January 30, 2017

Perceived persecution: We are not keeping quiet, CAN tells members

CAN, Samson Ayokunle

CAN President, Dr Samson Ayokunle

By Caleb Ayansina
ABUJA—The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday, described as untrue, the insinuation that it was not pragmatic enough in responding to issues that concern Christians in the country.

It insisted that it had been standing up for Christian’s course, though government’s disposition to some of the issues affecting them have not been encouraging.

The President of the Youth Wing of CAN, YOWICAN, Engr. Daniel Kadzai, who spoke to Vanguard in Abuja, said for reasons best known to them, the Presidency had been denied the leadership of CAN an audience with the President to brainstorm on how best to solve some challenges facing the country today.

He said that the Presidency had limited the association to media alone, by shutting the door of meaningful consultation against it, adding that Ayokunle led leadership is poised to ensure all Christians worship without fear of intimidation across the country.

He said: “The man (Ayokunle) just took over the mantle of leadership and he met crisis on ground. He is up and doing to stabilize the system to be able to address the common problems we are facing as a body. He has talked on several issues that affect Christians since assumption of office since last year July.

“Secondly, he has made attempts to see the President of this country to table some challenges that had bedevilled the nation and the challenges facing the Christendom.

“Unfortunately, the Federal Government is not willing to see the CAN President because of one reason or the others.”

Wondering why the President of CAN need to struggle to see the President to have peaceful coexistence in the country, Kadzai made it clear that “CAN is not in contention with anybody. CAN is focusing on ensuring the liberty and freedom for its members to worship across the country.

“If CAN is coming out on media or make a position, we are not addressing the media to incite our members but to voice out the challenges facing our members across the country.”