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
(Financial Officer)



The Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) is the largest Ecumenical Body ever establised in Nigeria and in deed 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 Government's 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 momumental decision that they should from an organisation which would provide a forum where they could regularly meet together and take joint actions on vital matters, especoally 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 Nigera (CAN).

Those Church Leaders who met at Dodan Barracks and later at the Catholic Secretariat on the histroic August day, were right in their conviction that the Omnipotent God Himself through the Holy Spirit gave them a special ecumenical assignment. It wa this conviction which prompted them to select out of the several names suggested for their coming together the name Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). They strongly felt that with the help of the Holy Spirit, the Church in Nigeria can and will achieve unprecedented feats, to Christ.

That mustard seed planted on that eventful day has now grown to cover all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria with the Head Office at the National Christan Centre Abuja.

The Association was registerd under the perpetual Act cap 98 (now CAC).


CAN is an Association of Christian Churches with distinct identies, recognizable Church structures and system of worship of one God in the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Association makes Christ the centre of all its works and shall promote the glory of God, by encouraging the growth and unity of the Churches and helping them to lead the nation and her people to partake of Christ Salvation and all its fruits. the motto is - that they all may be one - John 17: 21.


The Mission of the Association is to meet regularly and take joint action on vital matters, especially on those issue which affect the Christian Faith and the welfare of the generality of Nigerians.


Pursuant to the provisions of Article 6, Section (b1)  of the 2004 CAN Constitution which provided for the establishment of Zonal Branches of CAN  in the geo-political zone of the Country and the official directive from the National Headquarters of the Association directing immediate compliance, series of meetings of Chairmen / Secretaries of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in the constitution  states of the South South zone were held to work out appropriate modalities for the formation of the body. The Constitution states are Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River.

At the end of the meetings, a consensus was reached on a number of issues relating to the zonal CAN formation, among which were the zoning of offices and the location of the administrative headquarters. It was finally agreed that the six states CAN nominate two persons each to fill twelve offices to man the offices and Directorate cadre of the zonal CAN and to run the new body in the interim pending when appropriate structures would be put in place.

Consequent upon the nomination, presentation and ratification of the twelve officers as well as a sixty-member Executive Committee representative, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) South South Zone was officially inauguration ceremony, was held at the Alfred Diete Spiff Civic Centre, Port Harcourt, Rivers State precisely on the 8th July 2006 at a colorful ceremony largely characterized by pomp and pageantry.

The event, which had the then  Executive Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Sir Dr. Peter Odili as the chief host, was well attended by a mammoth audience of richly adorned church leaders and Christians from the five church groups of the six states that constitute the South South geo political zone of the country.

Also in attendance were representatives of some state governors representatives of the Executive of CAN in the Northern States and the National  Headquarters ably led by the out gone Vice President, Bishop Mike Okonkwo as well as several distinguished personalities from all walks of life.

At the historic ceremony, the twelve zonal officers of two from each state of the zone and a sixty member zonal executives of twelve each from the five church groups of CAN were inaugurated to run the affairs of the young body.

The officers of the zone, who were inaugurated and were saddled with the onerous responsibility of steering the affairs of the young body, are:

  1. Apostle Geoffrey  D. Numbere (Rivers State) Chairman
  2. Bishop Goddowell  Avwomakpa (Delta) Vice Chairman
  3. Apostle Godfrey I. Ukhuedobah (Edo)    Secretary
  4. Apostle Ewili Zedie (Bayelsa)         Asst. Secretary
  5. Bishop  A. E. Archibong (Cross River) Treasurer
  6. Revd Dr. Ideh Idara   (Akwa Ibom) Financial Secretary
  7. Revd. Dr. Felix Ekiye (Rivers)  Dir. Public Relations
  8. venerable A.J. Aruakpor (Delta) Dir. Ecumenism & Interfaith
  9. Revd. Solomon W. Akhigbe Esq. (Edo) Dir. Legal Affairs
  10. Sir Stephen Aveke (Bayelsa) Dir. National Issues & Social Welfare
  11. Revd (Mrs.) Ofonmbok Archibong (C/River)  Dir. Educ, Youth & Women Devt.
  12. Revd Prive Asukwo Antai (Akwa Ibom) Dir. Research, Planning and Strateg

It is important to add that the Women and Youth Wings of the body were also inaugurated on the same day. Hon. (Mrs.) Julie Nuka Wika and Dr. Emmanuel Martins are the present Chairmen of WOWICAN and YOWUCAN respectively.


