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Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by Ekundayo7574(m): 10:35am On Aug 05
Fact-Check: Is it true that CAN has Never Had a Northern Christian as its President Since 1976?


Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan
Fact-Check: Is it true that CAN has Never Had a Northern Christian as its President Since 1976?

Claim: There was a claim that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has never elected a Northern Christian as President since its inception in 1976.

Full text: Lately, a text went viral on social media platforms, especially Facebook and WhatsApp where a whole list of CAN Presidents since its inception to date was provided and that none of them was from the Northern region.

The post captioned; “Trajectory of CAN Elected Presidents from inception to date – Dominic Cardinal” mentioned the Presidents to include:

Ekandem (late) from 1976 till 1986; Anthony Cardinal Okogie from 1988 till 1995 and Prelate Sunday Mbang from 1994 till 2003.

Others were Primate Jasper Akinola from 2003 till 2007; Archbishop John Onaiyekan from 2007 till 2010 and Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor from 2010 till 2016.

The current president is Reverend (Dr) Samson Ayokunle, who was elected in 2016.

The post continued to read as follows;

“Does it mean CAN as a body of Christ did not see any Northern Christian qualified to be the Association’s President since 1976 to date?

“Why the predominance of Southern Christians….?


“Does this imply that the northern Christians are less Christians or is it because they are in the minority in northern Nigeria?

“Are they also a minority in the Christian family in Nigeria?

This is amazing as Equity, justice and fairness is not playing in CAN….

Read Also: FACT CHECK: Is it true that Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Mrs Erelu Olusola Governed Osun State 2003-2010 on a Christian/Christian Ticket? – PRNigeria News

Observation:

Ever since the announcement of Senator Kashim Shettima as running mate to Ahmed Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s polity has been fraught with all sorts of hate speeches and fake news deliberately for misinformation and disinformation targeted at unsuspecting audiences.

There are several narratives and counter-narratives from different camps of Muslims and Christian faithfuls all in an attempt to discredit or justify the APC’s decision to field Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates of the same faith in the contest for the 2023 general elections.

Verification:

An online check by PRNigeria revealed that, contrary to the claim made in the post, the 5th CAN President, Archbishop John Cardinal Olorunfemi Onaiyekan who served from 2007-2010 was actually an indigene of Kogi, a North-central state in Nigeria.

The details of his biography was available on the website of Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP), which is a Non-Governmental Organisation founded by His Eminence John Onaiyekan.

His biography, as culled from the website reads in part:

“His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan was born on January 29th, 1944, in Kabba, Kogi State of Nigeria. Intelligent right from his tender age, he began his Primary School education from 1949-56 at his home town Kabba. His academic prowess heightened at Mount St. Michaels Secondary School, Aliade, Benue State Nigeria between 1957-62 where he had distinctions in his SSCE; a record no one has yet broken in that school.

His priestly formation commenced in Jan. 1963 – June 1965 with Studies of Philosophy at the prestigious SS.

Peter and Paul Major Seminary Bodija, Ibadan Nigeria and from Sept. 1965 – June 1969 studied Theology at the Pontifical Urban College of Propaganda Fide, Rome.

Cardinal Onaiyekans early priestly life began with his ordination to the Catholic Priesthood at his home town Kabba, on 3rd August, 1969…….”

Verdict/Conclusion: PRNigeria categorically states that the claim that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has never elected a Northern Christian as President since its inception in 1976 is FALSE. This is based on findings by PRNigeria that the 5th President of CAN Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan hails from the North Central State of Kogi.

https://prnigeria.com/2022/07/16/northern-christian-president/

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by Philipponzaghi: 10:39am On Aug 05
Lol the person that did this fact-checking don kolomental.

So Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, a Yoruba man is now the candidate of the Northern minorities Christians?

If Tinubu pick a Yoruba Christian from the Northern geopolitical zone, will the other Northern Christian tribes in Jos, Benue, Taraba, Southern Kaduna, and other places accept him as one of their own?

CAN marginalizing middle-belt Christians and those in the core North. CAN should be ashamed of themselves.

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by Chnbanc: 10:45am On Aug 05
Sorry what is the meaning of can?
I just dropped out of space

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by TimFisher2: 10:49am On Aug 05
undecided




Zombie!


