The immediate Past president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the founding and Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, located in Warri, Nigeria Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, yesterday, opened up on how he weathered the storm as the leader of the apex Christian body in the country.
He said the same Christians he was speaking for and representing, plotted against him and equally insulted him even while he put his life on the line for them.
Ayo Oritsejafor said he took over the mantle of leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria at the most trying times in the country.
“We came in a period the challenges of the church had reached a point that lots of Christians in Nigeria had been displaced from their home and churches.
“Some pastors, particularly, in northern Nigeria were closing their churches. Lots of Nigerians had become internally displaced persons in their homes,” he said.
He called on Nigerians, particularly the Christian faithfuls, to stand behind the new president of CAN, Pastor Samson Ayokunle and his team in order to withstand the challenges ahead.
“As, we are entering a more challenging period in the history of our nation. Unfortunately, it is also the time that we seem to view CAN with some contempt.
“Yes, CAN may have her challenges, but, for now, we have no other body that unites us. So, we must revere the structure and leadership. Let us continue to pray for our land and leaders,” he said.
Meanwhile, the new CAN president, Ayokunle, said CAN would not fail to speak against the excesses of political leadership, even when the situation is not favourable for the truth.
Ayokunle, who spoke on various issues, shortly after his inauguration in Abuja, called on government to take decisive step against those religious fanatics, who are attacking Christians, describing them as a threat to the unity of Nigeria.
Ayokunle, who chronicled the recent attacks on Christians across the country called on the government to take decisive action to stem the occurrences because it is their constitutional duty to do so.
The CAN president also called on past leadership of the body and churches to forgive each other and work for unity of one body, adding that the support of all and sundry is imperative for the survival of the new leadership.