By Suleiman Adamu, Sokoto
A state of the art Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) Guest House has been inaugurated in Sokoto.
Inaugurating the edifice weekend, Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah said to the newly commissioned Guest House was to serve all irrespective of of religion .
” All that matters is respecting acceptable guidelines , protocols and operational modules in conformity with sanity in place”, he said.
However, in attendance at the inauguration were amongst other dignitaries, CAN coordinators from across the 23 LGAs of Sokoto State.
Besides, Kukah noted that the body of Christ in Nigeria is being faced with a very trying times, hence, admonished Christians to remain steadfast in their faith irrespective of whatever persecutions.
” No amount of persecution will push Christianity backward rather forward”.
The Cleric, while decrying that religion seems to have gradually become the citizenship rather than the nationality in Nigeria, said the misuse of religion has made it a subject of interest in the polity.
“It is only in Nigeria that religion matters in politics hence we have seen misuses of power in the name of religion”
He added” it’ is inefficiency that makes things matter which is another word for corruption. “
Hitherto, Kukah pointed out that” Nigeria is one funny country that you can do whatever you like and nothing happens. You hear people stealing billion and it ends like that.”
Commenting against amassing unholy wealth, Kukah said, ” the Kingdom of God is not built on material blocks, hence we must be a little restrained in the aggressiveness with which we amass materials if they are of evil roots”.
Similarly, while consoling Christians in Nigeria over chains of attacks in their worship places, the religious echelon urged them to read what Christians went through in the Roman Empire noting that, “God will use our powerlessness to institutionalize his power”.
Earlier, Sokoto State CAN Chairman, Very Rev. Father Nuhu Iliya said the newly commissioned guest house does not belong to any individual rather all Christians.
Also, a former CAN chairman of Sokoto, Rev. Ahmadu Mamman appealed to Christians in Sokoto and all over Nigeria
to be more united, chant common front and work towards having a State CAN worship center that doesn’t not belong to any denomination but all Christians.