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  • CAN Bloc Leader Kidnapped

    National Church of Nigeria

    The leader of TEKAN/ECWA Bloc of CAN, Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Dziggau, was today (Monday 21st March) kidnapped by unknown persons in Kaduna state.

    It is believed that the kidnap is not unconnected with subterranean moves being made by some forces in the country to influence the election of the next President of Christian Association of Nigeria. The incumbent President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, is expected to leave office in July 2016.

    Rev. Dr. Dziggau, according to people close to him, has consistently resisted pressures to support undue interference in the election process to produce the next President of CAN, a stand which has drawn the anger of some influential Christians in government. He has been heard to express his neutrality openly.

    Please pray for the safety and release of Rev. Dr. Dzzigau. The Church is facing perilous times.

  • CAN opens up on El-Rufai controversial bill: Our position not changed – Secretary

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    Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna State chapter, has opened up on the Court case between Governor Nasir El-Rufai and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, (PFN) Church, on the controversial executive bill before Kaduna State House of Assembly, saying, its position is neither hidden nor changed. 

  • CAN President Calls for National Solemn Assembly from 27th – 29th May, 2016

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    In response to the growing conviction in the nation that the Nigerian Church should hold a Solemn Assembly nationwide, to repent on behalf of Nigeria and seek God’s divine intervention on account of the multiple crisis afflicting the Church and the nation, His Eminence, the President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has approved that a national Solemn Assembly should take place from Friday 27th May – Sunday 29th May, 2016.

    The intercessory community in Nigeria, represented by the Wailing Women International, Intercessors for Nigeria (IFN), and NIGERIA PRAYS, are deeply committed and involved in the call for the Solemn Assembly. Presently, Intercessors for Nigeria (IFN) has embarked on 120-day prayer and fasting for Nigeria.

    All the Church leaders are requested to inform and mobilize all the Christian assemblies within their spheres of influence to actively participate in the Solemn Assembly. For as many as are able, the Solemn Assembly weekend should be accompanied with FASTING. The details are as follows:

    Friday 27th May, 2016                     -              Prayer Vigil for Repentance and Divine intervention.

    Saturday 28th May, 2016               -              5pm – 6pm Prayers in homes, home cell groups or fellowships.

    Sunday 29th May, 2016                  -              All Christian assemblies nationwide should preach on REPENTANCE AND RIGHTEOUSNESSduring the worship service. This should be accompanied with at least 15 minutes devoted to prayers for Nigeria and the Body of Christ.

    Sunday 29th May, 2016                  -              4pm – 6pm Solemn Assembly Worship Service in all Christian Assemblies in Nigeria. FCT CAN shall be required to organize the Solemn Assembly on the National Altar at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.

    Kindly give the Solemn Assembly your highest urgent attention. May the Lord hear our prayers and heal our land.

    Yours faithfully,

    Signed

    Rev. Dr. Musa Asake

    General Secretary, CAN

    PLEASE FIND BELOW THE PRAYER POINTS FOR THE VIGIL ON FRIDAY, PRAYER ON SATURDAY AND SCHEDULE OF PROGRAM FOR THE SOLEMN ASSEMBLY ON SUNDAY 4pm.

    A CLARION CALL TO PRAYERS

    This is a call to prayer from all Churches, Intercessors and lovers of Nigeria.  A one-man army cannot give us the success we need.  Therefore, we need corporate intercession.  Our nation, Nigeria is under threat as a result of Insurgency, insecurity to life and property.  As we know, the spiritual controls the physical and time is of the  essence.  Join us to cry unto the Lord asking Him for mercy upon our Land and people.  “But where sin abounds, there the grace of God abounds’… the depth of our helplessness is actually the ground for God to manifest Himself again.”

    Thanksgiving:  

    Let’s pray using Psalm 100, 103, 105: 1-5:

    Let us begin by giving thanks to God for giving us a country we can call our own.  With all the things we criticize about Nigeria, it is still the only country and homeland we have.

    1.        Thank the Lord for the size and abundant resources of Nigeria – we are so blessed with rich human and material resources. Nigeria is a great Nation under God.

    2.      Thank the Lord for the redemptive gifts of Nigeria and pray that the Lord will help us fulfil our mandate as a nation.

    3.       Thank God that despite the ethnic diversity and the political differences, Nigeria is still together as one nation.

    4.      Thank God for not giving Nigeria as a prey to the enemy, pray using psalm: 30: 1-5, 124: 1-8.

    5.      Let’s bless the LORD, and forget not all His benefits.  

    6.      Thank God for forgiving us all our iniquities.  He has redeemed us from destructions.  God has shown us His loving kindness.  Praise God for being merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.  He has not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities (Ezra 9:13), for the fact that God spoke to us means that He has not forsaken us.  Let’s give Him thanks for He knows our frame; and remembers that we are dust (Isa 29:16).  “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should see the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him though he be not far from every one of us” (Acts 17:26:27).

