President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday challenged the new President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishop Daniel Okoh to play the role of fostering religious unity and harmony in the country.
Buhari, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, congratulated Okoh, the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church (Odozi-Obodo), on his election as the President of CAN.
The President noted that the election of Okoh by the very important Christian body was a testament to his devotion to the Church of God in the country and beyond, distinguished vocation as a Christian leader and abiding commitment in promoting ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue.
Acknowledging the role CAN played in fostering religious unity and harmony, the President trusted that the incoming President would continue to provide the needed leadership for the Church, affirming the Scriptural truth: ‘‘That they all may be one.’’ (John 17:21a)
Buhari, who has fond memories of his interactions with CAN leadership, values the counsel and spiritual contributions of Christian leaders to nation building by encouraging, advising, strengthening, correcting and criticizing those in authority.
The President prayed that the tenure of Okoh, in this new phase of ministry, would be marked with success, urging the blocs that make up CAN to kindly give the cleric every needed support to excel.
He also wished the outgoing President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle best wishes in his spiritual and secular endeavours.