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Internal crisis: You can pull out, CAN dares Catholics



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…says they are appendage of PDP

The Christian Association of Nigeria has reacted to the threat by the Catholic block to pull out of the organization blaming their action on the loss of the Presidency of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria to Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

Oritsejafor also doubles as the President of CAN.

The Public Relations Officer of the 19 Northern States of CAN and Abuja, Mr. Sunny Oibe, in an interview with Journalists on Wednesday night also accused Catholics of arrogance.

He said, “There is no division in CAN and we are all speaking with one language. There are some certain elements in the leadership of PFN led by Cardinal John Onaiyekan because he lost PFN Presidency to Oritsejafor who has a lot of achievements.

“There is no need for anybody to lose sleep over the threat by Catholics to pull out of CAN because without them CAN will still continue. The constitution of CAN makes provision that membership can be terminated by any group that is misbehaving or any group can also terminate their membership.

“Why is it that when Catholics were in the leadership of CAN, every bloc supported them but now because power has changed hands, they are threatening to pull out and causing confusion?”

“They have been agitating that the Presidency of CAN must one from the South. They at appendage of PDP and PDP themselves. They are known for double standards. A man of God should not be double speaking.”

Accordding to Oibe who is also the spokesperson ofthe President of “Tarayar Ekklisiyar Kristi A Nijeriya”, a conglomeration of 13 church groups in CAN,
Catholics should not mislead the public even if they want to pull out.

He said, “The Catholics are claiming that the current CAN leadership has deviated from the vision of the founding fathers when they don’t even know how CAN came about. What did the Catholics know about the vision of the founding fathers?

“CAN was formed because of the marginalization of Christians in the North. The Christians in the North, particularly those of them from the TEKAN extraction came together and formed Northern Christian Association. It was that body that metamorphosed to CAN.”

According to him, during the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo when CAN was to be registered, “the leadership was given to them because Catholics were in leadership; I want o correct that impression because they have been telling the world that they are the founding fathers of CAN.”

Oibe said, “Catholics have accused the current CAN leadership led by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of being pro-government. But if you look at the whole scenario, you will be able to find out who between Oritsejafor and Onaiyekan is more close to government.

“The problem of Catholics is that they always display arrogance of knowledge. They don’t want to be under anybody but they want everybody to be under them. it doesn’t work like that because there is no seniority in CAN.”

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