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Ensure your appointments reflect merit, diversity, CAN, clerics advise Tinubu

By Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze and Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja 
08 June 2023   |   3:21 am
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged President Bola Tinubu to make conscious efforts in stabilising his government by ensuring balance in the appointment of security chiefs and other top officials.

[FILES] Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged President Bola Tinubu to make conscious efforts in stabilising his government by ensuring balance in the appointment of security chiefs and other top officials.

 
In a statement yesterday in Abuja, CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, said the association acknowledged that the Nigerian leader is taking office at a time when virtually all sectors of the economy are yearning for attention. He advised the President to consider both religious and ethnic factors in his appointments in view of the nation’s diversity.
 
According to him, “it is crucial that the appointments reflect Nigeria’s diversity and ensure that qualified individuals from different religious and ethnic backgrounds are given the opportunity to serve.”
 
Okoh continued: “CAN again congratulates Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his assumption of office as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We recognise that he is taking office at a time when virtually all sectors of the country are yearning for attention, and we wish to advise the President to ensure a good balance in the appointment of security chiefs and other top political positions that will help stabilise his government.
 
“CAN acknowledges the importance of these appointments in ensuring the security and well-being of Nigerians. We, therefore, advise President Tinubu to take a proactive stance in ensuring that the appointments reflect the diversity of Nigeria and that the best individuals are selected for these positions.

“Nigerians are looking forward to an administration that will address the injustices and unfairness of the past, and we hope that President Tinubu will use the opportunity of these appointments to allay the fears of Nigerians.”

ALSO, a network of over 2000 pastors and ministers has urged the President to emphasise merit and loyalty over ethnic and religious biases in appointments.

It stressed the need for all stakeholders to collaboratively address the leadership crisis facing the country, reminding Tinubu that leadership is not a position to be exploited for personal gains or power, but a responsibility to serve the people and the nation. 

Senior Pastor of World Royal City Church Asokoro, Abuja and president of Pastors Support Network, Dr. Effa Emmanuel, made the appeal, yesterday, ahead of a leadership conference holding this Saturday, June 10 and organised by Renaissance Bible College and Seminary, Abuja, in conjunction with Grand Renaissance Institute, Florida, United States.
 
He stated: “My charge to the President is for him to base his appointments on merit. Meritocracy is what has worked in different nations of the world and these are countries we look up to. Like U.S., UK, Malaysia and even Singapore, they pick people not based on their religious or ethnic inclination, but based on what they have achieved. I am appealing to the new President to choose his ministers, aides and people, who will lead the country alongside him, based on their achievements and what they are capable of doing.” 

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