Why we pulled out of CAN — Catholic bishops

Catholic Bishops of Nigeria
Catholic Bishops of Nigeria

The Christian Association of Nigerian, CAN, an umbrella body for the country’s teeming Christians, descended into full-blown crisis Wednesday with the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria making public its decision to pull out of the fold over  the way the Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor-led executive is running the association.

The Catholic bishop’s action is perhaps the first time in the  association’s 37-year history that any of its five blocs would pull out over alleged poor leadership and politicization of the association.

CAN was formed in 1976 by five Christian blocs in the country: the Christian Council of Nigeria; the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria; Organisation of African Instituted Churches, and the Evangelical Fellowship of West Africa.

But in a letter to Mr. Oritsejafor in September but made public Wednesday, the Catholics, one of the association’s most influential blocs, said it was temporarily exiting “over some recent attitudes, utterances and actions of the national leadership of CAN which in our opinion negate the concept of the foundation of the association and the desire of Our Lord Jesus Christ”.

The letter, dated September 24, 2012, is signed by Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBNC) and addressed to Mr. Oritsejafor.

Mr. Kaigama said his group was suspending “participation in CAN meetings at the national level until such a time the leadership of CAN reverse back to the original vision, mission and objectives  of CAN”.

Expatiating further on its grouse with the Oritsejafor-led leadership of the association, the bishops lamented that CAN had been politicized and was no longer being used to promote peace and unity in the country.

“CAN is being dragged into partisan politics thereby compromising the ability to play its true role as conscience of the nation and the voice of the voiceless,”  the bishops said.

Mr. Oritsejafor has often been accused of being divisive in the way he is running the association, often making comments in support of the Peoples Democratic Party-led federal government and President Goodluck Jonathan.

Some Christians believe he has pushed CAN into ignominy with his utterances and actions making Nigerians to regard the association as an arm of the PDP.

Mr. Oritsejafor became even more unpopular among his colleagues and around the country in late 2012 when he got a new jet as gift from unknown donors even as many more than 70 percent of Nigerians live below the poverty line.

He is yet to disclose the names of those who gave him the jet. But he maintained that the jet would enable him to travel  around Nigeria and the world for evangelism with little or no flight delay.

Read full letter below.

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  • Arinze

    Catholics will never cease fighting Anglicans. They can’t stand that Anglicans are running the show now.

    • Richard

      SMH… Arinze you must be a moron. Did you read the article and CBCN’s letter at all?

      • AGBO AKOR JOSEPH

        The world is bad not because of those who perpetuate evil but because of those who sit and let it happen.To make a move so that wrongs could be put right just as the Catholic Bishops have done is never a bad start but for those having day dreams,it is.
        So long as our capacity to savor a fulfillment is unimpaired,we keep on trying no matter how numerous the misses-we cannot learn from experience.It is only when a fulfillment no longer brings a singular joy that the slightest disappointment can teach us a lesson for good.Let the CAN President humble himself as a christian .The Cath.Bishops must have endured for some times before voicing out in a written form.Let them come together and face the issue in a matured way to forge ahead as beloved brethren period.

    • p town man

      @Arinze: did u̶̲̥̅̊ attend a midnight school? Look for somebody t̶̲̥̅̊ợ̣̣̇̇̇ explain things t̶̲̥̅̊ợ̣̣̇̇̇ Ɣõu̶̲̥̅̊.

    • ferdyokwu

      @Arinze, on the contrary, Catholics are collaborating with Anglicans because they know where and when and how their separation came about. It may interest you to know that over 600 Anglican/Episcopalin priests have come back to THE CHURCH in both the U.S and Britain! You are a “left behind” with your posturing.

    • ugo

      Arinze u just show dat u chose to remain an uninformed or misinformed gossip. Misinterpreting somethin obvious.

    • Sensible Naija

      Arinze people like u are the problem this country have. How could u vomit such rubbish ?? Come to think of it, is Pastor Ayo an Anglican ? You are the reason why Christians have issues with other religions

    • Mohammed Baba

      Arinze u are nothing but boko haram,u are the very problem Nigeria is facing,sit down and read this article properly.

  • Jude

    @ Arinze, you should have taken time to read the article before making your comment. there is no place that it was mentioned that they have issues with Anglicans, what they are saying is that the way the present CAN is being run as a political arm of the ruling party has become embarrassing to well meaning Christians.

  • Chybusky

    @Arinze, see how you sell yourself cheap, pls try read the article first or get someone to read and expalin it to you before commenting.

