Put a check on leaders, the Abia government advises religious authorities

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The governor of Abia State has tasked the state’s religious leaders with holding society’s leaders accountable in order to promote effective governance.

In Umuahia, during the formal handover of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Abia State Chapter from the departing executive led by Apostle Emmanuel Agomuo to the new executive led by Rev. Ojo Ojo Uduma, Apostle Kenneth Wiper, Special Assistant to Governor Alex Otti on Religious Activities, delivered the keynote address.

Apostle Wiper identified one of the factors that has kept the State in danger for more than 20 years as a refusal to speak up.

He asserted that the current administration, which is headed by Governor Alex Otti, has a number of spiritual projects to launch and promised that CAN in the State would work with it to make them successful.

After handing over to the new State CAN Chairman, the outgoing Chairman, Apostle Emmanuel Agomuo, declared that CAN is not a political organization and counseled the new leadership to pray for the government and work with it to bring about peace and development in the State rather than to oppose it.

The recently-resigned CAN Chairman urged Governor Otti to recognize CAN in Abia and swear in the new leadership, stressing that the previous State administration had neglected to swear in the executive that had just finished its term.

The new CAN Chairman, Rev. Ojo Ojo Uduma, responded on behalf of the other members of the executive, expressing his happiness at being chosen to lead the Abia CAN during a time of positive change that has been long overdue. He also pledged that they would continue to pray for the Governor and the people of the State in order to help them realize the Governor’s aspirations for the State.

The new CAN Chairman, who represents the TEKAN/ECWA Bloc of the CAN, also serves as the head of the ECWA Aba District, which includes the states of Cross River, Akwa Ibom, and portions of the Rivers, Imo, and Abia.

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