A group called Some Concerned Christian Forum of Nigeria (SCFN) have given the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, a deadline of seven days to step aside from his role.
The group which consist of distinguished and highly-respected clergymen across the country, said it is highly displeased with the direction the Church is aimlessly drifting towards.
CAN that was established in the mid-1980s with the original aim uniting the body of Christ as a counterweight to the growth of political Islam is, however, lacking a common voice these days with different groups springing up.
In order to stop the body from fast drifting into something of a chortle device, which has been a tool in the hands of politicians and champion for ethnic-sectarian bigots, the CCFN, a group of over 500 pastors in Nigeria has urged Rev Ayokunle to walk away with dignity rather than seek re-election.
Rev. Prince Thompson, who represents the coalition on Tuesday said Ayokunle has been given seven days to tender his resignation or face a backlash from the church having underwhelmed and fall short of the massive expectations on his shoulder when he took charge.
“ Our hope in Reverend Ayokunle being able to deliver CAN from the shackles of materialism have been dashed. Beyond having our hopes dashed we are being made despondent because his under his leadership “the high places were not taken away” but they were rather made higher. Truth is being sacrificed on individual private altars built to glorify self.”
The group also recalled that what CAN’s former president, Pastor Oritsejafor was accused of the same leadership issues, adding that Reverend Ayokunle’s tenure has visited the affliction on Christendom a thousand folds.
“Not only did he continue to desecrate the divine mandate of the association by deploying it as an arm of the PDP he has added the evil of hatred by actively promoting Islamophobia. CAN overnight become a vehicle for teaching believers to hate other humans that made after the likeness of God image simply on account of their present religious subscription.
“A situation where President of CAN has become a tool in the hands of politicians and champion for ethnic-sectarian bigots in the country is a border that should never have been crossed but that is precisely where Christianity in Nigeria is now camped.”
The further pointed that the situation is worse to the extent of having many allegations about the Reverend and his associates have been collecting money from politicians and keeping same for personal gains in exchange to speaking according to scripts given to them by these politicians.
“There is no doubt that by all standard he has failed in his responsibility as a father to all and has allowed selfish agenda to rob him of being a channel for the flow of God’s words.
“ We have come to the realization that the violence to the body of Christ cannot be allowed to continue for longer lest there will be more atheists and agnostics than Christians by the time Reverend Ayokunle’s leadership of CAN completes its tenure.
“The Concerned Christian Forum of Nigeria, therefore, demands the immediate resignation of Reverend Supo Ayokunle as CAN President. Our demand entails that the entire CAN Executive resigns with the President to allow the association replace them with a leadership that will chart a course that conforms with the ideology upon which CAN was founded.
“ If the rejected CAN executive is at a loss as to why it has to go, it only needs to look to the existence of our forum. Had CAN pursued the agenda of uniting Christians across the various sects, denominations and persuasions, we would not have need to form this group pressure the leaders into doing the needful.
“ We give the Reverend Ayokunle executive seven days from today hand over the affairs of the association to an interim committee to run its affairs pending when a new election will be conducted.”
CJ Asabe’s failure to retire honourably has brought undeserved insult to my husband – Zainab Bagudu
The first lady of Kebbi state, Zainab Bagudu has condemned the former acting Chief Justice of the state, Justice Asabe Saratu for not retiring from her position honourably.
Recall that her husband, governor Atiku Bagudu had sacked Saratu for complaining to the National Judicial Council (NJC) that her appointment was no confirmed by the state house of assembly because she is a Christian.
Zainab, who took to her Facebook page to react to this said although she celebrated her upliftment to the number one legal post in the state, but condemned what she termed her selfish attempt.
“As a female born to parents who both belong to the legal profession, I loudly celebrated the rise of Justice Asabe Karatu as the first female Chief Justice of Kebbi state. More so, I attended the university with her daughter. Now, I totally condemn her selfish attempt to hang on to position instead of retiring honourably.
Zainab who pointed that her allegations have brought about undeserved insults and criticism one her husband, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and others, noted that sadly, that is one of the burdens of leadership.
“It is worrisome that as a Nation, we allow religion to quickly divide us rather than use reason to search for reasons to avoid conflict.
“The statement below will not clear every mind, but it is necessary to set the records straight and we owe it to our children to always do what is right. Most of all, We should ALWAYS try to be bigger than our personal ambition. ”
Read the statement below from the state government on the issue.
Police Arrest 50 Year Old Woman For Buying Newborn Baby In Anambra State
The NIGERIA NEWS gathered that a 50-year-old woman buys a newborn baby at the sum of 500 000 nairas and at the moment she is at the custody of the police.
The incident occurs at No 3 Onyekwore street, Awada, Onitsha, Anambra state. The culprit’s name is Juli et Onweagoba and her colleague in the evil act is Edith Ewudo who is also 49 years old. They confessed that they used to buy the newborn baby from Ndidi Egeonu.
The police arrested them after it leaked out that a baby was stolen from a delivery mother. A police representative from Anambra state, Haruna Mohammed said that the baby has been recovered back from the culprits.
Mr. Haruna said:
“On the 12/6/2019 at about 7:00 pm, Police detectives attached to Awada division arrested one Juliet Onweagba ‘f’ aged 50 years of No 3 Onyekwore Street Awada
“Suspect conspired with one Edith Ewudo aged 49 years of Orsumoghu street Awada and bought a newborn baby girl at the sum of N550,000 from one Ndidi Egeonu ‘f’ aged 35 years of Odume Obosi.
“The baby was stolen from the mother one Udechukwu Faith ‘f’ aged 23 years of 3-3 Onitsha shortly after delivery on the 2/6/2019.”
All the suspects are expected to be charged to court soon as the investigation continues.
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