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CAN condemns forceful Marriage of underaged girls in Niger |FS News

Most Rev Bulus Dauwa Yohanna
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Niger State has condemned forceful marriages of underaged Christians girls against their parents wish in the State.
In a communique signed by the state CAN Chairman, Most Rev Dr Yohanna Dauwa Bulus and the Secretary, Pastor Raphael Opawoye at the end of a two day capacity building/leadership seminar in Minna, the Christian Body also bemoaned: the disunity that exists among Christian denominations and other ecumenical bodies in the state.
Niger CAN Chairman Most Rev Yohanna flanked by CAN National Director, Legal & Public Affairs, Mrs Comfort Otera Chigbue JP and Niger State Commissioner of Information, Hon. Emmanuel Umar Iko
According to communique “the Niger state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN strongly condemn the act of forceful marriage of Christian underaged girls against their parents’ wishes using various guises in the state.
“We note with serious concern the increased cases of rape, sexual assault and pedophilia in our societies”.
Also, while calling on the State Government to ensure that CRS teachers are immediately and gainfully employed in all public schools within the state, the Association urged Parents to send their children and wards to study Christian Religious Studies in higher institutions.
The CAN further decried the use of ethnicity to divide the body of Christ and the promotion of same faith ticket to rule in a pluralistic society like Nigeria.
L-R: Secretary of CAN Niger State, Pastor Raphael Opawoye, Chairman, Most Rev Bulus Dauwa Yohanna & Deputy Chairman, Rev Ezekiel Ibrahim
Christians who have registered are enjoined by the Association to collect their PVCs from INEC Offices and to ensure that they vote at the upcoming elections without being under pressure to avoid buying and selling of votes.
Furthermore, the Association urged the media to set agenda for the 2023 General elections.

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