Christian Leaders Call for Withdrawal of Nigeria’s Membership from International Islamic Organizations

At their gathering at the Shepherdhill Baptist Church, Obanikoro, Lagos, prominent Christian leaders in the country have called on the National Assembly to prevail on the Federal Government to withdraw from the Organisation of Islamic Conference and other international religious bodies.

The Christian leaders who gathered to discussed the challenges facing the Church in the country had in attendance the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch  Adeboye; the Presiding Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo; the General Overseer, The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Archbishop Mike Okonkwo; and former CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

In a statement issued in Abuja by the media aide to the CAN president, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the forum condemned the government’s decision to lead Nigeria into the Islamic Coalition Against Terrorism through an executive fiat.

The Christian body also called on the National Assembly to prevail on states in the North to issue Certificates of Occupancy to churches in the region.

The statement states in part –

“CAN calls on the National Assembly to compile the list of all organisations that Nigeria belongs to and all the treaties signed with a view to dropping all the religious ones.

That we declare the inability of the state governments to pay workers’ salaries and allowances as and when due as unacceptable and call on the federal and state’s governments to work together to address this.”

The group also advised the Federal Government to address infrastructural decay as well as the issue of unemployment in the country.

The Christian group also condemned in its entirety the ceaseless killings of innocent Nigerians by blood thirsty Fulani herdsmen saying that it was disappointed by the failure of the Federal Government and the security agencies to stop these murderous Fulani herdsmen from continuing their criminal activities.