- The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Thursday June 15 visited acting president Yemi Osinbajo
- The CAN demanded 5 point agenda that must be looked into by the Buhari led government
- The Christian body also prayed for Buhari’s quick recovery from illness
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Thursday June 15 met with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The delegation was led on the courtesy visit by its President by CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle.
NAIJ.com gathered that at the meeting, CAN made five demands in a letter delivered to Osinbajo.
The five demands include: “Change obnoxious curriculum that demands students study Islamic Arabic Studies, arrest and prosecute murderous herdsmen, arrest and prosecute those who called for the expulsion of Igbos, turn our youths into Entrepreneurs, stop kidnapping on our roads.”
Rev Ayokunle’s reads in part: “Your Excellency Sir,
“The leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria, the umbrella body for all Christian churches in Nigeria is here today to pay you a goodwill visit and to pray for the speedy recovery of the President of our nation, President Muhammadu Buhari so that he might be able to come back home and continue with his leadership responsibilities of this country to the good of all.
"It is our prayer that there would be miraculous intervention in his healing and all praises shall be to God.
“This is our sacred duty as fellow human beings who can also fall sick and as Christians who value so much the life of all living creatures, especially human beings.
“On the other hand, we want to commend your Excellency for doing your best to see that no vacuum is created by the team left behind by the President in the governance of the nation. We are watching the dexterity with which you are leading others to carry out government business with sense of admiration and thanks to God.
"We commend your submission to your principal and your humility in service. May God cause every grace to abound towards you so that you might be able to hold fort better each day until the President returns in the name of Jesus. Please be assured of our prayers always.”
Obnoxious, divisive and ungodly secondary school curriculum.
“We are here to point your attention to a time-bomb, obnoxious, divisive and ungodly secondary school curriculum that the Federal Ministry of Education is introducing into our schools and of which we had earlier complained to the Presidency.
“Then, if I am not mistaking, it was suspended but has again been re-introduced without any review at all. This curriculum the brain-child of Nigerian Educational Research Council, an agency of the Federal Ministry of Education.
"To us in Christian Association of Nigeria, its introduction is an ill-wind that blows nobody any good for so many reasons. Lead a state has started implementing it already and Christians that are more on the receiving side of it are already crying fowl because of its potential dangers now or in the future.
“In this curriculum, Islamic and Christian Religious Studies will no longer be studied in schools as subjects on their own but as themes in a civic education. This undermines the sound mitral values that these two subjects had imparted in the past to our children which had made us to religiously and ethnically co-exist without any tension.
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“We would request for a return to the curriculum we were using before this dangerous one which did not produce insurgents or a wrongly indoctrinated Nigerians. A stitch in time saves nine.
Bring Murderous Herdsmen and Kidnappers to Book
"You are aware sir how the rampaging Herdsmen have been decimating the lives of farmers in this nation from the North to the South, the East and the West. Southern Kaduna is not totally free from their grip up till now. Killing and maiming of farmers continue in Benue, Enugu, Abraka in Delta State just to mention a few.
"The most painful thing is that we are seeing their victims without the seriousness from the law enforcement agents to arrest and successfully prosecute the murderous herdsmen. This has encouraged them to continue in their killing and kidnapping spree with reckless abandon.
“We thank the Police and DSS for their recent breakthrough in apprehending some kidnappers around the country. This effort must be sustained for safety of all of us in our movements for our daily bread.
Ultimatum from some Northern Youths and an Elder for the Ibos to vacate the North
“We are so disappointed to hear the ultimatum of hate made by some Northern Youths that the Easterners of Igbo extraction should leave every part of Northern Nigeria within three months. We condemn such statement in strong terms and we see it as divisive, misguided, ethnocentric and unconstitutional.
"We urge that the law enforcement agents should be directed by you to go after those behind it whether young or old.
Youth unemployment is another development of great concern in our nation. We urge your government to pay more attention to this issue by creating investment friendly environment that would absolve millions of youth roaming the streets daily without job or hope for tomorrow.
“Industrial Estates should be created as the late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo did in Lagos which brought many industries to Lagos and is still the life wire of Lagos State economy till today and a major employer of labour. If this is done, kidnapping and other violent crimes would reduce and there would be tranquillity in the country.
NAIJ.com had previously reported that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has described the south-east delegation which recently held a meeting with acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, as a group of Igbo politicians who are sympathetic with the APC administration.
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