The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, on Wednesday, disassociated itself from a group, Progressive Christian Clerics.
CAN also expressed dismay over the desperate move by the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu to garner support from any group, provided it bears the name, “Christian,” in its affirmation.
CAN Vice Chairman, Rev. John Hayab, while responding to questions from journalists in Kaduna on Wednesday wondered why the APC presidential candidate is so desperate at getting support from Christians and decided to liaise with a group that has nothing in common with Christians in Nigeria
He said a group codenamed, ‘Progressive Christian Clerics, North-West Zone’ is not a member of CAN or an affiliate of the Christian body.
DAILY POST recalls that a group, in a statement issued by its zonal chairman, Reverend Moses Bitrus of Arise and Shine Prophetic Ministry Kaduna, said its membership across the 19 northern states, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, had urged Nigerians to be more concerned about electing leaders with the capacity to tackle daring security challenges and economic problems militating against the country’s progress rather than issues of religious and ethnic sentiments.
But, Rev. Hayab denied the existence of such a group in Kaduna, saying he had lived all his life in Kaduna, and there had never been a time, such a group existed or had any connection with CAN.
“I have lived all my life in Kaduna and as a Minister of the gospel, being opportune to interact and know most of the Pastors in Kaduna.
“To the best of my ability, l don’t know the name of the zonal chairman nor the existence of a group like that. It is a pity that with the desperation of the APC presidential candidates to convince Nigerians that they are being supported by the Christians in the country, will definitely attract non-existent group of people in the name of Christians claiming to support their candidacy in order to milk them,” he said.
According to him, if Christians were important, he believed, they would have been consulted and carried along in the struggle for the presidency by APC in nominating the running mate to its presidential candidate.
He said using names, groups, and organisations that are alleged to be Christians will not change the reality of what CAN is talking about
The CAN Chairman explained that Christians in the country know the difference between their genuine leaders from opportunists parading as Christian groups, adding that Christian genuine leaders would continue to speak out against divisive actions in the polity of the nation so that generations yet unborn will have a peaceful and united country
According to him, anything that is not in the interest of all Nigerians, irrespective of their differences, CAN would not support it but will completely distance itself from such things that are meant to separate and cause suspicion, disharmony, and hatred among the good people of Nigeria that desired the best from the leadership of the country.
Rev. Hayab also said CAN would continue to preach peace, love, and unity among its adherents, believing that it is the only way they could live in peace without any form of suspicion, but togetherness among Nigerians.