Group berates CAN … Warns against dragging Christians into politics

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has been warned against politicizing and polarizing the Christendom ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The Concerned Christian Forum of Nigeria, while giving the warning on Sunday, asked the CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle to desist from what it termed unacceptable mission of forcefully dragging Christianity into partisan politics.
The Christian group was reacting to the recent demands from President Muhammadu Buhari by the CAN leadership at a recent parley in Abuja.
Ayokunle, had during the meeting asked President Buhari to release former NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and leader of the Shiites, Malam Ibrahim El-Zakzaky from detention.
Leader of the CCFN, James Amedu, while reacting, however, called on the leadership of the Christian body to always seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit before embarking on any visit or making comments on sensitive issues concerning the state of the nation.
Amedu alleged that those that visited Buhari were only playing “approach the highest bidder” game just to make themselves visible as a force to reckon with.
His words, “We like to state from the onset that the visit and the series of utterances the platform was used to deliver run contrary to the Christian creed.
“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 his gun running scandal in South-Africa.
“There may be no scientific polling but we feel the burden in our soul as to the number of the faithful 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.
“The reactions from the public discourse space is that Rev Dr Samson Olasupo A. 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.

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