The National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, yesterday called on Christians in Northern Nigeria to firmly unite against what he called the unprecedented persecution and suffering facing them. He made the call at a thanksgiving Service in Honour of Engr. Andy La’ah Yakubu, immediate past Group Managing Director (GMD), of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), organized by CAN, Northern states, in Kaduna yesterday.
Pastor Oritsejafor, who was represented by the Public Relations Officer of National CAN, Mr. Sunday Oibe, admonished Northerners in general and the Christian community in particular to appreciate and celebrate any of them that excels in their endeavours.
“We are gathered here today to pray and thank God for the life and opportunity that He has granted to one of our own, Engr. Andy Yakubu to serve this country, as the GMD of NNPC for two years. From all accounts, he left the NNPC better than before he took over. He has made his positive marks there as a good Christian, as wonderful person from the north of Nigeria.
“I am proud to say that from his upbringing as the son of a reverend,
he has never left the church, instead he made meaningful contribution to its growth and survival in Northern Nigeria.
In his own remark, Mr. Yakubu thanked them for the prayer session and used the occasion to call for prayer for President Goodluck Jonathan and those in the helms of affairs in the country, whom he said gave him the opportunity to serve the nation.