  • Bulus

    Premium Times will not stop showing their hate for GEJ. Why lie with Catholic church to say CAN president is supporting PDP when their letter never said such? Your media house is also involved in partisan politics just like Oritsejafor as your Ribadu and Rufai are part of your owners. Just report the truth without bending words to please your boss. For Catholic Bishops, I think they did the right thing cus Oritsejafor has lost the vision and mission just like most pentecostal pastors in Nigeria.

  • falaye oreoluwa

    Bravo catholics. Even though i was born christian but lost interest in religion matter since 1986 i always held catholic in high esteem for the way they fight in justice that rises frm government inrespective of who is holding power.

  • Frank Aghara

    I know it will come to this, that after the present leadership no penticoastal preacher will ever get that position again

  • jason jabez

    @Arinze i can see u r gay and hv bn matrimonized in the Anglican church by one of ur Gay Vicar! Where did u read bout Catholic fighting Anglican……? Catholics can’t ffight Anglicans nau…….u guys marry same sex and d bible does nt support tht! Meanwhile as a xtain I can’t comtinue to associate wth CAN wth Oristejaffor bn the head everytime I see him he strikes me like I see D’banj or Kanye west, men of God r meant to dress modest always, humility in God sight is a Virtue and gift of d holy spirit, do u know why ur vicars or priests wear cusac? Cos trends of fashion can never influence d robe/gown no matter hw costly a priest buys d yard for the garment its as good as china poply. Even if hv nt proven Oristejafor guilty of misconduct of leadership of CAN bt his public presence, utterance and contenance has de-valued any slight ounce of regard I cld ever have for him! Jesus Christ used feet, boat & donkey to preach d message &over 4billion hv heard of salvation oristejafor can barely boast of 1million convert!

    • Richard

      @Jason, can you not make your point without insulting Anglicans as a whole? Was that necessary?
      For your information, I am an Anglican, and I responded to Arinze earlier in this trail for speaking as a moron because what he said does not have any link whatsoever to the article we read. Also how do you know Arinze is gay? Intelligent and objective discussions or arguments are not held this way. Stick with the facts. Rofo-rofo discussions or arguments is low-life mentality and the responses from both sides continue endlessly without achieving anything for either side of the argument. Nonetheless you made some other good points though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Madubuaku/1662099675 Victor Madubuaku

    I think the Catholic Bishops are also playing politics too because I’ve not heard any of them threatening to pull their members out of Nigeria and yet we have serially had one of the worst successive Govts in Nigeria. I believe the present leadership of CAN has a tenure and it would have been more constructive to invoke sections of the CAN constitution to remove the leadership or wait out their tenure. The problem with us in this country is that we are being inundated by bad examples of poor leadership in all spheres of this nation and unfortunately even from Church leaders. The Catholic Bishops has once again shown another example of poor judgement!

    • ferdyokwu

      @facebook-1662099675:disqus, hear you: “The Catholic Bishops has once again shown another example of poor judgement!”
      Aren’t you playing Pontius Pilate?

    • Rasmonpali

      See yourself in 2014!

  • Mr. Myle

    @Bulus- Although I always read from the said media you are criticizing however pls when you talk do not talk with sentiment. I guess the paragraph speaks for itself. in case you missed it wordings- read again-(Mr. Oritsejafor has often been accused of being divisive in the way
    he is running the association, often making comments in support of the
    Peoples Democratic Party-led federal government and President Goodluck
    Jonathan.Some Christians believe he has pushed CAN into ignominy with his
    utterances and actions making Nigerians to regard the association as an
    arm of the PDP.)
    As an anonymous reader I guess neither Ribadu or Elrufai that said the above. for Jesus sake why do we talk ignorantly and at the end fooling ourselves.

    Read- (Titus 3:7) so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

  • pgeorge

    @Victor Maduagwu. Division, disunity and divisive politics is not a fundamental of catholicism. The said letter dated Septemper and just made public last Wednesday, was not accompanied with a press conference (a trend Ayo himself has mastered) so your suggestion of a political stance is highly misplaced. The CBN on the contrary had taken a more expedient approach presumedly by invoking d part of the constitution that allows it to suspend or even withdraw its membership. Recall the activities of CAN was at a point spear headed by the now Cardinal John Onayekan and reports of disunity and rancour were very distant phenomena. For the sake of emphasis your analogy is laughable. Nigerian Catholics did not form Nigeria. Replacing a constant fundamental spiritual position with geographical location is ridiculous.

