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‘Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake’ – Kaduna CAN, NSCIA
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‘Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake’ – Kaduna CAN, NSCIA

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) have rejected the document allegedly linking communications minister Isa Pantami to the death of former Kaduna State Governor Patrick Yakowa, describing it as fake. The chairman of CAN, Kaduna State Chapter, John Hayab, made the association’s stance known in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES Thursday. Mr Hayab, who was Mr Yakowa’s former special adviser on religious affairs, said “as someone very close to the late Yakowa, I call on all Nigerians to ignore the insinuations linking Pantami with Sir Yakowa’s death, endangering national peace. “This, I call on security agencies to step in and tame the circulation of such dangerous documents. We cannot afford to stoke fire when ...
Reverend Samson Ayokunle Asks DSS To Go After Pantami
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Reverend Samson Ayokunle Asks DSS To Go After Pantami

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, has urged relevant security agencies to investigate the allegation against the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami. Pantami has been in the eyes of the storm for about a week over his controversial Islamic teachings which reportedly lent credence to terrorism activities and killings – a stance which has forced a cross-section of Nigerians to demand for his resignation or sack. The minister admitted making such comments but blamed immaturity and limited knowledge for his views back then. But speaking during a press conference on the 108th convention of the church which will hold from April 24 to April 29 at the 37,000- seater auditorium Baptist International Confere...
You’re Not Elected To Complain Of Ex-leaders, CAN Tells Buhari
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You’re Not Elected To Complain Of Ex-leaders, CAN Tells Buhari

THE Christian Association of Nigeria on Tuesday berated the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), describing him as incompetent. The CAN also described the current administration as being religiously biased. The President of the association, Samson Ayokunle, said this in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital while speaking at the Holy Convocation organised by the Victory Life Bible Church. Ayokunle, who spoke on the theme of the convocation, ‘The state of the nation: The way forward’, argued that the insecurity and other vices being witnessed in the country were as a result of negligence on the part of the Buhari administration. Ayokunle, who also worried about the spate of insecurity and criminality in the country, lamented that criminals were being more professional t...
Kaduna: 100 Victims In Bandits’ Dens, Others Living In Fear – CAN
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Kaduna: 100 Victims In Bandits’ Dens, Others Living In Fear – CAN

Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna State chapter, has said no fewer than 100 residents of the state are in different kidnap camps. State CAN Chairman, Rev. Joseph Hayab, in an interview with The PUNCH on Tuesday, said aside the 39 students of Fed. College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka and 8 members of RCCG, whose kidnaps were public knowledge, many abductees were still with their abductors in the state. Hayab also said other residents of the state were living in constant fear of being kidnapped. As the CAN chairman expressed concern about insecurity in the state, bandits again struck on same Tuesday and abducted a Catholic priest and 4 other persons in Kagarko LGA. In Oyo State, a man and a couple were abducted at different times on their farms near Alabameji Village, Sa...
NSCIA Criticizes CAN, Provides List Of Justices And Their Religions
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NSCIA Criticizes CAN, Provides List Of Justices And Their Religions

The attention of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has been drawn to the insinuations and vituperations that trailed the shortlisting of 20 Justices-designate by the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC). It would be noted that except it is compelled to do so, the Council has often resisted joining issues with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) as a matter of principle. This is because CAN has proved, times without number, its morbid hatred for Islam and Muslims, its remarkable capacity for destructive mischief, its dexterous use of scurrilous propaganda and its predilection for always being economical with the truth as part of the sinister strategy of heating up the polity anytime a Muslim is at the helm of affairs. It would be recalled that n...
CAN Lauds Nsukka Professors, Ugwuanyi’s Friends For Paying ₦27.3M Hospital Bills
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CAN Lauds Nsukka Professors, Ugwuanyi’s Friends For Paying ₦27.3M Hospital Bills

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Enugu State chapter has commended the Association of Nsukka Professors and friends of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for keeping faith with the governor’s long-held tradition of celebrating his birthday, by paying huge hospital bills of discharged indigent patients in the state and other humanitarian gestures, on behalf of the governor. The Nsukka Professors in collaboration with friends of Gov. Ugwuanyi, voluntarily paid hospital bills of discharged indigent patients in both federal and state-owned health institutions in Enugu State as well as faith-based organizations, totaling over N27.3 million, to commemorate the governor’s 57th birthday. According to the President of Association of Nsukka Professors, Prof. Osita Okanya, the association...
Hijab Crisis: Rename Muslim, Christian Schools, MURIC Tells Kwara Govt
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Hijab Crisis: Rename Muslim, Christian Schools, MURIC Tells Kwara Govt

