9th NASS: CAN seeks religious balance in appointment of principal officers

9th NASS: CAN seeks religious balance in appointment of principal officers

- The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on the incoming leadership of the ninth National Assembly over appointment of principal officers

- The Christian body tells the incoming leadership of the ninth National Assembly to balance appointment of principal officers across religious divides

- The leadership of CAN congratulated all the newly elected members of the National Assembly on their victory at the recently conducted general elections

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on the incoming leadership of the ninth National Assembly to balance the appointment of principal officers across religious divides.

The Christian body made the call in a statement issued in Abuja by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, special assistant (media and communications), to the CAN president, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, The Nation reports.

Legit.ng gathers that CAN said balancing the appointments across religious divides would avoid domination and marginalisation of any kind in the interest of equity, justice, and fair play as enshrined in the 1999 constitution.

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The statement read: “The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) congratulates all the newly elected members of the National Assembly on their victory at the recently conducted general election. It is our prayers that God who granted you the victory will not let you down. You will experience a successful tenure of office. You will not disappoint God and the people who gave you the mandate.

“As you prepare for your inauguration, CAN urges you to balance the appointments of your Principal Officers across religious divides to avoid domination and marginalisation of any kind in the interest of equity, justice, and fair play as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended). We, from the Christian Association of Nigeria, recognize the importance of the National Assembly to the stability and growth of our polity.

“It is in this regard that we call for ethnic and religious balance with depth in picking the leadership of that great institution of democracy. To ensure that this happens is to remove any apprehension and suspicion harboured towards the leadership of this country.

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“Although both the Senate and the House of Representatives have several principal officers but our focus here are the Senate President, the Deputy Senate President, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker. As it has been the practice since 1999, whenever the Senate President is a Christian, the Speaker of the House has always been a Muslim and vice- versa. And the same thing happens to their deputies.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria ( CAN) on Friday, March 28, made five requests while congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election.

The association leaders numbering about 30 had a closed door session with the president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

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