From; Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Vice Chairman of the 19 Northern States CAN, Reverend Joseph John Hayab has expressed satisfaction with the leadership of the National President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr. Supo Ayokunle hence his re,-election should be supported.
He made the assertion while speaking to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
Hayab added that Dr. Ayokunle has been able to protect and defend the interest of Christians in the country, however, “some retrogressive elements are against him because he is not doing their bidding”.
According to him, Christian leaders in the north and southern parts of Nigeria are behind the leadership of Ayokunle and his return as CAN President after the elections that would be conduct by the Association in June, this year.
Reverend Hayab who is also the Kaduna State CAN Chairman criticised those who are presently campaigning against the candidature of the incumbent President, saying that they are the same Christian leaders who supported the emergence of Dr. Ayokunle in 2015 when he emerged as President of the Christian body.
However, he explained that “ these leaders fell apart with him because he decided not to do their bidding and move the Christian Association in Nigeria forward, which he is doing today”.
Hayab who said that the Christians in the North are solidly behind Ayokunle, pointed out that “I am in touch with many Christian leaders in Nigeria, including those who are part of the National Executive Council (NEC), over 90 percent are satisfied with Ayokunle’s leadership”.
He argued that the officials of CAN in the North have been following the development since the emergence of Ayokunle as President and how some external forces within the corridors of CAN have thrown Allegations against and “we have found them as baseless”.
“Interesting, myself I knew what happened in the last elections in 2015. Some of these leaders who are now telling us that Ayokunle is bad, why were they saying then that he was an angel”.
Hayab added that what the Nigerian Christian body needs today is a leader that would provide quality leadership against oppression and high-handedness.
According to him, Christians in the north and Nigeria in general will rally round Dr. Ayokunle for his second term bid as CAN President.