Can mourns Desmond Tutu, says he’ll be remembered for his advocacy role

December 31, 2021
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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has commis­erated with the government and the people of South Afri­ca over the demise of Bishop Desmond Tutu.

At the same time, while highlighting his works and role as a potent voice against the defunct apartheid system of racial segregation and white minority, CAN recalled how the late cleric contributed to the release of the foremost anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990.

His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Ayokunle, CAN Pres­ident, in a message described Tutu as a great oracle of God, stating: “We thank God for a life well spent by His great servant, who used every giv­en opportunity to speak a po­tent voice against the defunct apartheid system of racial segregation and white mi­nority rule in South Africa.

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The revered Bishop was a South African Anglican bishop and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was also the first African Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996. He was also known as a theologian who sought to fuse the Black Theology with African Theology.

“We recalled with nostal­gia when from 1978 to 1985, Tutu was the General -Sec­retary of the South African Council of Churches. That was when he emerged as one of the most prominent oppo­nents of South Africa’s apart­heid system of racial segre­gation and white minority rule. Although an activist, he was an advocate of non­violent protest and foreign economic pressure to bring about universal suffrage. In 1985, he became Bishop of Jo­hannesburg and in 1986 the Archbishop of Cape Town, the most senior position in southern Africa’s Anglican hierarchy.

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