The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has congratulated the new President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, on her appointment.
In a statement issued and signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, CAN president, Dr Samson Ayokunle, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for resisting alleged pressure mounted on him by some forces not to send her name to the Senate for confirmation.
CAN said it wished Dongban-Mensem a successful tenure in her service to the nation and prayed God to grant her wisdom, knowledge, understanding, courage, commitment, good health and sound mind needed to serve and finish strong and well.
“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,” the statement reads in part.
According to the leadership of the Christian body, the confirmation of Dongban-Mensem as the President of the Court of Appeal showed that President Buhari was being sensitive to the aspiration and yearnings of the populace to have a nation where everyone had a sense of belonging irrespective of his religious, political and ethnic affiliations.
The statement reads further: “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 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.
“It is well with Nigeria and her citizens in Jesus Name”.