CAN boss raises alarm … Says Christians are being marginalised in Nigeria

The joy of the executives of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) knew no bounds when the Catholic block of the association recently returned to the fold, ending five years of their absence in the body that unifies Christians in Nigeria.
CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, who issued a statement through his special Assistant (Media and Communications) Adebayo Oladeji, expressed delight that the Catholics were back to CAN.
“At a time like this, when Christians are   almost becoming endangered species in Nigeria, when churches are being denied the certificate of occupancy especially in the core North, when Christians are being denied key public offices and when the church is expected to speak for the voiceless, especially over the economic and social hardship in our country, we cannot afford to be at war with one another,” the CAN President stated.
A delegation of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) led by Rev. Fr. Cornelius Omonokhua, had appeared at the CAN National Executives Committee (NEC) quarterly meeting where the association’s constitution amendment was being discussed in Abuja.
The Catholics had pulled out of CAN through a letter from the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on Sept. 24, 2012.
CAN President who stated that their return was “one of the best things that have happened since I was given the mandate to become the President of CAN”, acknowledged the support and understanding of Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama the CBCN President and his team, as well as the efforts of other Christian leaders in the country in the dialogue to bring back the Catholics.
He prayed that the Body of Christ in the country will remain on forever.
The Director of Legal issues of CAN, Barr. Kwankur Samuel, said that the organization was amending its constitution to ensure that it has an effective internal mechanism to address misunderstandings among members.
He expressed happiness at the return of the Catholics, stating “Our strength his in our unity”.

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