Daily Trust (Abuja)

21 November 2012

Nigeria: Northern Christians Flay CAN Over Private Jets

Kaduna — The Concerned Northern Nigerian Christians (CNNC) yesterday rose in support of Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah who described the acquisition of private jets by Christian leaders as an embarrassment to Christianity.

A statement by CNNC spokesperson Peter Yahuda said condemning Bishop Kukah over his stance on the acquisition of private jets by Christian clerics confirmed the fear of the CNNC that some elements are using the umbrella of CAN to "degrade the coveted association".

"As concerned Christians of Northern Nigerian extraction, we find it expedient to respond to the unbecoming words credited to one Elder Sunday Oibe, who claims to be speaking on behalf of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) as its Director of Research, Planning and Strategy.

"Oibe denigrated Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah over recent views he expressed regarding acquisition of private jets by some Nigerian Christians leaders, which he described as an embarrassment to Christianity considering the perilous times we are in.

"For the avoidance of doubt, Sunday Oibe acted wrongly and grossly confirms our fears as to the relegation of our honest, unifying and most coveted association (CAN) and her true ideals as carefully laid down by her founding fathers," he said.

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