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08:01

2 of 66 abducted Kaduna worshippers killed, others in danger – CAN




One week after, two of the 66 worshippers abducted from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kakau Daji, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have been killed by bandits, the Christian Association of Nigeria said on Sunday.


They were said to have been abducted on October 31 2021 during church service.

The Vice President of CAN (19 Northern States and Abuja) and its chairman in Kaduna State, Rev Joseph Hayab, disclosed the development these in a message sent to The PUNCH on Sunday.


According to him, the bandits opened fire on five of their victims on Saturday and killed two while three others who sustained injuries “are currently in the hospital.”

Hayab said, “Two of the 66 worshipers abducted on Sunday October 31, 2021 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kakau Daji, Chikun LGA of Kaduna State have been killed by their captors.


“The bandits opened fire on five of their victims on Saturday November 6, 2021 and killed two, while three others seriously injured are currently in the hospital.

“The lives of Kaduna abducted worshipers are in danger and require urgent intervention of government and security agencies.


“The insecurity in Kaduna State has continued to grow beyond our imagination and is threatening the peace of the nation.


“CAN Kaduna State is appealing to well-meaning individuals, organisations, those in authority, especially the Federal Government and the international community to come to our rescue.


“The evil we are experiencing is more than what an ordinary person in Kaduna and Nigeria can handle.


“CAN is appealing to all Christians and people of our state to be united in fighting this evil and be watchful.”


When contacted to make further clarification, especially how the injured were taken to the hospital and whether they were taken there by the bandits, Hayab declined further comments, saying “we are not happy with this news. We are in pains.” Punchng

00:11

Bauchi Christians ready to take COVID-19 vaccine – CAN tells State govt



The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Bauchi State on Sunday assured the state government of readiness by Christian faithful in the state to take the COVID-19 vaccine as long as it will be made available.

DAILY POST had reported that the state governor, Governor Bala Mohammed had, while flagging off the second phase of vaccination in the state recently, lamented that the Christian community had shown a lackadaisical attitude to taking the COVID vaccine.

The governor, while saying the state government would hold consultations with the leadership of the Christian community in the state, informed that some Christian faithful saw the Covid-19 vaccine as the Antichrist, hence its rejection by them.

However, the CAN chairman in the state, Reverend Abraham Damina Dimeus, gave the assurance of the faithful’s readiness to take the vaccine when he led other Christians to take the first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine at the Bishara Baptist Church premises in Bauchi, the state capital.

While submitting that COVID-19 vaccination is very important, Dimeus assured that Christians in the state will make themselves available to take the vaccine.

He said the impression that Christians were not ready to take the vaccine was erroneous and dangerous and they were obedient citizens.

“There was an erroneous misconception that Christians in Bauchi State were not ready to take the vaccine. That was a dangerous insinuation; Christians are obedient people and are always ready to obey constituted authorities.

“As you can see, we as leaders of CAN have mobilised our members to come out to take the vaccine. Last week, a team was at All Saints Methodist Church during the revival programme of the state chapter of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) and today, we are here in Bishara Baptist Church.”

While accepting the fact that there was initial apathy by people as a result of little education on the vaccine, Rev Dimeus said with proper education now, the people were ready and trooping out to take the vaccine.

According to him, the vaccine was not harmful as many people had taken it and did not die, wondering why the Christian faithful should be afraid to take it.

In his words, the CAN chairman said, “there was initial apathy by the people because there was no proper education. But now that the people have been well educated and informed about the exercise, you can see them trooping out to be vaccinated.

“The vaccine is not harmful; many people have taken it and they did not die. Why then should Christians be afraid to take it.

“We have done enough mobilisation and our people are ready to take it because God has commanded us so to do.”

Talking about the turnout of Christians to take the vaccine, Dimeus said he was satisfied with how the faithful turned out for the vaccination.

He reiterated the fact that Christians in the state are ready for the vaccination exercise, assuring that whatever number of vaccines allocated for the exercise would be exhausted.

