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Archbishop Dr. John O. Onaiyekan (President)

Most Rev. Daniel Okoh
(Vice President)

Engr. S.L.S. Salifu
(General Secretary)

Supt. Apostle Akin Omojola JP
(Assistant General Secretary)

Pastor Paul F. Usman

Arc. M.A. Adeyo
(Centre Manager)

Mr. Cletus Alu
(Finance Officer)



Welcome to The Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) the largest Ecumenical Body ever establised in Nigeria and indeed Africa.

ON 27th August 1976 the (then) Federal Military Government, under Gen. Obasanjo invited several Church Leaders of diverse denominations to Dodan Barracks, Lagos. the Governments sole purpose was to hold a discussion with the church Leaders, on the National pledge and the salutation of the National flag, which the Government intended to introduce into the Nation's Primary and Secondary Schools. The Church Leaders did not object to the introduction of the two items provided and on the condition that reading and reciting the National Pledge and saluting the National Flag would be preceded by the usual Morning Devotions, during which the Staff and the Students of each school worship their Creator and offer Praises and Prayers to Him. Immediately after the meeting the Church Leaders spontaneously decided to go to a place, not too far from Dodan Barraks where they could hold another meeting. the Catholic Secretariat opposite the race course bus stop was unanimously chosen.

At the meeting, the Church Leaders arrived at a monumental decision that they should from an organization which would provide a forum where they could regularly meet together and take joint actions on vital matters, especially on issues which affect the Christian Faith and the welfare of the generality of Nigerians. That was the origin and the beginning of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). Read more about us.


SHORT HISTORY: (INSTITUTIONAL) – The OAIC ea found in 1978 at meeting of AIC leaders in Cairo hosted by Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Orthodox Church. The Leader has come to Egypt to learn more about the Coptic Church, and to be visit the historic site associated both with Jesus fight to Egypt as an infant, and with the early Christian Church. The leaders agreed on the need to establish a body which would act as a forum for the sharing of common ideas and co concerns among AICs. This led to the formation of the Organization of African Independent Churches. The organization operated till 1982 when 22 countries gathered in Nairobi for the second general assembly where the constitution was adopted and the international headquarters shifted from Egypt to Nairobi in Kenya. In 198 the OAIC was registered in Kenya under the societies act, after a change of name requested by the Kenyan Government from African Independent Churches to African Instituted Churches.

NIGERIA REGION The OAIC Nigeria was inaugurated on the 3rd June 1986 in Ibadan, Oyo State at an impressive meeting of 30 Heads Indigenous Churches hosted by Pastor J. B. Orogun, then President of the Christ Apostolic Church. The inauguration was at instance of the International headquarters which created various Africa Chapters and Religions - thus Nigeria Region. Other chapters that emerged as Regions include: Ghana - Anglo-phone West Africa, Nairobi – East Africa, south Africa, Northern Africa and Madagascar.

At the 2nd plenary session of Christian association of Nigeria held on 16th – 17th of November 1988 in Kaduna the OAIC became recognized as bloc of CAN as a group of Churches under the same umbrella coming together as a unit under CAN Read More




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