The General Assembly of the Christian Association of Nigeria on Thursday formally validated the election of Archbishop Daniel Okoh as its new President, thereby outing to an end the tenure of Dr Samson Supo Ayokunle.
His recommendation by an Electoral College which was set up to screen and suggest candidates for the offices of the President and Vice President, respectively, as presented by the blocs that have rights of nomination was in line with the provisions of the 2021 CAN constitution as amended.
Okoh, the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church International, Onitsha, emerged as the new spiritual leader of CAN, after getting a 100 per cent vote of all 259 delegates who participated in its 12th General Assembly and is expected to serve a single five-year term.
The new CAN President, in his acceptance speech, charged President Muhammadu Buhari to quell the rising insecurity in the country.
He said that while thanking the President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), for his efforts to combat terrorism and banditry, he would like to appeal to His Excellency to end the bloodletting, kidnapping and general insecurity in all the geo-political zones of the country.
According to him, the need for CAN to respond appropriately to national issues became imperative.
He assured that the apex Christian organization would continue to participate actively and effectively in nation building
Nevertheless, Okoh stated that for Christians to remain relevant in the scheme of things, the first step was to increase CAN’s efforts to work towards Christian unity and mutual understanding among the denominations of the Church in Nigeria.
Ayokunle told his successor to love the people irrespective of their weaknesses.