  • kanmi abimbola

    The Catholics are playing poliitics in a wrong way. The timing of their action just played into the hands of BH. Must a Catholic head CAN at all cost? Pastor Ayo may be a radical and radicals are the salt of the earth. He is not GOd. All other leaders are to work to support a country’s leader, not to antagonize him. Pastor Ayo has raised the profile of CAN in Nigeria and abroad. CAN is a political organization, a pressure group. Let’s stop hypocrisy.

    • ORACLE

      can you see yourself now mr/s can?

    • Abiodun.

      Which is why the Catholics pulled out! They are not interested in being part of a political organization.

    • ejike

      look at the date of the letter and stop playing into the hands of politicians that want to use us

    • KEMKA S. IBEJI

      Am sure you are very ignorant of what CAN is and stand for? You do not also know how CAN is governed. Why not hide your ignorance? Must you always show you are not reasonable even in religious issues? Keep shut and learn first before commenting foul.

    • Rasmonpali

      Kanmi your fear for Bh will eventually kill you! Think man

    • Olajiga Olamide Timilehin

      Is it right for oritsejafor to abandon his patoral work in favour of the political and material ? But you did not reason these , your point in these matter is an off point becwuse it does not relate to the topic of discussion

  • Datti

    Despite my deep differences with Roman Catholicism, I agree with the pull out from CAN. What is CAN? A group that is built on greed and on many distortions. The leaders run after politicians for pecuniary reasons and pilgrimage to Jerusalem neglecting their so called ecumenism. Some demonic organizations use CAN to seek relevance and distort the body of Christ. But can they unite unless they agree? What has light got to do with darkness? What has mammon in common with Christ? CAN is built on quicksand and, it will soon wither away.

  • Muhammad Hamisu Yau

    Ayi dai mugani, addini ko siysa. May Allah save Nigeria

    • Ekeji

      what has a blind man got to do with TV.

      • Rasmonpali

        Ekeji see you. Yiu have eyes yet can not see. Your case is worse!

  • Ladidi

    May God help Nigeria it was never this bad. Christians, Muslims, pagans Buddhist, Hindus, atheist etc could live together without issues but now it’s always pointing fingers, insults, blames,disagreements Haba people what kind of country are we building for our kids and grand children? Please whatever we worship lets come together and pray hard for God’s intervention. May The Lord guide, protect and shower his mercies upon us.

    • samaila yuguda

      We can only grave Marcy from Allah whose exalting power belonged to him,if we can stop bloodshed of our masses and stop killing innocent people in the name of religion. Allah would bless our nation with credible and competent leader. long live Nigeria bissalam

  • Lanre

    At a time of crisis like this. the Catholic Church has not acted like Christians. Christians are being attacked and killed, churches burnt and destroyed and yet the Catholic Church decides to quit the recognized body for Christians. At a time like this, they should have prayed to see the christ-like in the leadership of CAN and wait for the next opportunity to effect a change in the leadership of the group. This action shows unnecessary divisiveness among christians at this critical juncture. In any case why not rotate the leadership of the organisation among the recognized blocs. Shame on the leaders of these Christian Bodies.

    • Usman Modibbo

      Now that the CAN president Jet has been involved in Arms smuggling, I am beginning to think the the Catholics took the rigth decision.

      • Wale Reze

        My sentiments exactly!!!

    • ejike

      please leave politicians. they quit CAN 2-3 years ago when the current president was elected

      • ejike

        look at the date on the letter pls

        • seye

          @ ejike correction CAN president elected in July 2011. the Catholics quit can in Sept 2012 14 months later.

    • KEMKA S. IBEJI

      You lack knowledge of what is happening so respect yourself by keeping quiet and listen first. You don’t know about CAN by your statement.

    • Sensible Naija

      @Lanre can’t you read ? They left the organization 2012 and that was only temporarily. Can’t you see that Pastor Ayo has become a PDP member? Haven’t you been following events in this country recently and Pastor Ayo’s comments too. CAN should be a neutral body and not political.

    • Rasmonpali

      Lanre you are a very intelligent man albeit negative!

    • paul

      Lanre, your analysis on the matter is in line if not for little deviations, remember, the Catholic Church pulled out since 2012 and one of the reasons was that the organization is been politicized and the leadership was of questionable character. It should be very clear now that after two years there is a news about a jet caught in South Africa with about $10m engaging in an illegal arms deal. That would have been better if the said jet was not traced to the president of CAN. The big question is, why his jet? Why arms? Why illegal deal? Or is CAN recruiting and warming up for war maybe for or against Boko Haram? Haha!!! Its so sad that this supposed noble association (CAN) is reduced to a tool to be manipulated. The association with due respect has lost its logical reasoning and at this point, has a whole alot of home work to be done else, its future survival is not guaranteed. God help us.

