primordial intentions and ambition.


It asked the lawmakers not to pass what it called the “controversial, nebulous and obnoxious bill into law in the overall interest of Nigerians.”

“This bill is not what is currently being expected from the House of Representatives, but rather, the development of the vaccines that will stop this COVID-19 pandemic from further killing of our citizens,” CAN advised.




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[Nigeria] CAN want churches be re-open after FG extend lockdown.

According to reports, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has demanded for the reopening of churches amidst the lockdown across the country to prevent Coronavirus.

This was contained in a statement made available to journalists on Monday by the CAN Chairman, South-East, Bishop Dr. Goddy Okafor.

The CAN in the South-East said the Church should not remain closed forever as it remained a place of hope for the people as every other solution to the pandemic seemed elusive.

Going further, Bishop Okafor called for the reopening of churches in the country in order for Nigerians to cry to God for solution to this pandemic.


COVID-19: CAN, JNI call for prayer.

Jamatul Nasiril Islam (JNI) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have jointly called for prayers against the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The two faith-based organisations have also advised Nigerians to compliance with government’s directives on what they should do to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further.

The groups made the call on Thursday during an awareness campaign visit to traditional rulers in Cham and Dadiya Chiefdoms in Balanga Local Government Area of the state the by the Task Force committee on the Coronavirus.

Alhaji Sale Danburam, Secretary JNI and member of the committee said that prayers and compliance with government directives would go a long way toward stopping the spread of the virus.

According to him, people need to understand that the virus is really spreading and killing people, hence the need for the public to pray for God to intervene.

“As Muslims whatever happens we submit it to Almighty God and we have our weapon which is prayers.

“We urge you to pray for us not to have the virus in the state and for those infected to recover.

“Government has done its own part and our own is to comply for all of us to succeed,” he said.

Danburam commended the state government for its commitment to the fight against the spread of the virus.

Mr Samuel Bulus, Vice Chairman of CAN and member of the committee also urged people to support government to save lives, ensure peace and development of the state.

Bulus said because of the virus, church services had been suspended except on Sunday on which day “worshipers must not be more than 50 persons at a time”.

He advised those with small Churches not to congregate more than 20 people and to provide water, soap, and sanitisers for good hygiene against the spread of the virus.

He emphasised the need to observe social distancing during funerals, marriages, and other gatherings that are necessary.

The Christian leader lauded the efforts of the state government in the fight against the spread of the virus.

On their part, the traditional rulers commended the state governor Inuwa Yahaya for the measures put in place by his administration to contain the spread of the virus.

They pledged to communicate to their subjects, government’s directives on what they should do to stop the spread of the virus.


COVID-19: CAN call for ‘National prayer days.’

churches to provide sanitizers.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has directed churches in the country to observe Sunday, March 22nd and 29th as national days of prayers against the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria and globally.

CAN President, Reverend Samson Ayokunle also advised churches to strictly follow the guidelines for combating COVID-19 in all their gatherings as they trust God for victory over the plague.

The christian body says it is not unaware of the ban on the presence of more than 50 people in a gathering so it is advising churches to conduct house cell based services, online services and in the absence on online facilities, they can break services into not more than 50 members per shift.

The Christian Association of Nigeria also asked churches to provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers, soap and water and maintain at least one meter distance with anyone coughing or sneezing.


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Religious, Ethnic rivalries must stop to promote peace in Nigeria – Northern CAN

Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Northern Nigeria, Rev. Yakubu Pam has urged Muslims and Christians in the country to shun religious and ethnic rivalry and embraced the teaching of the two Holy Books for peaceful coexistence in the country.

Rev. Pam disclosed this on Saturday while presenting a paper titled; “Struggle for identify in Nigeria: Abrahamic Faith’s, ethnicity and ethnic conflicts in perspective” during the Da’awah coordination Council of Nigeria (DCCN) 2nd National Summit on Peaceful coexistence and nation building, held in Jos, Plateau.

