By Mahmoud Dogara (Bauchi State Correspondent)

The Bauchi State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has elected new executives that will run affairs of the Chapter for the next three years.

Those elected at ECWA Church 1 are Chairman - Rev Abraham Damina Dimeus of CCN bloc; Vice-Chairman - Rev Fr Lazarus Gizo CSN bloc; Secretary - Pastor Mathew Wakili Laslimbo of ECWA bloc; Ass Sec - Evang Emmanuel Okerie of AOIC bloc; Treasurer - Pastor Promise Yohanna of PFN bloc and Fin Sec - Comrade Habila Daniel of TEKAN bloc.

In his post-election speech, Rev Abraham Damina Dimeus, hammered on the importance of unity in the church, saying unity plays a vital role in correcting the ills in society.

"If people cannot have safety in the Church then there is a very big problem. The Church must remain outspoken in order to direct the path of leadership in society. The truth must be told no matter the situation and the church must be divorced from politics"

"The Exco will study the records of the immediate past executive in order to be able to consolidate on the positive achievements while things that will promote Christianity will be emphasized", he said

He assured that the ongoing project for the establishment of a College of Nursing and Midwifery will be continued to completion even as he solicited support and cooperation from the members.

Earlier, the immediate past Chairman, Rev Joshua Ray Maina, called for cooperation and unity among Christians. He lamented that things are not done in the right way in recent times, a development, he said, has negatively affected the growth of the Church.

He however said that the cordial relationship between Christians and Muslims in the state has improved, pointing out that it contributed to improving the peace experienced in the state.

Joshua Maina then encouraged the new executive members to see themselves as servants and leaders if they must succeed. He stressed that "you have to be one united entity, carry everybody along and be open in your leadership, so that you can gain the confidence of the followers". NNL.