By; ODEYEMI SAMUEL, Akure
Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) in South Western part of Nigeria converged on Akure, the Ondo State capital to discuss issues of relevant importance to the peaceful coexistence of Nigeria.
In his opening remarks, the acting Chairman, Rev. Father Raphael Femi Osegboun recalled that CAN which was inaugurated in Lagos in 1980 has succeeded in putting up various programmes at national, state and local government levels.
According to him, it is true that both in Nigeria and in the world at large the sad phenomenon of Christian disunity is still to be found in churches and communities.
He said that the desire is to recover the unity of all Christians as a gift of Christ and a call of the Holy Spirit.
Also speaking in the same vein, the CAN chairman in Ondo State, Rev. Dr John Ayo Oladapo expressed concerns over the continuous holding hostage of the innocent lady, Leah Sharibu by Boko Haram for her refusal to denounce Christ.
Oladapo told journalists that CAN in the Southwest calls for Federal Government’s intervention for her release, more so that Tuesday May 14th 2019 marks her birthday.
“The life of the little girl who turns 16 today, is a challenge to all Christians who pay lip service to their service to God and humanity,” he said.
Different issues were discussed at the South West meeting which was well attended by CAN chairmen and their Secretaries from Oyo, Ekiti, Osun, Ogun, Lagos and Ondo states, which also had delegates from six blocks comprising of different denominations.
Issues discussed were, send-forth of their predecessors in office, presentation of Southwest CAN bye-laws, report from states CAN, WOWICAN, YOWICAN among others.