    7.      Let’s thank God for the entity and destiny of Nigeria.

    Praise God for the riches he has endowed us with.  There is no nation like Nigeria and no nation will be like her. Nigeria is a Great Nation and it is one nation under God.

    Our ethnic diversity should be a blessing not a curse. Praise God for the human and material resources in Nigeria

     

    REPENTANCE:  THE ISSUES

    Ps 66:18; Isa 1:15; James 4:3; Joel 1:13-20; Dan 9:4-11

    Using the following Scriptures: Psalm 51:1-18; Neh 1:4-8, Ps 66:18, Daniel 9:3-19,Joel 1: 13-20; 2: 15 -18.  Let us pray to the Lord for our nation Nigeria and ask Him to forgive our sins and show us mercy

    We have sinned against the Lord our God in the following ways:

    1.        By ​breaking His commandments and worshipping idols – Exodus 20:3-5.

    2.      By rebelling against Him in disobedience and practicing witchcraft, sorcery, etc.  Pray using 1 Samuel 15:22-23, Isaiah 58: 1-10

    3.       By our constant complaints, ingratitude and murmuring against our Leaders – Exodus 16:2-8.

    4.      ​By killing, maiming, kidnapping and causing much pain to innocent people

    5.      ​By oppressing the poor, cheating the widows and taking away the rights of the orphans.  Pray using Psalm 146:7-9.

    6.      ​By fighting against each other and causing avoidable crisis.

    7.      By unleashing acts of terror, violence, vandalism and hatred against each other.

    8.      ​By being dishonest, deceitful, corrupt and wicked.

    9.      ​By not being patriotic, bad-mouthing and cursing our nation.  Yet this is one nation that God has blessed so abundantly.

    10.   By the atrocious and mindless destruction being unleashed by Islamic insurgency i.e. Boko Haram, the unprovoked violence and unwarranted invasion of innocent and peaceful communities by Fulani herdsmen and their sponsors. 

    11.     By our attempts at secession, we must repent for the attempt by Biafra to break away from Nigeria, the Bakassi crisis, the militancy in the Niger Delta.

    12.    By our complacency – we have allowed evil to take over parts of our country.  Because the Church has refused to strategize and act proactively,  the agents of Satan are almost taking over this country.

    13.    ​By our disunity we have made God weak.  Therefore we must repent of the sin of strife and disunity in the nation.  Pray using Psalm 133; Amos 3:3; John 17:21.

    14.   Repent in any way God’s standard has been compromised in the Church.

    15.    Ask God to show us mercy for praying and looking for rewards from men.

    16.   The root cause of deep distress in all nations of the world today is disobedience to the pattern of worship in Heaven, despising the altar of the Living God attracts curses, punishment and death.  Pray that God will forgive us for this gross sin.

    17.    Let’s repent of every act of wickedness, rebellion, iniquity and departing from God’s precepts and from judgment (Ps 106:6; Isa 53:6).

    18.   Repent over strange cultures and idolatry in our nation.

    19.   Cry out to God to show us mercy and deliver us from bloodshed and its consequences. ( Deut. 21:1-8)

    20.   Repent from the abomination of kidnapping elders/fathers/pregnant women and children and rape in Nigeria.

    21.     ​Repent and ask God for mercy on misplaced priorities, greed, and covetousness

    22.  .​Repent for aiding and abetting corruption.

    23.   Cry out and repent for lack of vision and strategic plan.

    24.  Bring repentance for lack of values and moral strength.

     

     

    THE CHURCH:     

    1.        Pray for the unity of The Church of Jesus Christ in Nigeria. Ps 133, Genesis 11:6. Acts 3:1, Ephesians: 4: 2-7.

    2.      Pray and wake up the Church and the mighty men from their seat of complacency. Amos 6:1, Joel 3:9-11, Isaiah 32:9-11

    3.       Pray against fear. Call forth strength to travail and bring forth. 2Tim 1:7, Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 66:7-8

    4.      Pray that God will raise a voice for the Church in Nigeria.

    5.      Pray for vision, focus, prophetic direction, wisdom, understanding and the Spirit of excellence.

    6.      Pray for courage, selflessness, the spirit of sacrifice.

    7.      Pray for grace in the face of persecution.

    8.      Pray for visionary and influential leaders that will put strategic plans in place for the Church, such as Nehemiah, Moses, Joseph, Ezra, Deborah etc.