Since after the inauguration of the body, serious efforts have been primarily directed towards the establishment of a solid and enduring administrative structure while at the same time executing other activities some of these are highlighted hereunder.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South South Zone enjoyed the benevolence of the Government of the Rivers State under the leadership of the out gone Governor, His Excellency Sir Dr. Peter Odili when it received as donation a giant storey building in a choice area of the city of Port Harcourt in Rivers State to house the secretariat and a substantial cash donation for a smooth take off of the zonal CAN.
Consequent upon this magnanimous goodwill, immediate steps were taken to set up the necessary administrative structure and make the secretariat befitting and functional. To this end, various categories of administrative staff totaling twelve in number were interviewed and employed to fill the approved staff vacancies and the building renovated to accommodate both paid staff, officers and Directors of the zone.

The positions to which the staffs were recruited included:

  1. Administrative Manager
  2. Special Assistant
  3. Personal Secretary
  4. Account Assistant
  5. Receptionist
  6. cleaners
  7. Drivers
  8. Security

It is also envisaged that on completion of the renovation work a guest house would be in place to cater for the accommodation needs of visitors to the zone and other guests.

As a result of the need to bring activities of the CAN South South to all in the zone, the leadership of the body planned a familiarization visit to the states to among others:

  1. Interact and familiarize with the leadership of CAN in the states.
  2. Appraise developmental efforts and identify areas of possible intervention / assistance or collaboration.
  3. Interact with key government officials in the states with a view to encouraging closer rapport between government and the church.

The visits, which are still ongoing, have been very successful and rewarding in the states so far visited and it is hoped that all states would be covered before the end of the year.

as a result of the need to financially empower the CAN in the states to strategically and strongly position  them for greater service delivery in the Lord’s vineyard, the leadership of the CAN South South approved release of substantial final grant and 18 – seaer Toyota Hiace Bus to each of the States in the zone.

While the buses have long been presented to the states, a few states are however yet to receive their grants and it is hoped that they would do so very soon.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) South South zone was an active player in the concluded general elections.

Prior to the elections, Christians in the zone and largely through the states were massively sensitized on expediency of showing greater interest in the  voters’ registration exercise and were strongly encouraged to show genuine interest in elective offices and turn out massively to vote for credible candidates of their choice vying for the positions of governance at all levels.

This was done in the six states through aggressive media campaign and publicity, rallies and series of meetings with the leadership of CAN.

It is important to state that the result of Christian efforts in the states in all of  
This yielded unprecedented dividends particularly in the area of Christian political sensitization, awareness and political rejuvenation.


The CAN South South, being strongly convinced of the power and benefits of investments has embarked on two major investments so far.

These are in the areas of commercial transportation and the capital market.


Membership spread of CAN South South Zone comprises Christians from the five Church Groups in the six states of the South South geopolitical zone namely: Edo, Delta Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River.

The Church Groups are:

  1. The Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN)
  2. The Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN)
  3. The Christian Pentecostal Fellowship   of Nigeria (CPFN/PFN)
  4. Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC)
  5. ECWA/TEKAN Fellowship


NAME:           Apostle G.D Numbere
ADDRESS:    Greater Evangelism World Crusade, Int., Inc,
                     47, Isiokpo Street, D Line,
                     P.O. Box 946,
                     Port Harcourt

NAME:         Apostle G.I Ukhuedobah
ADDRESS:  CAN Secretariat,
                   30 Airport Road,
                   P.O.Box 8970, Victoria Gardens,
                   Benin City
                   Edo State




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