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged the Kwara State government to rename schools whose authorities ‘have refused to obey court pronouncements’ and government’s directives on the use of hijab in schools. The MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, gave the advice on Saturday in a statement. “The (Kwara) state government must rename those controversial schools. They may be given names derived from the areas in which they are located. We like to suggest that, by extension, all schools in Kwara State which are still bearing missionary names, whether Christian or Muslim, should be renamed in as much as funding and the teachers’ salaries are still being paid by the state government. “It is obvious that the Kwara State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is de...
El-Rufai Lied That Oritsejafor And I Are Boko Haram Sponsors – Jonathan
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El-Rufai Lied That Oritsejafor And I Are Boko Haram Sponsors – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has stated that the All Progressive Congress in 2014 embarked on propaganda to mislead Nigerians, including claims that his government supported the Boko Haram terrorists to reduce the number of northern voters. Jonathan noted that Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, particularly in August 2014, accused him and the then President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, of being Boko Haram sponsors “to spoil Islam’s name.” Years after the accusation and a campaign to "change" the country, insecurity has worsened under the APC-led government's watch. El-Rufai and other governors are struggling to tackle insecurity in the northern region. Jonathan said El-Rufai’s claims were both “laughable and extremely ridiculous” b...
Hijab Crisis: CAN Hasn’t Learnt From History, Says MURIC
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Hijab Crisis: CAN Hasn’t Learnt From History, Says MURIC

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) says the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has not learnt from history. In its reaction to the crisis rocking Kwara State over the use of hijab in some secondary schools, Ishaq Akintola, director of the Nigerian Islamic human rights group, accused CAN of instigating crisis. Violence erupted at the Baptist Secondary School, Surulere, Ilorin, Kwara capital, on Wednesday, over the refusal of the school authorities to allow female Muslim students to use hijab. Parents of the students engaged the school authorities in a hot argument which resulted into a stone-throwing contest between Christians and Muslims. In his statement, Akintola wondered why the Christian leaders have refused to comply with the directive of the court on the issue. ...
Kwara: Crisis Brews Over Use Of Hijab In Christian Schools
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Kwara: Crisis Brews Over Use Of Hijab In Christian Schools

There may be a commotion, tomorrow, in about 10 Christian secondary schools in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, if the imbroglio surrounding the use of veil (hijab) by Muslim female students, is not amicably resolved. The 10 schools built by different Christian denominations had experienced grant aiding by the state government, 47 years ago, during the military era of the late David Bamigboye, as the governor. Kwara State government had set up different committees, the latest being the one headed by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi, to resolve the crisis. Besides, it is believed that the matter over hijab had reached the Supreme Court, as church leaders and their Boards of Trustees were said to be praying the court for a return of these schools to their owners. Shina I...
We Won’t Allow Hijab In Kwara Mission Schools – CAN Insists
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We Won’t Allow Hijab In Kwara Mission Schools – CAN Insists

The Christian Association of Nigeria in Kwara State has insisted that it will not allow its pupils to wear hijab, despite the Kwara State Government’s directive that Muslim female pupils in Christian mission schools should wear hijab. The state government, last week, said it had approved wearing of hijab by Muslim female pupils in Christian mission grant-aided schools in the state. It also said the 10 Christian mission schools closed down in the wake of the hijab crisis would be reopened on Monday, March 8. However, the state branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria said it would not agree to the use of hijab in schools established by Christian missions, alleging that they were surprised that the government was trying to make a decision on a matter that was still before ...
If Coup Plotters Are Pardoned, Why Not Bandits – Sheikh Gumi
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If Coup Plotters Are Pardoned, Why Not Bandits – Sheikh Gumi

Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, said if government could pardon coup plotters that committed treasonable felony, there was nothing wrong extending the same gesture to bandits. The Islamic cleric, while responding to the Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna on Thursday, said there was need to forgive bandits for the country to have peace. Gumi added, “Even those that instigated civil war, the civil war that millions of people died, were pardoned. I see no reason why we cannot accept their (bandits) repentance and give them amnesty.” Gumi added that he never betrayed soldiers of Christian faith before the bandits when he visited them. He noted that he was misunderstood by CAN because the video that went viral about his discussion with the bandits was distorted and...
Hijab Use Will Expose Christian Pupils To Terrorist Attacks – Kwara CAN
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Hijab Use Will Expose Christian Pupils To Terrorist Attacks – Kwara CAN

