America Apologises To Nigerian Christians Over Shoddy Arrangements Of US Secretary Kerry Visit

America Apologises To Nigerian Christians Over Shoddy Arrangements Of US Secretary Kerry Visit
November 11 09:11 2016 Print This Article

…..As CAN Declares 3 Days Fasting To Bail Nigeria Out Of Recession

The outgoing Obama administration has written to Nigerian Christians to seek forgiveness over the recent visit of the US Secretary of state, John Kerry to Nigeria where he visited only the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

The United States of America in a written apology to Nigerian Christians addressed to the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. (Dr) Samson Ayokunle, US agreed that it was a miscalculation on the part of Secretary Kerry to have visited Sultan Sa’ad without meeting the leadership of the Christian faith while in both Sokoto and Abuja.

Dr Ayokunle who disclosed this at the 29th General Assembly of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) held at First Baptist Church, Garki, Abuja on Thursday also said the President-elect of the United States of America, Donald Trump, was positioned by God to fight immorality in the country.?Ayokunle also disclosed that CAN has declared a seven day fasting and prayers to assist the nation come out of the current economic recession beginning from November 15th, 2016 stressing that Christians in Abuja would gather at the National Christian Center Abuja on Monday November 21st to seek the face of God for Nigeria.

The CAN President said Nigeria and Nigerians need God’s intervention for deliverance over the present predicament where the inflation has reached its all time high, with salaries not paid and most Nigerians finding it difficult to eat even once a day.

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have been invited to participate fully in the seven day fasting and prayer noting that Christians cannot be fasting and praying because of the country that they are governing and they would be marrying.

The CAN President also disclosed that November 22nd and 23rd have been fixed for national retreat for all Christian leaders in Abuja to strategically position Christians to take their rightful position in the scheme of things in the affairs of the nation.  ?The CCN three-day programme is tagged: “God of Life: Lead Nigeria to Justice, Peace and Dignity.”?Ayokunle called on Americans to watch very closely as the new administration would not tolerate the issues of immorality in the country any more.?According to him, God has now positioned Trump to fight the immoral life in the American society.?He said a nation that was once known as God’s own country, is becoming Sodom and Gomorrah.?Ayokunle said that there was an extent to which a nation would emphasise secular and individual liberty to the neglect of God’s absolute reign to the affairs of men.?He called on Nigerians to be on guard at all times as Boko Haram had not been fully defeated.?He said: “It is not over until it is over; the fact that a top army officer was killed is a signal to the fact that we have not defeated them.?“It was also an attestation to the commitment of the Federal Government to fight this demon called Boko Haram.?“So, everybody should be more committed so that the souls of those who died might not be in vain.”?The CAN boss called on Christians to be united and not to make their doctrinal beliefs to overwhelm them because Jesus Christ prayed for the church to be one.?Ayokunle said: “We are diverse because of our doctrinal beliefs but we must be one because Jesus says the church must be one; He prayed for the church.?“I think the problem with us is the placing of much emphasis on autonomy where it becomes its petals when we lack respect for one another.?“There should be collective recognition of leadership, desire to put up the things of the world and eternity-centred in such a way that occupying position does not matter to anybody.”?Ayokunle said corruption in the country was endemic and called on the government to keep fighting it so that the country would not be crippled.?According to Ayokunle, corruption appears to be endemic in the Nigerian society and it has got to the fabric of our national lives.?He said there is hardly any sector that can be exempted.?He said: “By the result that corruption has given us presently, I think it is high time we all rose and fight the demon; without fighting it, it will cripple us.?“If we are not very careful, we will end up becoming a crippled giant because we have allowed corruption to enter into our system.”?Earlier, the President of CCN, Dr. Emmanuel Josiah, had called on Nigerians to support the fight against corruption, asking the citizenry to repent and return to God.?According to Josiah, the greatest challenge that we are facing now is sin and where ever there is sin, we cannot experience any progress and God can never be there.?“There is no child of God that will not support the fight against corruption,” Josiah said.?Dr Rufus Ositelu, the Primate, The Church of the Lord Prayer Fellowship Worldwide, said corruption could not be fought totally, but could be brought to a minimum so that the country would move forward.?According to Ositelu, what is really disturbing the progress of this country is corruption.?He said if corruption is fought to a standstill by next year, we will see progress in the country.

The Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence Samuel Kanu Uche and the new Secretary of Conference of the Church, Rt Revd M. Akinwale were among religious leaders who attended the CCN conference which had in attendance over 1,000 Christian leaders from all parts of the 36 states of the federation and Abuja. The delegates were drawn from all the cooperating seven denominations that made up the CCN. CCN is one of the powerful blocs in the Christian Association of Nigeria.

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