CAN Election: Cleric Wants a Spiritual and Humble Leader


Rt. Rev. Philip Adeyemo has called for the election of a leader with high humility and genuine spiritual intent as the next president for the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is decided next month.

The cleric disclosed this in Omu-Aran, Kwara, stating that the need for a leader who could not be easily subjected to unwarranted external influence informed the call.

According to reports, the tenure of the incumbent CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, ends in July paving way for the election of a new leader.

Adeyemo, who is the Bishop of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Omu-Aran Diocese, Kwara State, noted that anybody who aspired for this position must be spiritually, ethically and theologically sound.

The Reverend said that it was the Church belief that the situation would remain unchanged unless free and fair elections where God fearing and people of integrity, honesty were encouraged to hold offices.

According to him, such a person should have nothing less than two-third of churches in Nigeria under its close supervision and should be a disciplined man who can pass the “temptation of money’’.

“CAN needs to be in its proper perspective so as to make it more relevant to our religious demand and beneficial to members.

“The present situation of CAN in Nigeria actually needs a kind of rebirth; we have deviated from the teachings of Christ who wants us to be the light of the world and salt of the earth.

“More importantly, election into the position of CAN president should be devoid of any external interference for a reputable leader to emerge,” Adeyemo added.

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The cleric encouraged those aspiring for the exotic position to exhibit high sense of responsibilities by adhering strictly to all rules and regulation to achieve the desired objective.

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