The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has validated Archbishop Daniel Okoh as the new president of the religious association on Thursday.
During a leadership transition event held in Abuja, Archbishop Okoh was presented as the successor to outgoing CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, with current Labour Party presidential flagbearer, Peter Obi, present on the day as a special guest of honour. Other guests at the event includes Governor of Delta State and vice presidential candidate of the PDP, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom amongst others.
In his acceptance speech, the new CAN President pleaded with the current Buhari adminstration to do more in fighting insecurity in Nigeria. Archbishop Okoh further highlighted the criticality of the religious association in building a better Nigeria.
‘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, I would like to appeal to His Excellency to end the bloodletting, kidnapping and general insecurity in all the geo-political zones of the country.
‘I believe that government can do more to secure the lives and property given all the modern technology within its reach.
‘We are coming in at the time that all of us in the Christian faith, believe that some section of political leaders are not sensitive to the diverse nature of our population when certain decisions are being made.
‘Many Christians feel and have the genuine fear that there is a deliberate plan to remove the Christian faith from the scheme of things and make us second-class citizens in our own country – genuine fear borne out of the recent happenings in our polity i.e. the same-faith ticket in one of the major political parties in Nigeria despite the caution raised by CAN since two years ago.
‘Whatever happens, no matter how many times our sensibilities are insulted, we must resolve to to make a positive impact on the political, economic and social systems of our dear nation,’ he said.
Archbishop Daniel Okoh was recommended for the role of President and Vice President by an Electoral College after a screening exercise. The selection process was also in accord with the amended 2021 CAN constitution.
The new CAN President is the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church International, and. won all 259 votes casted by delegates in the 12th General Assembly of CAN.
He will now serve a five-year term, as required under the presidential tenure.