The Kwara State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has kicked against the state government’s approval of the use of hijab by female Muslim pupils in its public schools. It said the new policy would “cause discrimination in schools and allow terrorists to easily identify our children and wards”. The government had last Friday closed down 10 Christian schools in Ilorin, the state capital, following tension on the wearing of hijab in the schools. But while announcing the reopening of schools from Monday, March 8, 2021, in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Mamma Jibril, on Thursday, it said female Muslim students should be allowed to wear hijab in all grant-aided public schools in the state. The statement titled, ‘Position of Kwara S...
Sanwo-Olu Cautions Religious Leaders Against Incendiary Comments
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Sanwo-Olu Cautions Religious Leaders Against Incendiary Comments

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Saturday cautioned religious leaders and opinion moulders against reckless utterances that could further aggravate the security crises in the country. Sanwo-Olu gave the admonition at the 2021 Lagos State Interdenominational Divine Service organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at the Apostolic Church, Ketu. The governor said the nature of the crises required all religious leaders to refrain from making incendiary comments that could stoke divisions and violence. According to him, a crisis in Nigeria will be catastrophic for Africa. He said the nation had faced a difficult period in the past year following economic downturn occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19 and accentuated by youth restiveness. Sanwo-Olu, wh...
Release Evidence Of Christian Boko Haram Members, CAN Tells Zulum
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Release Evidence Of Christian Boko Haram Members, CAN Tells Zulum

The Christian Association of Nigeria has challenged the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, to post photo and video evidence of Christians whom he claimed are members of the notorious terror group, Boko Haram. CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, who stated this in an interview with The PUNCH on Monday, was reacting to allegations by Zulum that Christians are members of the Abubakar Shekau terror group. The PUNCH had reported that Zulum alleged on Friday at an event in Lagos that Asians, foreigners and other Africans are part of the terror group. The governor had said, “I’m from Borno State, and many of our children are into Boko Haram. I’m not denying the fact. But again, they are being sponsored by many people across the world. Among Boko Haram, we have white men, As...
No Harm Should Befall Kukah – CAN Warns Islamic Groups, Security Agencies
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No Harm Should Befall Kukah – CAN Warns Islamic Groups, Security Agencies

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Thursday issued a strong warning to the North and Islamic groups over threats on Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah. The Christian leadership warned them to watch their utterances and actions. Joseph Bade Daramola, CAN General Secretary, in a statement sent to DAILY POST warned that “enough is enough”. Trouble started when Kukah lambasted Muhammadu Buhari on Christmas Day. The National Peace Committee member accused the Nigerian leader of nepotism and that he had reduced others in public life to second class status. The cleric declared that if a non-Nothern Muslim was the President and did the same things as Buhari, there could have been a coup or war. Individuals, Northern, Islamic bodies including Jama’atu N...
Social Distancing In Church Is Like Blasphemous Infidelity – Chris Okotie
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Social Distancing In Church Is Like Blasphemous Infidelity – Chris Okotie

Chris Okotie, the pastor of the Household of God Church, says the proposed guidelines by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for reopening of churches are “unbiblical”. Like mosques, churches have remained closed in several states across the country for weeks as part of measures to combat spread of the coronavirus pandemic. But according to The Sun, CAN had last Thursday said it released a 10-point guideline to be presented to the federal government for approval. Samson Ayokunle, CAN president, said the guidelines, drafted in compliance with the government’s efforts to tackle the COVID-19, would determine the operations of churches when they reopen. The guidelines, among others, propose that churches should strictly observe social distancing during services. “Ever...
Gov. Ayade Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings, Worshippers To Use Face Masks In Cross River
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Gov. Ayade Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings, Worshippers To Use Face Masks In Cross River

