By Usiere Akpan
The Akwa Ibom government has informed the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to draw the line between ecclesiastical functions and government duties.
Consequently, Gov. Udom Emmanuel has cautioned theAkwa Ibom chapter of the CAN to stay clear from meddling in strict governmental affairs.
Emmanuel gave the caution during the Christian worshipservice which took place at the Latter House Chapel, Government House, Uyo, Sunday.
The governor said that his administration remains conscious of obligations to uphold the role of the CAN in partnering for progress and to positively shape the society, noting that the emergence of the present leadership of the CAN was without interference from the state government.
Emmanuel reminded the leadership of the CAN to intensity preaching and teaching of the members of the Christian community to remain faithful to God and exhibit obedience to constituted authority of the state, adding that adherence to government clarion directives would help the Christiancommunity to partner the government and show examples in utterances and actions.
The governor promised the new leadership of CAN the relevant support to achieve the goals of propagating virtues of leadership to the society, reiterating that his administration would not interfere in the delicate and reserved important ecclesiastical functions of the CAN.
A Christian minister, Rev. Iniobong Udoh, who preached on the theme, “Faithfulness,” from Luke 16: 10-15, urged Christian believers to be faithful to God and be committedto service in the community, adding that faithfulness can be exhibited through hard work, devotion, honesty, trustworthiness and being dependable at needed moments.
The worship session was attended by members of the state executive council, the new chairman of the CAN, Bishop Christian Nyong, permanent secretaries and special assistants.