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    In the history of religious crisis in #Nigeria, #Christians have never been massacred like under President Muhammadu Buhari between 2015 -2019. In the space of three weeks in February 2019, hundreds of Christians in #Kajuru LGA in #SouthernKaduna were slaughtered in cold blood on daily basis and their villages burnt down by suspected #Fulaniherdsmen. Christians are murdered in #Benue, #Plateau and many other states in Nigeria everyday without effective coverage by both local and international media houses. It is expected that the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) would solidly stand firm, criticise the heinous acts and attract the attention of the international community to stop the daily genocide and massacre rather they betrayed the people they claim to be representing and recently paid a courtesy call on President #Buhari.

    They went further to congratulate him as winner of the just concluded presidential election which was glaringly evident that President Buhari militarised the electoral process, rigged the election and stole the overwhelming mandate given to Atiku Abubakar of Official Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Nigeria by Nigerians. It was an absolute show of shame and disgrace by the leadership of #CAN endorsing a man who rigged the election openly and under his watch, #Christians have lost their lives like never before.

    The leadership of CAN has shown that they are carnally minded, money conscious, greedy, deceitful, misleading and ungodly by endorsing bad leadership. These qualities emanates from their selfish gains and interest. As a result, they are quarrelsome, full of division, envy and jealously amongst themselves.

    In the light of these negative tendencies,

    (i) Christians in Nigeria are called upon to rise up and call the leadership of CAN to order. #Churches should come together and pass a vote of no confidence on the leadership of CAN and new set of leaders elected to stand for the common interest of Christians in Nigeria.

    (ii) Other churches should look into the leadership of CAN. It is no longer convenient and proper to have CAN as the sole body of Christians in Nigeria hence monopolised because they have deviated. Other Christian organs should be formed immediately to stand as balance for the defence of the interest of Christians in Nigeria. There could be organs such as Association of Nigerian Christians, National Union of Nigerian Christians etc. Even in the Nigerian academia, we have different organs such as Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities – ASUU, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU, Association of Non-Academic Staff of Nigerian Universities etc. It has become pertinent for Christians in Nigeria to form other organs that will positively speak up on their behalf.

    (iii) There should be liberalisation of the concept of mandating every denomination to go through CAN for endorsement before securing Federal Government approval in the event of their request to the government. CAN has consistently shown discrimination and segregation against some denominations which they deem more successful or progressive than them.

    It is time to provide effective and efficient leadership for #Nigerian Christians.

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