CAN denies threatening members who support Buhari

Pastor Oritsejafor
President of CAN, Ayo Oritsejafor.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Borno chapter, has denied claims that it threatened to sanction its members who declare support for the All Progressive Congress presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.

Rev. Titus Pona, Chairman of the chapter, made the denial in a statement issued on Sunday in Maiduguri.

The statement was in reaction to some media reports which accused the Borno CAN chapter of issuing the threat to Christians in the state.

Rev. Pona described the allegation as, “baseless, fictitious and unfounded”.

He also denied that N7 billion bribe was issued to CAN by President Goodluck Jonathan to support his re-election.

“The attention of the Borno Chapter of CAN has been drawn to publication alleging that President Jonathan bribed pastors in the nation with the sum of N7 billion.

“And that the money was channelled through the national CAN’s office, for pastors to help campaign for his re-election in the next month’s polls,’’ Rev. Pona said.

“Ordinarily, we would have ignored such wild allegation but for the specific mention of Borno state in the write-up.

“Such allegation can easily mislead well-meaning persons and perhaps vulnerable members of the public.

“As a body, CAN is non-partisan and we encourage everyone to belong to a party of his or her choice since we have Christians in all parties,’’ he added.



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  • Maitama Tambari

    Rev. Titus Pona, truth is a scarce commodities today because the reward on earth is more fruitful to the Servants of God. No body travelled to the other side and returned to tell its story. N7 billion can give how many communities water in Sakwa, Kwaya Kusar and Kwajafa? Countless. Churches are occupied by human beings not animals or trees. Some of these human beings have the fear of God at heart than some of you because the smell of N7 billion would never reach their nose than their mouths to stomach. One of your sheep, once upon a time in Kaduna, a friend amongst friends made an expression which today is still fresh in our memory. Kaduna, melting pot of the North, the Friends are from Katsina, Borno and Bauchi. The Katsina friend looked at your sheep’s vehicle tires and said, friend your tires are worn out. Sitting next to me, your sheep said as quietly as possible, but to my hearing, that you should continue to say my tires are worn out, when you people go to bury me, you would regret not replacing the tires for me. It would remain with you for ever. I looked the others and I said here are my contribution we should all contribute and replace his tires. We did that because we met at post secondary school in Kaduna from where we travelled out to USA and England and returned to Kaduna. Do you think there will be any secret between us because some of us are Muslim and others Christian. CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

  • Olu Ade

    We will surely take our CAn back from political jobbers and Rogues in Robes…God willing after March 28.

  • endingNaija

    Rev Titus Pona, please step aside on this issue if you do not have anything meaningful to say and want your dignity and honor in tact. But I will be blunt with you for you have stepped on an issue you know very well, and you lied when you said CAN under Ayo Oritsejafor is non-partisan. CAN under Ayo Oritsejafor has been turned to campaign unit of Goodlcuk Jonathan’s re-election bid. What was CAN’s (under the business man who masquerades as a “Pastor”-Ayo Oritsejafor) business branding a particular party “Islamic”? Pona, where were you then when Musa Asake-CAN spokesperson under Ayo Oritsejafor went all out to send subtle signals against a particular party by saying it is “Islamic”? Who is Musa Asake? And what is his business using CAN to campaign for PDP and Mr. Goodluck Jonathan? Please ask your president-Ayo Oritsejafor to show you church bulletins of his church where he went out to subtly campaign for Mr. Goodluck Jonathan. I think all of you are part of the decadent and Un-Godly (present) leadership in CAN. So Pona, ask your President -Ayo Oritsejafor to show you bulletins of his fellowship where open partisanship in favor of Mr. Goodluck Jonathan was canvased right inside Church bulletins. And let me tell you. Pona, you are Rev. That is fine. But some of us know Ayo Oritsejafor VERY WELL right from when he started his church. Ayo Oritsejafor is carrying out a tribalist and business agenda using CAN. That is why some of us feel really and genuinely offended by Ayo Oritsejafor’s antics. He has a right to campaign for his tribes man and trade partner -Mr. Goodluck Jonathan , but why bring such electoral cancer, grief and ailment (Goodluck Jonathan’s election campaign) near our Christian Faith? So Ayo is free to campaign for his tribes man-Goodluck Jonathan. But that Ayo Oritsejafor is bold enough to then bring such bad and corrupt candidate(Goodluck Jonathan) near our Christian Faith is what we Christians will resist with every argument we have. We do not care how much Jonathan has paid to Ayo Oritsejafor’s lackeys in CAN, but any Pastor or Reverend that threaten members of the congregation on behalf of Goodluck Jonathan will be exposed. Any Pastor who campaigns to us Christians about Goodluck Jonathan will be dragged on the floor by Nigerians and will be exposed. Nigerian Christians are watching everyone of you.

    • Abate Dokpu

      On point. Gbam.

    • Gaskiya

      Thank you for speaking the raw and bitter truth.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Amaechi the Dog and Goat (DG) of buhari campaign gang planted this lie of N6 billion given to pastors. Since he peddled that wicked lie, he has gone into a shameful hiding. God will reward it accordingly

    • Arabakpura

      Jonathan started it and he is the only one to end it.

  • Gaskiya

    Which CAN?