The CAN chairman then appealed to the general public in Bauchi State to not only embrace the COVID-19 vaccine but also come out en masse to take it, as, according to him, “prevention is far better than looking for cure after infection”.

“The vaccine is free for now, I am very sure that in the nearest future people will not get it even with their money. It is better to take it now,” Rev Dimeus admonished.

It would be recalled that only recently seven intending Christian pilgrims from Bauchi State were prevented from going to Israel for their refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Dailypost
06:43

CAN flays President Buhari’s claim that 90% Boko Haram victims are Muslims


The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has said that it is not true that Boko Haram insurgency has claimed the lives of more Christians than Muslims.


He argued that the contrary was the case, insisting that “90 per cent” of deaths from attacks by the terrorists were Muslims.

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Buhari gave his position in an op-ed published in Speaking Out, a guest opinion column for Christianity Today, a United States-based magazine.

The op-ed was a tribute to the Michika Local Government Area Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Adamawa State, the late Pastor Lawan Andimi.


The cleric was executed by Boko Haram. The op-ed was titled, “Buhari: Pastor Andimi’s faith should inspire all Nigerians.”

Buhari in the op-ed said it was not true that Christians were the primary targets of Boko Haram insurgents.

The President of CAN, Reverend Supo Ayokunle, had in Ibadan on Sunday, urged Buhari to rise up to his responsibility of protecting lives and property in the country.


Citing the killing of Andim and a student of the University of Maiduguri, Ropvil Dalyep,  he said there was no doubt that the Boko Haram insurgents were targeting Christians.

Reacting to the notion that Boko Haram targeted only Christians, Buhari disagreed, urging Nigerians to see the insurgents as common enemies they must team up to fight collectively.


He also wrote that since he assumed office in 2015, his regime had not relented in fighting the insurgents, adding that to a large degree, the insurgents had been weakened by the Nigerian Armed Forces.

He stated that the weakened Boko Haram groups had resorted to pitting Christians against Muslims.

The President urged both Christian and Muslim leaders to stop blaming other religions for attacks and killings by the insurgents.


He admitted that the war against the insurgents had not been won completely, but stated  that Christianity was not under attacks in Nigeria.

Paying tribute to the late CAN chairman in Adamawa State, the President recalled the clergy man’s sacrifices and good work as a Christian leader, noting that his lifestyle and faith in God should inspire all Nigerians. Punch
04:03

In Kaduna: Gunmen kill Baptist pastor says CAN


The Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State on Wednesday claimed that gunmen killed one of its pastors in Asso, in the Jema’a Local Government Area of the state.



The CAN Chairman in the state, Rev. Joseph Hayab, identified the deceased as Rev. Alhamdu Mandadus of the Baptist Church, Asso.

He told our correspondent that the incident occurred around noon on Wednesday on the victim’s farm.

According to him, the military men deployed in the area took the corpse of the cleric to an unknown destination.

The CAN leader said, “Gunmen killed Rev. Alhamdu Mangadus of Baptist Church, Asso, today (Wednesday). He was shot dead on his farm and the attackers injured another fellow from Tanda. We are going back to the era of senseless killings. When will people be safe to go out and seek food to feed their families?”



He called on the government to secure the lives and property of the citizens.

As of the time of filing this report, the police had yet to confirm the killing of the cleric.

The spokesman for the command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, promised to get back to our correspondent as soon as he contacted the relevant officer in the area.(Punch)



02:54

CAN hails govt on it stance against same sex marriage, transgender in Nigeria


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has hailed the Federal Government for its stance against same sex marriage and transgender sexuality in the country.



President of the association, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, on Tuesday in Abuja, described stance of the government on same sex marriage as a right step in the right direction.

In a statement by his spokesman, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, CAN lamented how such immoral practices were gaining popularity in the society, describing it as evil and abomination.

The statement read in part: “At the creation, God created male and female, so, the so-called transgender is evil and ungodly



“I commend the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, for his campaign against lesbianism, homosexuality, transgender and other social vices.

