What I always encourage my readers to do is to read beyond the headlines. Endeavour to read between the lines. CAN which stands for Christian Association of Nigeria came into a gigantic prominence during the presidency of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Before that period, it was only heard of in the periphery of corridors, never in the inner corridors of power. Whether that was a good or bad thing is not for me to judge. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor who was the CAN president at this period was always in the news. For Good, Bad and, dear I say it VERY UGLY reasons. He made the world believe CAN was this powerful, united Christian organ that spoke on behalf of all Christians in Nigeria. Even though I knew that was a fallacy. Upon reading PM NEWS story (as posted below) of the elections that took place to appoint Oritsejafor’s successor, you would have thought there would be an election rivalled only by the Vatican. “In my dreams”. Carefully consider this, would you ever think the presidency of CAN that Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor elevated to such steady heights would only be decided by 54 votes? I know a smart person will come out with some representations, I would be glad to know the voting blocs and see where my denomination is represented and who they voted for. Unbelievable! Like Goodluck Jonathan, Oritsejafor, who politicised his position to an embarrassing point would be heard little of, I hope so anyway. As for the unknown Rev. Supo Ayokunle, I pray for God’s guidance for his reign. One thing, If there is any lesson the new CAN President should implement almost immediately, it is to realise he does not need a personal jet to carry out his activities. I shall be following his utterances closely.. – Jide Salu
Read the news below.
The President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC), Rev. Supo Ayokunle, has emerged the new President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), according to a statement.
The statement was signed by Rev. Musa Asake, the General Secretary of CAN and made available on Tuesday in Abuja.
It stated that Ayokunle got 54 votes to defeat Elder Joseph Otubu of the Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim Movement (MCCSW), who got 28 votes.
The outgoing president of the body, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, announced the result to a rousing applause at the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja.