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The North Deserves CAN Presidency

The Gazette Staff
Written by The Gazette Staff

It is said, nations are as great as their churches.

President Barack Obama’s inaugural speech was sharpened by the 1st pulpit message he had in church: ‘The Audacity of Hope’. Even though he later lost direction when he drifted off and resigned from the same church, the message stuck, and it was to impact greatly on his political career.

The greatest challenge before the Church in Nigeria today is leadership. A nation is, more or less a system, which is at the mercy of the value driving it. For our nation to change a new driving value system is of essence. Seasons to which we can point as good as a nation are not unconnected to the vibrancy of Christian missions/missionaries and activities upon which the nation depended for directions.

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Leaders, Christians and non-Christians alike, were models for leadership, having been nurtured by the then education system, which was largely driven by Christian missions.

It is common knowledge that our health delivery system was largely influenced by missions. It is, therefore, safe to say Nigeria once worked because the Church was working.

CAN is culpable of whatever has befallen the nation. A genuine rescue mission of the nation can only start from the church. In this wise, CAN, as the organisation representing the body of Christ in Nigeria, must consider the revival of internal values over and above whatever political stakes and dividends that can be offered to her.

CAN must be engineered to drive the nation rather than wallowing in the murky waters of politics along side politicians. It must be seen to be the light through which the nation can walk out of her dark moment. And this can only be achieved through a change of leadership of CAN.

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CAN can’t afford to be led by persons who are far removed from the reality of the state of the Church in Nigeria.

One from among the persecuted saints from the Church in Northern Nigeria is needed to be the voice of the church at this season, “For we do not have an High Priest who is not touched by the feelings of our infirmities.”

As we ekk towards another Church leadershipelection, tagged, CAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2019, we invite you to meet REVEREND (DR.) CALEB S. AHIMA, of the TEKAN/ECWA Bloc, a bloc with wide mission operations in Northern Nigeria and deep into the heart of Sudan mission fields, including nations such as Niger, Mali, Chad etc. We strongly believe that the diplomatic experience of this mission is of asset, not just to CAN but the country as a whole.

His Profile:

NAME: Reverend (Dr.) Caleb S. Ahima

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Date of Birth: April 28, 1956.
Place of Birth: Wukari.
L.G.A.: Wukari
State: Taraba
Marital Status: Married.
Gender: Male.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS WITH DATE:

  • First School Leaving Certificate, 1969
  • West African Examinations Certificate (WAEC), 1975
  • National Certificate of Education (NCE), 1982
  • Certificate of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), 1983
  • Bachelor of Education (B.ED), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Nigeria, 1986
  • Certificate of Communication, 1989
  • Master of Arts, Christian Education Ministries (M. A.ED.) Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI, USA,1996 – 1998

FELLOWSHIP:

  • Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Trustees, Nigeria.(FICTN), 2006
  • Doctor of Divinity (AWARD)Vision Christian University, Ramona C.A U.S.A

ECUMENICAL/ ECCLESIASTICAL POSITIONS:

  • President, Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS), ATC Campus,
    Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, 1985 – 1986.
  • President, Childcare Windows Fellowship, CRC-N, 1993 – 2002
  • General Secretary, Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Nigeria (TEKAN), a federation of Christian Denominations in Nigeria, founded in 1955 (2003-2011).
  • Zonal Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) North-Central Zone, 2005 – 2011.
  • Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN),
    Directorate of National Issues And Social Welfare (2005-2007)
  • Trustee, Interfaith HIV/AIDS Coalition of Nigeria.
  • President, Christian Reformed Church in Nigeria (CRCN) (January 2012 to date)
  • President, Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Nigeria (2016 to date) .
  • President (Leader), TEKAN /ECWA Bloc, Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), 2016 to date.
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