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CAN raises alarm over renewed killings, asks citizens to vote candidate that can secure Nigeria, improve economy

The CAN president stressed that the Church would not endorse any candidate or political party ahead of the elections.

• November 24, 2022
CAN president, Archbishop Daniel Okoh
CAN president, Archbishop Daniel Okoh [Photo Credit: Skabash]

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed worries about renewed killings in the country. The religious body, therefore, called on Nigerians to vote for a president who has the capacity to tackle the country’s economic and security problems in the 2023 general election.

CAN national president, Reverend Daniel Okoh, made the remarks at the 31st General Assembly and Standing Committee of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) on Thursday in Enugu.

Reacting to recent attacks at Eha-Amufu, Enugu State, by assailants, Mr Okoh charged that federal and state governments were failing in their responsibility of securing lives and property of Nigerians.

“I want to tell you that CAN has not relented in its call to the federal government and the security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities to defend citizens and the territorial integrity of the country.

“We have been talking to the security agencies; we have been raising our prophetic voice and we hope that those in charge will listen.

“We will continue, not only just to talk to them openly, but will engage them in conversation, and we pray that within a short time, God will answer our prayers.

“It is a collective responsibility, not just the responsibility of the government alone to know, see and fish out certain movements that are suspicious and report same to the authorities,’’ he said.

On the 2023 general elections, Mr Okoh advised the electorate to vote for a presidential candidate who has the capacity to tackle the economic and security problems facing the country.

The CAN president stressed that the Church would not endorse any candidate or political party ahead of the elections.

He added that the Church would rather engage all presidential candidates to remind them of the enormity of the responsibility of the office.

In his remarks, President of CCN, Most Reverend Benebo Fubare-Manuel, said aside from the 31st General Assembly, the event provided the Council the opportunity to celebrate its 93rd year of formation.

Mr Fubare-Manuel stressed that the Council had contributed significantly to strengthening and uniting the Christian community as well as spearheaded the formation of CAN.

The CCN president urged Christian bodies to always speak with one voice, especially as it pertains to the political, economic and security situations in the nation, to avoid being taken for granted.

Earlier, chairman of the occasion and former Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo, raised alarm over “ existential threat facing Christianity in Nigeria’’.

Mr Nebo condemned tribal and religious bigotry and asked voters to participate actively in the 2023 general elections. 

(NAN)

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