Nigeria

New CAN President Receives Congratulatory Messages From APC’s Buhari And Tinubu

File photo of the New Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) 2023 Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu have congratulated the new Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, who is the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church (Odozi-Obodo), on his election.

In a stated signed and circulated by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the Nigerian President noted that “the election of Most Rev’d Okoh by the very important Christian body is a testament to his devotion to the Church of God in the country and beyond, distinguished vocation as a Christian leader and abiding commitment in promoting ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue.”

President Buhari acknowledged the role CAN plays in fostering religious unity and harmony and declared his trust that the incoming CAN President will continue to provide the needed leadership for the Church, “affirming the Scriptural truth: ‘‘That they all may be one.’’ (John 17:21a)”

The President said he has fond memories of his interactions with CAN leadership and values the counsel and spiritual contributions of Christian leaders to nation-building by encouraging, advising, strengthening, correcting and criticizing those in authority.

President Buhari prayed that the tenure of the highly revered Archbishop Okoh, in this new phase of ministry, will be marked with success, and urged the blocs that make up CAN to kindly give the cleric every needed support to excel.

The President also wished the outgoing President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle best wishes in his spiritual and secular endeavours.

Asiwaju Tinubu, while extending his personal congratulations to Archbishop Okoh, who was elected on Monday, noted that the new CAN leader is a worthy successor to Rev. Ayokunle whose tenure as CAN president was one characterized by exceptional commitment, principle and wisdom.

In a statement signed and circulated on Friday, July 29, 2022, by Tunde Rahman of his media office, Asiwaju Tinubu said: “I congratulate Rev. Okoh on his election as the new president of CAN. Noting that Rev. Okoh had truly distinguished himself as the deputy to Rev. Ayokunle.”

The APC presidential candidate declared that Nigeria can only expect nothing but inspired and enlightened leadership from Rev. Okoh.

“CAN is one of the most important organizations in the nation. Not only does it seek the betterment of the Christian community in Nigeria, its moral force and standing benefit all Nigerians as we seek to establish a just and compassionate society where people of all faiths and beliefs live and work together in peace and harmony.

“As a nation, we are in a critical moment where misguided and terrible actors attempt to destroy social harmony and reign violence on us all. These awful forces seek to stoke religious and ethnic divisions in hope of pitting Nigerian brother against Nigerian brother. Decent and good Nigerians of all faiths must ally again such designs. While we may not agree on everything, all well-meaning Nigerians agree that we must live in peace, must respect and honor our diversity and eschew violence and hatred.

“We are grateful that CAN as an organization embodies these and other principles that reflect the values and virtues of Christ. We are glad that the new President of CAN, Rev. Okoh, is a humane and kind soul who has dedicated his life to the betterment of his fellow man and is a person who will work with leaders of other faiths and beliefs to anneal the bonds of unity, inter-religious understanding and tolerance while advocating for the benefits of democratic good governance for all Nigerians regardless of creed or belief systems.

“As long as we stand forthright and adhere to these tenets, Nigeria will defeat the plans of those who seek to place discord and hatred at our door.

“As Rev. Okoh assumes the mantle of leadership, it is my hope and prayer that his tenure brightens every corner of our country and may he be a shining light to all,” Tinubu further stated.