By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Dr. Olasupo Ayokunle has said that the apex Christian body is not enemy of government but supporting government to succeed.
AUTHENTIC News Daily reports that the CAN President stated this while addressing delegates at the 65th TEKAN General Assembly in Kaduna
According to him, Christians in Nigeria have nothing against the President Muhammad Buhari-led government but want it to rise to its responsibility of protecting lives of all citizens.
“We are not enemies of government as some politicians thought, we are only calling the attention of the government to do the needful”
“Lives are been lost everyday, especially in Northern Nigeria and Christians are the worst hit by the activities of Boko Haram, bandits attack and kidnappings.
The CAN President also appealed to government and security operatives to fast track efforts to rescue the abducted EYN Church clergy who doubles as CAN Zonal chairman in Michika, Adamawa State.
Reverend Ayokunle further appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to balance appointments in his government, as according to him, there are very few Christians in his government especially his recent appointments
Earlier in his welcome address, the President of the Tararyar Ekklisiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria (TEKAN), who also doubles as the National vice President of CAN, Reverend Caleb Solomon Ahima expressed dissatisfaction over the closure of borders and directives to issue visas to migrants on arrival in the country
” TEKAN as a body with many of its churches across northern states is not satisfy with government plan of issuing visa to migrants on arrival at the border but borders are close due to insecurity”
“We are still asking questions over this and yet no answer to it”
The guest speaker at the event, Reverend Amos Kiri calls for unity among Christian leaders and appeal to all to preach the word of God as rough as it is.
The weeklong event has in attendance heads of TEKAN Member churches, leaders and delegates from across the sixteen denominations that make up the fellowship.
The theme of the Programme is ” Engaging our world with the life – renewing life”
The 65th Annual General Assembly is expected to end Sunday 12th January.