“We want people in the grassroots and at home to know that in a meeting of religious leaders from different religions are calling for peace in the country, no more war. Enough of the blood shade, enough of the killings, enough of destroying properties and enough of exchanging of unhealthy wards in the media.

“This time around, we must stop the circles of killings, we must stop the circle of hatred otherwise our children unborn will not forgive us. We want people to hear that like the Sultan said yesterday, that we are calling for peace and we should mark our calling for peace with action.

“We want religious leaders to talk to their followers that we are calling for peace, Nigeria is a country we are proud of, without this country, we have no any other country and must of the things that are happening were stage manage to make sure that there is crisis.

“ Nobody will be happy to see his son being kidnap and killed, nobody will be happy to see his daughter being kidnap and killed, but it takes a mature person to look into the future than to remained in pains.


Insecurities: We won’t keep mute – CAN

President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr Olasupo Ayokunle, has said the body will not keep quiet against the killings of Christians in the country until such wicked acts stop.

According to him, the Federal Government needs to rise up to its responsibility of providing adequate security to tackle the spate of insecurity in the country.

Ayokunle spoke at the 12th annual lecture and awards of the Bible Society of Nigeria in Lagos.

He said but for the sustained pressure of the association on government, recent moves by the state to address insecurity would have not been made possible.

He said, “The government must rise up to its responsibilities. All our money is with the government, the entire commonwealth of the nation. So they have the duty to make sure that they provide security. I will not keep quiet until I see that this is done.

“To overcome insurgency, there is the need for the words of God to be in the hand of every Nigerian. The fact that not everybody has the knowledge of God is the reason the country is battling with insurgency.”

He said if the youth were equipped with the word of God, it would minister to their hearts.

Speaking on the topic, ‘Curbing communal conflicts and terrorism for sustainable national growth and development’, guest speaker and chief executive officer, Halogen Group, Mr Wale Olaoye, said despite repeated commitments of successive governments to tackling the nation’s perennial development and security challenges, the country was appearing to be an unsustainable nation.

He said, “Sustainability suggests that, as a nation, we have the ability to exist and coexist despite conflict and terror.

“It demands of us to maintain change, a balanced environment, in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development and institutional change and future potential to meet our needs and aspirations.”

CAN President | Nigerian President

Olaoye said to attain those, the country would require the pursuit of a common ideal, as available resources must not be depleted faster than resources are naturally generated.

At the event, the BSN presented awards to the CAN president, founder, Centre for Value in Leadership, Prof Pat Utomi; Chairman, GTBank Plc, Mrs. Osaretin Demuren; and General Manager, Avein Offshore Limited, Joseph Duntoye.


Insecurities: CAN President warn Nigerians, say ‘Enough is Enough’

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has warned that insecurity has pushed Nigeria to the tipping point even as he said CAN would no longer take further attacks on its members. Ayokunle who spoke exclusively with Saturday Sun in Abuja, declared that despite all the suggestions that CAN had given to the government, it appeared that the government was not taking any of them.

He concluded that having been given everything to curtail the insecurity in the country, excuses were no longer permissible within the prevailing circumstances, saying that enough is enough.

Asked what he will tell President Buhari and security chiefs over the development, Ayokunle said: “I will tell them that they should sit up and drive away all the insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, Boko Haram and all those that are troubling the nation. They have been given everything to do it. They have the military, all our common wealth, our resources; they are with them, to use to give us peace in this nation. No excuse any longer for failure.”

Amongst other issues, Ayokunle opened up on the 2023 presidency, disclosing the candidate that CAN will throw its weight behind. He spoke with AIDOGHIE PAULINUS.

In what ways can CAN team up with the Federal Government to fight the spate of insecurity across the county?

Well, we do not have the military with which CAN can team up. But CAN, number one, can be praying for the nation for God to guide the military chiefs and the commander-in-chief himself to take right decisions on how to overcome the insurgency.

