Christian Association of Nigeria to commence nationwide campaign on value reorientation

Ayoo Oritsejafor, CAN president

The campaign will commence on June 14.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, will, on June 14, flag off a nationwide campaign for the restoration of core values and moral discipline in Nigeria, an official has said.

CAN’s Director of National Issues, William Okoye, who disclosed this at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja, said the campaign is aimed at building peace.

He said the campaign entitled “Be the Change You Want to See’’, would be flagged off at the National Christian Centre in Abuja; and extended subsequently to churches across the country.

According to the director, the association has completed the printing of three million copies of pamphlets for distribution to churches, schools and offices across the country. He said CAN was currently designing a website to take the campaign to members of online community.

Mr. Okoye said the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan, and other Christian leaders would speak to Nigerians on the need for value reorientation as a panacea for peaceful coexistence.

“We have observed with pain and deep displeasure the steep decline in morals and values among adherents and the citizens of our country in all faiths and cultures. The decline is largely responsible for the corruption, violence and decadence we witness today.

“This is why we are launching this campaign which will be carried out throughout Christian churches in Nigeria until our adherents and citizens return to the path of light. We are engaging interdenominational leaders to be led by Cardinal Onaiyekan to come and speak to Nigerians on this issue of value reorientation,’’ he said.

Mr. Okoye said that CAN was in touch with Christians youth leaders in schools, churches and the communities to make sure the message reach the target audience. He said non-Christian faithful would be carried along by the kind of examples shown through the actions and lifestyle of their Christian counterparts.

“It is our conviction that if enough Christians begin to live upright and Godly lives, they will influence the general society positively,’’ he said.

The briefing was attended by the National Secretary General of CAN, Musa Asake; and other officials of the association.



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  • Ndidi

    It is good news that CAN are going to start a campaign to restore values in the hearts and minds of our people. However, when anybody sees Oritsejafor in his luxurious private jet, wearing designer clothes, expensive shoes, extravagant watches and costly jewellery, plus being driven in large foreign cars will they be able to see this campaign as a serious one? Personal transformation and restoration of values must therefore be SEEN to start with Oritsejafor. (He can always save his bling bling lifestyle for the bedroom where none of us can see him).

  • Tukur B.U

    I respect and appreciate Oritsejafor`s courage as CAN president but what Christian youths need today, especially the endangered ones from the North is a show of love, care, and support. I don’t see how you expect School children sent out of School for over two years to listen to you talk about values. You are also guilty of misplacement of priorities as to what is of value to our youths. Please wear your thinking caps.
    Ndidi, that is some sound advice to our esteemed President. He is not adequately briefed on what has happened and is happening to Christians in the North. It is time to help with our substance not with our Il-timed campaign.