Ben Ayade, Cross River State Governor has ordered that worship centres can resume activities stressing that they must wear face masks and only occupy sitting capacity of such centre. The order was contained in a release on Wednesday, signed by his Special Adviser, Media & Publicity, Mr Christian It’s and made available to Vanguard. He said:” We are very grateful to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishops, Bishops, Priests, Pastors, Christians of various denominations. “We are also grateful for the entire Muslim community for their support and cooperation during the period of suspension of public worship in our state in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. “We acknowledge the understanding and cooperation of religious leaders contributed immensely in kee...
Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State
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Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State

Governor David Umahi on Friday lifted the ban on religious gathering in Ebonyi State. He said religious centres can now conduct services once a week but must observe the prevention protocol against COVID-19. The state’s Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Uchenna Orji, announced the governor’s decision in a statement on Friday. Mr Umahi had declared the ban last month to check the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state. Despite the ban and other measures including the closure of the state boundaries, Ebonyi still recorded nine cases of the virus. The lifting of the ban followed weeks of pressure by some Christians in the state who questioned why churches were closed while markets remained opened. The statement said the waiver was in response to the ...
Freeing Ex-Boko Haram Terrorists Is Suspicious And Troubling – CAN
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Freeing Ex-Boko Haram Terrorists Is Suspicious And Troubling – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has raised an alarm over the reintegration, rehabilitation and de-radicalisation of Boko Haram suspects by the Federal Government. CAN’s President Samson Ayokunle who described the development as “suspicious and troubling” while speaking at a news conference in Abuja to mark the second year of Leah Sharibu’s abduction, wondered why the Federal Government think the freed ex-terrorists won’t return to Sambisa forest and pick up their arms against innocent Nigerians. He said; “The setting free of so-called ex-Boko Haram terrorists under de-radicalisation, rehabilitation, empowerment of the arrested terrorists by the federal government is rather troubling and suspicious,” he said. “What is the guarantee that the freed ex-terrorists wou...
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Winners Chapel Bomb Scare: ‘Nathaniel Samuel Is A Christian, Not Muslim’ – Father

The father of Nathaniel Samuel, the young man who was arrested for allegedly trying to bomb a Living Faith Church in Kaduna, Mr Samuel Ezekiel, has confirmed that his son is a Christian, and not a Muslim as being speculated on social media. It could be recalled that the identity of the arrested would-be bomber had generated uproar across the country as many disputed his name and religion. Our reporter who visited the suspect’s house at Marabar Demishi village located few kilometres from Maraban ‎Rido in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state met his father, Samuel Ezekiel, a Jarawa by tribe from Bauchi state, alongside‎ the Kaduna state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Joseph Hayab. He also said Nathaniel was born in 1991 and schooled in the...
Kaduna Bombing Suspect Told Us His Name Was Mohammed, Not Samuel – CAN
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Kaduna Bombing Suspect Told Us His Name Was Mohammed, Not Samuel – CAN

The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State, Rev. John Hayab, says the bombing suspect arrested while attempting to blow up a Winners’ Chapel Parish in Kaduna State on Sunday identified himself as Mohammed Sani when he was apprehended by the church. Hayab claimed after the church handed him over to the police, the suspect’s name suddenly changed to Samuel Nathaniel. He, therefore, said there was a need for the matter to be thoroughly investigated. The CAN chairman said this during an interview with The PUNCH on Monday. The cleric said, “The church was in session when the young man came in, dropped his bag and exited as if he was going to the toilet, but didn’t come back in time. Some church members became suspicious. The church had put security meas...
“I’m Proud Of You” – Daddy Freeze Commends Adeboye On The Protests
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“I’m Proud Of You” – Daddy Freeze Commends Adeboye On The Protests

The Nigerian OAP, Daddy Freeze who is popularly known for his criticism of Christian leaders in Nigeria has come out to commend the General overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Pastor Adeboye, following the instruction from the Christian Association of Nigeria told all his church nationwide to embark on a prayer walk around their vicinity. This is in reaction to the gruesome killings in the northern part of the nation and other parts. Recently , the CAN Chairman of Adamawa was killed by the sect, even after the association tried to give them the N50 million they requested for. The protest was led by the general overseer of RCCG himself. See photo...
‘There Is War’ – Paul Enenche Condemns Killings Of Christians In Nigeria (Video)
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‘There Is War’ – Paul Enenche Condemns Killings Of Christians In Nigeria (Video)

