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August 18, 2018

Adamawa killings:  43 villages destroyed in 9 months – CAN fumes

  Chairman of the Adamawa State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dami Mamza, has blamed the security architecture in the country for the incessant killings in Adamawa State. He said that members of the security setup in the country were complicit in the killings, as 43 villages have been pillaged by what he called herdsmen terrorists, while no serious action has been taken to prevent a recurrence or apprehend the perpetrators. Dami said the protest organized by CAN was in the defence of human cause and to make a demand on government to halt the mayhem and…

Ohakim Warns Okorocha For Desecrating The House Of God

Rochas anointing Service

  Former Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakim has taken a swipe at Governor Rochas Okorocha by posturing as a priest of the Most High God by anointing some sons and daughters who had gathered at the Government House chapel to worship their God. Ohakim in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Collins Ughalla, described Okorocha’s action as a despicable act, stating that it is regrettable that the Governor who should have been a role model has become the worst example of what a governor should not be, by his steady decline into infamy. Ohakim said “By impersonating the clergy,…

Agony, rage: Catholics bury their dead in Benue

… Prayer rally postponed in Owerri for security reasons With sad faces and tearful eyes, the Catholic Church buried its dead in Benue State, and sent a strong message of disappointment to President Muhammadu Buhari. The two priests and 17 worshippers who were brutally murdered, by terrorist Fulani Herdsmen, last month, were laid to rest, on Tuesday, after a funeral mass, at the Sesugh Maria Pilgrimage Centre, Ayati, Benue State. The bodies of the deceased were brought to church, in white caskets, with names, and stacked in a truck, preceded by two ambulances. Distraught family members, wailing, relatives, friends and…

Southern Youths Wings of CAN condemns herdsmen killings

Gov. Samuel Orton of Benue state presenting an award of recognition to the Southern YOWICAN Chairman, Barr. Oluchukwu Ijere Nnabugwu for his friendship to Benue state government

  …… Condoles with Benue state government The Southern Youths wing of Christain Associations of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned in its entirety the recent massacre killings by Fulani herdsmen in the country. In a press release made available to newsmen in Owerri recently, the President of the Southern Youth Wing of CAN, Barr. Oluchukwu Nnabugwu noted that since 2016 still date more persons have died in clashes with herdsmen than in Boko Haram especially in states like Benue, Adamawa, Ekiki, Imo, zamfara, Enugu and Delta. Saddled by this, he disclosed that the Youths Christain Association has commenced the visit to…

Nigeria is world’s most dangerous place for Christians – US lawmakers

United States House of Representatives says Nigeria has been cited as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world. The Chairman of its Sub-committee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights and International Organisation, Christopher Smith, made the assertion as former President Goodluck Jonathan made a presentation to the Sub-Committee on the challenges faced by Christians in Nigeria. Smith said: “My subcommittee has broadly investigated the crises facing Christians in Nigeria today”. “My staff director, Greg Simpkins and I have made several visits to Nigeria, speaking with Christians and Muslim religious leaders across the country and visiting fire-bombed churches, such…

Osinbajo’s silence on Christians’ persecution worrisome

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Monday urged the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to use his position to speak up against what it described as “a sustained persecution of Christians” in Nigeria. This was contained in a statement by the CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, in which he said Osinbajo’s silence was worrisome, warning that failure to act against the forces trying to silence Christians in the country could be disastrous. Ayokunle, in the statement signed by his Special Assistant (Media and Communication), Pastor Bayo Oladeji, listed the continuous killing of Christians, especially the recent Southern Kaduna massacres, failure…

FG suspends controversial Corporate Governance Law …We’ll make our stand known soon – CAN

The Federal Government has suspended the law which forced Pastor Enoch Adeboye to step down as the Nigeria General Overseer of the Redeemed of God (RCCG). The Financial Reporting Council (FRC), under Jim Obazee, had directed Not-For-Profit Organizations (NFPOs) – including churches and mosques – to comply with a corporate governance code stipulating a term of 20 years for heads of such entities. It was by this provision that Adeboye, who had spent over 20 years as GO of RCCG, named Pastor Joshua Obayemi to head the Nigerian church as national overseer while he remained the worldwide general overseer of…

Sharia Criminal Law Must Not See the Light of Day

Worrisome – I was shocked to watch the live proceedings of the House of Representatives as covered by NTA2 and saw that the bill calling for the criminal aspects of Islamic Sharia law to be implemented in our legal system in Nigeria at the Federal and states passed the second reading on 27th Oct! I was even more shocked because even though there were many Christians in the House no one raised an objection! The Speaker of the House, Hon Yakubu Dogara, who presided over the proceedings said that what this meant was that it would now move to committee…

Nigeria is gradually being Islamised – CAN Secretary

The General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Musa Asake, speaks with BAYO AKINLOYE about Muslims being major beneficiaries of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and corruption allegations against ex-President Goodluck Jonathan The Director of Muslim Rights Concern, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, stated that there are discriminations against Muslims in Nigeria; that Christians are against the practice of Shariah and that Muslims are deprived of having Friday as a work-free day just as Christians enjoy Sunday. Did you say the man (Ishaq Akintola) is a professor? May God have mercy on Nigeria, if that is the kind of professors that…

You lied, there are plans to make Islam Nigeria’s official religion – CAN replies Sultan of Sokoto

