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Sultan, Tinubu preach peace, unity at CAN event

The Sultan said the challenges facing the country could even be better solved if Nigerians, Muslims and Christians pray and work together.

• July 29, 2022
Sultan of Sokoto Saad Abubakar, APC Presidential candidate Bola Tinubu and CAN President Daniel Okoh
Sultan of Sokoto Saad Abubakar, APC Presidential candidate Bola Tinubu and CAN President Daniel Okoh

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged Nigerians to work together in peace and unity for humanity as well as show respect to their individual religions bearing in mind that all are the creations of God.

Mr Abubakar, also the head of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Nigeria, made the call during a valedictory and welcome dinner organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN ) for its 12th General Assembly and leadership transition.

The event which was held on Thursday in Abuja marked the end of the five-year single tenure of CAN president, Reverend Samson Ayokunle and the beginning of the tenure of Reverend Daniel Okoh.

“As individuals we need to add value to ourselves and we should know that we did not create ourselves.

“God created us and when God was creating us he did not ask us where do you want me to bring you into the world,we just found ourselves in some various places,” he said.

This, he said, is the reason all faiths need to work for the sake of humanity.

He said the challenges facing the country could even be better solved if Nigerians, Muslims and Christians pray and work together.

“We need to work together for the unity and peace of the country.

“We are to understand one another with love and respect, as our various religions teach love and peace.

“We have serious security confronting us, we can be trading blame,we have a lot to do to curb this.

“As Christians and Moslems we are the two major faiths and we need to do what pleases God and would develop our nation.”

He advised that as the general elections drew near, it was the duty of all Nigerians to first create an enabling environment to enable the elections.

He pledged the Islamic council’s full support for CAN and prayed to God to give them the enablement to lead right.

In his remarks, Senator Bola Ahmed- Tinubu, APC presidential flag bearer for the 2023 general elections, advised CAN to remain apolitical, focused and determined to move the nation forward.

Mr Tinubu who was represented by

Senator Michael Bamidele (APC Ekiti Central), urged CAN to promote peace and unity for a better Nigeria.

He added that the mutual relation between Christians and Muslims should be further to greater heights for the development of the nation.

Mr Tinubu said to curb Insecurity in Nigeria all hands must be on deck to achieve that.

“Insecurity goes beyond tribe and religion, everyone needs to be security conscious,” he said.

He congratulated both the outing and incoming presidents of CAN, as he prayed for a mural relationship to keep the body stronger.

In their speeches, Mr Ayodele, the outgoing CAN president and Mr Okoh, the incoming CAN president, promised to work together for a stronger religious force to be built which would attract unity and peace in the nation.

They acknowledged the importance of the roles of both a successor and a predecessor for an organisation to move forward.

Mr Ayodele thanked all participants for their various contributions that led to his successful tenure.

Mr Okoh pleaded for support and prayers to enable him to have a successful tenure.


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