    9.      Pray and call forth Spiritual Fathers, Role Models and Mentors for the younger generation.  2 Timothy 2:2.

    10.   Pray and deal with the multiple satanic altars springing up as Churches.

    11.     Pray that the people who walked in darkness will see a Great light (Isa 9:2a).

    12.    .​Pray that the church should stop politicking and be focus.

    13.    ​Cut off every accusing tongue against the church.

    14.   ​Pray for sustainability and unity of the church.

    THE YOUTH  Psalm 144:12-15.

    1.        Pray that the potentials in our youths will be harnessed and properly channelled.

    2.      Pray against the spirit of provocation, restiveness, violence, lawlessness and disorder that will lead to wastage of lives.

    3.       JUDGEMENT ON THE WICKED. Declare Psalm 149:6-9, Psalm 74.

    4.      Pray against encroachment of the adversary

    5.      Pray and frustrate all evil plans in the pipeline they will hear a rumour and turn backwards. Job 5:12-14, 2 Kings 19:7.

    6.      Release the judgment of God on the wicked. Psalm 94.

    THE GOVERNMENT:

    The Bibles says that, “Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!  Blessed are thou, O land, when they king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness” (Isa 3:4-5, 12; Eccl 10:16:17).

    Let’s bring repentance on behalf of our Spiritual and political leaders.  

    1.        Corruption, lies, misplaced priorities, mismanagement of our resources.

    2.      Misappropriation of funds, greed and covetousness.

    3.       ​Evil alignment with the nations that oppose God and Israel. Pray using Psalm. 122: 6-9.

    4.      Stealing from the people and oppressing the people at the same time.

    5.      Oppressing the weak and not providing relief to the needy displaced persons and handicapped.

    BLOODSHED  -  pray using Deut 21:1-8

    We need to repent of blood guilt in the Land.  

    Blood has polluted and defiled our Land.  Let us cry out to the Lord for mercy.

    STRIFE AND HATRED

    Let us repent of the sins of hatred, strife, bitterness, unforgiveness, rancour and distrust among the ethnic nationalities of Nigeria.

    NOT USING OUR REDEMPTIVE GIFTS WELL 

    We need to repent for not using maximally our redemptive gifts in Africa.

    General Prayer Focus:

    1.        There is a demonic influence over the nation.  It is either you drive it out or you will compromise.

    2.      Pray and deal with all demonic altars and satanic systems operating in the country  Let the Lord visit with fury and destroy them (Isa 64:1-4; Ps 144:5-6).

    3.       Ask the Lord to put out the fire of the adversary.

    4.      Declare that there will be no religious violence in the land.

    5.      Pray that God will break the staff of the wicked and the sceptre of Rulers (Isa 49:25-26; Isa 51:25).

    6.      Pray that the wicked will fall into their own net (Ps 141:8-10).

    7.      Pray that there will be no secession by any group of rebels.​ Ask the Lord to bring an end to Militancy: Bakassi, Egbesu, the Avenger, Arewa group or Area boys and let it die a natural death in Nigeria.

    8.      ​Declare and pronounce death on Boko Haram, their kingpins and sponsors if they do not repent. ​People are being beheaded, raped and sexual assaulted.  Pray that the culprits will not go free.

    9.      ​Ask the Lord to raise for our nation leaders that have national interest and sentiments.

    10.   ​Break the monopoly of some businesses in Nigeria.

    11.     ​Pray that any attempt to devalue our Currency will not stand.

    12.    There is a principality of death casting its shadow over our nation and people. Pray against it.

    13.    Pray that God will restrain our youth from evil.  

    14.   .​Pray against destruction and the spirit of restiveness, violence, lawlessness and disorder.

    15.    Break every alliance, treaty or agreement made in any altar of darkness against Nigeria.

    16.   Cry out, Oh! God frustrate the tokens of lions, make their diviners mad, turn their wise men backward and make their knowledge foolish (Isa 44:24; Ps 33:10; Isa 47:13; 1 Cor 1:27; 2 Sam 15:31; 1 Cor 1:19-20). 

    17.    Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders.

    18 .​Pray God will satisfy us early with His mercy (Ps 90:14).

    CONCLUSION:

    Let’s pray fervently and plead with the Lord as Ezra , Nehemiah and Daniel did.  Pray using Daniel 9:18-19:

     Raise a loud lamentation and pray saying:

    ​“O Lord, hear!  O Lord,  forgive!

    ​O Lord, pardon us.  O Lord, please listen and act!

    ​Lord, please do not delay  answer us and take away our reproach for your name sake. 

    Father, please show us mercy and answer us to preserve and deliver Nigeria,

    because a remnant in this nation continually call upon your name.

    Thank you, Lord, for hearing and answering our prayers, which we pray to you this season, in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen!

    Thank God for answered prayers and read Psalm 21.

