The state Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Dr. Ndueso Ekwere has clearly stated that any group that emerges to flaunt itself in the disguise of CAN is invalid. He made the association’s position known while interacting with newsmen in Uyo, recently.
Rev. Ekwere, who pointed out that the purportedly formed ‘Christian Community’ is not a substitute of CAN in Akwa Ibom state, said “Christian community is the same thing as CAN under one leadership. It is only a question of semantics. So, no activity of any of the groups whatsoever should be done without clearance from the leadership of CAN in the state.”
He also explained that Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) does not exist separately from CAN, stressing that “PFN is only a unit in CAN. What makes it a bloc is CPFN. Other blocs that make up CAN are: the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) and TEKAN/ECWA. It is our duty to let people know these distinctions and be properly enlightened.”
Speaking further, the state CAN Chairman mentioned the association’s interest in ensuring the unity and love among the Christian fold irrespective of church denominations.
His words, “we came on board last year with a strong vision and focus to serve the overall interest of Christians. Our policy thrust is evangelization of the whole state and bringing full awareness of Christianity among the people. It is our utmost concern to restore a sense of dignity in the church. We have to endear people more to the values of the gospel since we share a common faith and believe in God…”
Meanwhile, Rev. Ekwere has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take quick action on the incessant religious crisis in the country, by ending the wanton killings perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen and other Muslim fanatics: “As a leader, President Buhari should be sensitive to the plights of citizens. There’s so much killings particularly targeted at Christians in this country, and we want him to wade into the case as a matter of urgency. The government ought to prioritize the security of lives and properties…”
He therefore enjoined Christians not to take up arms in retaliation, but to be more vigilant, watchful and prayerful as every attempt to islamize Nigeria will fail.