by Isi Esene
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor has been re-elected as the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) winning an overwhelming majority of the votes.
In the election which took place on Thursdy night, Oritsejafor polled 80 votes to beat his only opponent in the election, Reverend Oyekunle, who scored a mere four votes.
While speaking on his victory, Oritsejafor thanked the members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) for granting him another opportunity to lead the CAN.
“Together we will build a Church that will transform the nation,” he said.
The Vanguard Newspapers reports it thus:
He again expressed concern about the menace of Fulani herdsmen who he said are a part of an agenda to Islamise the nation, noting that essentially, cattle rearers are illiterates who have been schooled in the art of using sophisticated weapons including AK 47 and others.
He blamed greedy traditional rulers in parts of the South who collect cattle gifts and huge sums of money in exchange for farmlands in their domains which the Fulani use as bases for their nefarious activities including raping women, killing innocent indigenes while the traditional rulers look the other way.
Urging Christians to be extra vigilant about the activities of Fulani herdsmen, Oritsejafor said Christians are not against cattle rearing but Nigerians can no longer continue to accept crude methods of grazing cattle.
According to him, European and American citizens eat beef just as other nations of the world do, “but where in those nations do you find cattle on the highway? He maintained that their respective state governments should provide modern grazing grounds for their cattle rearers where they would stay and give their children proper education.
“They should take the cows back to where they came from while grazing their cattle in modern grazing grounds in their homesteads. If they want to be carrying assault weapons, they are at liberty to use same on themselves.”