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.