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Saturday, 11 November 2017

CAN releases details of issues raised, demands made to Buhari (read the full details).

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on ​Saturday released full text of the speech its President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo ​Ayokunle, read out when the group met President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday ​.

​ Ayokunle led a CAN delegation to a closed-door meeting with the president at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Issues raised include withdrawal of Nigeria from religious organizations, issuance of certificate of occupancy to churches in the North, unpaid workers' salaries, breakdown of infrastructure in the nation, revival of Nigerian Inter-religious Council, unemployment and lopsidedness in appointments

​The speech made available ​to ​ DAILY POST by ​ Pastor​ Bayo Oladeji ​, spokesman to CAN president ​, reads:​

​" Your Excellency Sir, it was about two and a half years ago, precisely, July 2015 that we had the intention of paying this courtesy visit to you to congratulate you for becoming the President of our great country Nigeria. We however thank God that as Christian body in Nigeria, we are able to meet with you at last. So, what we intended to do then when we wrote to pay you courtesy visit, we are doing now by congratulating you for winning the election and for you to count on the Association to continue to pray for you for the Spirit of wisdom and understanding to be able to lead this country in the right direction until we get to our Promised land.

We wish to seize this opportunity as well to very much congratulate you for the miraculous recovery from sickness which took you away from the shores of Nigeria for many days. We as an Association took time to pray for you like other religious groups in this nation and we thank God that you are back alive. It was the love of Nigerians for you that kept all things intact while you were away and the able lieutenants that God gave to you who held the fort in your absence. May the affliction never arise again in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

We want to advise you to manage your recovery well and take one step at a time. Delegation would be of help for you to totally recover and deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.

Please allow us in this visit to pray for you because that is the major reason we are here today.

Recognition of Achievements

We want to appreciate you in the areas in which your administration is making giant strides since you came on board. The first of these is the recognition of corruption as a virus which has the potential of killing the nation if not stopped. Much more we salute your courage to confront it headlong as never done by any government in this nation before to the best of our knowledge and judgement. We do not want you to relent in doing this. The setbacks not withstanding, accomplishing the goal is the ultimate. However, we want you to fight corruption without fear or favour including those around you who may be like the 'mixed multitude' who went out of Egypt with the Israelites but were not Israelis. They caused harm along the way. Therefore, let there be no untouchable, hand those close to you that may be corrupt over to law enforcement agents as you have done to others for proper prosecution.

Secondly we want to commend you for your commitment to the flushing out of Boko Haram Islamic Fundamentalists from Nigeria. They had caused deep sorrow and damage to the nation especially many Christians, churches and facilities in the north ​-​ east in particular and the North in general.

We praise you for the empowerment of the military to do their work and the courage of the military and dedication to duty.

We on the other hand observe that the murderous Fulani Herdsmen who were previously allowed to ply their trade in many communities in Nigeria have become a menace to many communities. The Christian communities of Benue State, Southern Kaduna, Enugu and a host of others have been on the receiving side on this. Recently I went to a village called Ancha in Bassa Local Government of Plateau State where 21 Christians in a
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