Olusegun Ariyo

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday congratulated Archbishop Daniel Okoh, General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church (Odozi-Obodo), on his election as the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), as he admonishes him to promote inter-faith Dialogue

Buhari’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement by his media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, on Friday in Abuja.

According to him, the election of Okoh by the very important Christian body is a testament to his devotion to the church of God in the country and beyond, distinguished vocation as a Christian leader, and abiding commitment to promoting ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue.

While acknowledging the role CAN have played in fostering religious unity and harmony, Buhari believed that the incoming CAN president would continue to provide the needed leadership for the church, affirming the scriptural truth: ‘‘That they all may be one.’’ (John 17:21a)

Buhari, who had fond memories of his interactions with the CAN leadership, said he valued the counsel and spiritual contributions of Christian leaders to nation-building by encouraging, advising, strengthening, correcting, and criticising those in authority.

The President prayed that the tenure of Okoh in this new phase of ministry would be marked with success, urging the blocs that made up CAN to kindly give the cleric every needed support to excel.

Buhari also wished the outgoing President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, best wishes in his spiritual and secular endeavours.

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