    SUPPLEMENTARY PRAYER POINTS TO IFN - 120 Days Prayer Project

    1.        Is 52.1,11 – Please Lord help me and help all of Your Church to put on beautiful garments of faithfulness and obedient living, to touch no unclean thing – the bribes, immoralities and iniquities of government, schools, business and politics in Nigeria – that the Church may be strong and attract the outpouring of God’s power in the land to heal it, and keep His children safe under the shadow of the Almighty. 

    2.       Is 52.3 – O Lord forgive me and forgive the Church for every way in which we sold ourselves; every way in which we turned our back against you; please forgive and redeem us

    3.       Is 52.9-10 – make bare Your Holy arm in mighty protection and deliverance of Your children, and in mighty conversion of strategic rebels and unbelievers that will silence opposition, comfort Your children and expand your kingdom.

    4.       Is 52.5-6,15 – let those who have been rebelling against the Lord in Nigeria be sprinkled, let their kings hear what they never heard before, see what they never saw before, let them no more be able to open their mouths to blaspheme or lift their hands or resources against the Lord to make God’s people howl anymore, but rather humbly submit and serve the Lord.

    5.      Is 2.2-3 / Mic 4.1-2; Is54.3: Let the Church and God’s people begin to experience such spiritual and material elevation and distinction that unbelievers all over Nigeria voluntarily recognize the supremacy of the way of the Lord and opt to follow Jesus. Pray for compelling attractiveness of the gospel and the way of the Lord.

    6.       Hab 2.14 “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Lord let the knowledge of your glory cover every nook, cranny and people group of Nigeria as the waters cover the sea.

    7.      2 Co 4.6 “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Lord please command light to shine out of every dark place of Nigeria, let all Nigerians – rich and poor, rulers and ruled, North, South, East, West and centre – experience the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face if Jesus Christ.

    8.      Psalm 2.8 “Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.” By Your power, Almighty God, let no inch of Nigeria and no people group remain without knowledge of the living God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    9.      Matt 26.31 “I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.” Lord, as You did to Saul Who became Paul, please confront and conquer the leaders of those Who rebel against You and are killing Your children; spiritually conquer their leaders and let their flock likewise abandon every way of rebellion and follow You the living God.

    NATIONWIDE FASTING AND PRAYERS FOR GOD’S MERCY ON THE CHURCH & INTERVENTION IN NIGERIA, MAY 27-29, 2016. THEME: “Return to the LORD your God” – Joel 2.13

    PROGRAM FOR FRIDAY MAY 27, NIGHT VIGIL: 10pm – 2am

    DURATION ACTIVITY TIME
    5 Welcome 10pm
    10 Opening Hymn:“Spirit Divine Attend Our Prayers” & Opening prayers 10.05pm
    20 Prayers of thanks for ourselves, families, business/jobs, Nigeria 10.15pm
      • For Jesus, for the Holy Spirit, for salvation and sanctification  
      • Protection and preservation  
      • Provisions and promotion  
      • For God’s plans, purposes, program for a far better future  
    15 Solemn, consecration Hymns *** 10.35pm
    30 Repentance for sins, transgressions and iniquities 10.50pm
      • Personal / Individual  
      • The Church / Body of Christ   
      • Families, Businesses, Groups, Communities, States  
      • Nigeria  
      • Special prayer for Children, Teens & Youth on Children’s Day  
      • Silence before the Lord (minimum 5 minutes)  
    15 Praise & Worship 11.20pm
    40 The Word & related prayers 11.35pm
    25 Intercession session 1 12.15am
      • Thy Kingdom come in Nigeria: Let Jesus increase, everything contrary decrease  
      • Thy will be done: Let righteousness take root and exalt Nigeria  
      • The Church: Let the Church be true light and salt; let there be revival  
      • Open the eyes and hearts of unbelievers to know You, Lord  
      • Raise fresh Pauls from among today’s enemies of the gospel  
    15 Praise & Worship  12.40am
    25 Intercession session 2 12.55am
      • Lord, please protect your children, the Church   
      • Oh, Lord, avenge our adversary  
      • Root out, pull down, destroy, throw down, build and plant  
      • Good governance, Peace, Prosperity and Progress in Nigeria  
    10 Offering 1.20am
    25 Prayers for participants and their families 1.30am
    5 Announcements & closing 1.55am

    SOLEMN ASSEMBLY – SUNDAY 4 – 6 PM

    NATIONWIDE FASTING AND PRAYERS FOR GOD’S MERCY ON THE CHURCH & INTERVENTION IN NIGERIA, MAY 27-29, 2016. THEME: “Return to the LORD your God” – Joel 2.13

