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Former Christian Association, CAN President, Cardinal Onaiyekan To Deliver Lecture At Pyrates Confraternity’s Anniversary

Cardinal Onaiyekan
December 5, 2022

This includes a keynote lecture by a former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and Prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan.


The National Association of Seadogs, Pyrates Confraternity, as part of activities commemorating its 70th anniversary, has rolled out a programme of events slated for Friday, 9, 10, and 11 December, 2022.

This includes a keynote lecture by a former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and Prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan.

The lecture would be at a special Citizens’ Summit for the 70th Anniversary Lecture which is to be held in Abuja on Saturday, 10 December 2022.

A statement signed by the NAS Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje stated that the Citizens Summit, being an initiative of #OurVotesCount, an advocacy programme of the organisation, is aimed at advocating for a "purposeful democratic election as a critical first-step solution in effectively challenging the ills militating against the attainment of the full potential of Nigeria." 

According to him, the Citizens’ Summit is expected to attract political leaders, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials, intelligence community/security agencies and relevant stakeholders.

The event will review the nation's state and propose strategies to lead to a future “where the potentials of Nigeria can be translated into a reality of progress and prosperity.”

“With the 2023 General Elections approaching and the desperate state of the nation, we plan to leverage our 70th Anniversary for agenda setting to drive soul searching and proactive action towards deliberate nation-building,” he added.

Also listed in the programme of events is the unveiling of an investigative report on the State of Nigerian Embassies and Consulates around the world.

According to him, the investigative report, independently funded by the Pyrates Confraternity, is to be unveiled at a ceremony that will have in attendance officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members of the Diplomatic Corps and other relevant stakeholders.

Owoaje disclosed that the report which identified the age-old difficulties that Nigerians experience with consular services abroad is geared towards provoking conversations that would reshape the status and operational efficiency of Nigerian Foreign Missions to deliver representation that citizens would be proud of.

The activities kick off with “Weekend of Service to Humanity" in alignment with the theme of the Platinum Jubilee: 70 Years of Service to Humanity

Across five continents of Africa, America, Australia, Asia and Europe, our members in 60 Decks (chapters) will observe the “Weekend of Service to Humanity between Friday December 9th, 2022 and Sunday December 11th. This activity entails members embarking on community projects and events with a dedicated focus on specific United Nations Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), especially the four SDGs, Pyrates are strategically passionate about championing.

Shedding light on the activity, Owoaje stated that the “Weekend of Service to Humanity'' will feature projects centred around specific United Nations  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These community interventions across many communities in Nigeria, the USA, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Canada, The Netherlands, Japan and Australia are designed to demonstrate practical steps towards the attainment of a just society”,  a core principle of the Pyrates Confraternity. For wherever the community of man needs a helping hand, in whatever cause or struggle, to enthrone this principle, the Pyrate must be first.”