Dr. Paul Enenche, the Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, DIGC, has bemoaned what he described as war of attrition going on in Nigeria. The fiery preacher during a communion service in the church on Wednesday, decried the level of insecurity in Nigeria, particularly the killings of Christians by those he described as anti-Christ. Speaking on the topic, There is War and monitored by IDOMA VOICE, Enenche, a trained medical doctor, lamented the abduction and eventual murder of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Chairman in Michika, Adamawa State, Rev. Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram insurgents. He also faulted some Christians who have decided to look the other way because of material things they tend to get from government of the day. He challenged other Christi...
“Femi Adesina Did Not Change” – Abimbola Adelakun
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“Femi Adesina Did Not Change” – Abimbola Adelakun

Lately, the Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship issued a press statement to fault the assailment of the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina. The exchange had begun when CAN expressed its disappointment with the government’s handling of the Boko Haram threats, the security architecture of the country and, how the sloppy handling of the abduction of a CAN leader in Adamawa, Revd Lawan Andimi, culminated in his unfortunate beheading. In his rejoinder, Adesina, blasé and reprimanding, complained about CAN’s politics and even sent some barbed words to them as a bonus. His riposte generated a counterattack by the NCGF which expressed their disappointment in what he has become. Let me quickly s...
Stop Acting Like Opposition Party, Presidency Slams CAN
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Stop Acting Like Opposition Party, Presidency Slams CAN

The Presidency on Friday descended heavily on the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), stating it has been acting and reacting more like an Opposition Party on national issues. CAN, in reaction to the beheading of its chairman in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa, Rev Lawan Andimi on Tuesday by Boko Haram insurgents, lampooned the federal government for the growing attacks on Christians in parts of the north. The Christian group castigated President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing the administration of colluding with terrorists to target Christians. Reacting to the accusations, the Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, in his debut weekly column titled From The Inside on Friday described CAN’s reactions as divisive and unworthy of a Christian group. Adesina, a Pastor w...
CAN To Stage Nationwide Protest On February 2, Accuses Government Of Complicity
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CAN To Stage Nationwide Protest On February 2, Accuses Government Of Complicity

The Christian Association of Nigeria has called on all Christians across the country to embark on a prayer walk to protest the gruesome killing of the CAN Chairman in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev. Lawan Andimi, by Boko Haram terrorists. CAN President, Dr Samson Ayokunle, disclosed this during a briefing with journalists in Abuja on Thursday. He noted that the walk was aimed at rendering prayers for the country to overcome the criminals troubling Nigeria. He said that it would be difficult to believe that the government under the present administration was not colluding with insurgents to exterminate Christians in Nigeria. He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to overhaul the security apparatus in the country with a view to improving the safety of Ni...
Insecurity: Sack Security Chiefs Now, CAN Tells Buhari
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Insecurity: Sack Security Chiefs Now, CAN Tells Buhari

Following the Monday’s beheading of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa state, Rev. Lawan Andimi, the national body of CAN has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the heads of all the security agencies in the country. The CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, told newsmen on Thursday in Abuja that it was wrong for the President to still keep the service chiefs in view of their failure to address the rising insecurity in the country. Ayokunle, at the briefing attended by other leaders of the CAN, also declared Friday, 31st January to 2nd February, 2020 as days for special fasting and prayer for Nigeria in all churches, over the killings of innocent Nigerians to stop and for the government to develop capacity to ov...
MURIC Condemns Killing Of CAN Chairman
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MURIC Condemns Killing Of CAN Chairman

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has condemned the murder of Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Wednesday in Michika local government area of Adamawa. In a statement issued and signed in Lagos, the MURIC director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, who described the killing as horrific, ungodly and barbaric, said that anyone who kills innocent people does not represent Islam. “We condemn it in the strongest terms possible. We reiterate our earlier declaration that Boko Haram is not an Islamic group, rather it is a group of misled zealots’’. Prof. Ishaq Akintola, who sympathized with the leadership of CAN in particular and the Nigerian Christian community, urged all Nigerians regardless of religious background to unite against Boko Haram. He called o...
Boko Haram Kidnaps CAN Chairman In Adamawa, Lawan Andimi
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Boko Haram Kidnaps CAN Chairman In Adamawa, Lawan Andimi

Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly abducted The Rev Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika in Adamawa State following an attack on Thursday. The district head of Michika, Ngida Kwache, made the disclosure while receiving the state deputy governor, Crowther Seth who visited the area on Saturday. “The pastor was abducted the day Boko Haram attacked our community. He was last seen when the suspected insurgents forced him into a Toyota Hilux. Since then, we have not heard from him or his abductors,” he said. In separate appeals, three district heads, Ngida Kwache, Bello Ijeidi and Lawan Luka, representing Michika, Gulak and Koppa respectively, called for more troops in the communities located around Sambisa forest. The deputy governor reass...
‘Christians Enjoy More Holidays In Nigeria Than Muslims’ – MURIC
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‘Christians Enjoy More Holidays In Nigeria Than Muslims’ – MURIC

As Nigerian Christians join their counterparts throughout the world to celebrate the New Year on Wednesday, 1st January, 2020, the Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has alleged lopsidedness, partiality and persecution of Muslims in the manner the Nigerian government dishes out its holidays. Rising from an emergency meeting where it deliberated on the latest allegation of persecution by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), MURIC insisted that the last public holiday, which was declared by the Federal Government on 1st January, 2020, has exposed CAN as a body which enjoys shedding crocodile tears. MURIC’s stand was contained in a press statement to DAILY POST on Friday, signed by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola. MURIC said in the statement, “CAN claims it is being pers...
CAN Replies Buhari & Sultan Of Sokoto On Religious Persecution
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CAN Replies Buhari & Sultan Of Sokoto On Religious Persecution

Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has stated that it will stop complaining about religious persecution in the country only when all Nigerians perceive that the rule of law, fairness, and social justice are allowed in the country. This was stated in a press release by its National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Evang. Kwamkur Samuel, on Saturday, in Abuja. This comes after President Buhari appealed to Nigerians not to allow terrorists divide the country along religious lines. CAN added that discriminatory policies of government not only ran foul of democratic norms but were a form of persecution. The body called on President Muhammadu Buhari to allow the Constitution to guide his administration in all its policies and operations. The press release reads, “The coun...
CJN: ‘Sharia Law Is Not Islamisation Of Nigeria’ – Islamic Scholars
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CJN: ‘Sharia Law Is Not Islamisation Of Nigeria’ – Islamic Scholars

Concerned Islamic scholars across the country have thrown their weights behind the suggestions of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Muhammad Tanko, calling for the improvement of the status of the Shari’ah law in Nigeria through the amendment of the relevant sections of the constitution. The Muslim leaders berated the outcry that followed the suggestion and emphasised for the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that Sharia law does not necessarily mean Islamisation of Nigeria, as wrongly insinuated. Former Executive Secretary, Muslim Ummah of southwest Nigeria (MUSWEN) and Retired Prof. of Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan, Prof. Dawud Noibi, said: “Section 38 of the 1999 Constitution as ammended guaran...
UNN ‘Witchcraft’ Conference Will Hold, Christians Can’t Stop It – Egodi Uchendu
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UNN ‘Witchcraft’ Conference Will Hold, Christians Can’t Stop It – Egodi Uchendu

Despite the cancellation of the booked venue for a witchcraft conference to be held in Enugu state, the organisers insist that they are proceeding as planned and will announce a new venue soon. Director of the B.I.C Ijomah Centre for Policy Studies and Research, Professor Egodi Uchendu, made this news available to IgbereTV. He said that the protest and campaign by the Christian Association of Nigeria and Christian students in the University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka will not deter them from holding the academic conference. “Freedom of speech is a fundamental human right. CAN and others are free to express their opinions just like we have the freedom to have an academic conference on witchcraft”, Mrs Uchendu, a professor of history said. “I’m delighted that the conference is generating the d...
Suspension Of Ebonyi Christian Corpers: MURIC Reacts, Supports CAN
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Suspension Of Ebonyi Christian Corpers: MURIC Reacts, Supports CAN

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), an Islamic human rights organization, has reacted to the expulsion of two female Christian youth corpers from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp in Ebonyi State. MURIC declared support for the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). MURIC leader, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement on Tuesday, said those expelled have the right to satisfy their conscience regarding what to wear and what not to wear in public. “There is freedom of religion in the Nigerian Constitution and NYSC is flagrantly violating Section 38 (i) and (ii) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. NYSC is behaving like the notorious Gestapo. It is time to liberalise”, it said. “It is not just a religious matter. Morality is involved here. ...
I Became A Billionaire At 25 – Governor Umahi
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I Became A Billionaire At 25 – Governor Umahi