“Our Constitution and extant laws have no place for obnoxious practices such as same sex marriage or homosexuality, transgender, sodomy and related practices. They are an abomination before God and they are alien to our culture as a people.

“Unfortunately it is being embraced by ‘some of our misguided brothers, sisters and friends.'”(Dailypost)


09:56

COZA pastor rape latest: CAN disowns officials that back Fatoyinbo

The Christian Association of Nigeria has said it did not approve of the solidarity visit paid to the embattled senior pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly(COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, who was accused of rape by the wife of singer, Timi Dakolo, Busola, and another anonymous lady.



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“The attention of the President of CAN, Rev. Dr. Samson O. A. Ayokunle has been called to a report and a video clip going round that Christian Association of Nigeria has sent her officials to Commonwealth of Zion Assembly(COZA) Church to stand by the Senior Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo on the rape allegation against him,” CAN’s national director of legal and public affairs,” Evangelist Barrister Kwamkur Samuel Vondip said in a statement.


“This message is to categorically inform the Christian leaders, the general public and all lovers of truth that CAN or the President of CAN did not approve and knows nothing about such a solidarity visit,” he added.

In viral footage, the president of CAN Abuja, Reverend Jonah Samson and CAN President North Central, Reverend Israel Akanji on Sunday addressed the COZA members pledging supports for Fatoyinbo.

“I assure you that we are with you and we will continue to be with you. We are in support of the church. We are in support of your pastor. We stand by him and this church will continue to match forward,” Reverend Jonah said.

This, however, provoked backlash on social media as many condemned the association of taking sides without investigation.
Evangelist Vondip said the two officials did what they did on their own and affirmed that they “would not jump into passing judgment without a thorough investigation of the matter.”
“The President of CAN is in communication with the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude and has given the right to investigate the allegations to PFN and then revert to CAN,” Evangelist Vondip said.

“We can tell you that PFN has already constituted a panel that is investigating this matter and in less than two weeks, the outcome of the investigation will come out, ” he added.
Busola Dakolo accused Fatoyinbo of raping her when she was a teenager in an interview. She described how he allegedly groomed her as she attended his then fellowship group, Divine Delight Club – which later transformed into Coza – giving her books, visit her at home, singling her out to sing at meetings and driving her around in his Mercedes.

She claims he then came to her family home early one morning when her mother was away and raped her in the living room, as her sister slept upstairs.
Afterwards, she said Fatoyinbo went to get a bottle of Krest, a fizzy lemon drink, from his car and forced her to drink it, saying: “You should be happy that a man of God did this to you.” She was 16.
He allegedly raped her again a week later on his car bonnet, after insisting on driving her home. Dakolo claimed he said: “You’ll be fine. This thing is not a new thing. Men of God do this.”

She said after she told her family what transpired between the pastor and her, he came to her house with other senior members of the church and apologised, saying the alleged rapes were “a weakness” and “an act of the devil”.

Fatoyinbo denied the allegations saying: “I have never in my life raped anybody even as an unbeliever and I am absolutely innocent of this.”
A few days after another former member of the church alleged that Fatoyibo raped her.
She said the incident happened in 2017 at the Fatoyinbo’s house.
The pastor has since issued a statement saying he was taking “a leave of absence from the pulpit” to “submit to the concerns of (his) spiritual mentors”, and that he did not understand all that was happening. (The Guardian)

23:28

Rape Saga: We don’t support Pastor Fatoyinbo — CAN


The leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has refuted the claim that they are behind Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo on the alleged rape allegation.




This followed a new video that surfaced online, where some representatives of CAN visited the Abuja branch of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) during last Sunday’s church service,
The video reportedly shows the CAN officials pledging to stand by Fatoyinbo, who has been accused of rape by Mrs Busola Dakolo, the wife of popular singer, Timi Dakolo, and another anonymous lady.


Mrs Dakolo granted an interview where she alleged that Fatoyinbo, who was her pastor, allegedly raped her in her father’s apartment when she was 17 and had sex with her on other occasions.


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The news was greeted with widespread condemnation and a protest was staged in front of COZA churches in Abuja and Lagos.


These prompted Fatoyinbo to step down as the senior pastor of the church.
He later released a statement, denying the allegation and vowing to challenge his accusers in court.
The Abuja CAN Chairman, Rev. Jonah Samson and its Northcentral counterpart, Rev. Israel Akanji, addressed COZA congregation last Sunday in Abuja.


Refuting the claimed support for Fatoyinbo, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant (Media and Communications) to CAN President Samson Ayokunle, told The Nation on phone that the church leaders were not there to support the alleged crime.


He added: “What happened is this: they did not support the pastor of COZA, Biodun Fatoyinbo. The Chairman of CAN Abuja, Reverend Jonah Samson and CAN Chairman for Northcentral, Reverend Israel Akanji, who addressed the congregation, did not pledge their support; they did not endorse Fatoyinbo.




“I want you to go to COZA video and listen to it. These leaders told them that COZA is located within our jurisdiction. ‘That is why we came here to tell you that we are praying for your pastor and members of the church.’ That’s what they said. They did not say Fatoyinbo committed the crime or he did not do it. They did not say that Fatoyinbo is guilty or not. That issue did not come up.”


Also, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has set up a three-man panel to investigate the rape allegation.
A PFN source told our correspondent that the investigating team had started work and several things were being put into consideration.


The source said: “Another update is that the PFN has set up a three-man panel to investigate the allegation. Just wait and see what the panel will come up with. It will interest you what will be revealed.” (The Nation)
01:26

COZA saga: Outrage as CAN sides with Fatoyinbo over rape allegations


The decision of two leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria to visit the Abuja branch of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly on Sunday has provoked a social media backlash.




In a viral footage the president of CAN Abuja, Reverend Jonah Samson and CAN President North Central, Reverend Israel Akanji addressed the church pledging their  supports for the Senior Pastor of COZA, Biodun Fatoyinbo, who has been accused of rape by the wife of singer, Timi Dakolo, Busola, and another anonymous lady.


”I assure you that we are with you and we will continue to be with you. We are in support of the church. We are in support of your pastor. We stand by him and this church will continue to match forward,” Reverend Jonah said.


The Guardian cannot categorically report that the two Reverends were sent to the church by the national body of the association. But the acting general secretary of CAN, Joseph Daramola, a few days ago said the CAN leadership was already seeking ways to address the issues to heal every wound already inflicted on the parties concerned and the body of Christ in general.


Twitter users described the two pastors visit and their address as “disgusting” and “insensitive”.
“This is disgusting to watch. It’s amazing to see CAN, which should be an impartial adjudicator in the matter unabashedly taking sides like this,” posted one Twitter user.
Another comment read,” I watched that video of the CAN representatives at COZA and I am utterly disgusted at the Christianity that they pretend to practice.”


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Dakolo accused Fatoyinbo of raping her when she was a teenager in an interview. She described how he allegedly groomed her as she attended his then fellowship group, Divine Delight Club – which later transformed into Coza – giving her books, visiting her at home, singling her out to sing at meetings and driving her around in his Mercedes.


She claims he then came to her family home early one morning when her mother was away and raped her in the living room, as her sister slept upstairs. Afterwards, she said Fatoyinbo went to get a bottle of Krest, a fizzy lemon drink, from his car and forced her to drink it, saying: “You should be happy that a man of God did this to you.” She was 16.


He allegedly raped her again a week later on his car bonnet, after insisting on driving her home. Afterwards, Dakolo claimed he said: “You’ll be fine. This thing is not a new thing. Men of God do this.”