Number two, CAN can give advice due to what we hear from people and the people affected by the insurgency, what they say. But the government must be ready to listen. We can work together if the government does not see objective criticism as antagonistic or opposition.

In your previous meetings with the president, is it that you have not been suggesting ways to tackle insecurity to him?

We have been, but you know those in power know what they will take from what you say. We have told them, number one, to investigate the sources of the ammunitions of the insurgents. I don’t think any step has been taken over the years since we have been emphasising this.

Number two, we have advised the government to investigate and find out the people who are financing this terrorism, especially within our nation. Number three, we have told the government to rejig the security chiefs. If illegal immigrants are entering the country with ammunitions, what is Immigration doing? What was the Customs doing that allow these people to come in and with ammunitions that they are not permitted to bring into the country? Don’t we have law enforcement agents that would have prevented this from happening right from the beginning? We have given lots of pieces of advice, but it depends on what you want to take.

Why do you think the President is not taking to the advice and put them into action?

I don’t know. I think that question should be better put to him.

Considering what has been happening recently, people have been saying that there may be a religious war. Is CAN praying against this?

Religious war? You better pray that you don’t have religious war in the nation because the religious war will not spare anyone. So, it is not about CAN being afraid. It is about everybody working against anything that comes near a religious war. It spares no one. Go and tell them in Northern Ireland. Go and ask them in Sri Lanka and other places where religious war happened. It is a total devastation because you see brothers killing brothers, parents killing children; religious war is very brutal.

So, where do you think the insecurity and what is happening in the polity is leading the nation to?

If care is not taken, if the government does not address it squarely, if they will be telling us that they are no longer bombing, they are beheading, then it is going to lead to total annihilation of the entire country if care is not taken.

The recent spat between the government and CAN after–

There was no spat. We only told them to do what they were supposed to do. If they call it spat, it means that they were not ready to listen to Godly admonition. There is nothing like spat.

Is CAN considering supporting a Christian for the presidency in 2023?

We are going to support a righteous person, somebody with the fear of God.

If that is so, is CAN looking towards the Vice President whom CAN obviously have a soft spot for?

CAN is not God. CAN is praying for the right man to emerge, the right man at the center of God’s heart.

So, it is not Osinbajo?

The right man; it can be Osinbajo, it can be any other person.

And if it is Osinbajo, don’t you think that will pitch him against his godfather, Tinubu, who is also interested in the race?

I am not God, I have told you. I don’t know who that will be, alright? I don’t know about godfather, I only know about Heavenly Father. I know about Heavenly Father, not godfather.

What is CAN’s view about the North agitating for the presidency in 2023?

That is left to Nigerians to decide.

As the father of all Christians in the country, at this all-important moment, what advice do you have for Christians who are troubled day and night, from north to south and across the country?

The Bible says “A time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a service for God.” Jesus told his followers in John Chapter 16. He said they should not be moved. In the world, you will face persecution and tribulation, but He says in me, you will have peace. Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world for you – John 16:33. So, I will tell them to be of good cheer. Even if they suffer, they suffer for Christ and great is their reward in heaven. However, they should be steadfast. They should be unmovable. They should continue to abound in the work of the Lord.

President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle

If you see the president and the security chiefs today, what will you tell them?

I will tell them that they should sit up and drive away all the insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, Boko Haram and all those that are troubling the nation. They have been given everything to do it. They have the military, all our commonwealth, our resources; they are with them, to use to give us peace in this nation. No excuse any longer for failure.


I can feel your ache – Buhari reacts after RCCG, CAN, others protest killings

President Muhammadu Buhari has broken his silence after leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN protested the killing of its Chairman, Lawan Andimi, from Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State by Boko Haram.

Buhari expressed pains over the death of Andimi.

Recall that some leaders of CAN alongside the General Overseer of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, had protested over the killing of Christians in the Northeast and the country.

However, Buhari in a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu said CAN leaders reserved the right to protest.

He said: “The actions of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in recent days represent the peaceful right of all Nigerians to protest and express their views on matters of religion, ethics, politics and society.

