by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Newly elected executives of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Adamawa State Chapter, have been inaugurated with a charge on them to be strong, courageous and never be afraid.
National President of CAN, Reverend Doctor Samson Ayokunle, stated this, while addressing the new executives of Adamawa CAN.
The event, which took place at Saint Theresa’s Cathedral Jimeta, was graced by religious, traditional and political leaders, including the Adamawa state deputy governor, Chief Crowther Seth, who represented Governor Ahmadu Umaru.
Revd Dr Ayokunle was represented by vice president of CAN along with president of TEKAN/ECWA, Doctor Kalep Ahimas. The CAN president said they should see their re-election as indication that God gives power to whom he wants, and called on them to work in faith and humility.
While appreciating Adamawa Government for the cordial relationship with people and state, CAN prayed for justice and fairness to all Nigerians and appealed to leaders to labour for peace and unity of the country.
Saint Theresa’s Church auditorium was filled to the capacity of religious believers to witness the swearing-in of the newly elected executive of the Adamawa state CAN led by Bishop Dami Mamza.
Also in his sermon, Reverend Anthony Ndamsai EYE Vice President explained that “God is the initiator of leadership; leadership is God’s business project.”
He enumerated quality of a good leader to include, sustainability, capability; must be strong, courageous, obedient, accountable and responsible.
In his inaugural speech, the (Nasarawa State) CAN chairman, Bishop Dami Mamza, said it is a privilege for him and his team to serve for the second time.
He said their next three years will be centered on building the capacity of Church leaders to live an exemplary lifestyle, urging Christian believers to work towards peace and unity.
The Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Umaru, represented by his deputy, Crowther Seth, congratulated Bishop Mamza and his executive for what he described as a well-deserved election, and reiterated government’s commitment towards fostering peace and unity of the citizenry.
There were goodwill messages from the regional and national body of CAN and other dignitaries, including traditional rulers.