CAN Marches For Nigeria At 50


Over 1,000 members of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Lagos State branch today  staged a walk to celebrate the 50th Independence anniversary of Nigeria and predicted  hope for the nation.

The walk, led by leaders of the association in Lagos State saw the members starting the  Independence March from the Chapel of Christ the Light Church, Alausa through the Lagos  Television to the Lagos State Government Secretariat and then to the House of Assembly  and terminating the walk at the governor’s office.

The march was peaceful and orderly as members sang, danced and rejoiced that despite all  odds, the nation had reached the Golden Jubilee, a year they described as freedom for the  nation.

CAN Secretary, Lagos State, Bishop George Amu said the nation had in deed been freed from  bondage and called on Nigerians to go out and register enmasse so that they could vote at  the coming election.

“Christians should go out and register and we believe in Option A4 which is the freest  means of electing leaders,” he said.

According to him, Nigeria was not at crossroads as many believed, saying that the nation  had been progressing, while he urged Nigerians not to give up and refused to be  manipulated, adding that “our leaders should know that one day, they will be judged.”

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Special Assistant to the Governor of Lagos State on Religious Matters, Rev. Akintoye  Braimoh, lamented that the nation got it wrong in the first instance by choosing the  wrong leaders to rule them.

“We have been ruled for a long time by the military, we are moving forward and we will  get there.   Politics is not a dirty game; Christians should come out and vie for  offices.   Go out and register and ensure that you keep your card because it is your  power.

“We have a greater tomorrow, this is our jubilee, we are now liberated and things will  get better for the nation,” Braimoh stated.

CAN Chairman, Ikeja branch, Bishop Taiwo Ajose believes that 50 years signified something  good for the nation, adding that the country would from henceforth experience greater  things.

According to Rev. Stephen Adegbite, CAN Public Relations Officer, Nigeria, as a great  nation, would surely succeed, while urging the nation’s leaders to be contented and  prepare to serve the people.

“Our leaders should shun greed and mismanagement of funds.   The essence of this walk is  to create awareness that Nigeria is not a failed nation but endowed with resources.    Nigeria will continue to be great,” he said.

—Kazeem Ugbodaga

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