“The origination of their protests is the shocking, unacceptable death of Pastor Lawan Andimi at the hands of Boko Haram. The President feels their pain, and that of his family, for his loss.

“The President believes, as does every member of his administration, both Christian and Muslim in the words of CAN’s placards: “All life is sacred.”

Buhari said either as a Christian or Muslim, all Nigerians and their beliefs must be respected.

“The duty of all of us is to uphold the rights of others to worship according their faith – and to respect the rights of each other to do so freely in the spirit of brotherhood and respect – and without interference.

“This means, however, that we must stop false claims that only serve to divide one community against the other. There is no place in Nigeria for those who politicise religion. This is the President’s message to both Muslim and Christian communities alike.

“In the light of this, the CAN-inspired prayers and street enlightenment in our cities are much welcome as sensitizers to the need for ALL CITIZENS irrespective of faith, religion or language to accept their duty and role in law enforcement, to prevent crime in all its manifestations, be it corruption, theft, terrorism, banditry or kidnapping. Without citizen involvement, there is no miracle with which less than half-a-million policemen can effectively protect a population of 200 million.

“CAN is right to arouse popular consciousness to this duty to the state.

“One more thing is this: it is the added need for citizen-consciousness to stand up for nation. Nigerians, only Nigerians can defend their nation against these abhorrent killings and all sorts of crimes worrying us as a nation.

“From the prayers and advocacy by CAN, citizens need to take an important lesson, which is, that our people must rally around the flag. Together, they rise to defeat the enemy and defend the state. In Nigeria, some groups rally against the government instead of the enemy. This is not right. It has the effect of playing into the hands of the enemy of the state.

“We will not defeat the terrorists, nor speed the return for those citizens, young and old taken by them by division in our own ranks. To pull apart is to play into the hands of the terrorists: this is what they want,” he added.


Adeboye, CAN rally against killings (Photos)

Christians, yesterday, marched along streets praying and seeking divine intervention to stem the spate of insecurity, kidnappings and killings ravaging Nigeria. The move followed the directive by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to members to embark on a three day fasting and prayers for the country.

General overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, who led members on a prayer walk against insecurity in the country, said every soul lost to insurgency was precious to God and prayed that evildoers in the country should be exposed. Adeboye, during a service held at the church’s headquarters in Lagos, prayed that God should “have mercy on Nigeria.”

“Let there be peace and security in Nigeria. God sees all things and knows where the terrorists are. We pray that God send His light to Nigeria and expose the evildoers in the country.

“Every soul is precious to God, whether a Christian or a Muslim. Father, we declare, no more death of the innocent in Nigeria. After the service, we are all going for a prayer walk. We will march according to our age. There are some who would march round the church because of their age and there are some who would march with me to Atan Cemetery and back,” Adeboye said.

The cleric expressed the optimism that God would address the country’s security challenges. He was accompanied in the march by other pastors of the church.

FG insensitive to plight of Christians

– CAN president

In Ibadan, Oyo State, national president of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, who led Christians in a prayer walk, accused the Federal Government of being insensitive to the plight of Christians in the country.

Those who participated in the walk advised the Federal Government to rise up to its responsibility and provide protection for Nigerians, irrespective of religion or ethnic affiliation. The walk was held at the Oritamefa Baptist Church, Total Garden, Ibadan.

A large crowd of worshippers participated in what was a peaceful rally and they sang and marched round the church premises: “The church is marching on, the church is marching on, the gate of hell shall not prevail, the church is marching on,” was the popular hymn as they marched around the church.

The participants also carried banners with inscriptions that included: “Stop the killing of Christians,” “Stop persecuting Christians,” “Jesus is Lord,” and “We support the Christian Association of Nigeria.”

Ayokunle lamented the incessant killing of Christians and other Nigerians, especially in the North.

At another location in Ibadan, former chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in the state, Bishop Taiwo Adelakun of Victory International Church (Rehoboth Cathedral), Oluyole Extension, also led a prayer walk within the premises of the cathedral on Sunday.