    PROGRAM FOR SOLEMN ASSEMBLY, SUNDAY MAY 29: 4pm – 6pm

    DURATION ACTIVITY TIME
    5mins Welcome / Opening prayer 4.00pm
    5 mins Opening Hymn: “Thy kingdom come O God” 4.05pm
    10 mins Prayers of thanks for ourselves, families, endeavours, Nigeria 4.10pm
    12 mins Solemn, consecration Hymns *** 4.20pm
    10 mins Repentance for sins, transgressions and iniquities 4.32pm
    10 mins Intercession:  4.42pm
      • Help us to be faithful…Let righteousness exalt Nigeria   
      • Open the eyes of the blind, save the lost  
      • Equip the Church to win Nigeria for You, Lord  
      • Lord, please give Nigeria’s leaders wisdom to rule aright  
      • Thank You Lord for 17 years of democracy. By Your power, let it be sustained and get better for the good of Nigerians  
      • Scatter the horns of wickedness…Let peace flood Nigeria   
    10 mins Praise & Worship 4.52pm
    25 mins The Word 5.02pm
    5 mins Offering 5.27pm
    15 mins High Praise 5.42pm
    5 mins United cry: “Let God Arise (Psm68.1….Let your people not be ashamed (Joel.2.26)” 5.47pm
    5 mins Prayers for & blessings unto the participants 5.52pm
    3 mins Announcements & closing 5.57pm

    *** SOME HYMNS THAT MAY BE SUITABLE

    ➢ Approach my soul, the mercy seat

    ➢ I am Thine O Lord

    ➢ I need Thee every hour

    ➢ Nearer my God to Thee

    ➢ All to Jesus I surrender

    ➢ Rock of Ages, cleft for me

    ➢ Thou Whose Almighty Word

    ➢ Revive Thy work O Lord

    ➢ My hope is built on nothing less

    ➢ God our help in ages past

  • CAN Press Statement on the Separation of CRK, IRK

     

    CAN Commends FG on the Reinstatement of Christian Religious Studies and Islamic Studies as Separate Subjects

    The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is using this medium to register our sincere and deep appreciation to the Federal Government for reversing the controversial, unlawful, and ungodly merger of the Christian Religious Studies and the Islamic Religious Studies as a subject by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC).

  • Govt shouldn’t promote lawlessness —CAN president-elect

    National Church of Nigeria

    THE PUNCH MONDAY JUNE 20 2016

    Friday Olokor, Abuja

    The new President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, has urged the government at all levels in Nigeria to safeguard the rights of Nigerians and avoid plunging the nation into a state of lawlessness.

    Ayokunle, who said this at in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja after his election, argued that when a government violated the constitution, such government had given room for people to break the law.

    The cleric, who explained that he had a premonition that he would lead Christians in Nigeria, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to “maintain balance and keep close to constitution” irrespective of his religious affiliation to avoid opening the door for lawlessness in the society.

    The CAN president-elect stated, “I want to advise the present government to maintain balance and keep close to constitution irrespective of the religious belief of those in government. The government should respect the constitution of Nigeria because if the government breaks the constitution of Nigeria on religion alone, they have already opened the door for lawlessness in the society.”

    Ayokunle, the President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, called on Islamic leaders to talk to their followers who, he said, were not giving them honour by what they were doing.

    He added, “They (children) are bringing disgrace to the religion of Islam; we have existed together for many years without this type of development, so it is the duty of the Islamic leaders in Nigeria to look for those who are radicalising their children and turning them into murderers and be able to apprehend them and hand them over to the government or speak to them to teach what is right.

    “To say that they are not Muslims is so embarrassing. So, who are they? Are they Christians? Are they pagans? If they are pagans, why do they owe allegiance to the Quran? Do pagans hold Quran or owe allegiance to it?”

    Ayokunle criticised Nigeria’s membership of the Organisation of Islamic Countries.

    According to him, Islamic leaders should mentor their children properly and ascertain who is “radicalising their children and turning them into murderers” and be able to teach what is right to reduce religious intolerance.

    He added, “Whenever the government is not upholding the sanctity of the constitution in terms of the secularity of our existence, the church must speak out without fear of favour. “For example, we have been talking of OIC. Does the government of Nigeria have the right to take the country to OIC? Is it in keeping with the spirit of the constitution? No and when you continue to push people, the limit is to push them to the wall.

    “So the government of Nigeria should not take things for granted and think that Christians are fools and they will be seen to be promoting one religion above the other or favour one religion to the detriment of the other.

    “Whenever we see that, we are going to tell them to be very careful and we are going to speak out. Who you are going to worship is a fundamental right of every individual and government is there to protect that, not to force one religion on the other.”

    According to Ayokunle, the recent attack on a Christian for allegedly eating during fasting in Kaduna was the height of religious intolerance and bestiality.

