Prof. Paul Emeka has described the National President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor as an astute defender of the faith, adding that his fearless disposition has saved the Nigerian Church several embarrassment.
The General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Church said this in a sermon at the grand finale of this year’s Men Alive convention at the Word of Life Bible Church, Warri, Delta State, noting that members of the church describe the cleric as their pastor, “but we know him as the defender of our faith.”
“When people attempt to shot his mouth, he speaks louder. When people say he should keep quiet he has a way opening up the more. That is why we call him the Lion of Africa, because some of the privileges the Church is enjoying today can be traced to his boldness to address issues affecting the Church in Nigeria,” the cleric stated.
Prof. Emeka who doubles as Enugu State CAN chairman, said most Christian leaders in the country are particularly grateful to his charismatic leadership of CAN, arguing that because of the unique leadership qualities of Pastor Oritsejafor, he recently broke the jinx of a single tenure of CAN when he was re-elected president of the Christian body.
The cleric argued that contrary to popular belief among enemies of the Church, Pastor Oritsejafor’s bold and fearless disposition about things concerning Christians in the country might have been informed by certain decisions by the Presidency.
“It is obvious that he is the single voice dreaded by the Islamic fundamentalists in the country,” Emeka stated, urging all Nigerian Christians to pray for him at all times for God’s guidance and protection.
Pastor Oritsejafor, while speaking admitted that there are some shortcomings within the Pentecostal Movement in the country. He however appealed to all Nigerians to be patient with the Movement which, he argued, is the latest move of God across the world.
The former PFN president acknowledged that “there is some madness out there”, but he assured Nigerians to appreciate the fact that the movement is young in this part of the world compared to earlier Christian movements.
Oritsejafor congratulated the leadership of Men Alive Fellowship for organising a most successful convention, stating that with time, all the teething problems militating against the movement will fizzle away just as it happened with the earlier moves of God.