by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, has been conferred with award of Doctor of Executive Leadership.
The award of degree of Honoris Causa of Doctor Executive Leadership was conferred on him Wednesday in Kaduna by Doxa Institute, Kaduna, an affiliate of Conscience University, Israel/USA.
Speaking to journalists during the award, the Chancellor of the Institute, Professor Solomon O. Eleojor, said Rev. Hayab was nominated for the award, based on his leadership style as chairman of CAN, by the spirit of God.
Prof. Eleojor, in company of Engr Dr. Yusuf Illiya and other members of the entourage, stated that the award was conferred on Rev. Hayab by surprise, adding that his consent was neither sought nor any letter written to him of notification on the award.
He said they’ve been watching him as CAN leader for years, and his intellectual capacity and wisdom and, therefore, decided to honour him with the award of the Institute.
“As institute, we looked at these qualities very seriously; the kinds of change we see in CAN Kaduna State by him, the leadership position and responsibility, with many people following him, and we felt that he deserved the award as executive leadership and as a unifying centre.
The Chancellor said Doxa Institute was established in 2008 – twelve years ago – in Kaduna state of Nigeria, as Christian Higher Tertiary Institution.
He explained that it was established to promote Christian views or world views worldwide, “as against for cosmic and circular humanisms, marxism and ethnicism, because we want our children to know the understanding of who God is, the God system of education.”
According to them, even though Doxa Institute is on the Rock of Christ, it’s for all the people of the world and does not restrict to Christians alone. “We’ve Muslims and Christians, too; it serves the purpose of the coming of the world. Doxa means, ‘bringing the whole world together.’ ”
Also receiving the award with excitement and surprises, the CAN chairman, who was full of praises to God, said he was completely unaware of the award, saying, if he was aware, he would have declined.
He however thanked the institution, its affiliate bodies, the Chancellor and his entourage for the foresight and recognition for the award.
The chairman of Baptist Church Kaduna and several persons, who crashed into the award, also appreciated the awardee, saying “If you’re looking for experience, look for the right one.”