When are you going to Fact Check Tinumpu incurable sickness


When are you going to Fact Check boko haram marauders portraying themselves as Fake Bishops

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by DeleTaller: 10:50am On Aug 05
Philipponzaghi:
Lol the person that did this fact-checking don kolomental.

So Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, a Yoruba man is now the candidate of the Northern minorities Christians?

If Tinubu pick a Yoruba Christian from the Northern geopolitical zone, will the other Northern Christian tribes in Jos, Benue, Taraba, Southern Kaduna, and other places accept him as one of their own?

CAN marginalizing middle-belt Christians and those in the core North. CAN should be ashamed of themselves.

CAN is not even Godly formation ...Just an association of some churches who only wish to be a member.. They have turned it to be a political forum and that is why thousands of other churches chose not to be part of them. CAN CAN DO ANYTHING FOR MONEY SO CAN'T TRUST CAN.

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by Oceanjagaban: 10:53am On Aug 05
Chnbanc:
Sorry what is the meaning of can?
I just dropped out of space
short form of Cannabis

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by Seefinish: 10:58am On Aug 05
Philipponzaghi:
Lol the person that did this fact-checking don kolomental.

So Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, a Yoruba man is now the candidate of the Northern minorities Christians?

If Tinubu pick a Yoruba Christian from the Northern geopolitical zone, will the other Northern Christian tribes in Jos, Benue, Taraba, Southern Kaduna, and other places accept him as one of their own?

CAN marginalizing middle-belt Christians and those in the core North. CAN should be ashamed of themselves.
is Kogi state in the south west?
Ok. Also publish the names of chairman of National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs from inception till date and see whether any Yoruba Muslim has ever been the President General
In the year 2000, a Yoruba Muslim was stabbed to death by Hausa Muslim for leading a prayer in a mosque in Jos. He was tagged unclean and unfit. Go to Jos today, Yoruba has their own mosque. Yoruba can never be the President General of National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs. They should first become the President General of National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs before they talk about CAN national president

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by Chnbanc: 11:01am On Aug 05
Oceanjagaban:
short form for Cannabis
Really? Awww
That's nice.
But please don't mind my inquisitive nature..
What is cannabis

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by agadez007(m): 11:02am On Aug 05
We say No to Muslim/Muslim ticket in a secular nation

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by RepoMan007: 11:12am On Aug 05
Fact checker trying hard to redeem the Tinubu-centric image abi na pro-tinubu image I go call am.
Anyway, better late than never.

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by RepoMan007: 11:15am On Aug 05
Muslims Muslim ticket coupled with endsars and bad performance has dented APC's hope seriously. Rigging is their main option and they are doing a lot to give the impression the electoral body is an impartial one by conceding states to non-ruling parties. Watch out for the mega rigging and last minute attempt to ditch southerners for a northerner.

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by BlazinGlory40: 11:24am On Aug 05
Philipponzaghi:
Lol the person that did this fact-checking don kolomental.

So Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, a Yoruba man is now the candidate of the Northern minorities Christians?

If Tinubu pick a Yoruba Christian from the Northern geopolitical zone, will the other Northern Christian tribes in Jos, Benue, Taraba, Southern Kaduna, and other places accept him as one of their own?

CAN marginalizing middle-belt Christians and those in the core North. CAN should be ashamed of themselves.

Is kogi in the north central? Yes or No?

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by Philipponzaghi: 11:31am On Aug 05
BlazinGlory40:


Is kogi in the north central? Yes or No?

Nonsense statement. This is more about tribes then mere geographical expression of NC.

So of all the majority Christians of the Middlebelt, CAN can only make use of a Yoruba man as the president and you are justifying that?

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by paramakina202: 11:33am On Aug 05
Ekundayo7574:
Fact-Check: Is it true that CAN has Never Had a Northern Christian as its President Since 1976?


Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan
Fact-Check: Is it true that CAN has Never Had a Northern Christian as its President Since 1976?

Claim: There was a claim that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has never elected a Northern Christian as President since its inception in 1976.

Full text: Lately, a text went viral on social media platforms, especially Facebook and WhatsApp where a whole list of CAN Presidents since its inception to date was provided and that none of them was from the Northern region.