      • kenny

        Intelligent comment

    • Olajiga Olamide Timilehin

      Do not say that we do not act like christians because we suffer most of these terrorist attack, have you ever ask yourself if CAN is truly following the aims and objective of its creation, is it serving a purpose of christianity or the material world , catholic church pulling out temporarily from the body doesn’t regard us as non-christian, CAN is political and not spiritual , so we have no reason for staying there

  • Sandra Ekpenyong

    I am trying to understand that rationale of many of you on this thread, so a person or an organization can no longer freely express their displeasure and chose to remove themselves from an organization without being labelled negatively? There is something wrong with you people if a person cannot have an honest conversation about issues… it explains why our marriages in the kingdom are not working, our relationships and our country. The Catholic community has the RIGHT to remove themselves from an ORGANIZATION that they feel has lost its way and its credible, they never shut the door, all that they said is that CAN has lost its true purpose and should they find their way back, that they will be involved once again. That is called maturity and people who want what use to work in the past

    • Abbas

      Excellent, with people like you, Nigeria will trace it way back to the its formation foundation. We lack understanding and reasoning, And just because you have the finger by the keyboard, that does not mean one should start purging words without reasoning. Kudos to your comment Sandra.

    • Dare M

      @ Sandra Nobody is against Catholic community pulling out but what we know for sure is that their exit is not unconnect with the fact that the presidency of CAN did not go to them this period but rather to a Pentecostal. The Catholic community cannot continue to produce the CAN president as there are other organization within CAN too. This is the root of the exit. The letter above was just one of the alibis to express their frustration.

      • Prince of Peace

        Do you really exist at all or you are just a clone human being? If you exist then you are mentally retarded when was the last time Catholic head CAN? Can you remember? I believe No. Has Anglican not being the head of CAN before? Even at the State level various denominations head CAN and grudges about that so work on your brain, come back to your senses

      • aonwuduru

        Get the facts into your head. Catholic has the size and influence to take any position she so desires with or without pentecostal support. But no, Catholic is a very accommodating organization and has continued without qualms to concede leadership positions to the non catholics despite constituting about 70% of the Nigerian Christendom. Do you think the non Catholics would have been as accommodating if the reverse is the case?

    • tony

      Thank you very much sandra. Thats just what the statement by the catholic bishop means. Until they feel CAN is ok in their own right then they will join.
      My honest tot is that i think they may have just taken an action that will help CAN realise just how far gone they are from their main objectives.
      THE END TIMES TRULY APPROACHES. All beware. Cjristainity afterall is a PERSONAL BATTLE..

  • AdeyeyeAdedotun

    What so ever decision we make, what ever step we take, what ever uterance we make should be in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. May God take full charge of Nigerian Christians’ Affairs. If a christian married couple can have disagreement to the level of separation, it is not unhered of for a very large body like CAN to have disagree on issues. Steps should be taken to right the wrongs in the organisation, so that Christian Soldiers will continue to march on.

    • Akinyemi Samuel

      Adeyeye,you have spoken well.From the letter,it still shows they are still open to dialogue.They can still reason out issues so that they can be on the same page.

    • seye

      there is no issue with separation so far the objectivity of purpose is the same. How do you think the different denominations of Christianity came about? The different denomination still have one objective and a foundational belief. JESUS CHRIST. even in the early church there was division. read the book of Acts15:37-40- did not Barnabas and Mark separate form Paul and Silas?

      the probelm is the disunity in objective which was the reason why the catholic disengaged from CAN

  • Lawrence

    I love jesus our Lord and savior but to be sincere I hate those criminals calling them selves christians those vagabond stealing in the name of God those pastors fraud and looting money with the zoo called Nigeria government let me make one thing clear those pentecostals are not chritians is all about money the churches are all rich and the worshipers are so poor not even food for them to eat people die in in zoo called Nigeria in a daily basis christians been killed and so called Christian leaders are busy stealing and looting money with the zoo government is that what jesus told you people to be doing in his name?

    • Prince Rolly

      You are pointing fingers too soon. You have forgotten that Catholic priests all they do is rape and molest little children all over the world. Do you want to know what the Pope did during the dark ages, the Spanish inquisitor? What was the Catholics role during Hitler’s murder of 6 million Jews? I could go on and on.

