By CALEB AYANSINA
ABUJA – THE newly-inaugurated president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr. Samson Ayokunle, has declared that the association under his watch would not be anti-government, but will not patronize government. He said though CAN would be a partner in progress, they would not fail to speak against the excesses of politi-cal leadership, even when the situation is not favourable for the truth.
Ayokunle, who spoke on various issues, shortly after his inauguration in Abuja, also called on government to take decisive step against those religious fanatics, who are attacking Christians, describing them as threat to the unity of Nigeria. His words; “We are committ-ed to supporting the govern-ments of the day in Nigeria, both the federal and state in all ways to achieve noble goals that would lead to development in the nation.
“CAN is not anti-government and the government should not be anti-CAN. We are su-pposed to be partners-in-progress. Each should respect the boundaries that would lead to mutual respect. “However, we are not going to patronize the government and thereby fail in our res-ponsibilities to speak against the excesses of those in po-litical leadership. The Church is in the world to improve the world and shine as light of the world.
“The Church essentially is not of the world. We should stand out courageously and stand clean. We are aware that we are called to serve the body of Christ at the most challenging time for the Church.” In his remarks, the immedia-te past president of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, re-called that his most challeng-ing period was when the Christians, who he was defending were the one turning back to stand against him. He however, thanked God for despite all odds was able to complete his tenure successfully.