CAN Will Speak Against Oppression Of Poor People – Oritsejafor
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has said the association will speak against the oppression of the poor, irrespective of their location in the country.
Oritsejafor made the statement in Abuja on Tuesday when a delegation of Christian leaders from the Zaar chiefdom in Bauchi State paid him a courtesy visit.
The CAN president said that all Nigerians, irrespective of their political affiliations and socio-ethnic background, had the right to exist. “As CAN we guarantee you our prayers first of all, then secondly, we will not relent to speak for the marginalized in our society.
“Let me say that CAN will not sit down and see any group of persons in any part of this country maltreated,’’ the News Agency of Nigeria quoted Oritsejafor as saying during the visit.
The president announced a donation of N2 million to the Zaar Development Union to enable members of the community to tackle some of their immediate needs. He assured the union that CAN would support it and help to address some of its challenges.
Oritsejafor called on human rights and civil society groups in the country to speak for the marginalized people in the society, noting that they had equal rights to the basic needs of life.
Earlier in his presentation, the leader of the delegation and paramount ruler of the Zaar chiefdom, Mr. Ishaku Komo, said they were at the CAN headquarters to meet with its executive members over challenges faced by the union.
The paramount ruler appealed to the Federal Government to compel the state government to rescind its decisions on the relocation of the local government secretariat from the community in Bogoro to Bununu. The delegation comprised religious leaders and public office holders from Zaar community.