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Disunity in CAN threat to Christianity – Danjuma group

The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF), led by former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), has drawn attention to the imperative that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) should be restructured, “as a matter of urgency,” if Christianity is to survive.
NCEF’s Secretary, Bosun Emmanuel, stated this in a paper he delivered at the annual conference of Catholic Men’s Guild held at the Catholic Church of Assumption, Ikoyi, Lagos.
In the paper entitled “Impact of Lack of Unity in CAN as threat to Christian faith”, Emmanuel pointed out that the present generation of Christians faces the risk of being the last set of Christians in Nigeria, as, according to him, Christianity in Nigeria may cease to exist by 2043.
He, therefore, urged the CAN to brace up before the 2019 general elections or else it might be too late to preserve Christianity in Nigeria.
“Due to the inability of CAN to forge Christians into one indivisible body of the Lord, the Church has been weakened and unable to stand before its enemies,” he said, adding Christianity is on the brink of extinction in Nigeria since ascendancy of Sharia ideology in Nigeria.
“It is therefore imperative that CAN must be restructured, as a matter of urgency, if Christianity is to survive. CAN belongs to every Christian in Nigeria and there is nothing wrong with the association. It is the management that should be revisited and restructured.”
According to Emmanuel, disunity has crept into Christendom in Nigeria because of the deviation from the norms for which CAN was founded in 1976.
“The Catholic Church should be prepared to return completely into the fold of CAN and participate fully in providing leadership in these troublous times. God warned in 2013 that we were not careful, in 30 to 40 years, Nigeria would be like Turkey,” he said.
“A divided CAN cannot defend democracy and promote justice, equity, and fairness. Consequently, Sharia will grow stronger. As Sharia grows stronger, democracy will become weaker and the Church will be emasculated out of existence.
Other members of the NCEF include Solomon Asemola (SAN), Prof. Joseph Otubu, Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro (retd.), Archbishop Magnus Atilade, Dr. Kate Okpareke, Dr. Ayo Abifarin, Gen. Zamani Lekwot (retd.), Elder Moses Ihonde, Elder Nat Okoro and Elder Matthew Owojaiye.
Others are Justice Kalajine Anigbogu (retd.), Elder Shyngle Wigwe, P. L. Dabup, Sir John W. Bagu, Dr. Saleh Hussaini, Elder Mike Orobator, Justice James Ogebe (retd.), Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Chief Debo Omotosho, Dame Priscilla Kuye, Dr. S. D. Gani, Mrs. Osaretin Demuren, Prof. Yussuf Turaki, and Pastor Bosun Emmanuel (Secretary).
Nigeria has roughly 80 million Christians.

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