On 9th July, 2014, the National Executive Council of the Christian Association of Nigeria, during its meeting in Makurdi, Benue State, approved the establishment of the CAN Trust Fund to mobilize critical funding for the apex body of the Nigerian Church.
With the rallying slogan “I C.A.N. SUPPORT” the Trust Fund seeks to mobilize 10 million Christians to consistently contribute N500 monthly to CAN.
Funding is required for the apex Christian body to initiate programs and build structures to defend and promote Christianity in Nigeria.
The CAN Trust Fund was inaugurated by his Eminence, the President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor on 24th February, 2016 at the Jubilee House of the National Christian Church, Abuja.
The Trust Fund is to be managed by a Board of Trustees made up of Church leaders and Laity members of the Church. The Trustees is constituted as follows:
- The Chairman, Board of Trustees – The President of CAN
- The Head, CCN Bloc (or his proxy)
- The Head, CPFN/PFN Bloc (or his proxy)
- The Head, CSN Bloc (or his proxy)
- The Head, OAIC Bloc (or his proxy)
- The Head, TEKAN/ECWA Bloc (or his proxy)
- Lt. Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro – TEKAN ECWA Bloc
- Mrs. Osaretin Demuren – OAIC Bloc
- Justice Kalajine Anigbogu – CCN Bloc
- Dame Priscilla Kuye – CSN Bloc
- Rev. Dr. Musa Asake – General Secretary, CAN
- Nominee of CPFN/PFN – Yet to be submitted
- Pastor Bosun Emmanuel – Secretary/Coordinator
The Laity Trustees are the managers of the Fund while the Church leaders shall exercise oversight function on behalf of the Nigerian Church.
Amongst others, Funding is required for the following:
- The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) developed a Strategy Document for the Nigerian Church. It has been approved by the National Executive Committee of CAN. However, it requires funding to be implemented.
- Critical Christian infrastructure has to be rebuilt in the North East and Middle Belt to avoid the “eradication” of Christianity in those areas.
- Credible infrastructure and institutions need to be set-up to defend, protect, and promote Christianity.
- Christian victims need help. Government cannot be relied upon to offer meaningful help.
- There is the need for a well articulated gospel penetration for northern Nigeria. This is the ultimate solution to religious insurgency.
- The Nigerian Church requires a 24/7 sustainable prayer action for the Church and for the nation.
Nigerian Christians, both at home and abroad, are requested to participate in the support program to protect and preserve Christianity in Nigeria.