      • Maureen

        Is that the issue been discussed? That’s why we always have massive failures in external exams because the likes of you leave issues been discussed and focus on irrelevants

        • abiodun

          Maureen you couldnt have said it any better. Some people can read and write but are illiterate in thinking

        • Ekeji

          Truth

        • Naija4life

          God bless you Maureen, Nigerians will never address the main issues. That’s the bane of our problems.

        • Futa

          Maureen i agree with you. Neco mass failure i think butresses you stance.

        • kadaffitupac

          I love you maureen for that truth. Mwuaaaan.

      • sleekwalsh

        But this in Nigeria. Not Germany not Spain not Europe as a whole. Weather u like it or not. Dat was history

      • Futa

        Prince,
        i understand your eratic emotions but, read the letter once more and answer the questions posed by sleekwalsh. 5mins more…lol. So we all can be on the same page.

      • Olajiga Olamide Timilehin

        You have also forgotten that your penticostal/protestant bishop do molest, rape and abuse little children also , adolf hitler killed 6 million jews , pope pius xii saved more than 800,000 jews and he was able to hid them for safety at the vatican, converts and other catholic institution , he tried all hid possible best to save the jews with every available source he could get access to , before pius vii was a cardinal and apostolic nuncio to german , he actively and publicly demonstrated against hitler and nazism , even when he comes pope the nazism government issue a statement that him becoming a pope is a great threat to the nazist government

    • Michael

      Let me give you little story. A man who was not a christian was to be converted. He was introduced to all christian denomination and all was painted to good apart from the “CHURCH”. I mean the 1 true church. After all said and done the man spoke and said. Even after all the accusations and things you said against the church, i will go for it on one condition, because no other church would have survived being still one church after all this accusations and etc. It shows that really, the gate of hell can not and will never prevail over it.

      Do you know how many denominations have come after the church? Since you know history well. How many are still there till now? What do you think will happen to your own church after your founder has gone? Did you ask yourself that? Now ask nut self 1 more question. Who is the Founder of the Church (Catholic Church) and who is the founder of your own church. Jesus Founded his own church which exist today and a man like you and i, woke up one morning to form his. I do not condemn any church for christ says he who is not against me if for me, nevertheless, i am just responding to your line of unscrupulous fallacy. Let us not deviate from the point. God bless you

  • Dan

    Catholic Bishops left CAN in 2012, they will be celebrating their 2nd Anniversary on their own while CAN is doing its own thing on its own. Where is the news, where is the hassle?

    • Wale Reze

      Clearly bias has blinded you to see the vindication of the Catholic Bishops’ decision to leave CAN. Nigeria suffers because of people like you…. Pathetic!!!

      • Tomiwa

        No Wale, not because of anybody like him but for the leaders and top organisations. When these leaders become FOOLS, the followers necessarily become fools too. In your case, you’ve been intoxicated.
        Plato said “religion is the Opium of the masses”.
        PDP has been able to work on these quote. “Let’s get CAN to campaign for us, buy the president a private jet”. Now I know the donor of the jet is still anonymous, but think of it, there’s no free gift Mr, the gesture has to be reciprocated.
        My point? You can’t justify all these drama by saying “the only (g)od we serve now is money”. Get this, Christianity is not a religion but a way of life.

        • sleekwalsh

          Plato neva said that. Karl marx did.

          • kadaffitupac

            I dey laff. Thanks for correcting the historian wey no know history

  • Mohammed Baba

    I am a Muslim ,I believed in true identity Nigerian without any form of valence, and many Nigerian Muslims Nigeria in there strong term concern book haram insurgents in northern,I respect and comment the decesion taken by Catholics bishop and let come to gether ,no Mather how difficult let’s unit to fight this evildoer

  • Dare M

    The Catholic Bloc of CAN is the weak link in the Christian body. They are more apologetic to the people killing the Christians! What a life!

    • Neo

      sad of u…. so sad. identify ur weak link Mr.

  • annex

    If our parents can not be of good behaviour how then can they correct their children when they go or do wrongs..kudos to the catholic bishop more grace to your soul.

