CAN Meets Buhari, Insists Nigeria Must Withdraw from Religious Groups

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Leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria on Friday met with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors, renewing their call for the Federal Government to withdraw the country from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and other international religious bodies.

They also asked that Nigeria cancel all treaties it had signed with such religious organisations.

Speaking on behalf of the association, the CAN President,  Revd. Supo Ayokunle, argued that Nigeria’s continued membership of the religious organisations violated the secular nature of the nation as enshrined in the constitution.

He said, “We call on the Executive and Legislative arms of government  to withdraw Nigeria from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and from other international religious bodies and treaties Nigeria signed with such religious organisations because it violates the secular state of the nation as enshrined in the constitution of Nigeria and further violates government’s non-partisanship in religious matters as enshrined in the same constitution.

“The sanctity of the constitution must be kept for Nigeria to survive as one nation.”


While commending the President on the anti-corruption war, Ayokunle urged Buhari to extend the fight against those surrounding him.

The clergyman said Buhari should not hesitate to hand over those accused of corruption among his men to relevant security agencies.

He said, “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 Israelites. 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.”

The CAN President also called on Buhari to address what he called lopsidedness in appointments made by the present administration for both ethnic and religious balance.

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