The Christian body had declared a special prayer walk by Christians in all the states of the federation in the form of a procession on the final day of a three-day special fasting and prayer in all churches, home and abroad, which began on Friday, January 31, and ended on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

Ayokunle said the claim that the activities of the Boko Haram terror group were not against Christians could not be justified.

“My message, first of all to the Nigerian government, is to urge the administration to up their game on the issue of security. They said they are trying, but their best is not the best because, daily, bloodshed is happening. We cannot be playing politics with the lives of men and women.

“If anybody is telling government that they are doing their best, that person is not telling the truth. It is playing politics with human lives. If you politicians are playing politics, we in the church cannot play politics. The moment we don’t see bloodshed again, we in the church will begin to commend you.

“As long as we continue to see bloodshed and kidnapping on the road, we shall continue to call upon you because we elected you to provide security. The unorganised soldiers that are called terrorists should not be more powerful than the organised soldiers. We have the military upon which trillions of naira is being spent to keep us safe. This nonsense of killing must stop.

“Our President Buhari should rise up and up his game. If the attack is not religious, don’t let there be attacks on Christians again. The killing of the young man going to Maiduguri is still fresh in our minds. When they were killing him, they said it in Hausa or Arabic that it was because he was a Christian. Abubakar said he was out to plant Sharia from north to south. So, why are you saying it is not religious? Nigerians, be hopeful; your God will fight for you.

“Help will come from within and outside for Nigeria. I call on the international community, please, as you rose up for Syria, Iraq and other nations, rise up for Nigeria. Nigerians are bonafide human beings, they deserve to be protected by the international community,” Ayokunle said.

Adelakun prayed for peace and unity across Nigeria, appealing to the Federal Government to be proactive before the situation gets out of hand.

Pastor in charge of Oritamefa Baptist Church, Ibadan, Rev. Remi Awopegba, also said: “Those who are of one mind would have compassion for one another. The killing of the CAN chairman was gruesome. People were being slaughtered. Suppose it were your husband or wife that was so captured and killed? It was not because he committed any sin but because he was a child of God. Has Nigeria become an Islamic State?”

Govt should review security policies

– Bishop Martins

Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace, Alfred Adewale Martins, has urged the Federal Government to review its policies on security, especially in the North-East.

“Bandits, terrorists or insurgents are killing innocent Nigerians and, as it is today, it is like government has lost control of security in the nation,” Martins said.

The cleric stated this at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Lafiaja, Obalende, Lagos, where he joined other Catholic faithful to celebrate Blessed Iwene Tansi feast day in Lagos. He advised government to stop the persecution going on in the North against Christians and review its policies in some of the northern states that discriminate against Christians.

The cleric advised the government to lift people out of poverty and take care of their welfare.

“Most of the government’s poverty alleviation programmes have not really made life worthwhile for the citizens.The youths should learn from the lifestyle of Blessed Iwene Tansi, who stood for good morals, and discipline; that’s what we advise parents to teach their children,” he said.

Nasarawa begins 3-day prayers

Nasarawa State chapter of CAN, yesterday, commenced three days of intense prayer over the spate of insecurity across the country.

Bishop Joseph Masin, the state’s CAN chairman, while speaking at beginning of the prayers held at the Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ (ERCC) Lafia-Central, said divine intervention was needed to address the increasing insecurity in the country.

Masin said that, as religious leaders, they were not happy with the way Nigerian citizens were being killed carelessly in parts of the country.

The bishop called on the government to be proactive and prioritise the security of its citizens, irrespective of their religious affiliations.

He urged Nigerians to shelve their differences and unite in order defeat terrorists and other criminal elements threatening the survival of the nation.

Leaders and other members of the Christian body in the state gathered in Lafia and other local government areas for the prayers that would be concluded on Wednesday.

The programme featured prayers for peace, unity, development and integration of the country by different clergymen.

