2023: “Focus on issues, avoid divisive campaigns”, CAN cautions politicians

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned political parties and their candidates against divisive rhetoric as the country heads into the 2023 general election. Its president, Rev. Dr. Daniel Okoh, who gave the warning, said 2023 should be about finding solutions to common national challenges and issues facing the nation. The Christian body asked political players to focus their campaigns on issues, as opposed to playing up divisive tendencies. The CAN president, who spoke on Tuesday, in Lagos, at a reception dinner organised in his honour by the Organisation…

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‘National security deteriorating; Nigerians scampering for safety’ – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), has said that the country is being faced with a lot of life-threatening situations which have left many citizens scampering for fresh breath and safety. The CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, stated this on Wednesday while presenting a goodwill message at the Standing Committee Meeting of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). He said the Bible forewarned Christians about perilous times and the perilous time that has come to the country. According to him, “Insecurity, wickedness, murder, ritual killings, injustice, impunity, nepotism, persecution, economic woes…

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‘CAN’s stance on Muslim-Muslim ticket not of God’ — Bishop

Fiery cleric and National Coordinator of Integrity Ministers International Ministries, Bishop Kayode Williams, has faulted the position of the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Muslim-Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress, (APC). Williams stated that there was nothing wrong in the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, picking a Muslim as his running mate for the 2023 presidential election. The cleric maintained that not all Christians were in support of the position of the leadership of CAN on the Muslim-Muslim ticket issue. Williams, in a published interview,…

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CAN opposes Jaiz Islamic Bank’s reconstruction of Jos Terminus market

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Plateau State and a coalition of Plateau indigenous groups and other related organisations have called for the suspension of proposed work at the Jos Main Market, (Terminus), for what they described as ambiguity in the contractual agreement. The group made the call in a meeting convened by the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Plateau, Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo on Monday, at Government House, Jos, Plateau State.  The CAN chairman conveyed the stakeholders’ position at a news conference at the…

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2023: “We won’t vote based on party lines” – CAN President

The President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Most Rev. Daniel Okoh, has said Nigerians will put into consideration competence and character when they go to the polls next year to elect President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor. The Archbishop, who stated this while delivering the sermon at the 2022 International Men’s Conference of Christ Holy Church International in Abuja yesterday, said the electorate would not use political parties as a deciding factor in the choice of candidate to succeed the president after his tenure in 2023. According to him, Nigerians have gone…

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Insecurity: ‘Threats of attacks no longer speculative’ – CAN warns 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has lamented the continued spate of insecurity across the country, stressing that it has now reached a stage where threats of attacks are no longer speculative. Chairman, CAN, Benue State, Rev. Akpen Leva, stated this yesterday, at the end of the 7-day inter-denominational church service organised in collaboration with the State government to pray and fast for the challenges confronting the nation. Leva said, “We have reached a stage where threats of attacks no longer remain speculative. If you hear of threats of attacks…

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2023: Kaduna State CAN blows hot over Tinubu, APC Muslim-Muslim ticket

The Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, has described as an insult, the excuse forwarded by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that the running mate for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senator Kashim Shettima, was selected based on competence. The CAN’s State chairman, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, expressed this in an issued statement made available to newsmen on Monday, in Kaduna. He argued that to remove bias in Government against any specific tribe, at least in form, the Nigerian federal character framework was authoritatively captured in Nigeria’s 1999…

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2023 APC: CAN fumes over Tinubu’s choice of Muslim running mate

The Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), has frowned on the selection of former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima as the running mate to the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Ahmed Tinubu. Tinubu had during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura yesterday announced Shettima, a Muslim, as his running mate. Before now, there had been warnings from CAN, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) against fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election. Speaking in an interview with newsmen yesterday, CAN’s spokesperson, Adebayo…

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Controversial Easter Advert: CAN demands sack of Sterling Bank Chief Executive, Management

The Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) has demanded the sacking of the Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank, Abubakar Suleiman, over a controversial Easter advert. The bank faced backlash after the company published its Easter message, which compared the resurrection of Jesus to Agege bread. In an issued statement yesterday, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Joseph Daramola, CAN stated that the advert was “wicked and insensitive” towards Christians. CAN advised Christians to be wary of the banks they patronise, insisting that Suleiman and the management of the bank showed…

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Foreign Mercenaries: ‘Call el-Rufa’i to order’, CAN tells FG

The Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), has rejected the plan by Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i, of Kaduna State, to bring in foreign mercenaries to help tackle insecurity in the State. ‎In an issued statement yesterday, CAN Chairman in Kaduna, Reverend John Joseph Hayab, urged the Federal Government to call the governor to order to avoid a bigger problem. Recall that Governor El-Rufa’i, shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, had said that if the Federal Government failed to address the insecurity problem, governors may bring in foreign…

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