Christian group lampoons CAN for meddling in politics.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), received a tongue lashing from another Christian group, Concerned Christian Forum of Nigeria (CCFN), for ridiculing the Christian faith with its recent political utterances.
Elder James Amedu, the coordinator of the group, while addressing journalists in Abuja, condemned in strong terms, attempts by CAN elements to politicise Christendom even as the country builds up towards the 2019 general elections.
Accusing the CAN of unholy meddling in politics with its utterances, which according to him, only portrays the association as a PR arm of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking further, Amedu says some CAN leaders are engaging in acts of profanation by campaigning for selected political office seekers under the veil of prophesying.
Amedu besought the concerned leaders to stop making their own political inclination and convictions appear as the voice of God in their self fabricated prophecies, pointing out that such acts have brought desecration and abuse to their offices.
According to him, “There may be no scientific polling but we feel the burden in our soul as to the number of the faithfuls whose belief and faith in Christianity waxed cold on account of Christendom being politicised.
Even CAN itself lost the participation of certain member blocs. It has taken a long period and intense efforts at healing and again uniting Christians in the land, which presupposes that the current CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle, would have sought direction from Holy Spirit before again dragging the association into politics.
“We will like to refresh memories to this time four years ago on the approach to the 2015 General Elections. It was a period that the Christian faith was ridiculed repeatedly because the then CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, reduced the association into the outsourced PR firm of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Things got so bad that CAN was practically dragged into a gun running scandal in South-Africa.”
He maintained that Christian faithfuls are especially concerned that the body of Christ is once again being dragged into the muddy waters of Nigerian politics by the leadership of CAN.
Referring to a recent visit of the leadership of CAN to the Presidential Villa, the CCFN coordinator said, “we made this assertion for the following reasons: The reactions from the public discourse space is that Rev. Samson Ayokunle and the team that visited President Buhari are playing “approach the highest bidder” game in which they are making themselves visible as a force to reckon with so that the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, can approach them with his monetary bid to take sides with him.
This is most unfortunate as CAN is rapidly being dragged back to the Oritsejafor era with all the damages likely to be done to the Christian Faith.”
“The CAN team overreached itself and plodded into territories with which it is not familiar.
On the demands made by CAN on president Mohammadu Buhari, to always act in “total adherence to the rule of law as is required by the country’s constitution and democracy by making sure that those whose bails have been granted by competent courts like the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and leader of the Shiites, Mallam Ibrahim El-Zakzaky are released from detention to enjoy the bail granted them by the courts of law.”
The CCFN coordinator said, “they, for instance, asked that Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Leader of the Shiites, Malam Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, should be released from detention”.
People are now asking if CAN leaders are supportive of the kind of theft that Dasuki engaged in or that they are continuing the legacy of the immediate past leadership of CAN, which was unclothed in bed with Dasuki.
Amedu also queried CAN’s moral justification to comment on the continued occupation of office for service chiefs. “The aspect of the security chiefs having overstayed their welcome is one that we find dangerous because of how it can be interpreted to cause the collapse of Christendom should the same be applied to us.
“Let us not forget that there is a Corporate Governance Code by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria that was issued on October 17, 2016 which would have ended the eternal tenure of some those that are making this call.
They found it outrageous that they could be told to serve limited term yet they are accusing Service Chiefs of having overstayed their tenure when they have not been four years in office. It will be interesting to see how the CAN leadership will react if the Corporate Governance Code is applied to confirm they have overstayed their own tenure in their various churches.”