The President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Archbishop Magnus Atilade, has maintained that there is serious move to Islamise Nigeria. His remark is coming at a time when the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Sa’ad, denied insinuations that Muslims were planning to Islamise the country. Abubakar had recently said, “It is not possible to Islamize Nigeria. We must respect one another and understand the tenets of the two religions.” But speaking in Lagos, the Archbishop said there was plan to Islamise the country, stressing that those who want to “eradicate Christians” were busy planning on how to achieve their sinister…

Crisis mars CAN election in Owerri

The trouble bedeviling the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Imo State Chapter, entered a feverish pitch last week when the third attempt to hold election for new officers failed. According to Trumpeta newspaper, the election scheduled to hold on Friday July 22 after a 10- hour debate and misunderstanding could not hold due to the modalities set aside for the said election. The major disagreement was when some group of members of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria/Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN/CPFN) refused to allow members from the other bloc, the Organization of African Instituted Church (OAIC) to be voted…

Appointments: Northern CAN flays FG for marginalising Christians

JOS – Christians Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the 19 Northern states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has accused the Federal Government of marginalization of Northern Christians in its appointments.  Chairman of the group, Rev. Yakubu Pam, urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to be fair in the sharing of political appointments in the country. In a statement weekend in Jos, the group decried the exclusion of qualified Christians in the appointment into strategic positions by the Federal Government even with the numerous competent Christians from all states in the north. According to Northern CAN, while there were allegations from the…

“No,” to Kaduna State Religious Preaching Bill 2016. …Christians condemn Assault on Religious Freedom

Any Christian playing or enjoying gospel music openly anywhere in Kaduna State can be arrested, imprisoned or fined, if the obnoxious anti-Christian bill pretentiously called Kaduna State Religious Preaching Bill 2016, sponsored by Governor Nasir El Rufai is allowed to pass. In fact, Christians in the state will no longer be free to hold open-air crusades or preach the gospel outside their churches, if the annoying bill designed to replace the equally nasty Kaduna State Religious Preaching Law of 1984 gets a nod from the State House of Assembly. The bill which has 15 sections mandates all preachers to be…

Fulani Herdsmen Are Mercenaries, Armed Robbers – CAN

… Kicks against ban on school prayers Leadership of the Christian Association Nigeria (CAN) has described Fulani herdsmen in the southern part of the country as mercenaries and armed bandits. The apex Christian body kicked against a suggestion for the establishment of grazing reserves for Fulani herdsmen in all parts of the country adding that such move portends “very grave danger to our national peace and security”. CAN also warned state governments and other concerned authority plotting to stop prayers and assembly devotion in primary and secondary schools across the country to have a rethink. It said such thoughts were…

CAN wants arms deal saga probed

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South West Zone, has called on the Federal Government to query its officials involved in the multi-million dollar arms transaction that blew up in South Africa three weeks ago. The Association wants to know why the Federal Government used a private jet leased out by a company linked to its President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, for the arms deal when it has over 10 aircraft, besides those belonging to the Nigerian Air Force. CAN asks: “Who are behind the deal, which has given Nigeria a bad name in the comity of nations? In a communiqué…

$9.3m arms deal: Oritsejafor opens up – The Aircraft is mine, but…

President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor broke his silence on the controversial $9.3 cash allegedly smuggled into South Africa by two Nigerians and an Israeli using his private jet. The money which has been confiscated by a South African court was meant for the purchases of arms for the Nigerian Intelligence Services. He said he had no hand in the alleged money laundering deal. Oritsejafor, who spoke Monday during the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of CAN at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, regretted that there had been attempts in the media to link him…

Confab divides Christian, Muslim leaders

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the umbrella body of Islamic organizations in Nigeria, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) have drawn a battle line over the composition of the delegates at the ongoing National Conference in Abuja. CAN is infuriated by the claim of JNL, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III that the process of selecting delegates to the conference was not done with fair representation, saying it would affect the credibility of its outcome. The Christian body has, therefore, threatened to boycott the 2016 population census and subsequent exercises if there is no provision for…

Probe Boko Haram’s Arms Source Now – CAN

WHO IS ARMING BOKO HARAM? That’s the critical question still being asked by most people, especially the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).   This crucial question comes with the reoccurring Boko Haram’s successful murderous raids and attacks.  In the wake of last week’s terrorist attack and mass murder in Konduga, Borno State, where 51 men and women were slaughtered by the Islamists in a night assault, this question becomes more cogent.   The insurgents stormed the town in their hundreds, some of them in Army Uniform. They drove in Army Hilux Vans and had an Armoured Personnel carrier (APC) as…

My ordeal in the hands of kidnappers – Bishop Akinola

The former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Peter Akinola, who was kidnapped by gunmen on Tuesday, and freed later that day by a search party led by the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has narrated what he went through in the hands of his abductors. Speaking to newsmen at his Abeokuta residence on Wednesday – Christmas day, the retired primate of the Anglican Church said the gunmen pounced on him and his driver as he was leaving his foundation office known as Peter Akinola Foundation for Youth Industrial Training, along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. He said the four-man…

Fulani herdsmen are executing Jihad – CAN

-Alleges plan to Islamize Osun State   The numerous attacks on Christian communities in some parts of Nigeria, especially the middle belt, is a new form of Jihad to depopulate the Christian Communities. The National Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Musa Asake made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja on Monday. The CAN scribe said the Fulani herdsmen are not just attacking farmers, they are carrying out a Jihad and Government is not doing much to protect Christians in the North. He said: “I am at the centre of the whole thing. I am a Northerner and…