By; MKPUMA ENYINNA, Abakaliki
The immediate past Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ebonyi State Chapter, Rev. Dr. Scamb Nwokolo and other newly elected Executive of the association in Ebonyi State has been inaugurated with a charge to avoid unfounded criticisms against political Leaders at all levels and to avoid religious sentiments in their dealings with those in position of leadership at the state and national levels.
The charge was given by the Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru at the inauguration of the newly elected Executives of CAN in Ebonyi State held on Thursday August 17, 2023 at Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.
The Governor, represented by his Deputy, Princess Patricia Obila, observed that in as much as criticisms are necessary for the growth of any administration, it should be done maturely and constructively.
He beckoned on CAN and indeed all Christians to pray for their leaders in order to derive good leadership from them.
In his words, the governor said, “Let us pray for our leaders; let us give them good directions. The time is gone for negative criticisms.
“Although criticisms are part of our growth, if you must criticise, do that maturely with good and objective points.The leaders need your prayers to grow; we need your prayers to serve you better.” the governor’s representative noted.
While congratulating the new CAN executives, the governor urged them to see their inauguration as a call to serve God and humanity, not for business or material gains.
He also admonished them to be good ambassadors of the church, and to take the message of good moral behaviours to their various denominations as a means of curbing social vices ravaging the nation at the present time.
“I want to congratulate all those that have been inaugurated today. And remember, this is not a call for business, it is not a call for money-making, but a call to serve God and humanity
“Also we want you to help us as ambassadors of Christ, in your various denominations to preach and talk to our people against all these social vices, letting them know that there is nothing as rewarding as exhibiting good characters.”
In his inaugural address, the new CAN Chairman, Rev. Scamb Nwokolo promised to run an all inclusive administration that will revive the confidence of people in CAN. He appealed to all Church leaders to endeavour to speak with one voice on crucial matters affecting the life of the Church in Ebonyi State and the Nigeria nation in general.
He pledged to carry all segments of CAN along through open door administration devoid of all forms of exclusion and segregation. He emphasised that his leadership would strive to sustain and build upon the legacies of his predecessor, including the reviving and rejigging of the School Evangelism Program of CAN in the state.
“We thank all of you for the confidence you have in us by electing us to the various positions. We assure you that we will do our best relying on God’s grace to ensure that this body continues to perform its statutory functions in the face of contemporary challenges in our country.
“Therefore, the school evangelism becomes paramount to curbing the prevalent rate of high moral decadence in our society. CAN will embark on a campaign of good and Godly parenting, positive influence and having moral and spiritual anchor for our children in the hand of Almighty God.”
In a brief charge to the new CAN leaders, the Abakaliki Synod Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Archbishop Chidi Igwe, called on all Christians to rise up, follow and support those whom God has chosen to lead them.
He advised the inaugurated executive members to always pray for their leader and not run him down, adding that prayers and unity of purpose were the keys to success
Other officials inaugurated with the Chairman included Rev. Joseph Nwibo as Vice Chairman, Rev Fr. Joseph Origbo as Secretary, Pastor Obed Elom and Senior Pastor Solomon Eriugo as Assistant Secretary and treasurer respectively, among others.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Arc Edward Nkwegu described the new chairman of CAN as a compassionate man of God who needs support of all and sundry to accomplish his vision for Christian body in Ebonyi State. He Admonished CAN to be apolitical and support government where necessary to ensure that the welfare, security and well being of the people.
The inauguration ceremony was presided over by the CAN National Secretary Pastor Samson Fatotun who represented the CAN national President, Most Revd. Daniel Okoh and other zonal and national executive.
Others in attendance, included principal officers of Government, Speaker and members of the State House of Assembly, Leaders and members of CAN at Southeast zone, State and Local Government levels.
Others were church members, friends and associates of the Leaders who were inaugurated.