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CAN Wants Religious Balance in 9th National Assembly Leadership

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday said the appointment of principal officers of the National Assembly must be free from marginalisation along religious lines.

The group’s call is coming ahead of the inauguration of the ninth Assembly.

It stressed that the placement of officers must be done in the interest of equity, justice and fair play as enshrined in the nation’s constitution.

The group specifically appealed to the incoming legislators to field a Christian as Senate President or Speaker to address “the religious dichotomy.”

In a statement in Abuja yesterday, CAN President Rev. Samson Ayokunle said the association’s quest became imperative due to the existence of a Muslim president as head of the executive arm of government and another Muslim as acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“Our appeal is to let either the Senate President or the Speaker be a Christian. This will give all Nigerians a sense of belonging, irrespective of their religious affiliations. We, from the Christian Association of Nigeria, recognise the importance of the National Assembly to the stability and growth of our polity,” he said.

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