Rivers State Indigene, Daniel Okoh, Is New President Of CAN - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Rivers State Indigene, Daniel Okoh, Is New President Of CAN

••• Will He Help Douse Religious Disharmony And Tension, Especially Between Christians And Muslims In Nigeria ?

••• As Controversy Trails His Emergence As CAN President 

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The Daily Crucible | Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The Most Rev. Daniel Chukwudumebi Okoh has been elected the new president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN).

The announcement is contained in a statement by the CAN General Secretary, Mr. Joseph Daramola.
 
Okoh is the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church, also called Nation Builders (Odozi-Obodo).

According to PRNigeria report, the Kano-born and an indigene of Rivers State, Most Rev. Daniel Okoh is a de-tribalized Nigerian who has built friendship across religious and ethnic lines, not only in Nigeria but around the globe. He organises and participates in conversations and programmes that would bring about peaceful co-existence among the peoples of the world and sustainable development.

Rev. Okon is coming in at a time there’s so much religious disharmony and tension especially between Christians and Muslims.

It is expected that the new leadership of CAN, with his wide experiences in interfaith dialogues will take measures to reduce existing religious tensions, especially between Christians and Muslims in the country.

Okoh was born on November 12, 1963 in Kano to Christian parents. He is a native of Ndoni in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria.

He is married to Ngozi and they are blessed with four children. Archbishop Daniel Okoh is a product of the famous Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha.

In 1988, he graduated from the University of Port-Harcourt in Second Class Upper Division in Political Science and Education.

Thereafter, he attended Christ Holy Church Seminary, Onitsha and was awarded a diploma in Theology. Since then he has undertaken many courses and participated in seminars that are relevant to his ministry work both in Nigeria and abroad. 

As the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church International – an African Independent Church – he leads his denomination in ecumenical relations with other denominations in the body of Christ and engages with people of other religions in dialogue for peaceful co-existence and sustainable development. 

For more than 20 years, Most Rev. Daniel Okoh, has been actively involved in ecumenical relations and interfaith dialogue in and outside Nigeria through the following positions : International Chairman of the Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC); National President of OAIC (Nigeria Region) (2005 – 2014); National Vice-President of Christian Association of Nigeria (2007 – 2013), former member, Board of Directors of Inter-Faith HIV/AIDS Coalition of Nigeria; Member, Governing Council of Good News Theological College and Seminary Accra, Ghana; Member, Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC);and Member ofthe Board of African Council of Religious Leaders – Religions for Peace.

He is also a board member of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (Nigeria). Between 2000 and 2003 he was the only African representative in the Steering Committee of the International Forum on Multicultural Ministry which was initiated and sponsored by the Mission and Evangelism Team of the World Council of Churches. 
 
In the area of Politics and Governance, Archbishop Daniel Okoh was one of the six delegates that represented Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the National Political Reform Conference of 2005 organised by Federal Government of Nigeria. From 2009 – 2011 Most Rev. Daniel Okoh served on the board of National Orientation Agency (NOA) as an Institutional representative of Christian Association of Nigeria. 

CAN is made up of five blocs: Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (CPFN)/Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), (TEKAN and ECWA Fellowship).

However, The Daily Crucible reports that 
controversy is trailing emergence of the Most Rev. Daniel Okoh, as the new president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN).

CAN General Secretary, Mr. Joseph Daramola had in a statement late Tuesday indicated that Okoh had been elected as the Association to take over from  Rev. Samson Ayokunle whose tenure will end on Friday, July 29, 2022

But CAN in a counter - statement released late same Tuesday denied the claim by its General Secretary.
 
In the latest statement signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the media assistant to the Ayokunle, CAN said its new president will only be announced after its General Assembly which will begin of Thursday, July 28.

CAN also emphatically stated that Daramola is not its spokesman, but the General Secretary and therefore was not in position to make such announcement.

CAN added that while it is true that the Most Rev Okoh has emerged the candidate from the Electoral College, his election must be ratified by the National Executive Council and the General Assembly of the Association.

The Association therefore added that the process of selecting a successor to Oyekunle is still ongoing and it will be completed on Thursday.

The statement reads, “The attention of the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has been drawn to the story going the rounds that the Most Rev. Daniel Okoh has emerged the new President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

“According to reports, the announcement is contained in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja by the CAN’s General Secretary, Barrister Joseph Daramola. Nothing can be farther from the truth.

“For the record, Daramola is not the spokesman of the Association but the General Secretary.

“The letter being referred to was the Invitation Letter sent to the members of the National Executive Council and the blocs’ leaders of the Association to complete the process that will lead to the emergence of the new President.

“According to the CAN’s Constitution, Article 17 (9) viii-xi, the National Executive Council and the General Assembly must ratify the nomination of the candidate before the new President emerges. So, the process is still ongoing and it will be completed on Thursday. It is true that the Most Rev Okoh has emerged the candidate from the Electoral College but this must be ratified by the National Executive Council and the General Assembly.

“Perhaps, it is imperative to state what the Constitution says about the remaining process:

“According to Article 17 (9) (viii), “The candidate who secures majority vote of the Electoral College for each office shall be recommended to the National Executive Council.”
 
Article 17 (9) ix states “The National Executive Council shall accept the recommended candidates for the offices of the President and the Vice President and present them to the General Assembly for ratification by the majority of votes of those qualified to vote at the General Assembly.”

Article 17 (9) x states, “In the event that any candidate fails to secure the majority vote of the General Assembly, the procedure in paragraphs (4), (5), (6), and (8) herein shall be repeated by the Electoral College to reconsider the suitability or otherwise of all the candidates based upon the reasons adduced by those who opposed the candidature. The Electoral College may or may not substitute any candidate for any position based on majority vote of its members.”

Article 17 (9) xi states, “In the event of a deadlock in which case the candidate represented is rejected by the General Assembly, a combined meeting of the Electoral College and the President-in-Council of the Association will examine the issue(s) and make a final choice from all the nominated candidates for the office.”



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