Catholic Church returns to CAN

By Editor on 19/02/2018

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Rev. Fr. (Prof.) Cornelius Omonokhua
Rev. Fr. (Prof.) Cornelius Omonokhua

After about five years’ absence due to alleged misunderstanding that was later described as “political,” the Catholic Church has announced its return to the Christian Association of Nigeria.

The return was reportedly perfected on Thursday and Friday in Abuja when a delnoegation of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, led by Rev. Fr. (Prof.) Cornelius Omonokhua, appeared at the expanded National Executive Committee and quarterly meeting of CAN for the amendment of its constitution.

The Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Nigeria had, in a letter to CAN dated September 24, 2012, announced its withdrawal from the organisation.

The Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria’s delegation participated fully in all the discourse while the two-day meeting lasted.

The President of CAN, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, according to a statement issued on Sunday by his Special Assistant (Media & Communications), Adebayo Oladeji, expressed delights about the new development.

He said, “Their return is one of the best things that have been happening since I was given the mandate to become the President of CAN.

“One of my visions for CAN is to bring our Catholic brothers and sisters back to the fold; and I must acknowledge the support and understanding of my brother in Christ, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and his team.

"I give kudos to all the principal officers, the directors and some Christian leaders in the country for their support and understanding while the dialogue lasted.

“My joy knows no bound with the presence of the CSN at the constitution amendment meeting of CAN held on Thursday and at the NEC meeting on Friday.

“It is our prayers that the Body of Christ in the country will remain one forever in Jesus’ name.

“At a time like this when Christians are almost becoming endangered species in Nigeria, when churches are being denied the Certificate of Occupancy especially in the core North, when Christians are being denied key public offices and when the Church is expected to speak for the voiceless, especially over the economic and social hardship in our country, we cannot afford to be at war with one another.

 

“CAN is united in diversity. Jesus Christ prayed for the Church shortly before He returned to heaven in John chapter 17.”

CAN’s Director of Legal issues, Kwankur Samuel, said the organisation was working on the new constitution to ensure that “CAN has an effective internal mechanism to address any misunderstanding among its members.

“We are all happy with the return of the CSN. Our strength lies in our unity.”

The CAN chairman (North Central Zone), Rev. Israel Akanji, said the return of the Catholics was a sign of good omen to the Body of Christ in Nigeria.

“We are all happy with this new development. Now, the Body of Christ in Nigeria is one, virile and strong. We can now speak with one voice.

“With their return, CAN is even now stronger and greater. We have learnt one lesson or two from the challenges that led to their withdrawal.

“Never again will any of the blocks withdraw its membership,” he stated.

Posted 19/02/2018 06:18:38 AM

 

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