2023: CAN pushes for Christian president

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The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN), on Saturday advised that the next President should be a Christian to ensure balance in leadership of the country.

YOWICAN also said that rotation of the office of the President would promote equity, unity and peace.

This was disclosed during the NEC meeting held at the National Christian Centre on Saturday.

The meeting was attended by National Executive Members, Zonal Leaders, State Leaders (drawn from the 36 States of the federation plus the FCT) and representatives from the blocs/denominations under CAN.

It warned bandits and kidnappers to desist from perpetrating evil and put a stop to the ongoing kidnappings and killings.

The Christian association also pledged collaboration with Muslims and Nigeria Inter-religious Council (NIREC) towards peacebuilding.

This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of YOWICAN and read by its National Chairman, Belusochukwu Enwere.

Enwere said: “As such the emergence of a Christian as President come 2023 will be a true expression of equity and justice for Nigeria. The next president should come 2023 should be a Christian because the present administration, the president is a Muslim, and so the president should rotate amongst the Christians and Muslims so that there will be balance in the leadership of Nigeria. We have competent Christian leaders who can represent and manage the affairs of this country. We urge our leaders to fully participate in politics so that we can produce a good president for Nigeria.

“That the current leadership of YOWICAN pledges her unalloyed loyalty and solidarity to the worthy leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) under the able watch of His Eminence, Rev.  Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle.

“That YOWICAN shall continue to collaborate and work in concert with brothers from the Muslim faith to pursue the desired peace, unity and progress of the nation; and more particularly under the auspices of the Nigeria Inter-religious Council (NIREC).

“YOWICAN decries the increasing rate of insecurity in Nigeria, yet commends the efforts of government and security agencies in combating the nefarious activities of bandits, killer herdsmen, insurgents etc.

“YOWICAN in the performance of Christian tenets and faith believes strongly in peaceful coexistence, but this piety should not be construed as cowardice, therefore kidnappers, bandits, killer herdsmen, terrorists and unknown gunmen should not push Christian youths to the extreme, such as to make them consider deploying self-defence strategies as the last option.

“Despite the efforts so far made in combating crime, YOWICAN observes the urgent need to curb the rising wave of attacks, killings, destruction of lives, properties, farmlands and livelihood of innocent citizens within the Northern states, specifically within Christian communities in Southern Kaduna”.

The CAN youth demanded the immediate release of all abductees and particularly the students of the Bethel Baptist High School Kaduna State, who have been in captivity.

Enwere said: “YOWICAN demands the immediate release of all abductees and particularly the students of the Bethel Baptist High School Kaduna State, who have been in captivity. We urge the Federal and Kaduna State Government to expedite action towards their release.”

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