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CAN insists Nigeria must withdraw membership of all religious organisations


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Nigeria cannot continue to be members of Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) and other religious organisations, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said.

To this end, CAN has asked the National Assembly to list all international organisations that Nigeria belongs to with a view to withdrawing her membership from those that are religious.

The decision was contained in a communique issued at the end of a meeting of prominent Christian leaders in the country held at the Shepherdhill Baptist Church, Obanikoro, Lagos, where they discussed the challenges facing the church in the country.

The meeting which was at the instance of Samson Ayokunle, President of CAN, had in attendance Christian leaders such as Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, David Oyedepo, Presiding Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, Mike Okonkwo, General Overseer, the Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM).

Others were Ayo Oritsejafor, former CAN President, Musa Asake, CAN General Secretary, Bishop Antony Anyiador, CAN Treasurer among others.

The forum condemned “the government’s decision to lead Nigeria into being member of Islamic Coalition Against Terrorism through executive fiat, Nigeria’s participation in the International Islamic Sports Federation, Nigeria’s membership of International Islamic Financial Institution of which our present Governor of the Central Bank is the chairman”.

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“Didn’t all these violate the constitution?” CAN queried.

CAN also called on the Federal Government to address the issue of breakdown of infrastructure such as roads, electricity supply, provision of adequate funding to health institutions in the country in order to reduce the huge amount of money being spent by Nigerians on medical tourism.

The church leaders also described the inability of state governments to pay workers’ salaries and allowances as unacceptable and called on the federal and state governments to ensure that workers are promptly paid.

“The National Assembly must prevail on the states in the North of the country to henceforth be issuing Certificate of Occupancy to the churches there to build their houses of worship,” the communique read further.

“We call on the government to declare a state of emergency on unemployment in the nation and deliberately set up machineries towards provision of employment for many school graduates who are roaming the streets or becoming nuisance in the society through the commission of many crimes.

“We condemn in strong terms the failure of the security agencies to stop the murderous Fulani herdsmen from their criminal activities.”

This recent development is coming just few days after CAN accused Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of being desperate to please Buhari.

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The association urged Osinbajo to “use his good office to correct the imbalance in the Nigerian system … in order to reduce tension in the polity”.

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