The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for resisting pressures not to nominate Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem as president of the Court of Appeal.
The president of the Christian body, Dr Samson Ayokunle while congratulating the new PCA, also called on her to use her position to enthrone godliness and by that rebuff the desire of those who were opposed to her.
Justice Dongban-Mensem’s belated nomination was upon claims that there were pressures on Buhari not to appoint her upon her sex and Christian upbringing.
In a Statement issued and signed by his Special Assistant (Media &Communications), Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the CAN president commended President Muhammadu Buhari for resisting the pressure mounted on him by some forces not to send her name to the Senate for confirmation.
“We were not unaware of the plot to deny her of the exalted office despite her enviable reputation and credentials but those forces were frustrated with the resolve of the President to ensure justice and fairness prevail over selfish interest,” he said.
According to the leadership of the Christian body, CAN, the confirmation of Justice Monica 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 nation where everyone has a sense of belonging irrespective of his religious, political and ethnic affiliations.
The statement maintained that “We at CAN, will not cease to pray for the peace, unity and stability of the country. We will also continue to pray for all President Muhammadu 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.”