The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has dissolved the National Christian Elders’ Forum (NCEF) with immediate effect due to irreconcilable differences with its activities.
This resolution was reached at its meeting held earlier in the week where it also unanimously applauded the CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle for his achievements.
The Christian body accused NCEF of using the social media and a section of the traditional media to attack its leadership, especially Rev. Ayokunle and using unprintable words to label CAN due to his alleged refusal to take directive from its members.
In a communique on Friday, NEC said, “It sees all the negative and baseless publications against the CAN President as mere distractions and a calculated attempt to malign his integrity and derail him from his focus of giving CAN credible leadership.”
CAN among other things declares: “immediately dissolves the National Christian Elders’ Forum (NCEF) which was inaugurated on Thursday, January 15, 2015, by the powers conferred on the CAN President.
“CAN NEC, by the same powers that inaugurated the forum, forthwith dissolves and dissociates completely from the NCEF in view of the incongruous and unacceptable operations manifested consistently by the group.
“CAN NEC dismisses in its entirety, the publication of the immediate past National Youth CAN Chairman, Mr. Daniel David Kadzai, who, in the Guardian Newspaper of Monday, November 12, 2018, p.9 alleged that the CAN President defrauded CAN of “over N2.8 billion”.
“CAN regrets that a man who had served the Association in the past, and was tolerated in spite of his numerous incompetent leadership skills, could not only be malicious, but impersonate himself as Chairman of the Congress of Northern Nigerian Christians (CNNC).
“Although he has apologized for his falsehood by the said publication and has verbally retracted his claims, and the CNNC has equally denied him of being their Chairman, it is important to set the records straight. However, because he has apologized to CAN leadership, he has been forgiven in the spirit of Christ as recorded in Matthew 6:14-15.
“The Meeting critically examined the activities and programmes under the leadership of its President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle and ressolved as following;
1. That the CAN President should be appreciated for his courageous leadership at such a time as this in the history of our nation.
“The CAN National Executive Committee is particularly pleased with the CAN President for consistently speaking out about the plight of numerous voiceless people in our country, chiefly, on the terrorist activities as unleashed by the Boko Haram, the Fulani Herdsmen and other terrorist groups on innocent Nigerians.
“His struggle for the release of the remaining Chibok School girls, Miss Leah Sharibu, a captive of her Christian faith, by the Boko Haram group, and other innocent captives all over the country has been greatly applauded.
“That the CAN President should be appreciated for his great concern and positive actions in caring for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) all over the country. The Association recalled how CAN leadership travelled from State to State in the country, rendering support to people who have been displaced from their homes.
“The CAN President should be appreciated for leading CAN in interfaith activities which were almost completely closed up before he assumed office. It was noticed that it was at his time that NIREC was revived and officials who were not giving the organization the needed cooperation and cohesion were replaced.
“The CAN President was applauded for giving great attention to people with physical challenges and for setting up a committee to look into their plight.
“The CAN President was appreciated for recognizing and opening room for various Christian organizations to collaborate with CAN from across the country and beyond.
“The CAN President was appreciated for his ability to bring together Christian leaders from across the country to deliberate on moving the Nigerian Church forward. This was an unprecedented feat.
“The CAN President was appreciated for ensuring that various court cases all over the country were withdrawn for out-of-court settlement.
“The meeting ended with the entire house passing a VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IN THE CAN PRESIDENT, HIS EMINENCE, REV DR SAMSON AYOKUNLE and urging him to forge ahead with his good work in CAN.”