She said after she told her family what had allegedly happened, he came to her house with other senior members of the church and apologised, saying the alleged rapes were “a weakness” and “an act of the devil”.
Fatoyinbo quickly denied the allegations saying: “I have never in my life raped anybody even as an unbeliever and I am absolutely innocent of this.”
A few days after another former member of the church alleged that Fatoyibo raped her.
She said the incident happened in 2017 at the Fatoyibo’s house.


The pastor has since issued a statement saying he was taking “a leave of absence from the pulpit” to “submit to the concerns of (his) spiritual mentors”, and that he did not understand all that was happening. (The Guardian)
21:14

CAN, PFN rebuff calls for Pastor Adeboye’s suspension


The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and its parent body, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), have described those calling for the suspension of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor E.A. Adeboye, for refusing to take a stance on the Ruga project and Leah Sharibu’s abduction as being ill-advised.




PFN President, Dr. Felix Omobude, speaking in Benin on Wednesday while reacting to the protest by some groups, said that while PFN respects the rights of the people to protest, it believes that protests should be done justly. He added that those who embarked on protests should have conducted their investigation properly before embarking on it.


“While we acknowledge the right to protest, the PFN appreciates the concern by the group but it must note that its action will be better achieved, if directed at the appropriate quarters and not persons and organisations that have already highly invested in the process of bringing resolution to the issues raised.


“Those who are accusing Adeboye of complicity are not abreast with the realities on ground and how often he has stood up against injustice and also how much he has contributed to the rehabilitations of the victims of insurgency in the country,” he said. 


“Pastor Adeboye has been a part of the visioning and policy formulation process of the PFN, signing on to all the statements issued by the PFN on issues of national affairs,” he added. 


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Dr. Omobude said that on the issues of concern to the group, Pastor Adeboye’s positions are exactly as have been canvassed by PFN on numerous occasions.

CAN, on its part, urged the protesters to direct their future protests to the government.

The association made its position known in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by its National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Mr Samuel Vondip.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some protesters, including Charly Boy, Idris Abdulkareem and Baba Fryo on Monday staged a peaceful protest at the RCCG Redemption Camp on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The protesters called on Adeboye to speak up against what they termed the injustice in the country.

“While we appreciate the concern of the protesters over the issues they raised and the call for a better nation, we strongly believe that singling out one of our leaders and members, to say the least, is unfair.

“The entire exercise, in our view, was ill-motivated. The people who staged this insulting protest against a highly revered Servant of God in the person of Pastor Adeboye are totally ignorant of the operations of CAN.


“It needs to be known to all that Adeboye had addressed the press on several occasions, saying that as a ‘man under authority’, he cannot speak on issues that CAN or PFN have spoken about,” Vondip said.


He said that any protest against Adeboye would be viewed by CAN as a systematic insult against church leaders in Nigeria.

“Why should any group of people think that it is their right to protest and demand that Pastor Adeboye must speak on the issues they listed when CAN and PFN had spoken about them?

“On about three occasions, CAN had taken many of the issues raised by the protesters to President Muhammadu Buhari

“CAN had requested the government to do more to get the people in Boko Haram captivity released.
“We specifically mentioned the remaining Chibok girls, Leah Sharibu, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the Islamic preacher who is still kept in detention against the ruling of the court,” he said.

Vondip said that CAN had also spoken to those in government, especially the Christians among them who were members of the association, to speak for the oppressed in the country.


He added that they had been urged to defend their faith rather than explaining away evils in order to protect their jobs and daily bread.

The CAN national director also added that on some occasions, the association had written the National Assembly for their intervention.



“While we understand the frustration of those who organised the protest, we are against the method they adopted by directing their anger against an innocent man.

“Adeboye will never support oppression and he has been speaking against these evils in the land through CAN and, on several occasions, in his sermons.
“We further urge those who protested to direct their future protests at those in government who should do more to free those who have been in captivity for no sins of theirs.

“They should direct their protest against the people in power to make the nation safer from the attacks of herdsmen, kidnappers, ritual killers, armed robbers, armed bandits and Boko Haram terrorists.

