The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has told the federal government to jettison the planned RUGA scheme, saying the association was opposed to the implementation of the programme anywhere in Nigeria.
The President of CAN, Samson Ayokunle, announced the position of the association at a church leaders’ summit in Lagos on Saturday.
Speaking Dr Ayokunle stated that we the Christian body call on the Federal Government to immediately suspend and abrogate the RUGA settlement programme.
According to him, anything that smacks of mutual distrust should be avoided in the interest of national unity.
He said also that the perception by many Christians that CAN had not been showing enough interest in national issues was wrong.
The Christian body also kicks against the Control of Waterways Bill now before the National Assembly. The Control of Waterways by the Federal Government Bill before the National Assembly should be rejected.
The CAN chief advised the federal government to intensify efforts on the establishment of modern ranching facilities, abattoirs and meat processing firms.
Also speaking, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Enoch Adeboye, said that he supported the position of CAN on the RUGA settlement issue.
Pastor Adeboye said CAN must do everything possible to let the world know that CAN is one and whatever the CAN president says is the final.
The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, represented by the Chaplain of Aso Rock Chapel, Sheyi Malomo in a message, said that building of the nation is in the hands of God.
He pleaded with Nigerians to pray to God for supernatural intervention in the affairs of Nigeria, saying: “we need to cry to God to help Nigeria.”
Church leaders at the summit include Felix Omobude, President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria.
Napo Emuchey, President of the Organisation of African Instituted Churches, S.T.V. Adegbite, President of the Christian Council of Nigeria and Benebo Fubara-Manuel, among others.