    He said, “Somebody was going to eat in the afternoon; he was not a Muslim. What right do you have to go and stab that person in a law-abiding society? When you are not from the bush, you are not a beast, how can you just behave like that? What is Nigeria becoming in the name of religion?

    “So these are the things we must all rise to condemn. Since nobody has monopoly to guns and violence, we should not continue to provoke people.

    “There is a theory in Psychology that instigation to aggression depends on the degree of frustration. If you continue to frustrate a people they may end up becoming aggressive; we don’t want that state.”

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  • New Education Curriculum: CAN Objects

    National Church of Nigeria

    INTRODUCTION
    This is the report  by CHRISTIAN  ASSOCIATION  OF NIGERIA (CAN ) delegates and NIGERIA CHRISTIAN GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP (NCGF) REPRESENTATIVES to the NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH  AND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (NERDC)

    The NERDC team was led by the Executive Secretary, Professor Ismail Junaidu in the company of five Directors of the Council including the Director of Book Publishing and Curriculum Development.
    The paper presented was by Prof. Charles Adisa and Prof. Funmi Adesanya-Davies. The Delegation was led by Dr. Sam Itina, National President of the NCGF and other members of the delegation were:

    (NCGF)

    1. Prof . A  Adisa (NCGF)
    2. Dr. Mrs Ejiro Iwuoha (NCGF)
    3. Pst. Onyenachi Nwaegeruo(NCGF)
    4. Dr. Josiah Kantiyok (NCGF)

    (CAN)

    1. Bishop Jude Arogundade (Catholic Church)  (CAN) - (ABSENT)

    2. Prof. Bishop Funmi Adesanya-Davies (Protestant Church) (CAN)

    3. Dr. Mrs. Ofoegbu(Catholic Church) (CAN)
    4. Rev. Fr. Patrick Balogun (Catholic Church) (CAN)

     

    TEAM KEY POINTS PRESENTED AT NERDC WERE:
    Following a brief introduction of the NCGF and CAN, obvious lapses in the new curriculum which included the list below were presented:

    1. Inciting/Derogatory statements which attack the foundation of Christianity. For example, that Jesus was not the Son of God, Jesus was not crucified and did not resurrect and the supremacy of Quran over the Holy Bible, supremacy of Muhammad over Jesus Christ, etc.
    2. Textbooks in print that combine Islamic Religious Knowledge and Christian Religious knowledge in a single textbook thus exposing children to other religion which negates the principles of our constitution.
    3. Absence of approved list of textbooks as an appendix in the curriculum/ NERDC website 
    4. Watered down content of the various subjects, as a result, creating an omnibus textbook.
    5. Making religious studies compulsory without the adequate provision of Teachers in those subjects. The implications are that a Christian student in the core north will be forced to take IRK and ditto a Muslim student in the South. In addition, a student that refuses to take the subject as a result of conflict with his/her religion is short changed of marks for that compulsory subject and may have his educational career truncated.
    6. Absence of subjects like History, Geography and Economics in the new curriculum.

     

     

    FACTS AND FINDINGS AT NERDC

    1. That the five (5) subjects: Religious Studies (CRS/IRS), Civic Education, Social Studies and Security are combined under one umbrella in the Curriculum is sacrosanct.   

    2. NERDC asserts that CAN was part and parcel of the stakeholders invited to air her views and input on the development of the New Curriculum. However the NGGF has never been invited and represented and are welcome from now on.

    3. It was acknowledged that the Curriculum on Religion and National Values needs to be reviewed as the Christians and Muslims are of the same viewpoints that the New Curriculum is unacceptable.

    4. Curriculum for Religion and National Value is assuredly for the three Basics (Lower, Middle and Upper) of the BEC 9-year Program.

    i.e 1-3, 4-6, and 7-9. (Thus, there are 3 curriculum booklets)

    5. That the design was that Text books for CRS and IRS are to be separated by Publishers as different Text books but they are written together in the same Curriculum Booklet with Civic Education, Social Studies  and Security.    

    6. That the status of the Subject Religious Studies is Compulsory is sacrosanct and a pupil must offer either but not both.
    7. That NO Publisher's Textbook has been approved by NERDC yet. So ALL BOOKS in the market for now are FAKE and fictitious and should be checkmated immediately.
    8. That CAN could bring professionals to Review  the Content of the said present Curriculum  under assessment -  (I volunteered to do the review

    with Prof. Charles Adisa and it was approved.)

    9. That CAN could participate fully in the production and review of yet to

    be accepted /approved Textbooks - I also volunteered.

    10. That they will endeavour to list out the finally approved books right

    in the Curriculum and we can make recommendations.

    11. The Executive Secretary approved the team as partners in progress from hence.
    12.  All participants we well pleased at the end of the discussions.