The clerics also condemned the senseless killing of Christians and other Nigerians by terrorists, bandits and criminals across the country.

They also reminded the President, governors and local government chairmen to rise up to their responsibilities of protecting life and property, to avoid situations where citizens would resort to self-help.

Abia joins others to protest killings, insecurity in Nigeria

In Abia State, members of the RCCG joined others across the country to protest the killings and insecurity in Nigeria.

The protesters, who carried placards with different inscriptions stating their displeasure over the spate of killings in the country, marched along the streets of Aba, the commercial hub of the state, and Umuahia, the capital, wearing black clothes that depicted mourning.

Speaking in Umuahia, Pastor Joshua Ayodele Tosin, pastor in charge of Abia Province III, RCCG, said, “We are condemning ritual killings in Nigeria. We are condemning kidnapping, terrorism, armed robbery in the nation, and we are equally condemning their sponsors.

“Nigeria must have peace. This is not how we started when we were young. All those that are sponsoring kidnappings and ritualists and those that are sponsoring every evil deed in Nigeria, God should take away power from them.

“The kidnappers and killers of Christians should pack their loads and leave, if not, the wrath of God will befall them. Shedding of innocent blood in this country must stop.

“The service chiefs should live up to their responsibilities. If they wake up to their responsibilities, we don’t think that the security situation in the country will escalate to this level. They have security budget, they should use the budget meant for security to fight insecurity.”

He added that security operatives know where the criminals are and they should do everything to fish them out, for peace to reign in Nigeria.

Rebuild destroyed churches –Delta CAN

Delta State chairman of CAN, Apostle Sylvanus Okorote, yesterday, called for the establishment of a security architecture in the mould of the South-West’s Operation Amotekun, in the South-South geo-political zone.

He spoke during a prayer walk in Asaba to protest the killings across the country.

Okorote urged the Federal Government to rebuild churches and Christian communities destroyed by insurgents like Boko Haram, ISWAP, militia and herdsmen.

He also appealed to government to give all religions the freedom and protection to practice their faith peacefully in any part of the country.


Ondo: CAN protesting, want Buhari to resign (See)

The Christian Association of Nigeria in Ondo State on Sunday demanded the immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over rising insecurity in Nigeria.

The Christian group that converged at the Evangelical Church Winning All in Akure, the state capital, frowned at the consistent attacks, kidnapping and banditry in the country.

They alleged that Christians worshippers were now targets of attacks and abductions at the hands of Boko Haram insurgents.

Led by Reverend John Oladapo, CAN Chairman in the state, the group demanded an end to incessant attacks on innocent people in the country.

Jude Arogundade, Catholic Bishop of Ondo Diocese, explained that since the government had failed in its responsibility of protection, Christians would have to rise and defend themselves.

Arogundade said Christian leaders in the country had agreed to speak out against any unwarranted attacks on Christian worshippers in the country.

He condemned the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to bring those behind the darstardly attacks and killings in the country to justice.

He said, “This is the time for us to speak out clearly. If the government can no longer defend Christians in this country, we would defend ourselves.

“It is our right and its our duty especially when we can see clearly that the system is no longer defending law-abiding and hardworking Nigerians anymore.

“Every country in the world would defend the defenseless, the hard working, honest and ordinary people but our government continue to look the other way.

“They would prefer to arrest those protesting against the system rather than those who are destroying the system.

“We know this too well. We pray for our government so that they can uphold the truth and justice.

“We pray that they would fish out all these terrorists in this country. This government cannot claim not to know those behind this.

“If they can not handle the security of this country, let them resign, that is what people of dignity do mostly.

“If all of us suffer, then we all suffered together; if one of us get killed, we all feel the pain.

“We want to see some arrest and if the government cannot do it, then the people would have to defend themselves and we are getting to that now.”

Earlier in a protest, Dele Oyesola, pastor in charge of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ondo Province 1, asked government to put an end to insecurity in the country and arrest those behind killing of Christians mostly in the North-East.