By Onyebuchi Ezigbo
The President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing the new President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem.
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant (Media and Communications), Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, CAN president commended President Buhari for resisting the pressure mounted on him by some forces not to send her name to the Senate for confirmation.
“CAN, therefore, felicitates Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem on her elevation, and wishes her a successful tenure in her service to the country, and prays to God to grant her wisdom, knowledge, understanding, courage, commitment, good health and sound mind needed to serve and finish strong,” he said.
In the statement, CAN said it is not unaware of the plot to deny Dongban-Mensem of the exalted office despite her enviable reputation and credentials, but that those forces were frustrated with the resolve of the president to ensure justice and fairness prevail over selfish interest.
According to the leadership of the Christian body, the confirmation of Justice Dongban-Mensem as the President of the Court of Appeal shows that President Buhari is being sensitive to the aspiration and yearnings of the populace to have a country where everyone has a sense of belonging irrespective of his religious, political and ethnic affiliations.
The statement maintained: “We at CAN will not cease to pray for the peace, unity and stability of the country. We will also continue to pray for President Buhari as well as all our leaders at national, state and local government levels for God’s guidance, wisdom and protection.
“Finally, we call on Justice Dongban-Mensem to ensure that she lives up to the expectations of God and citizens of this country without fear or favour. That is the only way she can show her deepest appreciation to God for elevating her as well as the goodwill support she gets from the citizens of this country.”