*Pledges more support
Oyo State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) commended the State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi for his support for the maiden Soccer for Christ Under-16 Championship, the final of which the governor was ably represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr Gbade Ojo last weekend at the Mainbowl of Lekan Salami Stadium Adamasingba, Ibadan.
The state CAN chairman, Pastor Benjamin Akanmu, in a statement in Ibadan said that the Christian Community in the state noted the governor’s determination to ensure religious harmony in the state through his deliberate impartial disposition to all religions in the state, stressing that this was a rare balancing that has made the state the most peaceful state in the entire country.
The statement which was signed by the state CAN Secretary, Canon Segun Babatunde said that the Association was grateful that the governor could delegate the calibre of the state Chief of Staff to represent him at the event inspite of the very short notice, stressing that the swift response clearly indicated the high esteem the governor and his government held Christians in the state.
The state CAN subsequently assured the governor of its support in his endeavour to achieve a true and just state that would be a model for the entire nation.
Saying that Soccer for Christ Under-16 Championship was an annual tournament and first of its kind in the annals of Nigerian football, Oyo CAN called on all Nigerian individuals, institutions and corporate organisations to rally the tournament in subsequent years, stressing that “this way they would be furthering the spread of the Gospel, save the youths from delinquencies and focus their attention on football which is the world’s most lucrative industry.”
The epic finals saw the CAC Agbala-Itura walked over the Molete Baptist Church to win the bronze, while the Triumphant Assembly Church succumbed to silver medal having lost to Samuel Oluniyi Evangelical Ministry (SOEM) who emerged eventual winners of the maiden trophy through penalty.