     

    RESPONSE OF THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
    • NERDC will be willing to collaborate with groups like the NCGF (based on their educational endowments)                                                                              • Two different teachers manual for IRS and CRS were made to reflect the separation of the two subjects.
    • Religious study is compulsory so as to provide a moral framework for adherence to the teachings of civic education, social studies and security education.
    • He disowned the publishers and the books currently in the market but WAS UNABLE TO GIVE US THE NAME OF ANY APPROVED TEXTBOOK MEANT FOR THE SUBJECT- AFTER 8 YEARS OF PUBLICATION OF THIS NEW CURRICULUM.
    • He accepted the recommendation of listing the approved books in the appendix of the curriculum as well as on their website
    • NERDC will not be able to exercise oversight function on what the schools are using, rather schools should verify from NERDC, the books that have been approved
    • NERDC is in the process of achieving a regulatory statue like NAFDAC to enable them prosecute publishers that are in deviance of the standard and principles of the curriculum
    • Accepted the need for further public hearing, sensitization and review of the new curriculum.
    • He insisted that it is the responsibility of government at various levels to provide Teachers for the subjects, and where this is not observed, parents should sue the government and demand for the requisite teachers.                                                                                                                 • He explained that they have re-introduced History.

     

     

    OBSERVATIONS

    • Publishers should be supervised so that the textbooks in print are a reflection of the principles and standard of the curriculum.
    • List of recommended textbooks should be incorporated as an appendix in the curriculum. In addition, these lists should be freely available on the NERDC website.                                                                                                                 
    • Curriculum developers should ensure that the content conforms with the curriculum and our constitutional provision.

    • Curriculum developers should be conscious of the religious and cultural sensibility of Nigerians.                                                                                               •Re-introduction of History, geography, economics and accounting back into the curriculum.

     

    RECOMMENDATIONS
    Now that all the cards are on the table, as a minister and a professional  who had lectured and still lectures in a University of Education in the past thirty years, I wish to recommendation  as follows:


    1. ChristianRK Curriculum and IslamicRS should stand alone, as individual subjects on subject listing as it was before.

    2. Civic Education, Social Studies  and Security should be combined under one umbrella in the Curriculum as a subject i.e.                                                (Nigerian  National Value).

    3. ChristianRK Curriculum and IslamiRS should be made compulsory, only for the religion adherent.

    4. NERDC should produce separate curriculum booklets of IRS and CRS as it was before, statuesque ante, as it is done with the Teachers manual.

    5.Christian RK Curriculum must be reviewed immediately with inputs from our old CRK Curriculum in the 3 BEC of the 9-years.

    6. Islamic RK should be reviewed  by editing off all grievously offensive phrases/frivolous expressions about Christianity in the 3 Basics Education Curriculum because the material is in the public domain and we Christians said nothing about Islam which existed 600 AD after the  death of  Christ in our curriculum.

    7. Correction to the Curriculum and the Implementation of the Text Books must conform with the Constitution, National Policy on Education, as well  as the Cultural, Social and Religious  Values  of the Republic

    8. All publishers of the FAKE Books should be written for discussions,  that  the dissemination of the Books must stop immediately. The Church should seek court injunction immediately to enforce this.

    9. We need to work with such and some other publishers to peacefully resolve the issue if they so desire and to ensure that their reviewed books on CRS would be acceptable to us.

    10. NERDC should be advised to always produce separate textbooks for ChristianRK Curriculum and IslamicRS and supervise their publishers to ensure the books are produced separately 

     

    12. CAN and NCGF should urgently set up a committee to review the content of the present CRS to reflect the true teachings of Christianity as the current curriculum is inferior to the previous curriculum.

    13. It is necessary to adequately mobilize and sensitize the churches to pray about the challenges posed by this curriculum to our faith.

     

    14. If the recommendations are not acceptable and implemented by NERDC, CAN and NCGF should consider other actions and litigation.

     

    OPTIONAL:
    1. We recommend separation  of the two (2) Curriculum in same booklet for the three (3) Primary Basics:  If they refuse the separation in the  Curriculum as in the  text; just like Christian children, Muslim children would also  have access  to the Christian curriculum  and this could be evangelical  as light is not afraid of darkness.

    2. CRS/IRS OPTIONAL/ COMPULSORY: Making CRS/IRS a Compulsory Subject is advantageous, but it must be separately compulsory as the religion of the pupil, parent or guardian that is Christians must offer CRK and Muslims IRS. We should remember it was also compulsory in the Old Curriculum.

    On behalf of the team, I hereby express our gratitude to CAN for affording us this rare opportunity to serve in our Lord's Vineyard.

    Our God reigns!  Jesus is Lord!! Praise the  Lord!!! Amen.   