The post captioned; “Trajectory of CAN Elected Presidents from inception to date – Dominic Cardinal” mentioned the Presidents to include:

Ekandem (late) from 1976 till 1986; Anthony Cardinal Okogie from 1988 till 1995 and Prelate Sunday Mbang from 1994 till 2003.

Others were Primate Jasper Akinola from 2003 till 2007; Archbishop John Onaiyekan from 2007 till 2010 and Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor from 2010 till 2016.

The current president is Reverend (Dr) Samson Ayokunle, who was elected in 2016.

The post continued to read as follows;

“Does it mean CAN as a body of Christ did not see any Northern Christian qualified to be the Association’s President since 1976 to date?

“Why the predominance of Southern Christians….?


“Does this imply that the northern Christians are less Christians or is it because they are in the minority in northern Nigeria?

“Are they also a minority in the Christian family in Nigeria?

This is amazing as Equity, justice and fairness is not playing in CAN….

Read Also: FACT CHECK: Is it true that Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Mrs Erelu Olusola Governed Osun State 2003-2010 on a Christian/Christian Ticket? – PRNigeria News

Observation:

Ever since the announcement of Senator Kashim Shettima as running mate to Ahmed Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s polity has been fraught with all sorts of hate speeches and fake news deliberately for misinformation and disinformation targeted at unsuspecting audiences.

There are several narratives and counter-narratives from different camps of Muslims and Christian faithfuls all in an attempt to discredit or justify the APC’s decision to field Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates of the same faith in the contest for the 2023 general elections.

Verification:

An online check by PRNigeria revealed that, contrary to the claim made in the post, the 5th CAN President, Archbishop John Cardinal Olorunfemi Onaiyekan who served from 2007-2010 was actually an indigene of Kogi, a North-central state in Nigeria.

The details of his biography was available on the website of Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP), which is a Non-Governmental Organisation founded by His Eminence John Onaiyekan.

His biography, as culled from the website reads in part:

“His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan was born on January 29th, 1944, in Kabba, Kogi State of Nigeria. Intelligent right from his tender age, he began his Primary School education from 1949-56 at his home town Kabba. His academic prowess heightened at Mount St. Michaels Secondary School, Aliade, Benue State Nigeria between 1957-62 where he had distinctions in his SSCE; a record no one has yet broken in that school.

His priestly formation commenced in Jan. 1963 – June 1965 with Studies of Philosophy at the prestigious SS.

Peter and Paul Major Seminary Bodija, Ibadan Nigeria and from Sept. 1965 – June 1969 studied Theology at the Pontifical Urban College of Propaganda Fide, Rome.

Cardinal Onaiyekans early priestly life began with his ordination to the Catholic Priesthood at his home town Kabba, on 3rd August, 1969…….”

Verdict/Conclusion: PRNigeria categorically states that the claim that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has never elected a Northern Christian as President since its inception in 1976 is FALSE. This is based on findings by PRNigeria that the 5th President of CAN Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan hails from the North Central State of Kogi.

https://prnigeria.com/2022/07/16/northern-christian-president/

And no Igbo man have become CAN president since 1976 even we are the only christian majority tribe in Nigeria and we not complaining.

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by JAMO84: 11:39am On Aug 05
Onayikan is Yoruba, he cannot be classified as middle belt that can represent Plateau or Taraba


CAN has exit for close to fifty years, yet they cannot find a single middle belt Christian to be their President.


HYPOCRISY ON THE PULPIT

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by tesppidd: 11:54am On Aug 05
grin grin grin

Busted!

So in the entire Northern states it is Kogi that CAN are calling Northern Nigeria?

If Tinubu had chosen a Christian from Kogi as his running mate would Babachir Lawal, Yakubu Dogara, PDP urchins and Ipob touts accept him as a Northern Chirstian


grin

CAN just got busted, CAN should just start drawing the umbrella logo at all their offices around the country.

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by rusher14: 12:46pm On Aug 05
Oyedepo is a northerner.

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by BlazinGlory40: 12:50pm On Aug 05
Philipponzaghi:


Nonsense statement. This is more about tribes then mere geographical expression of NC.

So of all the majority Christians of the Middlebelt, CAN can only make use of a Yoruba man as the president and you are justifying that?

