PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari and the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, have
congratulated Archbishop Daniel Okoh, the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church (Odozi-Obodo), on his election as the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
According to a statement issued by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President noted that Okoh’s election to lead CAN is a testimony of his devotion to God and the country.
“The President noted that the election of Most Rev’d Okoh by the very important Christian body is a testament to his devotion to the Church of God in the country and beyond, distinguished vocation as a Christian leader and abiding commitment in promoting ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue.
“Acknowledging the role CAN plays in fostering religious unity and harmony, the President trusts that the incoming President will continue to provide the needed leadership for the Church, affirming the Scriptural truth: ”That they all may be one.” (John 17:21a)
“The President prays that the tenure of Archbishop Okoh, in this new phase of ministry, will be marked with success, urging the blocs that make up CAN to kindly give the cleric every needed support to excel.
“He also wishes the outgoing President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle best wishes in his spiritual and secular endeavours,” the statement said.
CAN President, worthy leader –Tinubu
Asiwaju Tinubu while congratulating the new CAN president, described him as a worthy and distinguished leader.
The APC standard bearer extended his congratulations to Rev. Okoh, in a statement signed by his media aide, Tunde Rahman in Abuja on Friday.
Asíwájú Tinubu noted that the new CAN leader who is the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church is a worthy successor to Rev. Ayokunle whose tenure as CAN president was characterized by exceptional commitment, principle and wisdom.
Asiwaju Tinubu said: “I congratulate Rev. Okoh on his election as the new president of CAN. Noting that Rev. Okoh had truly distinguished himself as the deputy to Rev. Ayokunle.:
The APC leader declared that Nigeria can only expect nothing but inspired and enlightened leadership from Rev. Okoh.
“CAN is one of the most important organizations in the nation. Not only does it seek the betterment of the Christian community in Nigeria, its moral force and standing benefit all Nigerians as we seek to establish a just and compassionate society where people of all faiths and beliefs live and work together in peace and harmony.
“As a nation, we are in a critical moment where misguided and terrible actors attempt to destroy social harmony and reign violence on us all. These awful forces seek to stoke religious and ethnic divisions in hope of pitting Nigerian brothers against Nigerian brothers. Decent and good Nigerians of all faith must ally against such designs. While we may not agree on everything, all well-meaning Nigerians agree that we must live in peace, must respect and honour our diversity and eschew violence and hatred.
“We are grateful that CAN as an organization embodies these and other principles that reflect the values and virtues of Christ. We are glad that the new President of CAN, Rev. Okoh, is a humane and kind soul who has dedicated his life to the betterment of his fellow man and is a person who will work with leaders of other faith and beliefs to anneal the bonds of unity, inter-religious understanding, and tolerance while advocating for the benefits of democratic good governance for all Nigerians regardless of creed or belief systems.
“As long as we stand forthright and adhere to these tenets, Nigeria will defeat the plans of those who seek to place discord and hatred at our door.
As Rev. Okoh assumes the mantle of leadership, it is my hope and prayer that his tenure brightens every corner of our country, and may he be a shining light to all.”