CAN Election: I’ve no authority to summon CAN meeting – Onaiyekan

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FORMER President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Most Rev. Peter Akinola and many other religious leaders have declined to attend the meeting of Christian elders scheduled for Uyo, Akwa Ibom State tomorrow, investigations have revealed. The meeting was convened by the Catholic ArchBishop of Abuja Diocese and former President of CAN, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, at the residence of a former President of CAN and ex-Primate of the Methodist Church, Sunday Mbang. Onaiyekan, in his invitation letter, however, admitted that he has “no authority” to summon any national meeting of CAN. Apart from Akinola, it was learnt that most of the senior religious leaders and elders have vowed never to attend the meeting because of its illegality. In a letter to Onaiyekan and
obtained yesterday in Abuja, Akinola said he would not attend the meeting because the information got to him very late. “I waited to hear from you the response of others to our proposals; your mail arrived my inbox late midnight in Nairobi. I am very sorry to have to say that I might not be able to attend the Uyo consultation. I have been travelling rather extensively within and outside these shores in the last few weeks. In point of fact, I just came back from Nairobi exhausted, having spent two sleepless nights due to flight delays. “My two knees are wobbling. My doctor suggests that I take off at least the next one week to rest because as of this moment, I am physically unfit to undertake any further travels in the next few weeks.” Although it is not part of its constitution, the usual practice and
tradition is that the Vice President of CAN automatically takes over (through election) from the President whenever the tenure of the latter expires, . The National Director of Christ Redeemers Union, …Read More

Source:: Nigerian Pilot