Christian Leaders in Nigeria Laud President for “positive steps” to Unite Country

Nigeria's President-elect, Bola Tinubu. Credit: Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for “making very positive steps” towards inclusiveness in the West African country since his inauguration in May last year.

Following a courtesy visit to the State House on Monday, January 22, the President of CAN while speaking to journalists said that President Tinubu has been “sensitive to the challenges” that Nigeria is facing.

“We see the president making very positive steps, even from the beginning of his administration. He has come with a great sense of inclusiveness, and Nigerians have a sense of belonging in this government,”  Archbishop Daniel Okoh said.

He added, “I tell you that his pronouncements so far and his body language have increased the confidence of Nigerians in Nigeria. And we believe that, given the chance, he will do a lot more.”

“We are praying that God will strengthen his hand, to be able to do more and turn around the fortunes of this country,” said the president of the Christian body that includes representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).


Acknowledging the challenges facing Africa’s most populous nation including the issue of insecurity, Archbishop Okoh urged Nigerians to give the president time to serve the country, saying, “This is just the beginning of this administration.”

“Nigeria is big, what we face now started not just today. It started many years back, and it will take a while to turn around these things,” he said following the state House visit that saw CAN pledge their support to president Tinubu.

The General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church International, an African Independent Church, expressed optimism about the country’s future, saying that the president is taking deliberate steps to “reverse the trend of events” especially in the governance sector.

“We see the effort he is making towards securing this nation. So, we ask Nigerians who are watching and those people who seem to have lost hope, not to lose hope, but to have patience and persevere, though it is night, we know that a new dawn is just on the horizon,” the president of CAN said in the January 23 report.

Archbishop Okoh further lauded the president’s leadership style and encouraged him “to continue on the path that he is now determined to follow.”

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Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.