Fourteen northern state chairmen of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, have condemned the activities of some fifth columnists who are bent on destabilizing the church on account of the recently held election of the association and the subsequent handing over of the mantle of leadership.A statement signed yesterday by the 14 state chairmen expressed worry over activities of some persons bent on misleading the uninformed public about the just-concluded national election of CAN.
“We want to unequivocally refute the insinuations from certain quarters that the northern delegates were denied participation in both the NEC and General Assembly Elections,” the statement clarified, adding that “We were accredited, participated in all the processes and finally voted in line with the provisions of the CAN Constitution 2004 in the said election,” CAN said.
It would be recalled that Rev. Luka Shehu of the Concerned Christians of Nigeria, CCN and Hon. Peter Luka of the Northern Nigerian Christians, NNC, at the press conference also accused CAN of neglecting northern Christians affected by insurgency in the North-East.
They alleged that immediate past CAN President, Ayo Oritsejafor, deliberately frustrated the candidature of Rev. Jeremiah Gado of the TEKAN/ECWA bloc, to prevent the emergence of a northerner as CAN president.
Reacting to the allegations, the 14 CAN chairmen explained that as representatives of the states, the election of CAN 2016 was peaceful, fair and credible.
They said, “We are, however, shocked that despite the foregoing, the PRO of Northern CAN, Rev. Joseph John Hayab, who is supposed to be the image maker of Northern CAN, was reported to have presented a misleading and outright falsehood to the public, bearing in mind he was not a delegate to the said CAN elections.
“Our people from the various states of the North, whose duty is to watch over the spiritual and the moral well-being of our people, have never and cannot associate ourselves with such reckless statement that tend to divide the Church in Nigeria. “Our concern is to see the body of Christ in Nigeria, united, doing things together even as the motto of CAN is, “That they may be one”- John 17: 21.
“We are aware of a plot by some persons outside the fold using the likes of Hayab, one Shehu Loka, etc to divide the Church along South vs. North. This plot is not of Christ and it has failed woefully because the pastoral prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ in John 17:21 cannot be in vain,” the statement maintained.