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CAN to Buhari: Be inclusive in cabinet selection, fair to all

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Congratulates president on his electoral victory 


Godsgift Onyedinefu 


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged Nigeria’s Pesident Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure inclusiveness and fairness in selecting his ministers and leadership of the National Assembly.


This is just as the association urged the president to appoint “worthy” Nigerians to the headship and membership of critical agencies, boards and parastatals, while noting the need for religious and ethnic balance.


The President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, made this call on Friday when he led a delegation on a courtsey visit to Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.


Ayokunle, while congratulating the President for his victory in the presidential elections urged him to fufil the promise he made upon re-election to run an inclusive government.


He adviced that highly qualified men and women that can add value to the administration and help in moving the nation forward should be considered in the selection.

Rev. Samson Ayokunle in handshake with President Buhari
Rev. Samson Ayokunle and other members of CAN with Buhari at the Presidential Villa


He said: “Your Excellency, our advice to you is to take your leadership beyond party politics. We were so happy listening to your speech after your re-election that you were going to run an all inclusive government.

“Having been re-elected President, you have become the President of all. In view of this, we urge you to see yourself as father to all by embracing all.”


“We solicit for inclusiveness and fairness as you constitute your cabinet and appoint worthy Nigerians to the headship and membership of critical agencies, boards and parastatals.


“Your Excellency, there is no ethnic or religious group in Nigeria where you cannot find highly qualified men and women that you can engage to add value to your administration and help in moving the nation forward. This is the true and objective way in which you can give all in the country, a sense of belonging.”


The CAN president urged Buhari to ensure “ethnic and religious balance with depth” in picking the leadership of the National Assembly.


Further, Ayokunle made a passionate call to Buha for deliberate and relentless effort to free Leah Sharibu and other Chibok girls from captivity.


He also urged the president to task the security agents to be more alive to their responsibilities by putting an end to insurgency, ethnic violence, kidnapping and herdsmen’s atrocities prevalent in the country.


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