This is not about ethnicity sir! It’s about the argument that a northern christian has never been CAN president which the article has disproven. Is Kogi in the north? Yes! Is a yoruba christian from kogi a northern christian? Yes! Finito!!!

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by adekolaelect(m): 12:57pm On Aug 05
TimFisher2:
undecided




Zombie!


When are you going to Fact Check Tinumpu incurable sickness


When are you going to Fact Check boko haram marauders portraying themselves as Fake Bishops
pls apply sense and talk on the topic.

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by Mosesvic11(m): 12:57pm On Aug 05
Philipponzaghi:
Lol the person that did this fact-checking don kolomental.

So Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, a Yoruba man is now the candidate of the Northern minorities Christians?

If Tinubu pick a Yoruba Christian from the Northern geopolitical zone, will the other Northern Christian tribes in Jos, Benue, Taraba, Southern Kaduna, and other places accept him as one of their own?

CAN marginalizing middle-belt Christians and those in the core North. CAN should be ashamed of themselves.
sorry CAN is an organization but nigeria is a country, and as any member of CAN ever complain of marginalization? Answer yourself and stop being fool. We say no to muslim muslim ticket.

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by TimFisher2: 1:09pm On Aug 05
adekolaelect:
pls apply sense and talk on the topic.



Talk on the topic kee you there!


it don reach reach ur turn now.. you don dey clamor talk on the topic

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by athaboi(f): 1:36pm On Aug 05
Jn
Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by McOluOmo: 1:36pm On Aug 05
I can't CAN










Guys wey no get girlfriend get peace of mind

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by Amspecial: 1:37pm On Aug 05
sad
Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by 21siyanbola: 1:37pm On Aug 05
Has there ever been a southerner as SULTAN?

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by Throwback: 1:37pm On Aug 05
Even CAN Cannot.

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by Splitmind: 1:38pm On Aug 05
CAN is biased towards the South East and always shows hatred towards the North and South West. We don't need an organisation of bigots in Nigeria.

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by Angelfrost(m): 1:38pm On Aug 05
Some of you who create these Fact check threads are either jobless, dimwitted or both!

Just look at what I wasted my time to read!

Mtchewwww!!!

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by Tribal: 1:38pm On Aug 05
Yes, Yorubas urgently need to Unite before it becomes too late. We have wasted too much time ranting and complaining on Internet from morning to night without taking Action like Fulanis and Igbos have been doing. Thanks so much for this great Opportunity. I have simply clicked your Profile Signature Link and joined.
YorubaYouth247:
Remember that Yorubaness is not about Idolatory or Idol Worshiping. "Yorubaness is all about being Born as Yoruba and being Ready to do all it takes to make ALL Yoruba Lives better!"

Bonded in Love and true Brotherliness from Heaven, the Yoruba Blood that Unitedly flows in we Yorubas is far Thincker than water of Religion, Politics, Money etc. As Original Yoruba, you MUST Prioritize ALL Yorubas equally above Religion, Tradition, Politics, Fame, Money and Power. If you Priotize any of these above other Yorubas then you are a brainless incorrigible Bastard and your Head shall soon be brutally cut off just as Afonja, who was brainwashed with Religion to betray Yorubas, was killed and his head displayed on a stick at market Center where passerbys spits on it. We Original Yorubas, we are the Decendants of Abitikos, Labuju, Oderinlo, etc. At Ibadan, we United from Ekiti, Ijesha, Ogun, Oyo, Epe, etc and mercilessly Destroy our Enemies in 1840! History always repeats itself! We shall do it again!

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Re: Fact-Check: Is It True That CAN Has Never Had A Northern Christian As President by effort1: 1:38pm On Aug 05
Philipponzaghi:
Lol the person that did this fact-checking don kolomental.

So Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, a Yoruba man is now the candidate of the Northern minorities Christians?

If Tinubu pick a Yoruba Christian from the Northern geopolitical zone, will the other Northern Christian tribes in Jos, Benue, Taraba, Southern Kaduna, and other places accept him as one of their own?

CAN marginalizing middle-belt Christians and those in the core North. CAN should be ashamed of themselves.

Onaiyekan is a native of kogi state, a North Central state and not t a southern state.

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