Rev. Supo Ayokunle, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and two other Nigerian religious leaders has been elected to the council of Religions for Peace to join additional seat already occupied by the country.
Religions for Peace, founded in 1970, is an international coalition of representatives from the world’s religions dedicated to promoting peace.
The ongoing 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace has elected three prominent religious leaders from Nigeria into her Council, the highest leading body of the UN linked world organisation for peace.
His Eminence Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affair (NSCIA) is now a Co-Moderator of the Organization technically replacing His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja who has been a founding Co-Moderator of the Organization.
The President of Christian Association of Nigeria, His Eminence Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle and His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan are now Honorary Presidents of the Council.
The Council also confirmed the election of Professor Azza Karam an experienced erudite scholar and UN staff as the new Secretary General of the Organisation. Prof. Azza Karam a Muslim Egyptian woman replaces Dr. William Vendley. Prof. Karam is the First African and woman to have risen to that position.
A Nigerian woman and Catholic Sister Agatha Chikelue DMMM is also elected as woman representative of Women of Faith into the Council.