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Christian leaders including General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye and the Presiding Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, Tuesday called on the Nigerian government to exit all international Islamic organisations it was part of.
The call was made at the Shepherdhill Baptist Church, Obanikoro, Lagos where they discussed the challenges facing the Church in the country.
Others in attendance at the meeting called by the CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo were the General Overseer, The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Archbishop Mike Okonkwo, former CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, CAN Vice President, Elder Prof Joseph Otubu, CAN General Secretary, Rev Dr Musa Asake, CAN Treasurer, Bishop Antony Anyiador, Legal Adviser, Bar Samuel Kwamku, Youth Leader, Dan Kazir among others.
A communique sent to DAILY POST on Tuesday by CAN president spokesman, Bayo Oladeji reads:
“CAN Calls on the National Assembly to compile the list of all organizations Nigeria belongs to and all the treaties signed with a view to dropping all the religious ones.
“That we declare the inability of the State Governments to pay worker’s salaries and allowances as at when due as unacceptable and call on the Federal and State Governments to work together to do this.
“CAN Calls of the National Assemblies to prevail on the States in the North of the country try to henceforth be issuing Certificate of Occupancy to the churches there to build their houses of worship.
“That CAN Calls on the Federal Government to address the issue of breakdown of infrastructure such as roads, electricity supply, provision of adequate funding of health facilities in the nation so as to stop the untimely death of our people and medical pilgrimage abroad.
“We call on the government to declare the a state of emergency on the unemployment in the nation and deliberately set up machineries towards provision of employment for many school graduates who are roaming the streets or becoming a nuisance in the society through the commission of many crimes.
“We condemn in strong terms the failure of the security agencies to stop the murderous Fulani herdsmen from their criminal activities.”
“The forum condemns in a strong term government’s decision to lead Nigeria into being member of Islamic Coalition Against Terrorism through executive fiat, Nigeria’s participation in the International Islamic Sports Federation, Nigeria’s membership of International Islamic Financial Institution of which our present Governor of the Central Bank is the chairman. Didn’t all these violate the constitution?”
Earlier in his address, Rev Ayokunle frowned at those accusing CAN of raising false alarm over the Islamisation agenda.
According to him, “Almost all the steps to be taken to Islamize Nigeria have been completed through the subtle actions of our rulers who were and are Muslims. Our government has donated billions of naira into this Islamization Agenda.”
“Those in government who are either Christians or Muslims or those outside it are either ignorant of the truth or are mischievous when they say that there is no plan to Islamize Nigeria.
“The fact that the United States of America, United Kingdom, France and South Africa had adopted Sukkuk or any other Islamic financial system does not change our position that our government does not have the right to be implementing the Islamization Agenda of IAO quoted above because our constitution does not permit them to do so in a society with plural religion like ours.
“Much more, the Western Societies above that had adopted Islamic Financial System in question were the same that adopted homosexuality. Does it mean that it was because homosexuality was the right thing that they adopted it?
“Let me state in the same vein that this meeting is not called to incite anyone against our Muslim brothers and sisters neither is it intended to mean an opposition to the government of the day.
“It is rather to call us to awareness of the dangers around us and to call the attention of those in power in this nation as I said before to their actions that are unconstitutional and suggest preference for one religion at the expense of the others.
“For us to continue to do pilgrimage together as a nation, there must be justice, fairplay and mutual respect for all irrespective of religion, ethnic group or political affiliation, otherwise, things may fall apart.”
The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo was represented by the Villa Chaplin, Pastor Seyi Malomo. All the denominational leaders, block leaders and other church leaders in the country of about 1000 were in attendance.