The President of Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Nigeria (TEKAN) Rev. Dr Caleb Ahima has said the Present leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) under the CAN President Rev. Supo Ayokunle have failed in their responsibility for not defending the plight of Christians in the Country.
According to him the incumbent CAN President had nothing to show for the period he spent in office while piloting the affairs of the Association and shouldn’t be retained in office.
New Telegraph gather that Ahima has been selected from the TEKAN/ECWA bloc out of the blocs of CAN to challenge the incumbent CAN President for the leadership of the association during an election scheduled to hold at the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja on June 17 and June 18
Ahima said if elected as the CAN President his vision is to unite all Christians and promote peaceful coexistence in the country, saying
he was on a rescue mission in CAN and very willing to make sacrifices for its turn around and vibrancy.
He accused the incumbent of not carrying his cabinet and Nigerian Christians along in his administration.
“The greatest challenge before the Church in Nigeria today is leadership and I am out to give that quality and purposeful leadership.
“A nation is more or less a system, which is at the mercy the value driving it, therefore the vibrancy of the Christian missions/missionaries and activities upon which the nation depends for direction.
“Leadership is making things happen. I am coming into the Association with a mindset to move the it forward for the benefit of all Christians and Nigerians as a whole.
“I am ready to make grave sacrifices giving the vision I have for CAN and Nigeria. All I need is the privilege during our crucial forth coming presidential election slated for June 17 and June 18, to bring it to bear for the benefit of the nation
“We have only Nigeria as our nation and we must together defend, preserve and nurture her for our good, ‘’ he asserted.
The TEKAN President considers himself as one with the needed qualification and pedigree to lead and transform CAN as desired.
He described CAN as a gathering of believers of diverse backgrounds.
According to him, it is with that understanding that the election should be approached in order not to discriminate against anybody or favour any camp.
“There are five blocs of CAN and my leadership style will ensure everybody is brought on board and ensure there is mutual respect for each other and for every person to be seen to be carried along for our collective interest,’’ he added.
He expressed readiness to take the mantle of leadership of the association and called on Christians delegates to vote for him come June 18.
However New Telegraph gather that there are two stages remaining for the election to be completed. The NEC will vote for the two nominated candidates and the person with the highest vote will be deemed elected as President while the runner up will be considered elected as the Vice President.