The Christian Association of Nigeria has elected a new president, Vanguard has reported.

The current president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC), who also stood as the official candidate of the Christian Council of Nigeria, CCN, Rev. Samson Olasupo Adeniyi Ayokunle, is now the president of the major religions institution.

Rev Ayokunle won out against his nearest competitor, Elder Joseph Otubu of the Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim Movement (MCCSW), the chosen candidate of the Organisation of African Instituted Churches, OAIC, with 57 votes to 28.
The outgoing CAN president Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, announced the result of the election at about 2:30 p.m. earlier today.

The news of Rev. Ayokunle’s election was met by National Executive Council delegates with rapturous applause in Abuja.

Prof. Joseph Otubu has also become the Vice President of the Association for the next three years under CAN’s constitution.

CAN was founded in 1967 and represents five different Christian blocs in Nigeria, including the Catholic Church in Nigeria, as well as mainline Protestant churches and Pentecostal groups.

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Though it is a collective responsibility, there still is the need to have a human representative I believe. We need men at this time that will arise and speak for us. This incessant killings of Christians should not continue. Mr CAN president we hope to see the best as you come on board now. Right judgement should stand as we together stand contending for this Faith that has been delivered unto us.