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi has revealed that he became a billionaire at 25 years of age due to hard work and commitment to duty. Umahi, who made the declaration while interacting with leaders of Abakpa main market in Abakaliki, debunked social media reports that he owns shops at the market and built his house within one year. “I work very hard, I am not a poor person, but a very, very rich person. You can’t use the state’s money and still do all these things (projects) we are doing, I don’t have any shop or any interest in the market,” he said. The governor also said rescinding some of the decisions on the relocation of the traders from the market was due to the intervention by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). He also announced that the Abakpa market would now b...
‘Stop Aiding Corruption’ – Timi Frank Tells CAN President
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‘Stop Aiding Corruption’ – Timi Frank Tells CAN President

A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank yesterday called on the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle to stop denigrating Christians in Nigeria. Frank in a statement in Abuja also urged Dr. Ayokunle to face his priestly duties instead of using his sacred office to aid and abet corruption. He said it was a mortal sin for the CAN head to portray the highly reverred Christian body in the country as being pro-Corruption through his recent comments. It could be recalled that Ayokunle, visited Osinbajo in Abuja on Friday and later spoke with reporters at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, where he met with top members of CAN. He declared Osinbajo inn...
Osinbajo Is Innocent Of N90b Allegations – CAN President, Supo Ayokunle
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Osinbajo Is Innocent Of N90b Allegations – CAN President, Supo Ayokunle

Rev Supo Ayokunle, the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared support for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over a N90 billion allegation against him. The CAN president made this declaration while speaking during a visit to the Vice President in Abuja on Friday. Ayokunle, who spoke with reporters at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, where he met with top members of CAN declared Osinbajo innocent. He said that he would mobilise Christians against any act to destroy the works of the Vice President.
CAN Raises Alarm Over The Appearance Of Strange Faces In The South East
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CAN Raises Alarm Over The Appearance Of Strange Faces In The South East

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed concern over what it called influx into the Southeast by unidentified faces. It raised the alarm on Sunday in a statement signed by its chairman in the Southeast, Bishop Dr. Goddy Okafor and the Secretary, Dr. S.C Nwokolo. The Christian body, which restated its opposition to the controversial RUGA programme, said such strange faces should be made to leave the zone. According to the group, “all the people without identity, who are flooding the zone should be stopped by immigration and other law enforcement agencies. “Also, suspected foreign herders and the killer herdsmen are asked to leave the zone immediately. Most of such foreign and killer herders have been identified in some parts of the zone.” While commending...
CAN Hails El-rufai’s Decision To Save 110-year Kaduna Church From Demolition
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CAN Hails El-rufai’s Decision To Save 110-year Kaduna Church From Demolition

The Kaduna State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has commended the Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s government’s decision to save the 110-year St. George Anglican Church, Zaria from demolition. The CAN Chairman in the State, Rev. Joseph Hayab made this known to our correspondent on the telephone following Friday’s clarification by the Director General of the Kaduna State Urban Planning Development Agency, Ismail Dikko that the Church won’t be touched because of its historical value.
CAN Slams Gadunje Over Threat To Sue Wike
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CAN Slams Gadunje Over Threat To Sue Wike

Governor Ganduje of Kano State, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, had vowed to take legal action against the government of Rivers State over alleged demolition of the Rainbow Central Mosque in Trans-Amadi Area of Port Harcourt. Speaking with Tribune Online, Director of legal and Public Affairs, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Samuel Kwamkur said Kano state governor has no locus standing to issue such threat because he is not a religious leader adding that his state is more guilt of persecution of Christians than any part of the country. “I am very surprise to hear Governor Ganduje of Kano state talking about illegality. We have chains of report from Christians in Kano of how they suffered persecutions from government, their places of whorships destroyed,...
CAN Asks President Buhari To Ban Miyetti Allah
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CAN Asks President Buhari To Ban Miyetti Allah

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked President Buhari to ban the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), an umbrella association of herdsmen in the country. The association also called on the president to “completely scrap” the suspended ‘Ruga’grazing scheme. CAN made the request at the Church leaders stakeholders’ summit, themed, ‘RUGA: The church’s response in the 21st century,’ which was held in Lagos on Saturday. Samson Ayokunle, CAN president, was quoted as saying the association came up with the recommendations after setting up a committee to look into the Ruga grazing scheme and related issues. He accused MACBAN of supporting some herdsmen fingered in various attacks across the country. “Anything that smacks of mutual suspicion should be avoi...
Timi Dakolo reacts to allegation that 80% of CAN members are rapists
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Timi Dakolo reacts to allegation that 80% of CAN members are rapists