  • walebuster

    why are you all concerned about the CAN, CAN president ayo oritsajiafor and the illegal arms, private jet etc.
    their is no one among you all that will not do the same thing, we are talking of money here, ayo church in lagos island is like a grave yard, dirty and untidy, how will he get money to turns things around for good!

    like i use to say, Nigerian never like the truth, the only God we serve now is money. if you all are in his position wont you
    campaign for re election of GEJ and help him smuggle money too when you in that position.

    lets leave all that happen and lets wait for God intervention. you all will do the same thing when you see what they call the
    cool national cake.

    • seye

      speak for yourself Wale. is he the first CAN president?. Check out his predecessors and how they are revered up till date. they stood for truth, justice and fairness during their regime. speaking out fearlessly in the face of danger and death

  • Evangelist Sam Adewumi

    I read with dismay and surprises to hear that one of the major branch of CAN pulled out? Whao!!! This is awful because to me such a decision is not Biblical and not christianly. Honestly, I can not stand to defend Pastor Ayo but with all the evils Judas did both to the group and Jesus, he was not sent out except for the time he took his own decision.
    Like I said, perhaps Pastor Ayo must have offended one or two people, which is common to man, this must not degenerate to such an extent. The warning letter displayed does not prove anything to me because Pastor Ayo is a human being. Who knows if some clever DADDY can’t go under certain guises to influence such an action to speak wrongly on behalf of such a respected, an noticed and highly-looked upon group of Bishops?
    I really really want us to look closely inward in that there were leaders of CAN before Pastor Ayo, and can anyone come out to CATEGORICALLY say that no one buffed? If Yes or No, we’re this group in CAN then?
    I would want to succinctly make this clear that Pastor Ayo is an individual that God called to serve as a leader to hundred of millions of Christians? If it is as said, how can a major group like the Catholics now say because of so so and so they will pull out? If this be, please let us get a clarification of what becomes of (1) The Catholics (2) Christians in Nigeria (3) OF CAN as a body? Are Catholic Bishops agitating for another body because Pastor Ayo did not heed their warnings?
    From the Bible I have, preached from and read as a guide daily, there must be a better solutional approach than pulling out. Guess what comes to my mind, Catholic Bishops as our FATHERS AND LEADERS in a way CAN NOT and I repeat CAN NOT pullout and can not go any where. No way at all. Pastor Ayo is one of us and we can never never throw away the baby with dirty bath water. Let all these our respected Bishops rescind this decision and perhaps call some of us though not as highly placed but can think out a better way forward?
    Can as the only umbrella for all Christians can not afford third proposal so please as leaders in such an exalted positions in the Catholic groups, we must look inward? Who knows what will happen to the next one coming after Pastor Ayo? By then, will there ne another ” puu out”

    • Paul

      Arrant Nonsense. You need to be enlightened.

  • Gabriel

    If the Catholic bishops want out – let them go, its a democracy! Pastor Ayo has been very vocal about the plight of Christians in Nigeria especially in face of Boko Haram and their collaborators – and they are many! I think the Christian community felt spoken for at last in his tenure! Before now the Catholics held the presidency and there was so much “inter-faith” dialoguing and unproductive talk aimed at being politically correct that most Christians wondered whose interests they represented! Nigeria is at a religious WAR! Those familiar with the so called Abuja declaration following the African Islamic Conference of 1989, the revival of Jihadist aspirations from around the 1800s – birthing the sultanate and emirates and the extremist Islamic affliations spreading globally, should remind us that when we go to sleep, the enemy is awake and working! Its now well known that the Nigerian Military is polarized along religious lines – as are other secuirty agencies and with politics, economy, government, state religious policies etc – more so in the north – where not being a muslim has unsavoury implications!
    I cannot speak ill of a man who has not been convicted of any crime by a court of competent jurisdiction, let the COURTS decide! It has been aledged that 11 military generals are secretly being investigated for supporting boko haram (you know the politicians!) – no one wants to talk about that!! Now young soldiers being condemned to death for speaking out and indicting a rogue general – yet no one is asking questions!
    Much as I don’t want to sound pessimistic, the truth is that Nigeria is disintegrating, howbeit gradually but surely! If any Nigeria can boldly say that he can live, owrk and retire hapily in any part of Nigeria without any form of discrimination – especially religious, I stand to be corrected!
    But as for Pastor Ayo, he has a right to political association – so says our constitution! As for CAN let the other blocs affirm or indict his leadership, but one out of five does not make a simple majority!

  • Neo

    Meanwhile, this letter is 2years old and premium times decides now to post it as fresh news huhn???!!!
    Well, well… I guess we can say the Bishops saw the vision and decided to step out before they got soiled ’cause its obviously worse that when they nailed in their option.