Breaking new in the Christian world: Samson Olasupo Adeniyi Ayokunle was recently elected to be the President of Christian Association of Nigeria. Who is he and what does it mean to be a President of such an organization?
As the news show Christian Association of Nigeria has this huge news: they have elected a new president. This time he head of the organization will be a Baptist Pastor named Samson Olasupo Adeniyi Ayokunle. He will now be the representative and the leader of the whole group.
What is the Christian Association of Nigeria? Some specialists claim that it is a so-called “umbrella organization”. It contains a number of Christian groupings, namely Roman Catholic, Methodist, Anglican, Baptist, Pentecostal, etc.
The organization is also made up of five blocks including Christian Council of Nigeria, Evangelical Fellowship of West Africa, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, an Organization of African United Churches and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria.
This organization was started in 1976 by Catholic and major Protestant activists. In the past 15 years the organization fought against Sharia law as well as violence Muslims showed against Christians in different parts of the country. It also was representing the interests of Christians in major religious conflicts within Nigeria.
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The organization consists of 105 members of Executive Council; and that is these people that elect a new President. The former President of the organization was Ayo Oritsejafor, a Pentecostal-side representative. He was reelected twice until Samson Olasupo Adeniyi Ayokunle became a new Head of the CAN in 2016.
Samson Olasupo Adeniyi Ayokunle was a representative of the Nigerian Christian Council as well as the Head of the Baptist Convention. Becoming a Head of the “umbrella” organization is a huge step for him and a great responsibility. However, the years he spent as a leader of major Christian organizations is the best practice ever possible.
He received the victory after getting 57 votes of the Executive Council. His biggest competitor received 28. This opponent’s name is Elder Joseph Otubu, and he is a current president of the Organization of African Instituted Churches.
The results became known today. The honor to announce a new President went to the former Head of Can, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. The council were happy beyond words in Abuja. They gave a big hand to the victory of Ayokunle and greeted him on the big changes!
But that is not the only news from today. CAN has also got a new Vice President of the Christian Association. His name is Professor Joseph Otubu. And he will serve as a Vice President of CAN for the following three years side by side with President Ayokunle. The best is yet to come!
They will be both involved into organizational and administrative issues of CAN as well as resolving recently emerged conflicts and disputes between the participants of the organization.