    Amb. (Bishop Prof.)  Mercy Funmi Adesanya-Davies

  • Nigeria: A Macabre Dance of Death

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    PRESS STATEMENT BY CAN

    The National leadership and the entire members of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, have received with rude shock and disbelief the report of yet another religious hatred motivated gruesome murder of a dedicated 42-year-old Christian mother of seven children, Mrs. Eunice Elisha, who on Saturday 9th July, 2016, was brutally killed while doing Christian evangelism.

    Mrs. Eunice Elisha was murdered in Kubwa area of Abuja, FCT, in the early hours of the day. Her neck was slashed and she was also stabbed in the stomach. About a month ago in Kano, Mrs. Bridget Agbaheme, a 74 year old Christian was murdered at Wambai market due to an altercation with a Muslim man who came to the front of her shop to perform ablution. Her offence was that she objected to the Islamic washing rite in front of her shop.

    Just last week a clergyman of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Reverend Zakariya was killed by attackers suspected to be Fulani Herdsmen in Obi LGA of Nasarawa state. They attacked him on his farm, cut off his arms and legs, then they chopped his head with a machete. Another fresh but sad news reaching us is that of the Fulani herdsmen militia that is back on rampage killing 81 people in multiple attacks in Logo and Ukum local government areas of Benue state in central Nigeria.

    In recent times, there have been multiple cases of attacks by Fulani herdsmen on various Christian communities, all over the nation. In the South East and in the South-South zones, there have been gruesome attacks on IPOB members and on Christian communities in the Niger Delta. All these are in addition to the relentless attacks of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt and southern Borno.

    The Christian Association of Nigeria commiserates with the families affected by these mindless orgies of death and destruction as well as with the entire Christian community in Nigeria. We pray that God in His mercy shall comfort and strengthen the families of all the Nigerians affected in these unwarranted murders unleashed upon the nation by religious extremists.

    The recurring decimal of violence and murder of innocent Nigerian citizens on the basis of religious intolerance demands specific and relevant response from all concerned citizens in the country more so when the government in power seems to have adopted an attitude of lukewarm response to the evils being perpetrated in Nigeria in the name of religion.

    The discrimination against non-Muslims in Nigeria under the Buhari Administration is assuming a dangerous dimension that should not be left to the vagaries of time and circumstance to resolve.

    You will agree with me that with these happenings and the lukewarm attitude by the authorities concern toward putting an end to it, Nigeria is dancing a macabre dance of death, both for the nation and for its citizens. It is time to stop the beat and let common sense guide the nation out of the present quagmire. A stitch in time saves nine.

    Before the situation escalates into an unmanageable national crisis, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is calling on the authorities both at the states and federal to do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice if the confidence of Christians on this government must be maintained.

    The unprovoked attacks on Christians and the authority’s inaction is becoming unbearable and may not be tolerated anymore, inasmuch as we will continue to call on Christians to remain tolerant and law abiding, it is becoming inevitable to also call on them to buckle up and be ready to defend themselves against these incessant unprovoked and mindless attacks.

    Signed…
    Rev. Dr. Musa Asake
    General Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)
    10th July, 2016

  • PRESS RELEASE: CONTINOUS SOUTHERN KADUNA KILLNGS

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    CAN Declares Jan. 8 2017, National Day of Mourning …Over Southern Kaduna Killings         

                  To:  All Christians in Nigeria and Diaspora. 

    Gentlemen of the Press,

    I bring you greetings in the precious name of our Redeemer and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen. I have been directed by the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo A Ayokunle to bring to your attention the on-going ethnic/religious cleansing of Nigerian Christians in general and those of southern Kaduna in particular in the last few weeks. 

  • PUNCH Newspaper Fabricated Lies Against President Of CAN

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    The National Secretariat of CAN has issued a rebuttal of an interview which PUNCH Newspaper falsely claimed it had with the President of Christian Association of Nigeria, his Eminence, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. In refuting the malicious publication titled “I’m shocked when I read negative things about Jonathan – Oritsejafor” by PUNCH Newspaper on 10th April, 2016, the General Secretary of CAN, Rev. Dr. Musa Asake, wrote to Church leaders that “the President of CAN did NOT make the statement credited to him as he did not grant the interview in question. The PUNCH journalist, Nosa Akenzua, is under strict obligation to explain how he came about the interview that he credited to the President of CAN.”

  • Religious Studies Curriculum: CAN rubbishes Education Minister, explodes with fresh facts

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    ...demands details of new education curriculum 

    ...says it should be suspended 

    ...warns against merging of CRS, IRS & Civic Education 

    ...says Adamu is not telling the whole truth.

    The Christian Association Nigeria (CAN) has called on the Federal Ministry of Education and the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to publish the full details of the controversial new Curriculum of Education if they have no hidden agenda. 

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