“We have no gun to fight our battles except to speak out as we have been doing and never at the same time give up praying to God who can do all things,” he added. NAN and Daily Trust
21:07

COZA: Investigating team will unravel hidden issues — CAN


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has assured hidden issues surrounding the rape allegation against Founder of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly(COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, by celebrity photographer, Busola Dakolo will be unravelled by its investigating team.




CAN Ag. General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, vowed the investigating team will carry out its work without fear or favour.

He spoke with our correspondent on Wednesday in Abuja while giving an update on the rape saga.

Daramola said: “We do not want to limit the investigation because it is very wide. We all know that there is something hidden in this issue. Without sentiment nobody is condoning any criminal act.


“I am a lawyer and before you can prove offence of rape successfully, you have to consider so many things. You have to prove beyond every reasonable doubt before you can establish any rape case.


“One cannot easily have his way into a woman, it is not possible and here we are talking about rape. If you look at the entire story, one has to do proper investigation.

“For example if the court wants to look into it a lot of things will be considered. Church elders will interrogate Fatoyinbo without fear or favour. There is no pastor that people don’t tempt.

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“We have gotten to a place where our thinking faculty has to be sharpened. And we have to reason like human beings. The investigation will be concluded soon but it has to be properly conducted.”


Bishop Peter Ogunmuyiwa, the coordination Chaplain of the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja, who is also the Bishop African Church, Diocese of Abuja, said the church must conduct proper investigation into the accusation


According to him: “We are on the same page on this matter. The truth is that, the ministry of Jesus Christ is to save and not to destroy. And if our ministry is to save when even there is a member who has done wrong, the first thing that is to come into our mind is how do we face the situation?


“Then after which you now deal with it in accordance to the scripture. And generally the ministry of Christ is to redeem mankind.



“So this case calls for prayers and caution. Even if it is truth and it has not been established as truth, so the entire story is to be investigated. The church has to be very careful because, we are not supposed to be judgmental.

“And if eventually anyone of them is found wanting at the end of the investigation then we will look at the scripture. As it is now we see both the accuser and the accused innocent until anyone of the is found wanting.

“The lady also may be found guilty. As much as we frown at sin, we should not easily condemn people when it is not legally proved. That is the position of CAN and the church.” (The Nation)

00:36

COZA rape saga: Sheathe your swords, we’re on top of the issue — CAN

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says it is seriously concerned about the allegation of rape involving the General Overseer of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.

In a statement issued on Sunday by its Acting General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola, CAN said: “It is disheartening how some commentators and columnists have been insulting the Body of Christ in Nigeria as a result of this incident.


“Like we have earlier stated, it doesn’t matter who is involved, rape is ungodly and reprehensible.”
Noting that the matter is being investigated, the association appealed to parties involved to sheath their swords.


“As we seek the help of CAN Elders and the Holy Spirit in resolving the current problem, it is our prayer that both parties will sheath their swords and stop the media war in the interest of the Church and for the greater glory of God,” it said. (Channels TV)
09:22

500 groups battle CAN President over unclean money



Embattled President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Supo Ayokunle, is in the eye of the storm once more following his visit to victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East barely one month to the presidential elections in CAN.      

     

Already, there is tension and division in CAN with a coalition of over 500 Christian organisations in Nigeria rejecting what they described “blood money given to the families of the victims killed by Boko Haram members and other insurgents.”
According to them, since the money may have been proceeds of what the CAN President got from his regular visits to President Muhammadu Buhari and other politicians, they were rejecting it because the Presidency was not concerned over the killing and persecution of Christians in Nigeria.

The resolutions of the over 500 Christian groups was contained in a communique entitled “The CAN President: A Kingdom Personal Non-Grata! You are not welcome here!”, issued in Abuja on Friday after their emergency meeting held at the national secretariat of CAN.      

