Most Rev. Okoh confirmed as CAN President


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has elected Most Reverend Daniel Okoh as its new president. He will be replacing Reverend Samson Ayokunle who is the immediate past president of the apex religious body.

So far, he has gotten congratulatory messages from Nigerians who wished him a successful tenure.

A former governor of Anambra state and Labour Party presidential aspirant, Peter Obi, who attended the transition ceremony on Thursday tweeted, “A while ago, I spoke at the CAN leadership transition event. I asked Nigerians to continue praying for God to give Nigeria a seamless leadership transition.”

Attendees at the event

Former vice president and Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar said, “I wish to congratulate Archbishop Daniel Okohh, the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church (Odozi-Obodo), on his election as President of CAN.

“Your election at our nation’s crossroads presents you with a unique opportunity of forging interfaith relations. Be assured of my hand of fellowship in the promotion of much-needed unity to spur socio-economic and political progress in our country.”

Okoh is the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church, also known as Nation Builders. He was born on November 12, 1963 in Kano to Christian parents. He is a native of Ndoni in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers state.

He attended Dennis Memorial Grammar School in Onitsha, Anambra state. He is a graduate of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where he studied Political Science and Education in 1988.

He bagged a diploma in Theology from Christ Holy Church Seminary, Onitsha, Anambra. Before he assumed office as the President of CAN, he was the Chairman, Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC); National President of OAIC (Nigeria); and CAN National Vice-President from 2007-2013.

He was one of the six delegates that represented CAN at the National Political Reform Conference in 2005. He is a board member of the African Council of Religious Leaders, and will now co-chair the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) alongside the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar.

He is happily married to Ngozi Okoh and they are blessed with four children.

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