Singer Timi Dakolo whose wife, Busola, recently accused COZA pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo, of raping her when she was 17, has shut down claims that 80% of members of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN, are rapists. See his exchange with an Instagram user who made the allegation in his comment section below.
CAN Headquarter Disassociate Itself From Pastors Who Paid A Visit To COZA
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CAN Headquarter Disassociate Itself From Pastors Who Paid A Visit To COZA

The Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN ) has dissociated itself from the visit which occurred on Sunday, July 14, 2019. It was reported that some pastors visited COZA on Sunday, July 14, 2019 to pay solidarity visit to Pastor Fatoyimbo of COZA. Evangelist Barrister Kwamkur Samuel Vondip, who is the National Director of Legal and Public Affair's of CAN, signed a statement which read that the pastors who visited COZA on Sunday acted on their own and that an investigation has been opened by the Pentecostal Fellowship Of Nigeria concerning the rape allegation involving pastor Biodun Fatoyimbo. The Pastors who visited the COZA Church on Sunday promised Pastor Biodun Fatoyimbo that the Christian Body will always support him. Rev. Israel Akanji, who's currently the CAN Presiden...
Ugwuanyi Didn’t Donate Any Land For Ruga Programme – CAN
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Ugwuanyi Didn’t Donate Any Land For Ruga Programme – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Enugu State chapter, on Thursday asked residents of the State to ignore rumour making the rounds that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the State has donated some land for the controversial Ruga programme. There were claims in some circles that the governor donated some hectres of land for the settlement project at some communities in the State. But addressing journalists, the Secretary of CAN in the State, Dr. Joseph Ajujungwa said checks by the Christian body showed that no such thing happened. He warned rumour mongers to desist from stoking unnecessary tension in the State, noting that such would do no one any good. He said that “we have taken time to investigate some of the allegations against the governor on this Ruga, claiming th...
Protest to Adeboye: CAN warns Eedris Abdulkareem, others, says direct your protests to the Government
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Protest to Adeboye: CAN warns Eedris Abdulkareem, others, says direct your protests to the Government

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged secular musicians who protested to the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, to direct their future protests to the government. This was stated by the association in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by its National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Mr Samuel Vondip. Some musicians, including led by Eedris Abdulkareem and Baba Fryo on Monday staged a peaceful protest at the RCCG Redemption Camp on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, calling on Pastor Adeboye to speak up against what they termed the injustice in the country. ”While we appreciate the concern of the protesters over the issues they raised and the call for a better nation, we strongly believe that singling out one of our leader...
RUGA Suspension: Be Vigilant, FG Is Still Doing Underground Plans – CAN Warns
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RUGA Suspension: Be Vigilant, FG Is Still Doing Underground Plans – CAN Warns

Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, this weeked cautioned the people of the Southern part of the country to remain vigilant even with the suspension of the controversial RUGA settlement for Fulani herdsmen. The secretary of CAN in the 17 Southern States, Dr. Joseph Ajujungwa made this warning in a statement issued to pressmen. Ajujungwa, who said the suspension of the programme by President Muhammadu Buhari may not be its end, said there was every indication “though it is claimed that it has been suspended, the underground work is still going on.” He called on every Southerner “to be watchful”, stressing that “even as we pray, we don’t need to keep quiet; they are experts in underground work.” He added that “we do not have land to give to anybody as a grazing field or colon...
Why We Can’t Jump To Conclusions About Rape Allegations Against Fatoyinbo — CAN
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Why We Can’t Jump To Conclusions About Rape Allegations Against Fatoyinbo — CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria has explained why it has refused to ‘jump to conclusions’ about the rape allegations against the Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Mr. Biodun Fatoyinbo It however stated that, no matter who is involved, rape is ungodly and reprehensible. CAN, in a statement by its General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, on Sunday expressed displeasure that Christendom has been subjected to ridicule on account of the allegations leveled against Fatoyinbo, who the apex Christian body in the country described as “one of the nation’s leading pastors.” It said, “The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria is seriously concerned about the disturbing situation concerning Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, the General Overseer of Commonwealth of Zion Ass...

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