     

The communique was signed by the President, Arewa Christians and Indigenous Pastors Association (ACIPA), Rev. Luke Shehu; President, Coalition of Christians Groups for Good Governance - Nigeria and Diaspora (COCGOG), Engr. Daniel Kadzai; President, Patriotic Christian Youths of Nigeria (PCYN), Evangelist Timothy Nasso; Spokesperson, Arise Christian Network, Pastor Joseph Zephaniah and President, Christian Youths Integrity Group, Godwin Yilpina.

The communique reads: “The blood of the believers killed in the North East are crying against the visit of Samson Supo Ayokunle. Please, we advise you to do the noble, this week like Judas whom you typified in the Church of Christ in Nigeria, lay down the money earned through conspiracy against the Christian faith and resign.
“You will do well, Sir, to let us know, if the CAN National Executive Council (NEC) or College of Bishops, met over your visit to make provision for funds which has enabled you to donate rice. Or is it a bread of affliction? Our people are determined not to partake in the licking of fingers dipped in the blood of our brethren. Money gotten from conspiracy against our faith is blood money and we will never be part of it. Tell us the value that commanded your congratulatory message, and resign now!”
They wondered why the CAN President would decide to visit the North East, North Central and North West, barely one month to the Presidential Election in CAN, describing it as political, but had refused to visit the family of Leah Sharibu who had been held in Boko Haram captivity for more than one year.

     

     
Leah Sharibu was one of the 110 female students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, who had been held in captivity since February 19, 2018 by Boko Haram terrorists on account of her Christian faith.
The groups said: “It was a week like this that Judas kissed Jesus, have you (Ayokunle) come like Judas to kiss us in your desperation to remain in office? But Judas came to himself after he realised it was wrong for him to have sold Jesus for 30 shekels of silver. For how much was the Christians in Nigeria sold?

“The President of CAN will need to clarify where the money he lavishly spent during his visit to the North East is coming from. Is it part of the reward of congratulating our persecutor (Buhari), the man under whose watch as the President, Christians are maimed, killed, livelihoods destroyed and are sacked from their homes? Today, the church has witnessed the highest number of Christians living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps under the supervision of Rev. Samson Supo Ayokunle.
“There is a man who will forever be remembered by Christians for his treachery: He is Rev. Samson Supo Ayokunle, the President of CAN, the Judas Iscariot of our time. No wonder he chose to embark on tour across Northern Nigeria ahead of Easter.
“The CAN President has betrayed not only the Nigeria Christians but also believers all over the world who are praying for the persecuted Christians and deeply touched by heinous killings of Christians in Nigeria.

“We are shocked! It was bad enough that the CAN President has battered our sacred institutions. CAN under his leadership is characterised by stinking corruption and terrible immorality amongst the officials. But the sad reality is that he has aligned himself with our tormentors just for money and relevance.      

     
“It is almost unthinkable that the CAN President can embark on a campaign visit to the North East, one month to the expiration of his troublesome tenure in office. Where was he when Christians are being abducted on daily basis, maimed and brutally murdered in the North East: Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and North Central: Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa and also Kaduna and Zamfara in the North West?

“While Christian organisations and leaders like ECWA, ACIPA, CNNC and others visited the parents of the abducted Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu, to pray with and encourage them, the CAN President chose to look the side and was busy negotiating visits to Aso Rock.

“Why is he coming few days to National Elections of CAN, when he has failed woefully and refused to constitute the Electoral College one month to the election?
“It is imperative to mention the failure of Ayokunle, in uniting Nigerian Christians at the most desperate time of their needs. Also, his total disregard and disrespect for the denominational heads as spiritual leaders and Nigeria Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) is the most greatest disservice and dishonour to the body of Christ and ecclesiastical hierarchy in Nigeria.      

     


“He is not welcome, because he has brought us down and caused so much  embarrassment to the body of Christ over his corrupt behaviour. He is an ethnic bigot who has turned CAN into Yoruba and Baptist affairs. Whoever is in doubt should find out the people on his entourage each time he travels or go bootlicking in Aso villa. He must not contemplate contesting the election because he has failed his church, Baptist and the Church in Nigeria.”
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