Choose good leaders, CAN President urges Christians

By Sunday Iduh

President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Most Rev. Dr Daniel C. Okoh, has called on Christians to ensure they choose leaders who will govern the country well and bring the desired transformation.

Dr Okoh made the call Sunday during a thanksgiving service in honour of Mr Felix Akiga to mark his 60th birthday at NKST Church, Lobi, Makurdi.

He admonished the body of Christ in Nigeria to be united. “Unite in order to defeat the enemies of the church. Our strengths lies in our unity.

The CAN President described Mr Akiga as a humanitarian to the core and prayed that God grant him more years and good health.

Governor Samuel Ortom, in a remark described the celebrant as a great man. “I thank God for the life of Mr Akiga. I urge him to continue on that good path. He has added value to the state and the entire country.

“He has always reached out to the needy. Thanksgiving is something that God loves. It motivates him to do more for us,” he said.

Governor Ortom encouraged Nigerians to be peaceful in their conduct as 2023 elections approaches. “You don’t need to fight for people to know you. Supporters of candidates must be guided. There is no need for character assassination and unguarded utterances. Tell the electorate what you are going to do for them. It is left for them to decide,” he added.

Also speaking, Tor Tiv, His Royal Majesty, Prof. James Ayatse expressed appreciation to the Governor and the CAN President for attending the event. He lauded the CAN President for the steps he has taken since assuming office and assured him of his support to enable him succeed.

The paramount ruler of the Tiv nation noted that Mr Akiga has impacted many lives and lauded him for giving glory to God for all that he has accomplished in life.

The celebrant acknowledged the grace of God upon his life and family. “It is purely the mercies of God that has kept me and my family,” he stated.

He challenged people to reach out to the needy. “There are a lot of people out there, who are going through a lot of hardship. You must not be a preacher before you do the work of God. Whatever you do to the needy, you are doing the work of God,” he charged.

Other dignitaries at the event included the CAN Vice President, Rev. Panya Baba; CAN General Secretary, Barr Joseph Daramola; Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Arc Sonny Echono

Others are: Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Sen. George Akume, represented by his wife, Regina Akume; Former Deputy Governor of Benue State, Steven Lawani among others.

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